Enter Alber Elbaz, the mastermind behind Lanvin whose refined sensibility seems a natural fit for the especially posh Mayfair locale. Choosing a designer devoid of bigotry-related controversy doesn't hurt the hotel's holiday PR push, either.
Elbaz's take on Christmas cheer is said to include "colorful and whimsical" touches like Lanvin-uniformed marionettes. Says Elbaz of his goal with the creative task: "The tree is to emanate and bring heartwarming joy to all who work and stay as guests at Claridge's hotel." Those words alone inspire a helluva lot more warm-fuzzies than Galliano's horrifying gaffe.
The tree is set to be unveiled on November 22nd and will be on display through January 2nd, 2012. Expect to compete with Birkin-toting, well heeled crowds to get a picture with the sartorially-themed tree.