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Karl Lagerfeld Turns the Traditional Christmas Tree on its Head

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Fashion designers are well known for taking the ordinary, inverting it and making it the style you’ll love for the whole year. Fashions leading man, Karl Lagerfeld is, of course, no exception and has quite literally turned the world of Christmas decor upside down.

Last week Claridge’s unveiled their annual Christmas tree display, designed this year by Lagerfeld and consisted of just your average Christmas tree… If your average Christmas tree was turned upside down to an inverted V shape and given large white roots sprouting out of its top. The tree itself, reminiscent of a pine chandelier, was like something out of a topsy-turvy Tim Burton Alice in Christmas-land.

Karl Lagerfeld Turns the Traditional Christmas Tree on its Head

Lagerfeld’s upside down Christmas is the ninth designer Christmas tree collaboration since the Claridge’s tradition began in 2009 with John Galliano for Dior. Galliano designed a large tree adorned with sparkling leaves and crystals and surrounded by silver, white and blue orchids. Each year the tree seems to grow even further out of the box, with Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson creating a full snowy winter wonderland for last years display.

The upside-down tree has been very on trend this year, with a wave of trees being turned, including one at the Hotel Del Coronado, just outside of San Diego. This follows the Hotel’s holiday theme this year, which is “Winter of Whimsy”.

The Westfield Shopping Centre in San Fransisco has also debuted an upside down 50 foot tall and 30-foot wide tree hanging from the ceiling and completely decked out with shimmering lights. The trend has even inspired retailers to sell artificial trees that can be stood upside down, just make sure to stick your ornaments down.

The trend of upside-down trees can be traced back to the 1500s. It has also been a trend in small Manhattan apartments for nearly 20 years, primarily adapted by people who did not have space to accommodate a Christmas tree on the ground, instead, they would nail them to the ceilings. But what was once a space-saving invention has now become the most fashionable Christmas tree statement of the year and is making appearances at some of the prestigious hotels in the world.

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