London Cancels Christmas


While the rest of Europe lights up like, well, a Christmas tree, with the Eiffel Tower glittering from top to toe and the Madrid streets each themed with different modernist sparkles, the theme of London’s Regent Street lights this year is ‘Use The Lights From Last Year’. Oxford Circus has opted for ‘Let Disney pay for it’ with decorations that merely advertise its depressing Christmas Carol movie. And it gets worse. John Galliano has come up with this festive heartwarmer for Claridges, which looks like you might find a starved Victorian pauper hanging from its branches. Galliano has said that he’d like to sit on top of it. I’m sure that could be arranged.

Christmas comes to Claridges

Christmas comes to Claridges

5 comments on “London Cancels Christmas”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    Are they sure he heard them say “Christmas” and not “Hallowe’en” or even “Something Exceedingly Goth”?

  2. J. Folgard says:

    Heh -looks like a prop for an adaptation of “Wuthering Heights”. Not very christmassy indeed. Cheers -anyway!

  3. Steve says:

    I’d be more than happy to sit him on top of it….
    Vlad the Impaler style.


  4. Terenzio says:

    The photo doesn’t really capture the tree. To see and appreciate its uniqueness, you neeed to see it in person or perhaps you have a better photo, a closeup that shows more detail. From a conceptual point of view it sounds interesting. I found this description on Claridge’s website, “The tree will feature sparkling leaves and orchids in silver, white and blue, as well as crystal , giving the impression of the tree being frozen.” Life would be extremely banal if people did not try new things. As far as the Eiffel Tower — well — it looks nothing like a Christms Tree (traditional) and London doesn’t have anything similar, so I don’t see your point. London as its own unique landmarks and is just as festive as Paris.

  5. admin says:

    I just saw the shot and the Tate’s ‘stick tree’ and lost the will to live, Terenzio – innovation is great, but sometimes it seems to be for no purpose. But I’m sure you’re right that it looks better in situ. I’ve got a meeting there next week and will probably eat my words!

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