Luxury French fashion house Chanel presented its Pre-Fall 2013 collection in West Lothian, just outside Edinburgh yesterday, drawing on Scotland’s heritage for fabrics and patterns. Tweed and tartan abounded in the Scotland-inspired show, with Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld describing the collection as ‘Dressed to Kilt’.
A dramatic new direction from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, the show was made up of 71 looks incorporating both men’s and womenswear, with texture and plaid forming the basis of the aristocratic range. There was a rugged, wintery feel with long, draped layers, mannish styling and knitted accessories making for an aesthetic that dictated heritage and tradition.
With Chanel’s iconic founder Coco Chanel spending much time in Scotland with her lover the Duke of Westminster, the location had a personal link to the brand, while the venue, Linlithgow Palace – birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots – offered an edge of fatalistic Jacobean drama.