After America restored its relations with Cuba, an influx of island culture was immediately palpable in the fashion sphere. Tropical prints, laid-back silhouettes, and espadrille sandals made there way to the top of everyone’s must have list as Havana became the hottest vacation destination. Inevitably, Karl Lagerfeld chose the Cuban capitol as the scene and inspiration for his latest Chanel resort collection, flying out a crew of 700 for a fashion spectacle only he could pull off (putting it together without permission from the Cuban government is especially impressive). A rainbow of retro cars whisked guests like Kristen Stewart, Caroline de Maigret, Gisele Bündchen, Vanessa Paradis, Tilda Swinton, and Langley Fox Hemingway to the Paseo del Prado- one of Old Havana’s most prominent streets- where they took their front row perches. The atmosphere was electric. Locals from this impoverished, communist country rallied around Chanel’s historic visit- lining the alleyways and filling the balconies to catch a glimpse of the fanfare. Lagerfeld certainly did not disappoint; his decidedly french spin on Cuba’s signatures were vibrant, playful, and accomplished what every cruise collection strives for: a sense of escapism that made us all crave lazy days spent pool side or sight-seeing and wild nights spent on the dance floor at a Havana hotspot. Here, we break down seven ways the French do island style in the Antilles.
- The Cheeky Logo Tee:
Moschino Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt, $335; Balmain Oversized Appliquéd Cotton-Jersey Top, $360
Comfort is vital for vacationing overseas. Accomplish this by pairing a graphic t-shirt with a breezy skirt for a lesson in tourist cool.
2. The Palm Print
Proenza Schouler Pleated Printed Silk-Crepe Blouse, $850; Marc Jacobs Sequin-Embellished Printed Taffeta Gown, 3,500
A leafy green pattern punctuated with bright flashes of color exudes instant tropical flair.
3. The White Cover-Up:
Apiece Apart Tewa Tassled Cotton-Gauze Mini Dress, $295; Zimmerman Realm Lace-Trimmed Fil Coupé Silk-Georgette Midi Dress, $850
If your schedule includes bumming around the beach and exploring Cuba’s many eateries, skip the full wardrobe change and reach for a billowy, white caftan.
4. The High Waisted Short:
Roland Mouret Kelston Broderie Anglaise Cotton and Silk Blend Shorts, $875; Saint Laurent Studded High-Rise Denim Shorts, $1,190
This warm-weather must have will be the most versatile piece in your suitcase. Shorts, denim or not, can easily transition from day to night with a simple shoe change and a flick of mascara.
5. The Feathered Piece
Alice + Olivia Lauryn Feather-Embelished Tulle Mini Skirt, $895; Tibi Feather-Embellished Stretch-Faille Camisole, $425
Consider feather detailing your new go-to for evening wear. It’s more modern than fringe, but still maintains its festive movement.
6. The Quirky Swimsuit
Solid and Striped The Belle and Bridget Striped Triangle Bikini, $175; Anna Sui Rosa Mexicana Cutout Printed Halterneck Swimsuit, $200
Channel Cuba’s retro spirit with bold bikinis and one-pieces. High waisted silhouettes are not only flattering, but they also serve as great canvases for vibrant graphics.
7. The Crochet Maxi
Proenza Schouler Asymmetric Crochet Midi Dress, $2,450; Missoni Striped Crochet-Knit Maxi Dress, $2,670
Add some artisanal interest to your getaway wardrobe with a swishy knit dress. Pair yours with flat sandals or, for a retro look, brogues to dance the night away.