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Gallery: Chanel finds a Scottish castle fit for King Karl


Karl Lagerfeld seemed suitably at home in Scotland as he presided over Chanel's Metiers d'Art collection at Edinburgh's Linlithgow Palace, the ruined castle that was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Lagerfeld spoke fondly of Scotland after the show and said the collection was "a mix of Coco Chanel and Mary Queen of Scots" and represented "the rebirth of her spirit". The romantic setting was fitting for models who walked within the castle walls with high, bejewelled hair and clothes fit for a queen. Quintessential Chanel tweeds were softened with full-length lace skirts and layered under Argyle and tartan-patterned knitwear.

This annual collection exhibits the fine craftsmanship of artisans under the Chanel umbrella, The most recent addition to this stable is Barrie Knitwear, the Scottish cashmere mill.