By Katie Wilson
Claridge’s has unveiled its Christmas tree for 2021 – and it’s a stunning Dior creation.
The ‘Celestial Snow Globe’ is a stylish take on the classic winter decoration, and is made from white Toile lit up by state-of-the-art holographic projections which create magical visuals in the hotel’s lobby.
It has been designed by Kim Jones, who is currently Artistic Director for Dior’s men’s collections.
Christmas baubles which take the form of iconic Dior pieces will seem to float in orbit around the dazzling 6.5 metre tree. While Kim’s faithful dog, Cookie, hugs Monsieur Dior’s lucky star on top of the tree.
Kim said: “It is a great honour for me to design the Christmas tree with Claridge’s and thus bring Dior, London and the Christmas spirit together in this iconic piece.”
This is the 12th year Claridge’s have invited a longstanding partner and friend to reinterpret their Christmas tree.
Past collaborators have included fashion designers Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld and Diane von Furstenberg.
Here we look back at every Claridge’s Christmas tree since the tradition began in 2009.
Claridge’s Christmas Tree: In Pictures
Kally Ellis of McQueens – 2020
Kally Ellis, of McQueens Flowers created an Art Deco tree for 2020 adorned with over 10,000 crystals, glass garlands and pendants, which shined a pool of light over the legendary Mayfair hotel’s lobby floor. Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, the dreamy 4.5 metre spruce was a nod to the past, but also a beacon of hope for the future following a year of lockdown.
Christian Louboutin – 2019
The 2019 tree from Christian Louboutin was an immersive installation which invited guests on a journey, transforming the lobby into a frosted forest. At its heart was a traditional tree in gold and red, dressed with fairy lights and gingerbread stilettos – and topped with a gold-leaf crown.
Diane von Furstenberg – 2018
Diane von Furstenberg designed Claridge’s ‘Tree of Love’ in 2018. The six-metre sculptural creation was coloured with a blue iridescent lustre and shimmer and decorated with over 8,000 hand painted silver-leafed leaves, glass spheres and 150 hand-blown glass hearts.
Karl Lagerfeld – 2017
Legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld was enlisted to create Claridge’s Christmas Tree in 2017. Inspired by his childhood memories of Christmas, the centrepiece was a 16-foot inverted tree reminiscent of a silver stalactite, topped with silver gilded roots and a multi-faceted, mirrored star. Underneath, Icelandic sheepskin rugs were positioned to suggest a recent snowfall.
Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson – 2016
In 2016 Claridge’s lobby was home to much more than a Christmas Tree. Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson, in collaboration with renowned British set designer Michael Howells, created an immersive festive installation with four-metre high light boxes, rose cast models of Scots pine and natural and photographed silver birch and fir trees.
Christopher Bailey for Burberry – 2015
2015 marked the first time that Claridge’s had a British designed Christmas Tree. Christopher Bailey’s creation featured over 100 umbrellas, each finished in bespoke gold and silver metallic fabric, and thousands of motion-sensor lights, programmed to sparkle and glitter as guests walked by.
Dolce & Gabbana – 2014
In 2014 Dolce & Gabbana designed Claridge’s Christmas Tree for a second year in a row. The eight metre-high tree brought a magical woodland to life in the heart of Mayfair. The tree was adorned with hand-painted glass baubles representing the many festive traditions celebrated the night before Christmas.
Dolce & Gabbana – 2013
Dolce & Gabbana were the designers behind Claridge’s Christmas Tree in 2013 and presented a seven metre-high Christmas tree, reinterpreted with Sicilian elements that drew on their Italian heritage. The tree was adorned with more than 450 hand-blown Italian festive glass baubles and a bespoke ‘luminarie’ framework, with the base of the tree featuring 30 hand crafted Sicilian marionettes.
Kally Ellis of McQueens – 2012
In her first turn at designing the Claridge’s Christmas tree, Kally Ellis of McQueens was enlisted for the magical display of 2012. Named ‘Forest Murmurs’, the Christmas tree featured magnolia branches and lichen moss, studded with crystal and emerald jewel eggs in white, gold and silver to create a canopy of colour and glamour.
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin – 2011
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin designed Claridge’s Christmas Tree in 2011. Alber created a dream world of colour and fantasy with his signature marionettes and a silk figurine of himself with trademark glasses and bowtie at the top of the tree.
John Galliano for Dior – 2010
In 2010 Claridge’s welcomed back John Galliano for Dior to design its iconic Christmas tree. The celebrated designer unveiled his spectacular ‘Under the Sea’ creation – a Christmas Tree made of sparkling silver leaves, pink coral, sea horses, fish, anemones, starfish and jellyfish.
John Galliano for Dior – 2009
2009 marked the first time Claridge’s Christmas Tree was designed by a famed fashion designer. The Christmas Tree by John Galliano for Dior evoked a frozen twist on tradition with a tropical tree completed with snow leopard, dragon flies and parrots.
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