French connection revisited at Palace

271112  Linlithgow palace, chanel workings.
271112 Linlithgow palace, chanel workings.
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A TENTED pavilion on the Peel is the latest development ahead of Chanel’s visit to Linlithgow next Tuesday.

The prestigious 2012/13 Métiers d’Art Collection arrives from Paris in the Royal Burgh for the show at 6pm on Tuesday. This week on-going construction work at the Peel revealed 12 linked tents, thought to be used as backstage rooms for the stars of the show.

The collection, inspired by the cultures of Tokyo, New York, Monte Carlo, Moscow, Shanghai and Bombay, will be presented within the walls of the 
palace.

One of those with a sought-after ticket into the lavish event is Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop.

Looking forward to a spectacular show, she said: “The Palace’s historical links with France, the country which also gave us Coco Chanel, makes it a fitting location for this famous event.

‘‘By bringing their event to the town, Chanel has given us a great opportunity to showcase the Palace, the Royal Burgh and Scotland to a global audience.”

Linlithgow Academy pupils are planning to showcase their own fashion designs in the windows of the Journal and Gazette 
office and the former First Bus offices next week.

Six outfits designed and made by S2 pupils as well as contributions from senior pupils will be on display.

Local businesses are getting in on the act too with Livingston’s restaurant dishing up a special red carpet menu on the night of the show and local award-winning piper Ross Miller has offered his services.

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Chanel, chose Linlithgow for his show as he was inspired by the heritage of Chanel in Scotland and the use of Scottish tweed and cashmere in his designer collections today.

Although the event is private, with invited guests only attending, the eastbound lane of Linlithgow High Street will be closed from 4.30pm-7pm on Tuesday, December 4, with a 
diversion in place.

For a full report of the show see next week’s Journal and Gazette!