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14th November 2012, Linlithgow

Chanel to stage Scottish fashion show


Luxury goods brand Chanel is taking its annual Metiers d'Art collection to Scotland next month were its lavish fashion show will be showcased in the ruins of Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Chanel’s design chief Karl Lagerfeld will showcase Scottish tweed and cashmere at the Metiers d’Art event which has also been held in Tokyo, New York, London and Moscow.

The announcement comes just weeks after Chanel acquired the Barrie Knitwear mill in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The French company rescued Barrie, which has been a supplier for 25 years, after the collapse of previous owner Dawson International.

"This year, Karl Lagerfeld has chosen Edinburgh as the location for the collection, inspired by the rich heritage of Chanel in Scotland, and the skilled craftsmanship of Scottish tweed and cashmere, that are an integral and iconic part of Chanel's collections today,” Chanel told BBC Scotland this morning.

According to the BBC, designers and fashion journalists are due to arrive in Edinburgh for the fashion show on 3 December and fly out on two days later. During their trip they will visit the capital's tourist attractions, including Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop commented: "The Metiers d'Art show is legendary in the fashion world and I am delighted that Chanel has chosen the stunning location of Linlithgow Palace for this year's event.

"Chanel bringing the show to Scotland is hugely exciting for Linlithgow and the people of Scotland, and it will provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland's culture and heritage to a global audience in the Year of Creative Scotland."

Chanel bought Barrie Knitwear just last month in a deal which was expected to secure all 176 jobs Hawick.

Source: BBC

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  • Martin Curtis 15th November 2012 9:20AM

    I hope the guests are treated to a welcome gift of some Real Shetland Wool throws, in natural undyed shades perhaps with the Chanel name embroidered on them? Available from the Real Shetland Company www.realshetland.com a genuine Real Shetland product made from wool gathered from around 750 Shetland crofter / sheep farmers and sorted for quality at Jamieson and Smith Shetland Woolborkers in Lerwick. Sorry to hijack the story but hopefully the message will get back to Mr Lagerfeld?


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