Marrakech Flair

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It has been said that Marrakech awakens all of the senses. Whether it is seeing the intricate
zellige tilework; smelling the various spices sold at the souks; hearing the call to prayer emanate
from the nearby mosques; touching the supple leather used to make a pair of babouches (leather
sandals); tasting a flavorful tagine, Marrakech never fails to excite. Located just west of the
Atlas Mountains, the city has been inhabited by Berber farmers for centuries. It has been dubbed
the “Ochre City” because of the proliferation of red sandstone buildings and the red city walls,
which now enclose the Medina, home to Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of the busiest squares in Africa.

Marrakech overflows with culture and has been inspiring visitors for decades. From Yves Saint
Laurent to Talitha Getty, Winston Churchill to Mick Jagger, Marrakech has attracted great icons
inspired by its eternal spirit as well as its sweet, beautiful life. Yves Saint Laurent’s intimate
relationship to this city lead to the opening of a museum dedicated to his legendary work. The
annual Marrakech International Film Festival draws a prominent crowd. Museums abound, exhibiting
Moroccan arts, photography, carpets, and the Andalusian design aesthetic that permeates the city’s
architecture. La Mamounia hotel, opened in 1923, offers a storied history, which includes hosting
guests such as Winston Churchill. Vanessa Branson’s El Fenn is a collection of traditional riads
that form a stunning boutique hotel. There are countless ways to be immersed in the culture of
Marrakech, but perhaps the best place to start is with a simple glass of mint tea.

Dubbed the “It Girl” by Yves Saint Laurent in the early 1970s, Marisa Berenson is the original
modern muse. Berenson transitioned into acting and delivered dazzling performances in iconic films
including Cabaret directed by Bob Fosse and Stanley Kubrick’s production of Barry Lyndon. She has
written several books, including Moment intimes, A Life in Pictures and Elsa Schiaparelli’s Private
album. Berenson fell in love with Marrakech eight years ago and once she found the perfect riad,
she decided to call it home.
Text by Marisa Berenson
10 x 13 in. – 25 x 33 cm | 304 pages | over 200 illustrations | hardcover | ISBN: 9781614289616 |

OCTOBER 2020
MARRAKECH FLAIR
Text by Marisa Berenson
Marrakesh is simply the nicest place on Earth to spend an

– Winston Churchill

 

A visit to Marrakech was a great shock to me. This city taught me color
– Yves Saint Laurent

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