Last week, Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian played host to the Chanel Pre Fall 2013 presentation, an event which unfolded in typically spectacular style. You might remember that the 2012 Chanel Métiers d'Art presentation was one of my top fashion moments of last year, so I was really excited to see what the new collection had in store. Linlithgow Palace was once home to Mary, Queen of Scots, and this historical inspiration was evident throughout the beautifully crafted pieces which appeared on the runway:
Themed around the rich history of the Tudors and the Stuarts, this collection had a brooding edge which added a darker dimension to many of the romantic silhouettes and feminine details on display. Lace frills, snow white fabrics and elegant embellishments were juxtaposed with shades of rich burgundy, oversized coats and a parade of distinctly masculine footwear. Tweeds and tartans were also abundant throughout the collection, nodding not only to the heritage of the location, but also to the expert craftsmanship of the ateliers who are responsible for bringing Karl Lagerfeld's designs to life season after season.
As well as showcasing a wealth of beautifully crafted clothing the presentation also featured some stunning finishing touches in the shape of the array of jewelery and accessories on display. Pearl earrings, ornate hair pieces and intricately created brooches all added a layer of texture and authenticity to the collection, with models at times appearing as if they were part of a living, breathing Renaissance tableau. Elizabeth I inspired hairstyles and painterly makeup also added to the pure theatricality of the presentation, which I'm sure will be remembered as one of the most iconic Chanel showcases to date.
What did you think of the Chanel presentation at Linlithgow? And which looks were your favourite?