“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world” - Oscar Wilde.
There are some places in the world, where you feel that you're stepping back in time. Marrakech is definitely one of them...
Winston Churchill wrote : “Marrakech is simply the nicest place on Earth to spend an afternoon. Here in these spacious palm groves rising from the desert, the traveller can be sure of perennial sunshine, of every comfort and diversion, and can contemplate with ceaseless satisfaction the stately and snow-clad panoramas of the Atlas Mountains".
L’Hôtel Marrakech is a privately owned Riad set in the heart of the ‘red city’s’ Medina. L’Hôtel is conveniently close to the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square, the bustling Souk and nearby the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This historic 19th century riad, originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprises five spacious suites surrounding a uniquely wide courtyard garden and swimming pool. This charming retreat combines delicious food, great comfort and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels of the 1930s. Owned by Jasper Conran, the riad combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of antique furniture, textiles, lighting and art from his collection, making it feel more like a home than a hotel.
A real pioneer, Yves Saint Laurent was the only fashion designer of his generation to systematically archive his work, beginning with the founding of the couture house. The heritage safeguarded by the foundation is a treasure-trove allowing us to discover the creative universe of Yves Saint Laurent.
The French architectural firm, founded and headed by Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty. They have overseen numerous residential and public projects in Morocco, Great Britain and the United States. While studying the couturier’s archives, Studio KO became intrigued by the duality between curved and straight lines, and between loose and precise approaches to cutting fabric. The facade of the building appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks, creating patterns that recall the weft and warp of fabric. As with the lining of a couture jacket, the interior is radically different: velvety, smooth and radiant.
The world acclaimed graphic designer, Jean-Marie Mauron known as "Cassandre" (1901 - 1968) designed the emblematic logo YSL.
Photos by Mr R.
PART 1 - On the way to the Spa & to the Pool.
L’Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, offers a delicate balance between conservation and transformation – a celebration of the spirit of Paris art de vivre.
Originally built in 1758, Hôtel de Crillon enjoys an unrivalled position overlooking Place de la Concorde. The legendary palace offers a refined and illustrious history, encapsulating the very best France has to offer.
In July 2017, after a major renovation, Hôtel de Crillon reopened offering an incomparable luxury with ecletic, art-driven spaces that culminate in an emotional crescendo …. Elegantly expressing the spirit of Paris.
Pictures by Mr R.
The first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, London
An exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until Sunday, 27th January 2019. www.vam.ac.uk
Sasch is a new confidential destination worth visiting in Riga - Latvia, for its selection of perfumes, including Naomi Goodsir Parfums. Minimalistic style with a great design touch.
Motio is an Institut-Concept Store by Chalotte Magniez & a new perfume/beauty destination to discover in Reims (7 rue des Elus), France. You will find all our perfume collection at Motio.
“The French air cleans up the brain and does good – a world of good.” - Vincent Van Gogh
The dinner took place at NOEL Michelin awarded restaurant in Zagreb, on December 19th, 2018. Perfume connoisseurs were invited to discover several dishes & cocktails inspired by some perfumes, including Cuir Velours & Or du Sérail. Dinner by Juraj Sotosek Rihtarec, founder of BL'eauOG - Fine perfumes blog. Thank you Juraj.
Credit : Noel restaurant
Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises some 1,200 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career, in the 1940s. The Museum of Modern Art has a prized archive of this material, and the exhibition will highlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans. A special installation will fill the Museum’s Marron Atrium.
Exhibition "An Unfolding Portrait" through January 28th, 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art https://www.moma.org/
A FEW DAYS APART
Crème de la Crème Haute Parfumerie in Lithuania.
Vilnius, day & night. It was raining, but the charm was still there. A wonderful city to visit.
The place to rest in Moscow.