Dolce & Gabbana’s Christmas tree design for Claridge’s
It is the third time that the landmark hotel has enlisted a designer to decorate the huge Christmas tree that sits in the main lobby throughout the festive period – Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and John Galliano for Dior have all previously participated while London florist McQueens were bestowed the honour last year.
This year, it’s the turn of Sicilian design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – regular guests at the hotel – and they have taken their Italian heritage and run with it for the design.
Hand-crafted traditional Sicilian puppets, called Pupi, will sit beneath the tree, which will be adorned with hand-painted Italian festive glass baubles and framed by a bespoke multicoloured ‘luminarie’ created in southern Italy.
“When we think of London we always think of Claridge’s and of its typically English atmosphere that fascinates us and makes us fall in love with the city every time as if it were the first,” say the designers. “Our Christmas tree isn’t only a celebration of Christmas as we celebrate it in Italy, but it’s at the same time a tribute to the artisanal Italian tradition, the same that we love to export worldwide with everything we do”.
The tree will be unveiled on November 26.