This year, Claridge’s Christmas Tree is designed by a fashion icon and long-time guest of the hotel
Every year this is the most talked about Christmas tree in London! We are talking about Claridge’s Christmas Tree, which has long been a magnificent Mayfair landmark, created each year by a famous designer! Τhe annual tradition began in 2009 when John Galliano for Dior created a tropical tree adorned with snow leopard, dragonflies and parrots, echoing Claridge’s art deco surroundings. During the next years, we saw majestic Christmas trees by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey (Click here to see them all!)
What about Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2018?
Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2018 has just been unveiled in the lobby of the hotel. This year it is designed by fashion icon, long-time guest and friend of the hotel, Diane von Furstenberg. Her creation is called ‘The Tree of Love” and is inspired by the designer’s strong belief in the power of love. Commenting on the collaboration, Diane Von Furstenberg said: “Claridge’s is my favourite hotel in the world and my home in London. I was so excited to be invited to create its legendary annual Christmas Tree. My tree is ‘The Tree of Love’, celebrating all aspects of love and life”
On the six metre tall tree there are 8,000 iridescent hand-painted silver leaves, hand-blown blue glass spheres and 150 glass hearts, along with six different silver-leafed abstract animals. We also see the symbolic words peace, harmony, truth, freedom, enlightenment and wisdom that have long appeared in Von Furstenberg’s career. The idea of the tree is that all is derived from the universe and the tree winds its way upwards towards the heavens from its roots.
In order to make this a fully immersive experience, the hotel lobby has been reimagined under Diane’s creative vision with a magical midnight blue skylight covered in dazzling stars and astrological star signs from the constellation.
There is nowhere quite like Claridge’s. The hotel began life in 1856 and soon attracted royal notice. Set in the heart of Mayfair, Claridge’s is an art deco icon and a byword for timeless elegance. During the 1920s it became an English institution; an art deco landmark, loved by movie stars and statesmen, fashion designers and global dignitaries. Since then, Claridge’s has excelled at the finer things in life: glamorous design, inspiring dining, impeccable service.