Fashion Designers’ Christmas Trees for Charity

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Créateurs (Fashion Designers’ Christmas Trees) assembled a lovely bunch of trees, ranging from the classic to the more conceptual. Thirty trees signed by designers, artists, brand names and visual artists (Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chantal Thomass, Les Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, Rachid Khimoune, Dior, Sonia Rykiel, Ali Mahdavi, Diane Von Furstenberg and Olivia Putman…)
illuminated the great hall in the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris.

Each designer expressed their idea of Christmas with signature trees such as:

- Christmasworld by Jean-Paul Gaultier, a trompe-l’œil Christmas tree entirely decorated with green fringes, created especially for the occasion, a nod to the large black fringes that are a recurring detail in his Couture and ready-to-wear collections

- the saucy tree from Chantal Thomass for Texworld and its mannequin legs dressed by way of decoration in black silk,

- or the delicate and immaculate branches, embroidered in tulle, beads, lace and eco-friendly fabrics, which the students at Esmod created for the Ethical Fashion Show under the guidance of Christian Tournafol, the designer for the label Les Racines du Ciel.

Louis Gérin and Grégory Lamaud, Artistic Directors at Texworld, presented a tree for their label Les Garçons, which was made in a wood structure composed of hunting trophies and decorated with golden apples, with a hint of autumn.

The Christmas trees for Texworld, the Ethical Fashion Show and “Les Garçons” were sold at auction with the proceeds donated to the A.V.E.C. society established by professor Khayat. The auction was conducted by Maître Poulain. Thanks to the generosity of buyers 72 100 Euros were
collected and this sum will be invested in a new day care centre for cancer patients.

Christmasworld show held in Frankfurt from 27 to 31 January 2012. Exhibitors and visitors will be invited to take part in a raffle and the lucky winner will be awarded this beautiful green tree from the French designer.

Messe Frankfurt is Germany’s leading fair trade organiser, more information here


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