Trending Trees: Our Edit of The Most Stylish Trees This Season From Dolce & Gabbana to Matthew Williamson

11 December 2013 by

London's Claridges on Brook Street is the destination-du-jour for a Christmas cocktail and some festive fashion inspiration - both of which will be well-needed at this frantic moment of retail-mania. We recommend taking a glance at this year's masterpiece by designer duo Dolce & Gabbana:

Some delightful Dolce decorations [Getty]

In years past the decadent foyer has been kitted out by the best of the fashion hall of fame from Alber Elbaz for Lanvin to John Galliano for Christian Dior. This year Stefano and Domenico transformed one of London's greatest hotels into a Sicilian paradise. Classical Sicilian puppets ('pupi') that resemble prints of past collections stand guard afoot the 6.8ft tree whilst hand-painted glass baubles in Dolce's signature fruity colours hang from the branches.

Up at the top of the shard designer Matthew Williamson and A-list all-rounder Gwyneth Paltrow have joined forces in aid of the amazing charity Kids Company. They also enlisted the help of many creative friends to create some highly unorthodox baubles, our favourites are Rankin's gold spiked piece, Zaha Hadid's sculpted felt alien-like object and Sienna Miller's baby hand printed piece. Another hotel has been lovingly lavished by designer Lulu Guinness who decorated Browns Hotel's tree with her trademark lips in an array of glitters.

Over in a less traditional corner of the capital, fashionable trees can be spotted across East London from Emma Cook's pink pom-pom tree in a residential corner of Stoke Newington to the bonkers neon tree Louise Gray designed for hipster hotel Ace's restaurant Hoi Polloi. Regardless of the venue- be it a traditional British institution or a cutting-edge hotel - the trend is fun and contemporary, without a candy-cane insight.

We are feeling inspired! Take a look through our gallery above of the most stylish and choose from neon, giant metal gift-tags or glittering red lips - make sure you mix it up!    


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