Red Polar Chic! Christmas ... by Four Seasons Hotel George V

Jeff Leatham's Red Polar Chic at Four Seasons Hotel George V

November has been a very good month for George V's longtime Artistic Director Jeff Leatham. At the beginning of the month, the American expat, nicknamed "the rock and roll florist" for revolutionizing the way people think about flowers, received the prestigious Chevalier Legion of Honour award at the Palace of Versailles. During a festive soirée last Friday, the newly knighted Leatham delighted guests with the presentation of the George V's magnificent holiday decorations.

The two polar bears that have taken up residence in the George V's lobby are big, bold and breathtakingly different. They're Red Polar Chic! Made from 900 sparkling red mirrors, the sight of the magnificent sculptures brought me to an immediate halt when I entered the hotel on Friday evening. As I craned my neck upward to take in the full, jaw-dropping height of the four meter (13 feet) bears, I felt very small. The exuberant sense of awe reminded me of what it's like to be a child at Christmastime.

Noël ... by Four Seasons Hotel George V

Insider's tip: The holiday season is the perfect time to treat yourself to the George V's sumptuous afternoon tea in La Galerie. Not only will it give you the opportunity to see the two majestic polar bears, which required more than 1,500 hours of work, you'll also have the chance to admire the golden reindeer at the entrance to Le Bar and the twinkling forest of Christmas trees in the courtyard. Reservations are highly recommended.

Four Seasons Hotel George V
31, avenue George V
75008 Paris
Tel. +33 (1) 49 52 70 00

Jeff Leatham's Red Polar Chic at Four Seasons Hotel George V


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