On Tuesday Night, Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel’s annual Métier d’Arts (or pre-fall) collection in Scotland’s Linlithgow Palace. The castle, which was only partially roofed, allowed for slight snowfall during the show and adding quite a dramatic quality to the collection of heavy knits. The rugged setting was likely chosen in an effort to connect Chanel with it’s long standing Scottish heritage- Coco Chanel spent time in Scotland during her romance with the Duke of Westminster and the traditional country clothes had a strong influence on her designs at that time. The castle however is rooted even deeper in history and was the Mary Queen of Scots in 1542.
Fashion editors traveled from far and wide to witness this grandiose show that was equal parts glamour and grit. Guest huddled under large woolen blankets and sampled whiskey and salmon while fires flickered in tall metal barrels. The show had some major model moments with longtime Lagerfeld favorite (and Scotland Native) Stella Tennant and recent Chanel vet, 4-year-old Hudson Kroenig (also Lagerfeld’s godson) making appearances on the runway. Models Julia Nobis, Cara Delevingne, Janice Alida, Kati Nescher, and Sigrid Agren were also seen sporting the heavily bundled tweeds and tartans; We’re still thinking about the androgynous punky spin Aymeline Valade gave to her plaid trousers and cap-attitude! Plaid has been creeping into the spotlight lately and we love Karl’s ability to take us on a journey to the trend’s Scottish birthplace.