Thursday, February 6, 2014

Revisiting Yves St. Laurent's favorite getaway

A weekend in Marrakech is the kind of thing that sounds glamorous . . . and frankly feels like it. The sight of the snow-covered Atlas mountains against an azure blue sky took my breath away during the plane's descent and within half an hour, I was plunged into the narrow alleyways of the ancient souk, heading to a restored riad to meet old friends. Easyjet and a reasonable room rate made it very doable.
Suffice to say, we ate well, laughed a lot, and basked in the winter desert sun on rooftop terraces.
One of the highlights of this quickie getaway was a visit to the Majorelle Gardens or Jardins Majorelle, purchased and restored by Yves St. Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, complete with a bijoux museum to Berber jewelry and traditional dress style now run by the YSL Foundation. Notice below, the exhibition of the Berber costumes and then what YSL did with those tropes in his own collections.
This brought me back to the heady days when Vogue Designer Patterns featured the Big Designers, e.g. Ralph Lauren, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Calvin Klein and Yves St. Laurent. Of the Greats, only Donna Karan and Anne Klein perseveres with Vogue and as far as I'm concerned, the others are what cricketeers call, 'the second 11.' (To discuss..?)
Some of YSL's greatest collections were inspired by his childhood in North Africa and he was lavish with color and panache.
I write this as a tribute to him to make up for my disappointment in the new movie tribute.












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