Inspired by the Scottish influence of Chanel’s pre-fall 2013 Paris-Edimbourg collection, the Parisian fashion house tapped actress Tilda Swinton for the Metiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg collection, which was unveiled during a show held at Linlithgow Palace in December. Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld lensed the Scottish blonde for the new advertisements set against a backdrop of medieval tapestries. Rich tartan and ornate embellishments bring a new twist to the transitional season.

The House of Chanel was charmed by her unique allure, as Lagerfeld declared, “Tilda perfectly embodies the Paris-Edimbourg collection. She is of course Scottish, but more than that she is a modern woman, a timeless icon of elegance.” The shoot took place in the Château d’Ecouen, a Renaissance castle near Chantilly, France, the perfect setting for a collection inspired by Mary Queen of Scots and filled with tartan, kilts, and warm layers.

Lagerfeld also shot Swinton for “The Little Black Jacket,” a book and exhibition slated to hit Milan’s Rotonda di Via Besana from April 6 to 20.

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