Karl Lagerfeld, the indefatigable designer of legendary lines such as Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, recently left the fashion cognoscenti speechless after an amazing presentation of Chanel's Métier D'art Collection Paris-Edinburg Fall/Winter 2013 pre-collection.
On a blustery Scottish evening, at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland, the former residence of the Stuarts and birth place of Mary Queen of Scots, the spectacle honoured the creativity and craftsmanship of the many subsidiary houses that have been part of Chanel since 1985.
The nine highly specialized Chanel "houses" that each handcraft a particular element in the creations of the house of Chanel were represented. Be it embroidery, lace, leather work, or feather detailing all were honoured in this amazing presentation.The legendary cashmere expert, Barrie Knitwear, recently welcomed as number ten in the coveted Chanel "houses", showcased their artistry, spanning over 140 years of their history.
The runway show was a tribute not only to the craftsmen of Scotland but also to the legendary Coco Chanel. It was the Duke of Westminster, her lover for many years, that introduced her to this beautiful part of the world, and it was its constant inspiration that produced some of Mlle. Chanel's most iconic looks, including her tweed creations, cardigans, and knitwear.
Below is the incredible presentation. It is, in our minds, true perfection! Not only with its nod to Scottish tradition, but also showing the firm grasp of modernity that Mr. Lagerfeld continues to bring to the legendary house of Chanel.
The Chanel Métiers d'Art Paris-Edinburgh show | Vogue English
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