Chanel creates magic in Scotland

Saturday, December 15, 2012

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It's a brave feat for many to head to snowy Scotland at the coldest time of the year, let alone to holler out to the world's fashionistas, beckoning them to arrive at a fashion show in a decrepit, roofless castle.

But this isn't just any fashion show, this is the annual Chanel fashion extravaganza — hosted at Edinburgh's Linlithgow Palace. And for Karl Lagerfeld, the most magical of settings and seasons to unveil the Pre-Fall collection — something he has done for the past decade.

Last week — marked Chanel's most enchanting Métiers d'Art show yet. As models Cara Delevingne, Stella Tennant, and Edie Campbell, amongst others, took to the courtyard runway — adorned with goblets of fire — and swathed in tartans, cashmeres and tweeds; signature textiles of the luxury French fashion house.

Their layered looks were teamed with checkered-print stockings and flat lace-up boots, some covered in knotted ribbons of plaid and what appeared to be tufts of fur.

So what's the connection to Scotland, we hear you asking? Well, between 1924 and 1931, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel had a lavish love affair with the Duke of Westminster. She spent many years being whisked away to the Scottish royal castles and it was here that she discovered the keltic fabrics. This show pays tribute to Chanel and how she helped to define a new age of fashion.




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