A postcard from the Garden of Yves

Fascination St.

[Shoe by Yves Saint Laurent / Gaultier S/S 2011]

I was reminded of Majorelle Blue a few months ago when I was watching a documentary of Yves Saint Laurent’s life.   Majorelle Blue was trademarked by the French artist Jacques Majorelle and was the main color used in the artist’s largest art work, Majorelle Garden.  Purchased by Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 1980, the garden and it’s villa became a sanction for Saint Laurent and eventually his resting place where his ashes were scattered 28 years later.  The garden’s hypnotizing blue was not the only thing that inspired Saint Laurent.  Here’s an excerpt from Times of Malta describing this unique love affair…

The designer was born and raised in the then French colony of Algeria and found something familiar in Marrakesh when he and Berge arrived there in the late 1960s.

Morocco inspired some of the daring colour combinations in Saint Laurent’s creations – orange with purple, pink with red – that earned him a reputation as the designer with the best colour sense of the 20th century.

“I remember we used to drive up to the mountains near Marrakesh,” said long-time Marrakesh resident Bill Willis, a close friend of Saint Laurent who designed his villa.

“We would see Berber peasant women carrying their bundles of firewood who wore the most wonderful colour combinations – he inspired himself a lot from that.”

A painting of Jacques Majorelle. Although the unique shade of cobalt blue was named after Jacques Majorelle; the color is commonly seen in Moroccan tile, Berber clothes and homes.

I can’t help but think of him when I see the bright color in Morocco or on the runway…

Our friends' beautiful villa in Marrakech.

Dior SS11 & Majorelle Garden

It was no surprise when after playing with endless color possibilities, my eyes and heart kept wandering back to that mesmerizing blue and eccentric yellow.  Here’s an inspiration board and mockup design I put on Russian model, Irina Shayk because well… she’s gorgeous and exotic; much like the colors themselves.  This paparazzi photograph captures her jet set look while sporting a white tee flawlessly.

On this diaNoche postcard: Emilio Pucci, Jardin Majorelle, Majorelle bamboo walkway, Tom Ford's Bois Marocain perfume

Photo credits: Emilio Pucci, Jardin Majorelle, Majorelle bamboo walkway,  Tom Ford’s Bois Marocain perfume

diaNoche shirt

Anthropologie's Sun Shades Dress

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2 Responses to A postcard from the Garden of Yves

  1. Veronica- What an arresting shade, this Majorelle Blue. Loved the little history lesson.

    The blue details in the villa at Marrakech are stunning.

    And how did Ms. Irina find a diaNoche shirt?


  2. Veronica- Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope yours was sweet!


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