on Tuesday evening at the Plaza Athénée, it’s a safe bet that Marie-Christiane Marek, will close the 23rd auction of Christmas Trees Creators of a “see you next year!” As a nod to her “see you next week!” became his signature in the show Paris Fashion on the channel Paris Première, from 1992 to 2004.

Olivia Putman. Anita Leung/Anita Leung

It was also during this weekly program of 52 minutes (which, at the time, blew out the air time granted to the fashion on the small screen), that had been launched the operation to charity, the oldest of the profession. “The first ‘Trees’, it was just a show on the theme of Christmas, remembers the journalist. I had asked ten creators to reinvent and to come to comment on the board.

The second year, there were already a lot more participants. Michèle Meunier and Olivier Gueret, then at the head of the brand Mario-Chanet, came up with a bare tree and ten children of the Orphans apprentices of Auteuil for decorating. The reception at the Carrousel du Louvre was so shifted with the daily life of these little ones that I was uncomfortable. I offered them the stuffed animals that Sonia Rykiel had put at the foot of his tree to that they do not leave with empty hands and, as soon as the next edition, I decided to organize an auction to finance the construction of a playground, and a gym within the house of Orly apprentices of Auteuil.”

Eiffel Tower corseted of more than two meters

Guy Laroche. Anita Leung/Anita Leung

For more than a decade, the entire profit will be donated to this foundation. At the end of the years 2000, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is a patron of the event which then counts up to 130 trees signed by fashion designers, artists, and designers. The recipient is the association children @ hospital. More recently, the result of the auction goes to the cancer research. Meanwhile, the charity is being multiplied in the mode, the participants of the Firs are nowadays much less likely… Remain faithful as Jean Paul Gaultier, who has designed an Eiffel Tower corseted of more than two meters, in tandem with Blachère Illumination. And Chantal Thomass, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean-Claude Jitrois, Elie Saab, houses Chanel, Dior, Emanuel Ungaro, Guy Laroche, and Lesage.

Olivier Theyskens is present for the second time in a row. In the past year, the year he was given the taste of the watercolor. The triptych that he has done for the edition 2018 is particularly successful. Among the works that catch your eye – and should go to the auction well below their rating on the art market, a sculpture in wood and steel by Christian Ghion, a photographic print on aluminium, the artist Mathilde of the Ecotais, a sculpture of Ruben Alterio, a side table lacquered in Reda Amalou, a pyramid of light Emmanuelle Rybojad and an array of Sascha Nordmeyer. Led by Master Rémy Le Fur, the sale will be broadcast live from 20 hours, via the website drouotonline.com (pre-registration).

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