It’s one of the most sought after commissions of the year: the design of the always-chic Claridge’s Christmas tree.
This year, the honour has been bestowed upon Kim Jones, the British designer of the moment, who is Artistic Director of the Dior men’s collections. The Londoner has created a Dior tree which will be unveiled to the public on November 24.
Named The Celestial Snow Globe, the tree will pay tribute to Dior’s savoir-faire, the couture line, with holographic projections and white toile that nods to fabrics you might find at 11 rue François, in the house’s Parisian ateliers. Christmas baubles will take the form of iconic Dior pieces, while sketches released ahead of the reveal show Jones’ dog Cookie cuddling the star that sits on top.
“It is a great honour for me to design the Christmas Tree for Claridge’s,” Jones says, “and thus bring Dior, London and the Christmas spirit together in this iconic place.” It comes after the announcement that Dior will hold its first men’s show in London on December 9.
It’s the 11th year the hotel has welcomed in external creatives to bring some off-beat festive spirit to famed Claridge’s staircase. The first, in 2009, was also in collaboration with Dior and then creative director John Galliano, who created a whimsical, tropical tree with a snow leopard perched in its branches. It set a precedent, and was followed by some of the greatest names in fashion including Christopher Bailey for Burberry in 2015, Karl Lagerfeld in 2017 and Diane von Furstenberg in 2018.
“Christmas has always been a truly special time of the year for us here at Claridge’s,” the hotel’s co-owner Paddy McKillen says. “We are delighted, for the first time in many years, to welcome a homegrown designer to create our illustrious tree.”
Here is every tree that has come before:
Kally Ellis for McQueen’s, 2020
Christian Louboutin, 2019
Diane von Furstenberg, 2018
Karl Lagerfeld, 2017
Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson, 2016
Christopher Bailey for Burberry, 2015
Dolce and Gabbana, 2014
Dolce and Gabbana, 2013
Kally Ellis for McQueen’s, 2012
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, 2011
John Galliano for Dior, 2010
John Galliano for Dior, 2009