Raf Simons and Other Designers Reimagine the Christmas Tree

Last year, a Brussels-based fashion multitasker named Aymeric Watine was wondering how he could
soup up his store for the holiday season. Then he remembered the Sapins de Noël des Créateurs,
an event created 19 years ago by French TV legend Marie Christiane Marek
(her US equivalent would be Elsa Klensch). The concept was to have fashion designers use their imagination
and recreate Christmas trees, which were then auctioned off for charity.
With Marek’s blessing, Watine took the idea to the Belgian capital. The first edition attracted
14 designers and 60,000 euros.

This year, 38 designers are on board, including high-profile names like Raf Simons,
Stella McCartney, and Diane Von Furstenberg. To be auctioned December 1 for BIG,
a breast-cancer awareness group, the creations range from the predictably phallic (such as Natan’s spare wood structure)
to the pious (Kryst’s beautifully pixelated Madonna and child, made of tiny plastic tubes).
Among the more unexpected are Jean-Paul Lespagnard’s scarf
— showing a popular Christmas meal of sushi, waffles, and a roast — draped over a man’s head, as well as
Wouters and Hendrix’s downright campy tree admiring itself in a mirror.
Simons’ much-anticipated contribution is an large plush sofa in the shape of a tree —baby not included.

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Raf Simons

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Albane Courtière

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Benjamin Spark

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Marc Philippe Coudeyre

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Delvaux

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Giuseppe Virgone

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Jean-Paul Lespagnard

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Jean-Paul Knott

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Krjst

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Michael Guérisse O’Leary

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Natan

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The Darwin Sect

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Wouters & Hendrix

ARTIST OF THE WEEK #2 _ Lucy Sparrow

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Working at the intersection of contemporary art and craft, Lucy Sparrow’s work sets the agenda
for textiles within the urban art scene. She works mainly with felt and wool,
creating over-sized soft versions of existing objects and major art works The aim of this ‘feltism’ is to question,
playfully, the politics of artistic production and to tackle (often collaboratively) some of realities of contemporary living,
dealing with issues concerning the politics of consumerism, social exclusion and mental wellbeing.

Digestive biscuits, Bisto, Red Stripe, KY Jelly and Men’s Health magazine … Lucy Sparrow has stuffed and
stitched them all for her installation The Cornershop. Funded by Kickstarter, the shop contains nearly
2,000 classic groceries; and they’re all for sale.

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To learn more visit her website sewyoursoul.co.uk