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."