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Alber Elbaz Steps in for Galliano to Design the Claridge’s XMas Tree

Lanvin XMas SkecthFor the past two years, Claridge's commissioned John Galliano to design its famous Christmas tree. As it turns out, the former Dior designer was unavailable this year, already all tied up with being Fashion's #1 Undesirable (kind of a time-consuming gig).

Of course, when you need to replace a disgraced, drunkenly anti-Semitic designer with a more PG creative genius, Lanvin's supremely lovable Alber Elbaz is the obvious choice (why Dior hasn't wrapped its head around this principle yet, I don't know).

Lanvin's main man is getting busy designing "an installation that carries the spirit of Lanvin, an infusion of tradition and modernity at the same time.” He'll be fashioning the tree with marionettes dressed in Elbaz-designed versions of the hotel's staff uniforms. Sounds cute.

Lanvin's Christmas tree will be on display from November 22 to January 2.

[via WWD]