A performance catwalk with 100 models took place this Friday night in the central San Rafael Boulevard, in Havana. The event, which showed the last three collections of designer Michel Suárez, was dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Cuban capital.
Titled “Walking through my Havana,” the parade had an inclusive character because it allowed the public gathered in the populous Havana boulevard to be near to and interact with the models. In addition, it was the largest event of its kind held in Cuba since the one organized by the French brand Chanel on the Paseo del Prado in May 2016.
In fact, the intention was to hold a “non-competitive” event of similar magnitude to the already famous Chanel parade, Jorge Pedro Hernández, artistic director of the catwalk, told the press.
Performance catwalk by designer Michel de Suárez, dedicated to Havana’s 500 years, held along Havana's San Rafael Boulevard, on November 29, 2019. Photos: Omara García / ACN.
The idea, according to Hernández, was to make a one-hour show in which different expressions of art converged, and fashion be shown not only as a garment, but as a way of living, and at the same time to pay homage to the city.
“What better way to make this work than to walk along San Rafael Boulevard in Havana 500,” he said.
A total of 100 models of the Cuban Actuar agency participated, along with 50 dancers and 40 children from children’s companies, who showed five different trends: children’s accessories, casual, sports, smart and fantasy clothes, by the well-known fashion designer, creator of the D’Zuárez brand.
To date, no Cuban designer on the island had made a catwalk with more than 50 models.