Havana Breathes Luxury with Chanel Models

Photo from the Facebook page of Chanel.


HAVANA TIMES — European glamor and luxury brought a new air to Havana with the catwalk of Chanel models on the Prado Promenade in Old Havana on Tuesday evening, something unthinkable before rapprochement with the United States. Among those who were present for the display were Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro and Antonio Castro, the son Fidel, reported dpa.

The famous French fashion company, responsible for decorating the Prado, were preceded in Cuba in March by the Rolling Stones, US President Barack Obama and his huge entourage as well as the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld was the star of the show. The eccentric designer with dark glasses and long white hair appeared at the famous Prado promenade to present his new collection of fashion for the 2016/2017 season with a spectacular outdoor parade.

Weeks ago Chanel had chosen the Paseo del Prado, a wide avenue which starts near the sea and ends a few meters from Central Park and the Havana Grand Theater, to host the event.

Contrary to some previous rumors, neither the organizers nor the authorities prevented dozens of curious neighbors from watching the models at the invitation only event from their balconies. A light rain delayed the start of the fashion show which included supermodel Gisele Bundchen Brazilian or American actor Vin Diesel.

Among the best known local assistants were singer Omara Portuondo, Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro,  Antonio Castro, the son of Fidel Castro, and the musicians of Gente de Zona, one of the groups currently enjoying international fame for songs like “La Gozadera”.

In vogue with the place of the staging, the new collection of the “kaiser” took on several Cuban motifs as inspiration. The Chanel fashion line includes colors close to green olive, a tone associated with the Cuban Revolution, berets Che Guevara style and images on several items of the old American cars that still circulate in Havana.

Chanel also hired more than 150 “almendrones” (the old US cars) converted as an emblem of socialist island to transport guests around the city. Glittering “classic” convertibles at times paralyzed traffic on the streets of Havana.

Lagerfeld came out briefly at the end of the show with a bright jacket and his classical dark glasses. The designer then attended an exclusive reception in Old Havana. The organizers set up for the occasion huts imitating the typical Cuban countryside homes in the close off Plaza de la Catedral.

The glamorous parade of European high fashion was until recently unthinkable on the communist party ruled island. The gradual opening of recent years has generated great interest around the world to participate in the special moment of change. Many artists and celebrities have visited Havana after the thaw with the US was announced in December 2014, and now, Chanel gave a new look to Raul Castro’s Cuba.


10 thoughts on “Havana Breathes Luxury with Chanel Models

  • Love both you guys, differ often are you guys neighbors?

  • “Here we go gathering nuts in May.”

  • ….more nuts? 🙂

  • You use the present tense Moses as if until now Fidel has been rational.

  • Such bourgeois sensibilities for such a “communist” country.

  • It must be driving him nuts.

  • It’s closer to 30 cuc per month but I take your point completely.

  • One had to give a wry smile about the report referring to Antonio as ‘the son’ of Fidel Castro rather than one of the sons. What about the others: Fidel (Fidelito the nuclear scientist), Jorge Angel, Ciro, Angel, Alex. Alejandro, Alexis and Fito? Fidel fathered a dozen children, his record year being 1956 – the year he went off to Mexico in July, when four different women gave him four children. Obviously the brothers don’t like mention of their extra marital affairs.
    All this pandering to Raul Castro’s manipulations which have lead to a lot of people thinking that there is change in Cuba indicates abysmal ignorance of the reality, which is that for the average Cuban existing if one takes men women and children into account oon 33 cents a day absolutely no change is perceivable.

  • This isn’t the first time the Castros prostitute their people for dollars (not pesos).

    Women doctors work as prostitutes to put food on the table because the 22 cuban pesos they’re paid per month as doctors can’t buy anything.

  • Fidel must be losing his mind with this going on at the same time as the first cruise ship is disgorging hundreds and hundreds of Americans into Old Havana…

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