Behold â€œFusion GlacÃ©eâ€, the winning entry of the third annual Fashion Christmas Trees competition which took place at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand. The acrylic creation gives an illusion of snowflakes (each with a tiny tree implanted inside) falling into the shape of a larger tree.
Over 30 students from design school Ecole supÃ©rieure des Arts appliquÃ©s DuperrÃ© entered, many opting for a theme of white and silver â€“ check out the pictures of some of our favourites. A wide range of materials were used, ranging from cloth and Perspex, to wire and even books! The trees were judged by a prestigious panel of big names in French fashion such as designers Franck Sorbier, Jean-Claude Jitrois and Gaspard Yukievich and renowned artisan embroiderer FranÃ§ois Lesage.
The competition, â€œSapins de NoÃ«l fashionâ€, is fast becoming a standard on the Paris fashion calendar. All trees will be on show in the hotelâ€™s lobby and winter garden until January 4, so check it out if youâ€™re passing by.
And itâ€™s not only the Parisian students who are taking part in festive Fashion this month. A-list designers and fashion houses including HermÃ¨s, Gucci, Jean Paul Gautier, Louis Vuitton, Sonia Rykiel and Paul Smith will also be creating their own Christmas trees (though past entries have rarely resembled trees!) for Les Sapins de NoÃ«l des CrÃ©ateurs. Â You can see the designs at the CitÃ© de l’Architecture from 8-14 December, after which they will be auctioned to raise money for SolidaritÃ© en SIDA, a charity which helps young people affected by AIDS.
Here are last yearâ€™s entries: