Chanel to turn Havana's Paseo del Prado into a chic catwalk this coming May

Posted: 04-Mar-16 10:19

Fashion house Chanel has finally revealed the chosen location for the much-talked-about presentation of their Cruise 2016-2017 collection, which as we announced earlier on, will be debuting in the Cuban capital for the first time ever. The date has been set for 3rd May 2016 and the long promenade of Paseo del Prado will become the city's open-air runway where Karl Lagerfeld's latest trends will be showcased by his modelling muses.

Chanel to turn Havana's Paseo del Prado into a chic catwalk this coming May

The most picturesque, exotic and extravagant of locations ever for a fashion show are undoubtedly the Cuban streets of Havana, and the city’s best, most scenic runway is, of course, the panoramic promenade of Paseo del Prado - at least according to renowned German designer, Karl Lagerfeld and few would dare contradict him, least of all us at Cuba holidays who are completely bewitched and captivated by Cuba’s magic spell.

Havana’s signature shabby chic has recently attracted many names in the glitzy world of showbiz; from Hollywood stars such as Natalie Portman, Helen Hunt, Ethan Hawke, Ian Mckellen (to mention but a few) to rock legends like Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. And before Chanel ever planned to get there, fashion icons such as Vanity Fair got Rihanna to model for a special photoshoot in the Cuban capital, gracing the cover of its November 2015 issue.

But Cuba had never welcomed a big major fashion brand such as Chanel and no other fashion label visiting the island can be said to have been anywhere near Chanel’s level of international stardom and acclaim, superior quality and overall sophistication.

And it’s not like other popular international fashion brands had been completely absent from the Cuban scene either; with Mango, Zara, Benetton, Rolex, Paul & Shard and FCUK all having a presence (albeit a small one) in the island, even when they operate under the strict control of government-owned companies and state-run organisations.

But Chanel is so much more, it’s the ultimate empire of luxury and elegance, the epitome of haute couture, as “haute” as they get, so it’s making a big statement by heading to Cuba and choosing the open-air street location of Paseo del Prado as its runway to exhibit this and next year’s exclusive Cruise collection.

If you want to be there to witness this spectacular, one-of-a-kind show in Havana, plan your holidays around the 3rd May 2016, which is the date that has been fixed for the event and recently confirmed by official sources.

Since relations between Havana and Washington begun warming up over the last year or so, the country has attracted the attention of a host of designers inspired by the country’s unique flair, shabby chic and spellbinding tropical appeal. But Chanel has been the pioneering one to lead the race to get there, becoming the first in the industry to do so with a full show and fashion catwalk presentation in the island - which will also mark Chanel’s first ever fashion show to be staged in Latin America.

Havana’s glamour and fashion accreditation on the style stakes will rise considerably after the world’s most exclusive French fashion house lands there next May, no doubt followed by many other celebrities keen to be part of the launch in the most exciting of locations. We’ll keep you posted with who was there and all the special guests that graced the scene when it all happens in a couple of months.


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