John Galliano Inspires Macaroons for Ladurée, Designs Christmas Tree for Claridge’s

Book your Eurostar ticket now, because fashion designer John Galliano has whipped up two terrific projects in Paris and London. First up for the Dior creative director is a delicious collaboration with legendary Parisian pâtissier Ladurée. Reportedly a passionate fan of macaroons, Galliano now has one of his very own. Ladurée’s John Galliano macaroon is a pink-on-pink confectionary play on the rose and ginger notes of the designer’s new fruity-spicy fragrance, Parlez-moi d’Amour, itself inspired by an Edith Piaf chanson. Boxes of the fashionable indulgences are covered in sepia paper printed with lines of flowing script (tear-stained love letters, bien sûr) along with Galliano’s signature blackletter and a couple of vintage-looking stamps.

Meanwhile, back in his old stomping grounds, Galliano is once again creating a spectacular Christmas tree for London’s Claridge’s hotel. This year, he’s decided on a whimsical “Under the Sea” theme—but don’t expect the screaming bold hues evoked by the Disney song of the same name. “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. “I hope we create something as sumptuous as its setting and that this inspires a truly luxurious escape and a very festive season at Claridge’s.” We’ve posted Galliano’s just-released design sketch below. The hotel will unveil the festive fir on November 25, and it will be on view through January 5.