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After John Galliano effectively ousted himself from the House of Dior earlier this year, owing to an anti-semitic tirade caught on camera, the luxury label has lagged in finding a permanent replacement. WIth so much tumult at the company, it's no surprise that London hotel Claridge's has chosen a different designer to take on their annual holiday tree decor. (Dior was responsible for the tree from 2009-2010.)
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Trust Paris to trump the rest of us in the chic Christmas stakes. The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is making Noel tres fash this year with an exhibition of Sapins de Noel Fashion or “Fashion Christmas Trees”, designed by fashion students from the Paris Duperre Institute and judged by 15 French designers. Oui, seriously.
The competition has become an annual thing for the hotel (this is the third year) and this year, 30 students entered. The winner was Fusion glacée ( Icy Fusion) created by Floriane Leblong and Milane Pujolle – a plexiglass tree with snowflakes containing miniature trees inside. Tres compliqué but tres pretty – here it is.
Other efforts include a tree made of books, one made from lino “symbolizing the meeting of inferior matter with the noble majesty of the Christmas tree” and a rather charming hat made of Christmas fruits sprayed silver. See the whole lot on their Facebook page.
If you’re in need of inspiration for your own front room, the trees are on display throughout the ground floor of the hotel until January 2.
Ahoy, Mateys! No, it's not National Talk Like a Pirate Day (that were the 19th o' September, me hearties), and we haven't changed our Facebook language settings, either. But, it is time for another hotel snapshot—this here holiday oddity courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.
That's a gingerbread pirate ship you see above, constructed in time for the holidays as "a tribute to the legends and lore of ... Amelia Island." And how'd they do it, you ask? Here are the whopping stats for the painfully sweet creation:Ingredients
* 1,200 pounts of flour
* 900 pounds of sugar
* 3,000 eggs
* 435 egg whites
* 300 pounds of shortening
* 15 gallons of milk
* 14 pounds of special holiday spices
We seem to be missing the rest of the recipe, but you just know it's something like: pour into biggest soaking tub in the hotel, whisk, beat, and, er, bake.
We're still stuck on that ingredient list. Even butter-happy Paula Deen would blanch at those numbers. Holy sugar coma, Batman.
The holiday hotel decorations extravaganza is in full effect and the nearly life-sized, eco-friendly gingerbread house we reported on last week has risen!
Jaunted alerted us to The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte's TweetPhoto of the finished product and we have to say, it's not as fugly as most gingerbread candied houses are. It's actually quite sweet-looking (No pun intended! Ok, maybe a little pun intended.) Next year, we think the Ritz should make an entire gingerbread suite for hotel guests. Then upon checking out, we could eat the bed. Mmmm....
While the Christmas trees at Rockefeller Center and the White House might be garnering all the media attention, “The World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree” is actually in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, at the Coeur D’Alene Resort, and boy do they want you to come and see it.
Not only does the Christmas tree on the shores of Lake Coeur D’Alene measure up at 161 feet (about twice the size of the tree they schlep in every year to Rockefeller Center), but each ornament on it is ten feet tall, and the surrounding light show is illuminated with 1.5 million bulbs.
Sound like a waste of energy? At least this year, the 30,000 sparkling lights on the tree itself will be LED. Add in an impeccably cued snow flurry, and you’ve got yourself the perfect white Christmas.
Pshaw. This is child's play.
Not only do hotels like to dream up some Holiday Cocktails for lushes like us but they also like to go crazy with Holiday Decorations. So until the holidays are over, we'll be profiling some of the more outrageous ones we hear of and see. Know of an over-the-top decoration we should check out? Send it to us!
Move over John Galliano-designed Christmas Tree at Claridge's. Here's comes The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte's ginormous gingerbread house. The LEED-built hotel is creating a 10x14' environmentally-friendly, all-organic Gingerbread House that will be available for public viewing on Friday, November 27.
The structure will be overseen by Chef Jon Farace and the structure will be built by Jonathan Gellman of Skyward Builders, "using efficient framing practices, recycled nails and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified lumber and OSB panels obtained from within a 500-mile radius of the hotel." So it truly is green.
Now here's what it takes to build something this big:
While hotels unbox the old Christmas tree and decide which color of glass ornament to throw on it this year, the renowned Claridge's Hotel in London is sweeping the foyer before the installation of their own commissioned haute couture tree on December 1.
The fantastical-looking sketch above is the work of John Galliano for Dior, and his involvement with Claridge's is hardly the first time the hotel has dabbled in high fashion; Diane von Furstenberg was rumored to be designing several rooms at the property earlier this year, and it's a favorite of many designers. Commenting on the tree he's designing, John Galliano even admits to being a personal fan of Claridge's: