This time every year Chanel puts on a show that highlights the skill of its satellite collaborators – Lésage and Atelier Montex for embroidery, Lemarié for feathers and flowers, Desrues for metalwork, Maison Michel for millinery, Massaro for bespoke shoes, Goossens for gold and Guillet for floral accessories.
Scottish mill Barrie, which has produced cashmere knits for Chanel for over 25 years, is the latest artisan studio to be bought by the Paris house, safeguarding its future. So a Celtic trip was on the cards for this Pre-Fall collection, a wrapped-up romp in plaid through Linlithgow Palace, where Mary Queen of Scots was born, 15 miles outside Edinburgh. Longtime Chanel face Stella Tennant, who hails from north of the border and is still based there, could only open the show.
Friend of Dazed Marte Mei van Haaster catwalked in two looks, shooting the event from her perspective exclusively for Dazed Digital.
"I'd visited Scotland once before, so I knew how beautiful the nature was," van Haaster shares. "The location was a dream, it felt like I'd walked onto a Harry Potter movie set. So magical, with candles and fire everywhere. No one does it better than Chanel when it comes to locations.
I flew in from Miami for the show, with Cara [Delevingne], which was fun. It's never nice to travel alone and she's a great girl on top of that! There were some other Dutchies there too, Stef [van der Laan] and Melissa [Tammerijn] I'm always very happy to see. The same for Maria Bradley, love that girl.
After the catwalk, we visited tents at the side of the loch for the afterparty, where the most amazing food and wine was served. It was a total fairytale. Even the staff were dressed from another time, nothing was missing."