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Chanel comes to Scotland for fashion show

The world of fashion turned out in Linlithgow tonight for luxury brand Chanel's first major show in Scotland.

Celebrity spotters were hoping that some A-list guests would grace the red carpet, since Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is the current face of a campaign for the women's fragrance Chanel No 5, while actress Keira Knightley fronts an advert for the label's Coco Mademoiselle perfume.

But there was no sign of Pitt or Knightley, and no confirmation of pre-show rumours that David and Victoria Beckham or Sarah Jessica Parker would attend.

The catwalk parade was being held outside at Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian despite wintry conditions within the walls of the 15th century palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

It was chosen as the location for the Metiers d'Art collection by the French brand's creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

Since 2002, Lagerfeld has dedicated an annual ready-to-wear collection to showcase specialist craftsmanship.

It is held in a different country each year and this year his selection is thought to have been inspired by the heritage of Chanel in Scotland.

An estimated audience of around 400 invited guests from the international fashion world watched the show, which began and ended with appearances from Scots model Stella Tennant.

Speaking after the show, Lagerfeld said he was pleased with how it went.

"I loved the location and I must say the way the show was staged was exactly what I wanted," he said.

"It was very interesting to use it for a show. I wanted the rough romance of this beautiful place."

Asked about Scotland's influence in the fashion world, Lagerfeld replied: "Chanel came here, she discovered tweed here and the cashmere. Now we've bought Barrie.

"Scottish patterns and tartans are all over the world, so there is a strong identity that everybody likes, uses and copies."

The fashion brand recently bought a cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders after its owner went into administration. Chanel took over Barrie Knitwear in Hawick, securing the jobs of its 176 staff, last month.

The company has worked with Chanel for more than 25 years producing cashmere knitwear, including its famous two-tone cardigans.

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