Forget tinsel. Mark Colle's couture Christmas tree at The London EDITION hotel is the chicest in town...
BY DEE IVA
If you’re looking for ideas for an alternative Christmas tree just step into the lobby of The London EDITION hotel, Ian Schrager's distinguished pleasure palace just off Oxford Street. Reaching nearly seven metres high, the EDITION’s take on the traditional tree has been given a modern twist by Belgian super-florist Mark Colle.
It was Colle who provided dramatic vertical walls of flora and fauna for Raf Simons' first haute couture show for Christian Dior. If you’ve seen the movie ‘Dior & I’ you’ll have been blown away by the sheer spectacle he brought to Simons' show, creating a striking backdrop for the Dior Spring Summer 2012 collection.
ABOVE RIGHT: Florist to the stars, Mark Colle
BELOW: Dior's Spring Summer 2012 haute couture show set against Colle's striking 'living walls' of flowers
At the London EDITION, Colle’s approach is much more understated but equally beautiful. Instead of the usual decorations and baubles, Colle has mixed exotic flowers with green moss, ivy and holly, and added them to a traditional fir to create an elegant and verdant statement.
ABOVE: Exotic Anthurium flowers, holly and ivy are interspersed between branches; Decked with white lights, Mark Colle's chic Christmas tree towers above the lobby of The London EDITION
BELOW: Berners Tavern, the in-house restaurant run by Jason Atherton
Also, if you’re thinking of staying in town over the Christmas period, the EDITION has a special offer that includes a guaranteed table in the oh-so-stylish Berners Tavern restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, £100 towards food and drinks and two complimentary cocktails. So deck the halls with boughs of holly!