John Galliano for Dior, 2009
As Claridge's first special guest designer, Galliano (then creative director of Dior) unveiled a glistening frozen tree. The installation was a twist on tradition, with a tropical tree complete with snow leopards, dragon flies and parrots, echoing the hotels art deco surroundings
John Galliano for Dior, 2010
Returning the following year, Galliano dreamed up an underwater festive fantasy. The whimsical 'Under the Sea' creation comprised sparkling silver leaves, pink coral, sea horses, fish, anemones, starfish and jellyfish
Kally Ellis of McQueens, 2012
Ellis' 'Forest Murmurs' drew inspiration from the natural world, lending it a contemporary twist. The Christmas tree featured magnolia branches and lichen moss, studded with crystal and emerald jewel eggs in white, gold and silver to create a canopy of 'colour and glamour'
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, 2011
Elbaz envisioned Technicolor world with his signature marionettes and a silk figurine of himself with trademark glasses and bowtie at the top of the tree
Dolce & Gabbana, 2013
Claridge's enlisted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for its 2013 tree. They presented a seven metre-high Christmas tree, reinterpreted with Sicilian elements that drew on the Italian heritage of the two designers. The tree was adorned with more than 450 Italian festive glass baubles blown by master artisans and a bespoke multi-coloured ‘luminarie’ framework, created in southern Italy. At the base of the tree were 30 hand crafted Sicilian marionettes (pupi) made in the likeness of Charlemagne and other medieval knights, carved in wood and dressed in velvet robes
Dolce & Gabbana, 2014
For their second Claridge's Yuletide collaboration, the Italian fashion designers conjured a towering tree adorned with 300 hand-painted baubles and topped with a large gold star. The decorations were created by artisans in Lake Como, featuring international flags representing global Christmas traditions, while the ribbons were made by Dolce & Gabbana's very own tailors. A snowy woodland scene emerged at the base of the tree
Christopher Bailey for Burberry, 2015
Last year, the Burberry CEO and chief creative officer conjured a Christmas tree comprising over 100 umbrellas, each of which were finished in gold and silver metallic fabric, and 77,000 lights. 'We wanted the tree to reflect the playfulness of the season with a little bit of the English weather thrown in,' Bailey said. 'We also love the idea that the tree comes to life as guests pass by, bringing a wonderful touch of festive magic to their stay'
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