Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Scotland: Karl Lagerfeld has made a tradition of taking his Chanel pre-collections to far-flung locales in recent years, and this season, his choice of venue was especially compelling. The Linlithgow castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was born, provided the backdrop for his show. Lagerfeld claimed that the first French poem he learned was about the tragic life of Mary, and the dark romance of her story permeated the collection. The rich tradition of Scottish dress also provided plenty of inspiration; Fair Isle and fisherman sweaters, kilts and sporrans, argyle and all manner of tartans were reimagined in sophisticated Chanel style. The Scottish and regal references remained consistent from start to finish. Even the last passage of looks, a haunting procession of embellished ivory pieces, was fit for a lovelorn queen. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Long layers / Columnar / A-line / Oversized
Color: Black / Forest green / Grey / True red / Maroon / Navy / Brown / Ivory / Burnt orange / Gold / White
Key Items: Kilts / Fair Isle sweaters / Tartan coats / Sweater dresses
Materials: Tweed / Brushed wool / Bouclé / Chunky yarns / Crisp cotton shirtings / Organza / Leather / Lace
Print + Pattern: Argyle / Tartan / Fair Isle
Details + Trim: Beading / Contrast trim / Ruffle necks / Pleats / Tiers / Edwardian collars / Buckles / Pearls
Accessories + Footwear: Wool scarves / Pearl earrings / Chokers / Long multi-strand necklaces / Berets / Beaded bracelets / Furry gloves / Sporrans / Quilted or jeweled clutches / Patterned tights / Chunky socks / Fur boots / Mary Janes / Flat booties / Lace-up boots
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