The Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg Prefall 2013 Collection was presented in the dark mist of Scotland in Linlithgow Palace. The collection was a study in Scottish Highland dress – traditional motifs like Tartan, Argyle and Fair Isle were worn with a sophistication that only Chanel could conjure. Layering was a key element of the collection with Lagerfeld piling on scarves, sweaters and coats all in a mix of plaid patterns and tweeds. Nods to traditional Highland Dress were also seen in the accessories such as flasks, belts, bonnets and sporran and in details that evoked kilts. Footwear included ghillie brogues, Dr. Martens-type boots and fur covered boots – all of the shoes and boots were flats.
There was also an element of Renaissance style in the collection that was seen in the white blouses with elaborate bow ties paired with plus fours (traditional golf pants) and bubble skirts reminiscent of men’s Renaissance dress. The final pieces in the collection were a nod to the royal dress of Mary Queen of Scots and models looked as if they walked out of the 16th century with details like funnel sleeves, lace collars and jabots.
The Métiers d’Art collections are my favorite because they are a celebration of the ateliers that Chanel has acquired through Paraffection to keep these skills and traditions alive. The ateliers include the milliner Maison Michel, the shoemaker Massaro, the costume jeweler Desrues, the embroiderer Maison Lesage, the feather dresser Lemarié, the embroiderer Atelier Montex, the goldsmith Goossens and the newly acquired glovemaker Causse.
Live music was provided by Jake Bugg.
View the collection in its entirety below…
Collection Images: Style
Karl Lagerfeld Photo: Chanel
- Chanel Métiers d’Art Collection 2012/13 Paris-Edimbourg at Linlithgow Palace
- Video: Chanel Paris-Édimbourg Métiers d’Art 2012/13 by Trevor Undi
- Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Show Invitation
- Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg Beauty
- Chanel Paris-Édimbourg Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall 2013 – Interview with Karl Lagerfeld