Burberry's Christopher Bailey to design Claridge's 2015 Christmas tree


British hotel Claridge's has revealed that Burberry's chief creative and chief executive officer, Christopher Bailey, will be creating the famous Christmas tree this year.

The tree, which will comprise over 10 umbrellas, each finished in bespoke gold and silver metallic fabric, will be unveiled on Monday 16 November and it will mark the first time that Claridge's will have a British-designed Christmas tree.



A sketch of the tree

The lights around the tree will pick up movement as guests pass by, setting off thousands of lights to create a magical spectacle in the iconic hotel lobby.

Umbrellas were used as a nod to Burberry's reputation of providing protection against the elements, notably the British rain.

"Christmas is one of my favourite times of year so I was delighted to be asked to design the Claridge's Christmas Tree – the iconic hotel celebrating a joyful time," said Christopher.

"We wanted the tree to reflect the playfulness of the season with a little bit of the English weather thrown in. We also love the idea that the tree comes to life as guests pass by, bringing a wonderful touch of festive magic to their stay."


The Claridge's tree designed by Dolce & Gabbana in 2014

By being responsible for the design of the tree, Christopher follows in the footsteps of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbano, who created the tree two years in a row, John Gallian and Lanvin's Alber Elbaz.

The Claridge's Christmas tree has been something of a must-see for a long time now, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to witness its design.