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Karl Lagerfeld showcases Chanel's Metiers d'Art collection

After a year of anticipation and speculation, Karl Lagerfeld showcased his annual ready-to-wear collection in the very appropriate setting of the 15th century Linlithgow Palace on Tuesday.

Joined by 400 fashionistas and the likes of Diane Kruger and Poppy Delevingne – attending to support her sister Cara who modelled in the fashion show – the Scottish setting of West Lothian played host to one of the most glamorous dates in the fashion calendar this year.

Whether New York or Paris, Bombay or Tokyo, luxury label Chanel's yearly collection the Metiers d’Art never ceases to get the fashion world on their feet, desperately wanting to witness Lagerfeld's specialist craftsmenship. And this year was no exception. 

The collection saw a celebration of all things Scottish – models including Scottish-born Stella Tennant filed out in bold red cosy cashmere, exuberant tudor styled ruffled collars and embellished patterned knitwear. The runway was emblazoned with tweed and tartan, transforming it into a Scottish heritage heaven.

Lagerfeld said he loved Mary Queen of Scots – who was born in the palace – and Scotland, despite only catching a glimpse from his hotel room.

The Fashion Kaiser said: "The city looks very beautiful. But you know I'm not a tourist. I'm not into sightseeing. I like how I think a place is. I don't have to see what it actually is."

Karl Lagerfeld, pioneer of luxury fashion, beside Scottish model Stella Tennant who graced the runway in a multi print knit that was accessorised with pearls. Model Brad Kroenig meanwhile matched his toddler Hudson and looked cool and confident in a tudor styled attire with blue tartan trousers and complementing black jacket 

Chanel's use of tartan in fashion meant that the fabric's previous dated reputation vanished, turning into a fashion phenomenon. Karl Lagerfeld fuelled this look for his most recent collection including shades of burgundy, navy blue and forest green 

Master of design, Karl Lagerfeld, opts for extravagance and opulence for these white embellished creations which feature broad shoulders and ruffle detail 

Chanel's fashion brand recently bought a cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders and took over Barrie Knitwear in Hawick saving over 175 jobs. They have now worked with the company for over 25 years, producing tartan knits and cashmere goods of the highest quality 

Headpieces accessorised the tudor themed collection, adding a touch of sparkle to the designs. The sure-fire headturner creations were in keeping with the 15th century palace that was in fact the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scotland


Coco Chanel was the first designer to use Scottish tweeds in the history of fashion, discovering the fabric along with cashmere on frequent trips to Scotland. This current collection pays homage to her interest in the fabric and features tweeds based on the XVII and XVII century 

'It' girl and renowned model Poppy Delevingne graced the A-list fashion event supporting her sister Cara who was modelling in the show 


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