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7 posts tagged "Claridge’s"

Trimming the Tree With Dolce & Gabbana


Stefano and Eva “Claridge’s asked us to create this year’s Christmas tree, and we were delighted because London and Claridge’s are two of our favorite places, and Christmas is such a magical time,” Stefano Gabbana told last night at the annual Christmas tree unveiling at Claridge’s, an event that, for many Londoners, marks the beginning of the festive season. “To be asked was such an honor considering the great designers who have taken part before. We just hope that we have achieved our goal of bringing a bit of Italian artigianalita [artistry] to London.”

Well, they can tick that box. The beautiful ornaments that were painstakingly hand-blown, carved, and painted in an Italian workshop included pupi (wooden puppets), toy soldiers, medieval knights, and even orange, lemon, and watermelon wedges that transported us directly to a Sicilian garden. This collaboration carries on the tradition established by Claridge’s in 2009 of inviting a fashion house to dream up a tree, with Dior and Lanvin rising to the challenge at Christmases past.

Eva Herzigova, David Gandy, Poppy Delevingne, Joan Collins, and more sampled Italian canapes out of festively wrapped gift boxes and were treated to a moving tenor performance that held the entire crowd in rapt attention. “The environment they created is so very special—the atmosphere here is absolutely rich with this infusion of Italian culture,” offered Herzigova. “I think with this, the boys have outdone even themselves, if that is possible.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Dreaming Of An Alber Christmas


Christmas at Claridge’s is fairy-tale stuff, on the list of “things to do before I die” for many. Add Lanvin to the package and the fantasy goes into overdrive. That’s what it was last night at the cozy soirée hosted by Alber Elbaz to unveil his new Christmas tree for the storied hotel.

Elbaz takes over the job from John Galliano, who had the gig two years running. And this was no new age fantasy extravaganza as Galliano delivered before. Alber’s homier tree included miniature Lanvin boxes tied in navy ribbons, reindeers, and jewel-colored streamers, but the highlights were the top and bottom. Perched at the tip was a doll version of the designer himself; at the bottom, poupées dressed up as concierge staff and customers of Claridge’s. It was a nod by Mr. Elbaz to his longstanding patronage at the hotel.

The English old and new guard who gathered to sample the ham tarts and mulled wine included Sir Paul Smith, Gordon Ramsay, and Nicky Haslam, while the younger set (mostly dressed in Lanvin) included Tallulah Harlech, model of the moment Suki Waterhouse, and Jade Jagger’s daughter, Amba Jackson. All this while Mike Figgis’ girlfriend, Rosey Chan, performed Ravel and Bach on the piano—with one hand tied around her back.

As for Elbar’s Christmas wish? “Maybe I will go to Morocco, maybe India, we shall see,” he said. “Right now, though, a good rest in a warm climate will be a great Christmas gift to myself.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

On Our Radar: Lanvin Dolls


If you can’t have an Alber Elbaz-designed Christmas tree, like the one he recently debuted for Claridge’s in London, at least you can have one of his Miss Lanvin dolls to put under your Douglas Fir. Just in time for the holidays, Elbaz has rolled out his 2012 collection of hand-decorated dolls, showcasing Lanvin gowns, gems, and sunglasses. Barbies these are not—the limited-edition porcelain dolls, taking leisure walks with their pink flamingos or hanging out Chez Lanvin with Alber, run up to $750. Manufacturer recommended age: 21 and up.

Miss Lanvin Dolls are available now at

Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin

Alber Elbaz Decks The Claridge’s Halls, The Vatican Doesn’t Like Benetton’s New “Unhate” Campaign, Rankin Debuts A New Magazine, And More…


John Galliano designed the Claridge’s Christmas tree for the past two years, but this year, Alber Elbaz has taken over the job. The tree will be decked “with marionettes wearing Elbaz’s take on Claridge’s staff uniforms.” The tree will be on display at the London hotel from November 22 through January 22. [WWD]

United Colors of Benetton’s new “Unhate” campaign has reportedly been condemned by the Vatican. The ad campaign features images of various political and religious groups locking lips. One image even shows Benedict XVI kissing Egyptian imam Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb. [Telegraph]

Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2012 sample collection was stolen yesterday in London. WWD reports today, however, that not all is lost. Apparently, “thieves made off with some ready-to-wear and accessories, but not the entire assortment,” and “Jacobs is said to have duplicates for many of the looks.” [WWD]

Dazed & Confused and Another magazine founder Rankin launched a new biannual fashion and lifestyle magazine today. Hunger‘s debut issue has one cover featuring Sky Ferreira and another featuring actor Rhys Ifans. Inside, you will find features with the likes of Heidi Klum, Cheryl Cole, Hayley Atwell, and more. [Dazed Digital]

Dreaming Of A Dior Christmas


On Thursday, while most of us here in the colonies—ahem, the States—were courting and then convalescing from Thanksgiving food comas, London’s Claridge’s Hotel unveiled its latest Christmas tree. John Galliano once again stepped up to do the honors on behalf of Dior, fashioning an undersea-themed tree with coral, anemones, seahorses, and fish swimming among the leaves. (We previewed it a few weeks back with a Galliano sketch.) The tree remains up through January 5, 2011, for divers interested in taking a look. Meanwhile, for tree-huggers here in New York, the Rockefeller Center tree gets lit with a ceremony this Wednesday.

Photo: Courtesy of Claridge’s