With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, what better way to pay homage to the fashionista event than by visiting Yves Saint Laurent’s favourite city.
Marrakech is a city for the senses ready to be discovered one taste, colour, sound and smell at a time. The Medina is calling out, willing you to get lost in its labyrinth. Get ready to barter at souks, be spoilt for choice with jewel-like pastries, unwind at a hammam and be whisked away with a fragrant tagine.
If all that seems like exhausting work, take a step back and visit the sublime Jardin Majorelle. Built by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s, Yves Saint Laurent was so enamoured with the place that he went on to buy it in the 80s. Architect Paul Sinoir designed this Cubist villa that’s adorned in the world famous Matisse-esque majorelle blue, which serves as a backdrop to the beautiful botanical gardens. It’s an oasis of colours and scents, from floral jasmine tones to the prickly green cacti shades. The sounds of birds chirping and water rippling in the water lily-filled ponds adds to the charm of this peaceful haven.
Hop next door to the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech to pay homage to one of the fashion greats. The shape of this suave architectural feat echoes his haute-couture designs, mixed with the pink-ochre tones synonymous with the land. The exhibition space is dedicated to the works of the great designer, showcasing his legacy and influences. It makes for a wonderfully immersive experience, with runway shows, sketches and photographs adding an extra dimension to the legendary threads on show, all which transport you deeper into his intoxicating world.