Though the notion of a traveling cruise collection recently gained popularity, (With brands like Dior,Gucci & Louis Vuitton hopping on the train) Chanel has been doing it since the early 2000’s.
This season, Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel (and 700 guests) to Havana,Cuba for Chanel’s Cruise 2017 collection. Karl was particularly inspired by the “cultural richness and opening of Cuba.” This season he married the joyful, upbeat spirit of Cuba with the Classic, French, femininity of Chanel. The result was one of his strongest Chanel collections in a while.
Though many Chanel collections can come off as trying too hard,this one was effortlessly youthful and wearable; flowing skirts,mini and calf length dresses, embroidered jackets and the classic Chanel tweed jacket, all done in muted colors and usually paired with white hats. Towards the end of the collection Mariacarla Boscono walked down the marble street of Havana wearing a 50’s car printed skirt and a T-shirt which says “Viva CoCo Cuba” which I’m sure will be a best seller. My favorite look was a white dress paired with a black blazer worn by Lia Pavlova.
The cruise/resort season is off to a good and fairly strong start. With fellow mega brands showing collections soon, (Louis Vuitton on May 28th, Dior on May 34th, and Gucci on June 8th) We have so much to look forward to.
- Joshua Jai on Chanel Cruise 2017 in Havana Cuba