«Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.» – Karl Lagerfeld
I love Christmas trees and my favorite one (besides my own) can be found at London’s Claridge’s Hotel where in the eighth consecutive year a creative visionary has been invited to reinterpret the tree in their own distinctive style. This December, it is Karl Lagerfeld, one of the fashion world’s most influential creative forces, who created the stunning festive installation, a sixteen foot high inverted tree with silver gilded roots topped with a multi-faceted mirrored star which reflects rays of magical light across the art deco lobby. Reminiscent of a silver stalactite, the tree is hung with traditional silver lametta decorations, silver butter leather feathers and snowflakes handmade by craftsmen in Germany with tree candles giving a warm, inviting glow. Under the centerpiece sit hand sewn white Icelandic sheepskin rugs to reflect a recent snowfall.The famous designer was inspired by his own childhood memories of Christmas.
The Claridge’s Christmas Tree has long been a festive Mayfair landmark, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to marvel at its magnificent and ever-changing design. Scroll down to explore Claridge’s Christmas Tree designs through the years.
2016: SIR JONY IVE AND MARC NEWSON
2015: CHRISTOPHER BAILEY FOR BURBERRY
2014: DOLCE & GABBANA
2013: DOLCE & GABBANA
2012: KALLY ELLIS OF MCQUEENS
2011: ALBER ELBAZ FOR LANVIN
2010: JOHN GALLIANO FOR DIOR
2009: JOHN GALLIANO FOR DIOR
Merry Christmas to all of you – may you all sparkle as these beautiful trees with joy, love and laughter.
Photos: Courtesy of Claridge’s