From Marrakech with Love

From Marrakech with Love





>> The title of the post is how the imaginary postcard would have gone if I had gotten my wish to stay on… and on… and on… It will surprise nobody that I’ve returned from my too short first-time trip to Marrakech in Morocco longing to go back.  The natural oohs and aaahs that the intensely vibrant yesteryear city incites are fully warranted.  I’ve just had to wait a while to experience it.  Despite my tardiness to the joys of Marrakech, I’ll still be rounding up my three day stay, with much thanks to Black Tomato Travel, with a hefty post once I’ve sorted through the bajillion of pics we took.

05_STOLEN_MOMENTS_Yves_Saint_Laurent-4Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech in 1969

For now, I’m keeping it short and sweet.  Let’s kick it off with “Love”, the theme of Yves Saint Laurent’s greeting cards, which he would create out of collage every year to send to close friends and clients to ring in a new year.  Their designs are on displayed at the Galerie Love Saint Laurent within the beautiful Jardin Majorelle, which Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé rescued in 1980 and used as his Marrakech bolthole.  It felt like a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting the beautifully landscaped gardens on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, a tranquil world away from the dusty bustle of the Medina, where Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered when he died in 2008.  Except instead of feeling sombre like you would at a grave, it was celebratory of Saint Laurent’s love of this garden, carefully restored, cultivated and maintained by Berge and Saint Laurent, and of his overall love of this mysterious city, where he felt the creative freedom to dive into an extremely colourful oeuvre in the 1970s, furiously sketched out in felt tips, and fuelled by his tight knit circle of muses wafting around.

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The exuberant and often witty graphics that Saint Laurent designed as greetings cards, exploding with colour and fun, moments of frivolity captured in his turbulent emotional life.  The beautiful merchandise in the Boutique Majorelle (no normal souvenir shop) – took inspiration from the cards and so it is I came home with a pair of embroidered leather slippers, spelling out LOVE, the only emotion I was ever going to feel for this city.




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  1. Crystal Lattice

    2014-11-24 at 10:19 AM

    Wow – great looking place and amazing pics. I love the graphics photos.


  2. Olga

    2014-11-24 at 10:36 AM

    Black Tomato are amazing! cannot wait to hear more about your trip.

    I wen to Marrakech four years ago, and dying to return!

  3. Paulina

    2014-11-24 at 10:57 AM

    I love the slippers! Awesome post, I love the colors.

  4. Dominique

    2014-11-24 at 11:15 AM
  5. Bianca (@ItsAllBee)

    2014-11-24 at 11:28 AM

    Lovely pictures. I love the little slippers in the last shots.

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  6. Nicolette

    2014-11-24 at 1:18 PM

    Love Marrakech!! Gonna head there next summer 🙂

  7. Jeanne

    2014-11-24 at 1:53 PM

    Stunning post! love these pictures! Beautifully arty and inspiring!

  8. Marcia

    2014-11-24 at 2:27 PM

    Love the graphics, colour and vibrancy!!!!

  9. LisaLou

    2014-11-24 at 3:09 PM

    Love. Merci Monsieur Saint-Laurent !

  10. Tonka

    2014-11-24 at 3:40 PM

    your photos are perfect, beautiful. so clear and sharp. admiring and enjoying

  11. Appropriated Edge

    2014-11-24 at 4:28 PM

    those slippers are irresistible – such a fresh interpretation on a traditional design.

    will make sure majorelle is on the itinerary when i go to marrakech – thanks for showing and telling!

  12. GapToothedGirl

    2014-11-24 at 4:30 PM

    Amazing post!
    XOX, Gap.

  13. Fashion Snag

    2014-11-24 at 5:56 PM
  14. Avan

    2014-11-24 at 6:34 PM

    Oh la la … love those super rad shoes. Marrakech is gorgeous indeed. Any interesting fashion designers out there that we should feature on our website?
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  15. Blue Labels Boutique

    2014-11-24 at 7:52 PM

    Beautiful artwork. I would love to get my hands on one of these.

  16. Chiamaka Abasilim

    2014-11-24 at 8:28 PM

    Love the arts and your slip-on is beautiful.

  17. Chrissie Masters

    2014-11-25 at 12:25 PM

    I need to go here what an amazing place and loving those slippers! Check out our website filled with Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle news, tips and trends.


  18. Marbella Charles

    2014-11-25 at 1:54 PM

    Great trip Susie! I love love Morocco especially Marrakech, and more extra expecially YSL’s house & garden!! Must go back soon…Your photos of LOVE artwork and slippers are very inspiring. Thank you for posting.

  19. Shoshana

    2014-11-25 at 3:02 PM

    This pictures are so pretty. Loving the artwork and the bountiful amount of colors. I just returned from Japan but am now craving a trip to Marrakech. Those YSL cards shouldn’t really fall under the category of art pieces. As for the garden, what a beautiful way to cast his spirit around. Thank you for sharing and for hitting me with the travel bug again. (new post, on holiday in Tokyo)

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