From eye-catching ikat prints to bold Majorelle blues, our Creative Director of Womenswear Sheila McKain-Waid explains how the jewel of Morocco inspired us this season...

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Alt Benhaddou Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle
Jardin Majorelle

“I loved the richness of the blues at Jardin Majorelle, the former home of Yves Saint Laurent.”

Linen Diamond Ikat Shirt Dress

“The inspiration for our diamond ikat motif came from Moroccan tie-dyeing techniques.”

Pattern

“We’ve translated the simple, symmetrical patterns found in traditional textiles into something chic and modern.”

Ben Youssef Madrasa

El Fenn

Where to Eat: El Fenn

Vanessa Branson (sister of Richard) is not only known for her contribution to the city’s thriving art scene ‒ she founded the Marrakech Biennale in 2004 ‒ but she’s also the brains behind this bohemian hangout. On the menu is seasonal, organic fare with an East-meets-West vibe: think macaroons and mille-feuille alongside that Moroccan staple, the tagine. Best of all, you can choose to eat in the traditional courtyard garden, the opulent restaurant, or the rooftop terrace, which boasts sweeping views over the Atlas Mountains. Fun fact: fenn means cool in local parlance. Fenn it most certainly is.
el-fenn.com

Mandarin Oriental

Where to Stay: Mandarin Oriental

Who would have thought that peace and tranquillity could be found mere minutes away from the city’s bustling medina? Set in 50 acres of manicured gardens ‒ replete with centuries-old olive trees and 100,000 fragrant roses ‒ is this spectacular yet serene resort. Taking inspiration from traditional Moroccan riads, each of its 54 luxurious villas is designed around a private and spacious central courtyard. From there, you can take a dip in the pool, dine al fresco or settle in for a nap in a shady alcove. Sounds like our idea of heaven.
mandarinoriental.com/marrakech

Royal Mansour

Where to Visit: Royal Mansour

You can’t leave Marrakech without experiencing a hammam (a classic Turkish cleansing ritual) at the Royal Mansour. Spanning three floors and 27,000 square feet, the hotel’s palatial spa is framed with lacy white latticework handcrafted by local artisans ‒ making it an architectural sight in itself. As for the hammam, you can expect to be treated with steam, a black soap scrub and finally a plunge in a cold pool ‒ leaving you with baby-soft skin and a restored sense of inner calm. A word of caution: there’s no hiding behind towels here, so it’s definitely not for the body-shy...
royalmansour.com

Linen Diamond Ikat Print Tunic

Linen Diamond Ikat Print Tunic

£89

Linen Diamond Ikat Shirt Dress

Linen Diamond Ikat Shirt Dress

£125

Linen T-Shirt

Linen T-Shirt

£89

Diamond Ikat Print Trousers

Diamond Ikat Print Trousers

£99

Jersey Diamond Ikat Print Top

Jersey Diamond Ikat Print Top

£50

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