Chanel Pre-Fall 2013

Scotland was the ideal setting for Karl Lagerfeld's Metiers d'Art collection (or Pre-Fall collection) for Chanel this week. The designer presented his latest creations to the world via the romantic ruins of Linlithgow Palace, otherwise known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

It provided the perfect backdrop for Lagerfeld's heavy tartan, strong tweeds, ruffled blouses, and peplum jackets. He reworked the Scottish icon, the kilt, and threw in sweater dresses, lingerie-inspired pieces and lace gowns.

You may not know that Chanel has its own fling with Scotland. Coco Chanel spend a considerable amount of time in the country during her dalliance with the Duke of Westminster. During this period the influence of the cold climate and traditional country outerwear inspired her design work.

"It's the idea of Scotland, the mix of Coco Chanel and Mary Stuart - two queens of fashion," Lagerfeld told WWD. Although Chanel "had a better end" than Queen Mary, who was convicted of treason and decapitated in 1587.

Special guests who attended the show included Sophie Kennedy Clark, Amber Anderson, Poppy Delevingne, and Anna Mougalis. Check out a video of the runway show below.

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