By StyleWatch
Updated November 29, 2010 04:30 PM
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Courtesy of Claridge’s

John Galliano kicked off the holiday season in magical fashion on Thursday when he unveiled his “Under the Sea” Christmas tree at London’s famous Claridge’s hotel. Replacing a traditional tree with a large stem of pink coral made from paper maché, the Dior creative director transformed the lobby of the Mayfair landmark into an oceanic paradise. “I wanted to create an underwater fantasy and have mixed pink corals, seahorses, anemones and jellyfish, all glinting like gem stones, swimming amidst the silver leaves,” said Galliano of the awe-inspiring tree. And while this is not his first holiday creation for the London hotel–he designed a “frozen” tree last year–this year’s unique design adds a touch of the tropics to Christmas. Galliano’s holiday masterpiece will be on display at Claridge’s until Jan. 5. —Gillian Koenig
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