We wish you a Lanvin Christmas

7th December 2011

There’s nothing like the annual tradition of Claridge’s uber fashionable tree to tell us that the festive season is well and truly underway and although it was officially erected at the end of last month, it was properly christened this week with a star studded Christmas party.

Guests including Sir Paul Smith, Gordon Ramsay, Tallulah Harlech, Mary Charteris, Emilia Fox, Fergus Henderson, Mike Figgis and, of course, Alber Elbaz downed pomegranate and mulled apple cocktails  and feasted upon parsnip and chestnut croquettes, turkey and ham pies and mini gingerbread houses while being serenaded by pianist Rosey Chan.

The 20 foot tree itself in the hotel’s famous lobby is bedecked with a tableau of portraying the Lanvin family at home and is topped off with an Elbaz mini-me sitting alongside the more traditional Christmas star. For the last two years the tree was designed by John Galliano but with Dior’s former supremo, shall we say, not at the top of everyone’s Christmas card list, it was up to Uncle Alber to take up the Yule log baton.


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