O Christmas Tree!
Claridge’s in London is Diane’s favorite hotel in the world and this year she was thrilled to be invited to design their highly-anticipated annual Christmas Tree. Her creation, “The Tree of Love,” was unveiled on November 27th.
Designed by Diane with help from long-time friends and collaborators, artistic set designer Stefan Beckman, artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias, and astrologer Shelley von Strunckel, “The Tree of Love,” is a celebration of the power of love, life and nature, with strong influences from the ancient traditions of the astrological world. At nearly twenty feet tall, the iridescent blue tree is decorated with over 8,000 hand-painted silver leaves, glass spheres and hand-blown glass hearts. The tree is also home to six different abstract animals, including an owl to symbolize knowledge and wisdom, a peacock for beauty and a horse to represent strength and endurance. Diane has long believed in the power of words and she incorporated a few of her favorites in the tree as well: Peace, Harmony, Knowledge, Truth, Freedom, Enlightenment and Wisdom.
The tree winds its way up towards the heavens, a magical midnight blue celestial backdrop, and as Diane puts it, “Its’ roots come from the earth, its’ branches extend to the sky. The flowers become fruits, the colour of the leaves reveal the seasons. Home to birds, shade for children, and shelter for lovers. It is the symbol of strength, enlightenment and life...every tree is the Tree of Love.”
To celebrate, Diane co-hosted a Zodiac Party with her friend and British Vogue Editor-In-Chief, Edward Enninful at the hotel on November 29th. There was dinner, dancing and a fabulous collection of Zodiac-inspired dresses designed exclusively for the event.
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