40 Hours In Marrakech: Capturing Two Days In Morocco

26 November 2019
Style, Fashion, Morocco, Dolce & Gabbana, Montblanc, Michael Kors, Christian Louboutin, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren
Images: Lou Escobar
GQ Middle East spends two days photographing the people and places of Marrakech

Yves Saint Laurent, who began winging from Paris to Marrakech in the late ’60s, once said that the city introduced him to colour: “Although I was used to the light and the colours of North Africa, it was only later, when I discovered Morocco, that I understood my colours were those of zellige mosaics, zouacs, djellabas, and caftans.” Men’s fashion is currently undergoing a similar transformation, as a crop of new stars reintroduce eye-popping hues, sensual textures, and ornate patterns into their collections. It’s no wonder Morocco is “having a moment,” as GQ Style fashion director Mobolaji Dawodu puts it. So Dawodu and photographer Lou Escobar brought a wild streak of menswear to Marrakech, where for two days they roamed the Pink City’s bustling souks and ancient medinas, meeting locals for whom vibrant shades and big silhouettes are second nature. Post-Yves, Marrakech isn’t a fashion capital, but it’s clear that what Saint Laurent saw remains to this day.

Jacket $3400, shirt $780, trousers $1800, boots $1250, Gucci. Sunglasses, $350, Barton Perreira

Fail Serigne Mbacke
Age: 39
Occupation: Actor

Coat, $2290, Massimo Alba. Shirt, $1490, Fendi

Bennour Hicham
Age: 32
Occupation: Actor (@46theedoctor)

(Right) On Jourrane: Shirt, $890, Marni. Trousers $548, E. Tautz. Shoes, $13,500, Thom Browne. Necklace and ring, his own
(Left) On Chater: Shirt, $505, Lemaire. Trousers $353, E. Tautz. Shoes, $795, Christian Louboutin. Hat and belt, stylist’s own. Necklace, his own

Jourrane Younes
Age: 23
Occupation: Filmmaker, Screenwriter (@netstyle1)

On Yazid: Jacket $1295, Etro. Shirt, $1050, Celine by Hedi Slimane. Turtleneck, $980, Bottega Veneta. Trousers, $995, Dolce & Gabbana. Shoes, $835, Manolo Blahnik. Rings, his own

On Salah: Jacket, $2495, sweater, $995, trousers, $695, Ralph Lauren. Boots, $1025, Balmain. Sunglasses and rings, his own
On Aicha: Sweater, $445, Boss. Dress $1300, Isabel Marant. Boots, $1095, Christian Louboutin. Earrings, $290, José & María Barrera. Rings, her own

On Jourrane: Jacket $895, Victor Li. Shirt, price on request, Helmut Lang. Trousers, his own, Levi’s. Boots, $1395, Christian Louboutin

On Amine: Jacket, $1775, trousers, $1310, Dries Van Noten. Boots, $1045, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Sunglasses, $395, Barton Perreira

Coat, $4745, Dolce & Gabbana. Turtleneck, $1400, Hermès. Trousers, $1320, Givenchy. Boots, price on request, Michael Kors Collection

Gueye Assane
Age: 25
Occupation: Actor

Vest and trousers, $5000 (for suit), shirt, $345, Dolce & Gabbana. Sunglasses, $345, Montblanc

Chater Karim
Age: 23
Occupation: Stylist (@style_beldi)

Words: Samuel Hine
Photography: Lou Escobar
Styling: Mobolaji Dawodu
Hair: Houda E
Makeup: Aouar A
Production: Abdelhay Elanbassi At Morocco Film Production