3 posts tagged "Morocco"
A singular color, Majorelle Blue, may be the starting point for Eddie Borgo’s Fall collection. But Borgo being Borgo, that was only the start of it. “I’ve always loved the color, I was familiar with Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s home in Marrakesh, but I wanted to find out more. Why this property? Why then?” he recalled in the Paris apartment where he presented his collection. Unraveling those questions led Borgo to photos of Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City; the life of Talitha Getty and her jet-set entourage; and ultimately to interior designer Bill Willis, a friend to Getty and YSL and the interior decorator credited with bringing traditional Moroccan decor—mosaics, sandstone, bells, tassels, etc.—to mainstream design culture.
For Fall, Eddie Borgo gives those bells, tassels, and colors—cobalt, marigold, blood red—a rock-and-roll spin. He combines his signature geometric links with knots on an iteration of a Berber necklace, works starry black sandstone into large drop earrings, and recasts fez tassels as plugs that dangle from behind the ears. Among the lighter, more everyday pieces are a little bell necklace and flat, Tuareg-inspired rings that come in mix-and-match sets of four.
Elsewhere, a cuff bracelet and choker recall snake mosaics Willis created for a few of YSL’s bedrooms. “It’s really about him [Willis],” said Borgo. “The attitude is really specific to that place and time and those people.” No doubt Willis, a man known for living large and suffering no one, would have felt honored.
Pamela Love might cater to the hip downtown girl, but when it came to conjuring up the inspiration for her Spring collection, she bypassed all boroughs and landed smack in Marrakesh. What gives?
“I’ve been dreaming of Morocco,” she told Style.com at her presentation over the weekend. “I’ve never been, so I brought it to New York.” She certainly did—the setting she had created could have been mistaken for a Marrakesh souk, complete with models perched atop jewel-toned handwoven rugs and a 10-piece orchestra hitting the drums.
While she’s always been known for her bold, subversive jewelry, this collection has evolved to include bigger pieces with more intricate patterns and semiprecious stones like malachite and red jasper. Working with bronze and silver, Love fused the symbolic styles of North African nomadic peoples and polished it with her signature style. Triangular shapes, such as triple pyramid rings, were a nod to traditional zellij tile work. An elliptical series, crafted into necklaces like double-bib breastplates, was inspired by the Berber tribes. The good thing, for girls who live below Houston Street, is that Love’s Spring 2012 collection looks equally appropriate for globe-trotting and strutting on the city blocks of Manhattan.