Thursday, 6 December 2012
Paris-Édimbourg Métiers d'Art 2012/13 CHANEL show
Karl Lagerfeld and the Chanel design team have steeped themselves in Scottish heritage and grandeur as inspiration for this weeks Metiers d'Art show held at Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, Scotland.
The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, the 15th century palace has the 'rough romance' King Karl was looking for and was deemed a perfect venue for this show. Championing the royal connections, the collection contrasted fine silk, pleated and embroidered gowns layered with pheasant feather ruffs, brushed mohair wraps and trimmed with leather and lacing. The relationship between Mary and her arch nemesis Queen Elizabeth 1, was referenced through silhouette, fabric weights and surface textures, fabric finishes, embellishments, hair, jewels and accessories.
Our fashion students will be no strangers to the traditional references of sporrans, kilts, plaids, braziers and snow. Many of the fabrics and garments were produced in Scotland using cashmere, finest wools, tartans, tweeds, plaids, checks, argyles, fairisle and herringbone twills.
Scottish supermodel Stella Tennant, opened and closed the show but more importantly, one of our fashion students was working in the hospitality team. I was hoping for a blog interview with her but Chanel have all staff, hired for the night, signed up to a confidentiality agreement. She has let me know informally that it was an amazing event with an international, invited audience.
The show reportedly cost £2 million to stage and created havoc within Linlithgow for local residents in the weeks before due to construction work, traffic route lock-downs and high security. However, it has also put the Scottish Textile industry back firmly in the spotlight and generated lots of interest in Hawick-based Barrie Knitwear and John Laing Cashmere, now owned by Chanel. Having manufactured for the design house for 25 years, 176 highly skilled jobs producing the highest quality knitwear in the world, now have a secure and optimistic future.
Ceud mille failte Chanel - a hundred thousand welcomes. For those living nearby, Linlithgow Palace is a great day out. Scottish heritage at its best.