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Reason To Shop: Chanel Pre-Fall 2015

Karl Lagerfeld created a Tyrolean fantasy for his collection for Chanel pre-fall 2015. The show was staged at the mesmerizingly beautiful Schloss Leopoldskron, a stunning rococo palace set upon a late near Salzburg, with swans drifting across the surface for effect. Fun fact: in case you’ve forgotten, Salzburg was the setting for The Sound Of Music and the Schloss’ gazebo is the very one where Liesl and Rolf duetted on Sixteen Going on Seventeen in the film.

But anyway, the Chanel Métiers d’Art collections are odes to the craftsmanship used in the brand’s ateliers and this season the show was also a paean to the traditional costumes of the region that had inspired Lagerfeld. There were feathered hats, breeches, dirndl details, floral embroideries and plenty of braid trims.

There were over 80 looks in the collection, many of which nodded to Austrian military uniforms, with capelets, frogged jackets and dashing side-striped trousers. Rural Alpine shepherds were alluded to in thigh-high suede lace-up boots, while Austria’s grand duchesses were channelled in fairy tale light evening gowns.

These are just a few of our favourite looks from the collection, which is in store from August.