One of our favorite times of year in the world of hospitality is the holidays. Nobody does them better than hotels. The yuletide season brings a flurry of events, seasonal treats, and decorations, as five-star properties deck the halls with impressive holiday displays.
One of the most anticipated unveilings is at Claridge’s, London’s landmark Art Deco hotel situated in the heart of Mayfair. The Christmas tree at Claridge’s has become an event in itself—an anticipated showcase of top design talent, with some impressive fashion industry icons having created custom decorations for the tree, including Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Kally Ellis of McQueens, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, and John Galliano for Dior. (Keen to see these past creations? Claridge’s keeps a Christmas Tree archive so you can feast on the photos.)
After much speculation, Claridge’s has announced this year’s designer is none other than Karl Lagerfeld. As creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, Lagerfeld needs no introduction. This is the eighth year that Claridge’s has commissioned a “creative visionary” to design the famous Christmas Tree, and in speaking of the collaboration, Lagerfeld said, “Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.” The tree will be officially unveiled in the lobby on Wednesday, November 22.
Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to the hotel scene. The designer has waved his wand over projects like the SO Sofitel Singapore, Hôtel Métropole in Monte-Carlo, and the recently renovated Hotel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel in Paris, where two suites called The Grand Appartements reflect his vision.