Major designer brands will debut their 2017 resortwear at the New York Fashion Week’s Resort Collection from May 30 to June 10. Meanwhile, fashion powerhouse Chanel showcased its cruise collection in an exuberant runway show on a recent cool evening on the main street of Havana, Cuba. With local music, retro convertibles escorting the audience, a lively crowd, and models parading in glamorous designer clothes, the show was a mix of high and low, and definitely a blast in the world of fashion. Let’s check out the hot highlights!
A totem of the event, a fedora hat was offered to each guest as a souvenir and was worn by models throughout the show. Only two versions were featured: a beige one and a glittering black one, both adorned with a black band. It’s the beige fedora that looks truly Cuban and breezy.
Show off your artistic side with a historical touch! A hybrid of French and Cuban cultures, the beret originated from France, but is also undeniably linked to Argentine rebel Che Guevara. By replacing the star with Chanel’s logo, the House of Chanel conquered the style while still paying homage to the legendary figure of the Cuban Revolution.
As a country located in the Caribbean Sea, Cuba has pristine beaches surrounded by palm trees. And the best headpiece to go with a bathing suit? Probably a brimmed hat or a bandana! Originally an essential for the working class to wipe off dust and sweat from the face, the bandana becomes posh and versatile in Chanel’s hands. Wear it with retro dresses, jeans or maxis, and with any hairstyle.
Eye-catching slide sandals embellished with beads or chains, and crafted in satin or popping colors made a luxurious but leisurely statement. Oxfords and gladiator sandals were also featured, but they’ve appeared in previous Chanel shows. Meanwhile, a pair of mules with perforated metallic oxford uppers caught my attention. Mules will come in handy this summer when you’re not in the mood to show your worn-out pedicure but are too lazy to tie your shoes.
Lots of macramé, crocheting, knitting and weaving were seen on both clothes and accessories to amplify Chanel’s signature use of tweed. These are combined with beads, sequins, fringes and tattered fabric for a high-low contrast. Finish the look with a silvery belt.
Coco Chanel’s iconic multi-strand pearl necklace is reinvented into costume jewelry formed from lustrous beads, vibrant enamel flowers, multi-colored marbles and wired stones. The result is a mix of pearly effervescence and bohemian wilderness. Match it with a print tee tucked into a car-print maxi skirt, and you’re ready for a ride to the bay.
This isn’t something new, but the brand infused Cuban flair into a clutch with a wooden cigar box design. Also worth noting is a chain shoulder bag that looks like a wheel of cheese wrapped in bamboo stripes.