Press Release: CHANEL at Linlithgow Palace
Fashion Royalty Descend on Linlithgow Palace
The event that spent months shrouded in silence and had the beautiful Historic Scotland site Linlithgow Palace closed to the public for almost a month, arrived in West Lothian on Tuesday the 4th of December much to the excitement of local residents and businesses.
The magnificent Linlithgow Palace – infamously known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots – played host to the international fashion house Chanel’s showcase of their annual Metiers d’Arts collection.
Chanel has hosted the Metiers d’Arts show for the last decade with each show in a different country that has influenced Coco Chanel. Previous shows have been in the exotic settings of Shanghai, Monte Carlo, Moscow, Tokyo and the most recent ventured to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. On discussing the magnificent 15th Century Palace, creative director for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld stated;
“I loved the location and I must say the way the show was staged was exactly what I wanted.”
“It was very interesting to use it for a show. I wanted the rough romance of this beautiful place. “
The show is estimated to have cost the fashion house around £2m and is said to have welcomed an estimated 400 guests including a number of fashion royalty such as Poppy Delevigne and Sophie Kennedy Clark. Amongst guests rumoured to be attending were the Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, however there was no obvious sign of A-listers at the show.
On the beautiful snowy winter’s evening, guests were provided with Chanel branded tartan blankets and were met with hot whisky and ginger cocktails to help protect them from the elements.
It is obvious that the show was heavily inspired by Scottish designs and fabrics with models walking the catwalk adorned in tweed kilts, argyle socks and a number of references to Mary Queen of Scots. Coco Chanel is said to have spent a lot of time in Scotland with the Duke of Westminster during their relationship and this inspired her to use a number of Scottish textiles in her designs.
The fashion brand also recently bought a cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders, Barrie Knitwear in Hawick, making its ties to Scotland even stronger.
For those unfamiliar with the area this may have seemed a first, however West Lothian is no stranger to hosting major events and celebrities; a number of blockbusters have been filmed in the area including The Jacket, with Keira Kinghtly, Doomsday with Bob Hoskins and most recently Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansson.
Linlithgow Palace provided a breathtaking backdrop for this magnificent event impressing everyone that was involved. We hope that this will lead to the Palace hosting more high profile events and an increase in the recognition that it so clearly deserves.