Team OneTimeFashionista’s Morocco madness continues as I started sorting the bajillion of pictures we took. It will surprise nobody that we’ve returned from our “less than 10 days maiden voyage to Morocco” – already longing to go back. My wish to stay on..and on..and on.. is becoming stronger and deeper as mystery unfolds about this intensely vibrant country. Marrakech alone could be the place for which natural oohs and aahhs are fully warranted! In this post, we take you to the magical Majorelle Gardens– discovered by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and Pierre Bergé in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech.
It is true that during summer Marrakech becomes really hot. And with its rusty brown old city walls and architecture, the whole place seems to glow hot radiating the summer sun. Exactly for this reason, any glimpse of shadow gives a much welcome respite from the glaring sun. You will surely see lots of trees and greenery around the city but nothing will compare to what you will see in the Jardin Majorelle. The moment you will step into this place, it works as if like a time machine, or may be a climate machine. It is tranquil, with lots of shades, greenery and a sense of peace which is so opposite to the otherwise chaotic and bustling city which hosts it. YSL and Pierre Berge made sure they spend some time here almost everyday. When they came to know that this garden was going to be turned into a hotel, they did all they could do to stop that from happening. They didn’t realise that they were doing a great favour to Marrakech by saving the lungs to breathe for the city. They eventually became owners of the garden and the villa inside. They named it after its creator, Jacques Majorelle. The garden hosts a range of trees and plants: cacti, palm trees, bamboo, coconut palms, thujas, weeping willows, carob trees, jasmine, agaves, white water lilies, datura, cypress, bougain villeas, and ferns. You will see the flowerpots in bright yellow or cobalt blue and there will contrast of blue walls or orange walkways to tantalise your visual senses.
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. When YSL died he had planned already to become a permanent part of his darling garden here. His ashes were scattered in the elements of nature right here in this garden in 2008. What a way to immerse into your creation right? But instead of feeling sombre like you may have felt in any cemetery, you may end up feeling jubilant about this person’s life that he led. Berge and Saint Laurent carefully restored, cultivated and maintained this green land. I wonder why nobody termed the Jardin Majorelle as the “Lungs of Marrakech” yet? This is how the city breathes actually. The garden exhilarates creativity and diversity, as in nature, as in its curator’s life and ambitions.
You can remember your visit at this peaceful green enclosure of Marrakech with only word and that is “love”. This is the only reason why I would recommend you to visit this place. Call him a hopeless romantic, intense lover or a simple enthusiast of the most powerful emotion, Saint Laurent even created the greeting cards out of collage every year to send to his near and dear ones with the theme of “love”. Simple isn’t it? The designs of these cards are on display at the Galerie Love Saint Laurent situated within the garden itself. Sometimes while wandering inside the garden, you may feel it represents the equally mysterious, sometimes peaceful, mostly turbulent life of Saint Laurent himself. He expressed the colours and the fun of various ups and downs of his own life and emotions through the greetings cards that he had designed and which are on display in the Gallery of Love. Do visit.
So it is clear from a trip at this garden that the ornamented life of Saint Laurent can be defined by the four letter word which is also most commonly misunderstood or misused, “Love”. There is a merchandise shop in Boutique Majorelle which even has a pair of slippers, beautifully embroidered with leather, which also has got the four letter word “LOVE” stiched on it. Feel the LOVE from head to toe literally, the only emotion you will actually feel for this country is nothing but “love”.
Feeling the love for the designer YSL and his famous quote, ‘’Fashions fades, style is eternal,’’ I have opted for a vintage glamour look in a voluminous bell-shaped skirt that I paired with simple back-brushed low bun hair and an art karat neckpiece worn reverse side. This black off-shoulder bardot top worn with bold red lips have completed the look.
Top tip for women: Carry a scarf with you (I was wearing scarf covering my shoulder and neck all the time except when we were shooting these pictures inside the Majorelle Garden) when in Morocco if you are up for some skin show in a off-shoulder bardot top, even if you are accompanied by men (which I was). If you do, you will manage to avoid drawing unnecessary attention on the street, in the medina or elsewhere.
As you know by now that I’m my beautographer’s homemade stylist as he fondly calls me his PAM (Personal appearance manager) since we started seeing each other back in the beginning of this millenium. So, to give the vintage glamour touch, I have kept Braces (UK English) or Suspenders (American English or Canadian English) as the focal point of this look. For my fashionista gentlemen out there, it is high time you embrace the brace! A simple shirt with chinos look got a lift by adding this exclusive piece of accessory which were first invented in 1822 by Albert Thurston, since then they have been in and out of fashion over the last two centuries. I have noticed they are back on trend once again on fashionista gentlemen.
Top tip for men: If you want to make a statement from the norm it takes a real versatile man to wear braces and make sure you wear them with macho attitude.
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