Scotland’s Seductive Summons—Part Deux

  • 1st September 2013

In the Chanel Pre-Fall collection (pieces are in boutiques now and selling-out rapidly) Lagerfeld took the medieval ornamental ‘sporran’ and transformed it into a gorgeous line of purses and minaudieres.  We’ll highlight those today, alongside another beautiful and famous transformation, that of Inverlochy Castle into a renowned destination hotel.

 

The Sporran as a handbag:

Typically made of leather or fur, often with feather ornamentation, the sporran is a traditional part of male highland dress and functions as a pocket, for the pocketless kilt.

 

Traditional Sporran

Traditional Sporran. Photo Courtesy of: Wikipedia

 

 

Below it is gloriously adapted per Chanel, even for those not Highland-bound:

 

Chanel Pre-Fall Collection Sporran-style purse.

Chanel Pre-Fall Collection Sporran-style purse. Photo Courtesy of: Bragmybag.com

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Lachanelphile.com

Photo Courtesy of Lachanelphile.com

 

 

A few more favorite handbags from the collection include:

 

Beautifully embellished tartan minaudieres.

Beautifully embellished tartan minaudieres.

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: Citizenoffashion.com

Photo Courtesy of: Citizenoffashion.com

 

 

 

Luxurious velvet clutch-bag

Luxurious velvet clutch-bag

 

 

 

Velvet clutch bag on the runway.

Velvet clutch bag on the runway.

 

 

 

The luxurious tartans and tweeds, pearl embellishments and delicate feathers from the Edinburgh Pre Fall collection could not be more perfectly suited to the impeccably resplendent grounds of Inverlochy Castle Hotel.

 

The drive up to Inverlochy

The drive up to Inverlochy.

 

 

Just a four hour drive (through the Scottish countryside) from Edinburgh, Inverlochy Castle Hotel is a 19th century-baronial mansion located near the town of Fort William.

 

 

The front of Inverlochy as seen from the rolling grounds.

The front of Inverlochy as seen from the rolling grounds.

 

 

It was built in 1863 and retains all of the elegance the time-period afforded.

 

 

The perfect room to take tea.

The perfect room to take tea.

 

 

The main reception room features live music in the evening.

The main reception room features live music in the evening.

 

 

Invelochy Castle Hotel Main Reception

 

 

 

Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy in 1873 remarking, “I never saw a lovelier, more romantic spot.”  The Queen’s suite allows you to share in her wonderment.

 

Dress for dinner, but sorry there are no Lady's Maids.

Dress for dinner, but sorry there are no Lady’s Maids.

 

 

The mansion has been a hotel since 1969 and in 2006 Inverlochy Castle Hotel was voted, “Best Hotel in Europe”  by Travel + Leisure magazine.  Much of its fame is due to its renowned cuisine.

 

Adult breakfast

Adult breakfast

 

 

 

Traditional 'Egg & Soldiers' for children

Traditional ‘Egg & Soldiers’ for children.

 

 

Cap off dinner with an amazingly fresh cheese course.

Cap off dinner with an amazingly fresh cheese course.

 

 

True that some of the best game hunting and sport fishing is just steps away, but even a walk through the rolling grounds or a canoe-ride across the lake is activity enough.

 

 

Stop for a game of chess before ambling down a pathway into greenery.

Stop for a game of chess before ambling down a pathway into greenery.

 

 

Walking paths surround the castle.

Walking paths surround the castle.

 

 

The greenery is only broken by wildflowers and small lakes.

The greenery is only broken by wildflowers and small lakes.

 

 

 

 

Velvety Foxglove pops up everywhere.

Velvety Foxglove pops up everywhere.

 

 

 

The grounds behind the castle are equally stunning.

The grounds behind the castle are equally stunning.

 

 

 

All guest rooms enjoy sweeping views.

All guest rooms enjoy sweeping views.

 

 

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. The blog looks wonderful, the purses the castle, love them.

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