Scotland's Linlithgow Palace is no stranger to extravagant parties. In 1745 its fountains were famously made to run with wine to celebrate the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie. On December 4, 2012, to showcase the high quality work of Chanel's craftsmen, Karl Lagerfeld put on a show to rival this historic extravagance.
As celebrities arrived among the snow flurries for the launch of Chanel's Métiers d'Art Paris-Edimbourg collection, they were warmed by crackling braziers, tumblers of whisky and tartan blankets. Scottish supermodel Stella Tennant fittingly opened the show, swaddled in tweed and tartan. Cara Delevingne also appeared, while her Chanel Ambassador sister Poppy watched from the front row. Edie Campbell, Saskia de Brauw and Aymeline Valade also graced the runway.
Guests were then led down a winding staircase to an otherworldly, candlelit glass marquee perched on the edge of the half-frozen Linlithgow Loch for a banquet. Warmed by whisky, haggis and venison, the likes of Anna Mouglalis, Amanda Harlech, Carine Roitfeld, and Caroline Sieber danced late into the night to the music of singer-songwriter Jake Bugg against the haunting backdrop of the palace ruins.