CHANEL presented their annual Metier D’Art in Scotland earlier this week atÂ Scotlandâs Stunning Linlithgow Palace – the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.
The collection celebrated the newly-acquired Barrie knitwear Mill, with Creative Director and Head Designer Karl Lagerfeld being inspired by Scotland’sÂ âromantic and barbarianâ spirit.
He used layers upon thick layers of fabrics such as argyle, plaids, tartans, lace and chiffons in what he described as an “anti-stilleto collection.”
German-born Lagerfeld said: “We want to continue with new things, but with the tradition and craftsmanship of the past.”
“This was an anti-stilleto collection. I liked the ease of the flat shoes, it was an over-sophisticated look. For me it was a romantic look, with a touch of poetry.”
Model Poppy Delivigne, who was in the front row, said: “They looked like angels floating down the catwalk, it was quite amazing.”
Supermodel Stella Tennant walked the runway, joined by Lagerfeld for the closing of the show.
ChanelÂ bought the Barrie Knitwear cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders in October 2012, following the collapse of Dawson International.
Chanel fashion president Bruno Pavlovsky said: “The acquisition of Barrie business by Chanel is all the more natural as the factory has worked with us for more than 25 years, producing cashmere knitwear including Chanel’s iconic two-tone cashmere cardigans.
“Through this acquisition, we reaffirm our commitment to traditional expertise and craftsmanship, and our wish to safeguard their future and support their development.”