And that is what a designer Christmas tree looks like when renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has a hand in it. Lagerfeld, best known as the creative director for both Chanel, Fendi, and his own named brand is responsible for the grandeur of this year’s 16-foot Christmas tree dynamically displayed in the lobby of Claridge’s.
Claridge’s is the grand damn of the Mayborne Hotel Group hotel with an art deco flair and is located in the heart of London’s Mayfair.
For eight consecutive years, the hotel has invited a creative icon to have their hand in decorating the magnificent Christmas trees adorning the lobby and common areas.
Commenting on the collaboration Lagerfeld said, “Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.”
The tree is displayed inverted with silver gilded roots topped with a multi-facetted 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 glow. Under the tree sits hand-sewn white Icelandic sheepskin rugs to reflect a recent snowfall.
The hotel was honored to have Lagerfeld interpret his design of this year’s Christmas tree.
“We believe this magical take on his childhood memories captures the spirit of the season perfectly and adds a sense of fun and glamour to our lobby,” said Claridge’s General Manager Paul Jackson.