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‘TIS THE SEASON: Jean-Claude Jitrois, Chantal Thomass and Francis Kurkdjian were among guests who turned out to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris on Friday night to inspect Christmas trees they designed for an annual charity event organized by fashion journalist Marie-Christiane Marek.

Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Emanuel Ungaro are among other designers and fashion houses that have created 33 Christmas trees that are to be auctioned off tonight.

The 20th edition of the Sapins de Noël event is being held under the patronage of Ralph Toledano, president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, and Montaigne Committee president Jean-Claude Cathalan.

Thomass went for a pleated bottle she has designed with Saint-Gobain. “I added a corset and a crinoline, because I cannot help it,” the designer said with a smile.

Kurkdjian concocted a scent mimicking a real spruce tree. “It was quite challenging to re-create: it has sweet notes but not too sweet,” the perfumer explained, while guests were playing with the bubble machines diffusing the scent. The designer also created candles inspired by Paris monuments that go under the tree.

The creations will be on display on Nov. 24 and 26 from noon to 6 p.m. CET at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Last year, the auction raised more than 70,000 euros, or around $75,374 at current exchange, for cancer research.

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