’TIS THE SEASON: An eclectic cast of designers and brands, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney and Ali Mahdavi, have put their touches on 33 Christmas trees to be auctioned off for charity.
The glittering creations were unveiled on Thursday night at a party in Paris marking the 19th edition of the annual event under the patronage of Didier Grumbach, former president of the Fédération Française de la Couture.
First-timers include Guillaume Michel, the designer behind Iris Cantabri. Jimmy Choo’s tree, which involved Plexiglas and glittering shoes, had to be taken out: It broke when it was installed. Chantal Thomass’ creation in front of auction house Artcurial resembles a bow on legs.
Castelbajac was inspired by the Surrealist game known as “exquisite corpse” for his creation — a series of drawings playing on the word “sapin” (“tree” in English). “I did them with my six-year-old grandson Balthazar in mind,” he said.
Stéphane Rolland, Mahdavi and perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who is opening his second Paris boutique on Dec. 4, were among the creatives in attendance. For the first time, the tree initiative was held in collaboration with the Montaigne Committee, with creations spread in different locations on the Avenue Montaigne.
Arielle Dombasle, alongside committee president Jean-Claude Cathalan, pushed the button in front of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to light the famous luxury thoroughfare. The French singer and actress said she has a tree “full of lights” at home.
The Christmas trees will remain on display until Dec. 15. Last year, they raised more than 85,000 euros,
or around $106,000 at current exchange, for cancer research.