Karl Lagerfeld has done it again. The creative director of famed fashion house Chanel has become the first designer to send models down the runway in Cuba. This is possibly due to Cuban president Raul Castro becoming more open to working with the United States and President Barack Obama.
Lagerfeld has stated that the Cruise collection is inspired by the “cultural richness and opening up of Cuba”. He was also inspired by the colors of the Carribean and the “aesthetics of Cuba”. This will be a huge event as it comes a day after a United States cruise ship docked in Havana for the first time in decades and simply a year after Cuba and the United States restored diplomatic relations. This is also Chanel’s first runway show in Latin America. Interestingly enough, Chanel goods are not available for sale in Cuba and it would also be very difficult for most Cuban citizens to afford the expensive luxury items.
The catwalk will be an open-air runway on the Paseo del Prado, which sits right between Centro Cabana and Old Havana, a long street lined all the way with trees on either side and marble benches. It is rumored that Fidel Castro’s nineteen-year old model grandson Tony Castro will walk in the show, which would be huge for really solidifying the warming relationship between the United States and Cuba. It is also rumored the Gisele will be making her comeback to the fashion world in this historic event. Hopefully this runs smoothly and becomes the beginning of Cuba becoming a fashion destination!