Accompanying the US-based designer was her private astrologist Shelley von Strunckel, who told me that the designer was a typical Capricorn in the best possible way: “ambitious, hard-working and always on the go. A bit like [fellow Capricorn] Michelle Obama in that regard.”
Although von Furstenberg has long claimed Claridge’s her “favourite hotel in the world”, her association with the property first came to light in 2010, when she designed a series of rooms and suites for the property.
One of the hotel’s most popular signature suites her Grand Piano Suite features a black leather-topped bar, marble fireplace, Diane von Furstenberg fabrics and photography taken by the designer herself.
Christmas-tree designs previously shown at the hotel also include Karl Lagerfeld’s 2017 tree, an upside-down spruce with its roots stretching towards the ceiling; it was likened to a silver stalactite.
In 2015,Burberry’s Christopher Bailey drew inspiration from Britain’s winter weather by producing a Christmas tree that was composed of over 100 umbrellas, each finished in either gold or silver metallic fabric. In 2011, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz took a traditional approach: his tree was weighed down by a flurry of brightly coloured baubles and encircled by piles of presents.
This year’s Tree of Love will beon display in Claridge’s until January 2 and all are welcome to visit.