For many members of the Supremium tribe - the fashion tribe that is part of the elite ultra-wealthy class and understands that while money can't buy you taste and style...it certainly helps - when you have money for anything you could desire to do, be or experience in life, what's on the holiday agenda? Probably a jaunt to London to stay for a spell in Mayfair at Claridge's, taking traditional afternoon tea in the foyer, quaffing vintage champagnes and rare spirits at the bar and enjoying after-dinner drinks in the Fumoir (below).
Claridge's is an atmospheric, art deco of a hotel jewel in London and their grand Christmas tree has long added some additional sparkle to the city's holiday shine, attracting locals, visitors and guests alike. And special guests have, for the fourth year now, been invited to create and decorate the tree in a manner that celebrates the generous spirit of the season both glamorously and with signature style. This year, the lucky tree decorators are long-time fans of the hotel, fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana who are drawing on their southern Italian heritage with a bespoke frame made of multi-colored "luminarie" housing hand-painted glass baubles and hand-crafted Sicilian puppets known as "pupi". "Our Christmas tree isn’t only a celebration of Christmas as we celebrate it in Italy, but it’s at the same time a tribute to the artisanal Italian tradition, the same that we love to export worldwide with everything we do," note signors Dolce & Gabbana. “When we think of London we always think of Claridge’s and of its typically English atmosphere that fascinates us and makes us fall in love with the city every time as if it were the first." (pupi image)
Here's the Podcast I recorded about this:
Music: "Deck the Halls B" by Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott