What to say about the Chanel Metiers d’Arts 2013 collection… Held in the majestic surroundings of Linlithgow Castle in Edinburgh, or rather Edimbourg, I can imagine that the show was utterly spectacular. Not having managed to wangle an invite this year (fingers, toes and eyes crossed for next time) I watched the livestream from my bedroom in a state of awe and wonder. After recovering from my over-excitement at the incredible hair styling and Tudor fabulousness of the whole thing, I concluded that Scottish sartorial tradition lends itself brilliantly to the Chanel aesthetic. Think hearty tweeds, chunky cardigans and tartans galore with billowing chiffon creations providing the perfect foil for low-slung woolen trousers and mannish silhouettes.
Chanel’s Metiers d’Arts collections are intended to showcase the time tested techniques used by the craftsmen and women without whom Haute Couture would have long since ceased to exist. Last year at university my coursemates and I were lucky enough to be visited by a few of the ladies from Maison Lesage, one of the principal Parisian embroidery atelier’s employed by Chanel. Having seen some of their work up close and learned a little about the painstaking process involved, I can seriously appreciate the many hours and sheer skill required to create garments like these. While the collection did deliver some wonderfully wearable looks, for every cosy scarf, kilt pleated skirt and Coco worthy boucle jacket came a feather-and-lace confection that exuded pure fashion fantasy. Combining the rich heritage of the House with his own flair for the dramatic, Chanel Metiers d’Arts 2013 proved that despite having held shows everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Palace of Versailles, Karl Lagerfeld’s still got the ability to out do himself.
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