It comes as no surprise that London’s Claridge’s hotel has relieved John Galliano of his duties designing their annual Christmas decorations. Instead, the baton has been passed to Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, a fitting choice since he’s practically just a few white whiskers away from riding around on a sleigh himself. According to Elbaz, “The tree is to emanate and bring heartwarming joy to all who work and stay as guests at Claridge’s hotel.” Here’s hoping he comes down the lobby’s chimney at the tree’s unveiling party.
Santa - er, Alber Elbaz. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/2010 Getty Images