Thursday, 8 December 2011

Claridge's Christmas Tree is designed by Lanvin's Alber Elbaz Xx

Alber Elbaz with his tree at Claridges

All photos: Dave Bennett

Alber Elbaz, the creative head of Lanvin, unveiled his take on the traditional Christmas tree with a tableau of caricatures portraying the Lanvin family at home, 
at a Christmas soiree hosted by Claridge’s Hotel,  London.  
Alber, a longstanding guest of Claridge’s, made the decorations at the Lanvin Atelier in Paris with some assistance 
from Santa’s little helpers!

The 20 ft tree by the Grand Staircase

Alber Elbaz & Philip Treacy 

Guests included Sir Paul SmithPhilip Treacy
Anouk Lepere
John PawsonGordon Ramsay
 film director Mike Figgis, Kinder Aggugini, Nikki Tibbles, 
Suzy Menkes, Jeremy King, Ophelia Lovibond, Margot, 
Fergus Henderson and Nicky Haslam 

Freddie & Emilia Fox 

Suki Waterhouse & Mary Charteris 
Mary Charteris 

Partygoers in Lanvin included Suki WaterhouseAmba JacksonTallulah Harlech and Mary Charteris along with Emilia Fox 
and her brother Freddie Fox

There were pomegranate and mulled apple cocktails and
 parsnip and chestnut croquettes, turkey and ham pies followed by gingerbread houses, biscuit stars and truffles.

Mike Figgis, Rosey Chan & Jeremy Healy

 Concert pianist Rosey Chan played pieces by Ravel, Scriabin and Bach

Alber said: 

“The concept of the Christmas Tree decoration is to create an installation that carries the spirit of Lanvin, an infusion of tradition and modernity at the same time. The tree is to emanate and bring heartwarming joy to all who work and stay as guests at Claridge's hotel.  It's my way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

Thomas Kochs, Claridge’s General Manager, commented, “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 festive season.”
The Claridge’s Christmas Tree has long been a holiday sensation, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to marvel at its magnificent design. It is the third year that Claridge’s has invited one of its longstanding guests to create and decorate the Christmas tree in their own inimitable style.

Until next time!  J Xx

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