LINLITHGOW was one of the most talked about towns in the world this week when Karl Lagerfeld transformed it into a Scottish fantasy land.
The Palace was chosen as the stunning venue for the 2012/13 Metiers d’Art collection from the famously bespectacled creative designer at Chanel.
Tweed, tartan, cashmere, ruffles, feathers and styles reminiscent of the Stuart dynasty featured promin- ently in the Paris-Edimbourg collection.
Glass pavilions in the Peel lit with candles and fire pits were the perfect setting for a sumptious banquet held in honour of the collection and the stunning lochside location.
Star spotters braved the bitter weather at Linlithgow Cross desperate to catch a glimpse of celebrities but the 111 executive cars that wound their way up the Kirkgate mainly contained global fashionistas and international press.
Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop said: “The Metiers d’Art was a fabulous event and showcased the venue and the Peel to the invited global audience of journalists, designers and fashion experts.
“Social media was buzzing with mentions of Linlithgow and the Palace during the event, so there is now an even bigger global awareness, especially in fashion circles, of the Royal Burgh. There is no doubt that this event will bring long term benefits to Linlithgow and I am keen to see those fully realised.”
It is thought the timber walkway creating a catwalk around the Palace courtyard may be kept for a number of weeks for locals to view. The Palace reopens to the public this Sunday. For more on the fabulous event, see p16-17.