About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Liz Giardina and Derek Lam in Dallas, when they came to present the 10 Crosby fall collection to CUSP store managers and executives at the Four Seasons. We spoke about summer getaways, and Liz, one of our favorite designers because of her unique personal style, mentioned her exciting trip to Morocco. We definitely had to take a peek at her photos, but, more importantly, we wanted to hear her take on the city and culture. Listening to Liz recall her stay in Marrakech, where iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent resided part-time, is as inspiring as hearing her speak about her collections for Derek Lam 10 Crosby.
Take a look at Liz’s guide, and share with us your ultimate summer vacation spots below.
NM: How many cities did you visit in Morocco?
LG: I was only in Marrakech. I traveled to Paris for business and stopped in Marrakech for four days on my way back.
NM: What was your favorite landmark to visit?
LG: Le Jardin Majorelle – the gardens behind Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Marrakech home. I had always wanted to see these gardens because there are so many iconic photos taken there, but most are in black-and-white. The colors are spectacular – electric blue, vivid sun yellow, with light aqua pools all highlighting and emphasizing the stunning orange goldfish and lush foliage.
NM: What were your favorites finds in the markets?
LG: I searched forever for old rugs made into pillowcases. I love what I found.
For someone who is planning a trip to Morocco:
NM: Stay at…
LG: Riad El Fenn. Spectacular and right at the start of the souk. Perfect if you are there to shop and want to relax in a stunning riad (a traditional Moroccan house).
NM: Shop at…
LG: At the souk (market) in the Medina. The souk is a labyrinth of tiny little shops selling everything you can imagine made in Morocco – rugs, leather slippers, lanterns, soaps. It’s overwhelming, mysterious and magical.
NM: Eat at…
LG: Dar Yacout. Some people say it is a tourist trap, but it is the most visually stunning place I have ever dined. I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Marrakech.
NM: Must try (food)…
LG: I am an adventurous eater so I try everything. Anything coming out of tagine was delicious and healthy.
NM: Must do…
LG: Don’t be afraid to just get lost in the souk. It is wonderful to just wander around, marvel at the beautiful goods for sale and meet the locals.
NM: I’m sure you found a lot of inspiration throughout your trip. What Moroccan treasure did you bring back to the studio?
LG: I took many photos of textiles and architecture that I brought back for fabric and print inspiration.
Photos courtesy of Liz Giardina.