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AS LOCH WOULD HAVE IT: Cashmere, wool and fur will be at a premium for the fashion flock come Dec. 4 when Chanel stages its next fashion show — an open-air spectacle at the foot of the 15th-century Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian, just outside of Edinburgh. (Linlithgow means “the loch in the damp hollow.”) Originally the royal palace of the Stuarts and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, the palace today lies roofless and ruined, yet still imposing. Karl Lagerfeld, who has illustrated the invitation, depicts sky showing through the upper windows of the structure, though his deluxe pre-fall collection for Chanel — known as the Métiers d’Art for its use of the couture ateliers Chanel owns — will be paraded after nightfall.
Chanel chose Edinburgh because it is home to the tweeds and cashmeres integral to its collections. As reported, Chanel recently acquired the elite cashmere firm Barrie Knitwear, located in Hawick in the Scottish Borders.
Meanwhile, Lagerfeld is brushing up on local lore. “I’m studying everything about the history of Scotland,” he said, “because I like to arrive informed.”