For some it’s the beginning of Advent, for others the John Lewis ad or the Coca Cola lorry (though presumably post-Brexit/pandemic it’s driverless and stuck at Felixstowe), but here at The Handbook the key harbinger of Yuletide joy is the arrival of the Claridge’s Christmas tree. And it’s just been unveiled.
The tree is designed by an influential designer each year, with everyone from (pre-scandal) John Galliano and Jonny Ive to Diane von Furstenberg. Last year it was Kally Ellis of McQueens and this year the mantle has been passed to Kim Jones, the Artistic Director of Dior’s men’s collections.
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After, no doubt, hours of toil throughout the night, the tree was this morning unveiled in the hotel lobby in the time-honoured spot below the iconic Claridge’s staircase.
The tree has been named The Celestial Snow Globe, which is a take on the classic decoration and uses Holographic projections to give the impression of being inside a snow globe.
Named The Celestial Snow Globe, which is a take on the classic decoration...
The tree features a white Toile, a reference to the emblematic haute couture Ateliers’ Toile and a call-back to her day (non-tree-ing) job at Dior.
The tree is decorated with baubles that appear to float in orbit around the tree, satellites that recall iconic Dior emblems, recognisable to any fans of the couture house.
Topped off with Kim Jones’ dog Cookie, who is clinging onto Monsieur Dior’s lucky star...
The tree is topped off with Kim Jones’ dog Cookie, who is clinging onto Monsieur Dior’s lucky star.
According to Claridge’s co-owner, Paddy McKillen“Christmas has always been a truly special time of the year for us here at Claridge’s, and we are delighted, for the first time in many years, to welcome a homegrown designer to create our illustrious tree”, while Jones added “It is a great honour for me to design the Christmas Tree for Claridge’s and thus bring Dior, London and the Christmas spirit together in this iconic place”
Catch the tree throughout the Christmas period, and maybe time it to coincide with afternoon tea or a final dinner at the soon-to-be-ex Davies & Brook.