Claridge’s Christmas tree has this year been
designed by long-time guest Alber Elbaz, Creative Director of the
famous fashion house of Lanvin.
Exclusively for Claridge’s, Mr. Elbaz has
created a dream world of colour and fantasy with his signature
marionettes and at the top of the tree is a silk figurine of
himself with trademark glasses and bowtie, complete with the
festive spirit of fairy wings and a wand.
His fantastical Christmas dream is brought to
life in Claridge’s, with a tableau of caricatures portraying the
Lanvin family around the tree at home, including the hotel’s
doorman and maid dressed in Lanvin designed uniforms.
The Claridge’s Christmas tree has become something of an
holiday sensation, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to marvel
at its design. It is the third year that Claridge’s
has invited one of its longstanding guests to create and decorate
the lobby Christmas tree in their own inimitable style. This
year’s creative vision is a festive party tree with the
decorations being made by the Lanvin Atelier in Paris and of
course with assistance from Santa’s little helpers.
Commenting on the collaboration, Mr. Elbaz said, “We wanted to
make all our Christmas dreams come true; an infusion of tradition and modernity together. That is Lanvin. I hope the tree brings a
big heart of joy to all who work and stay at Claridge's: It's my
way to say a very Merry Christmas.”
Claridge’s General Manager, added, “We are thrilled to welcome
Mr. Elbaz this year to spread the Christmas magic in our iconic
lobby. It is simply wonderful to see this talented designer
decorate the tree in his whimsical style. The House of Lanvin and
Claridge’s are synonymous with longstanding tradition and timeless
glamour, and we are sure to bring the Christmas magic alive this
The Claridge’s Christmas tree will be on display
in the hotel lobby until 2 January 2012.
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