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MOROCCO

MEDINA OF FEZ, MOROCCO BY A PHOTOGRAPHER

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Fez Palais El Mokri was built in 1906 by Si Tayeb el Mokri, Pasha to Casablanca and son of the Grand Vizir of the King. The Palais is now home to a few of the Pasha’s heirs who charge a small entrance fee to curious visitors and, on occasion, rent out a few of the rooms for the night.

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One of those rooms available for rent is The Red Room.

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Like with many Moroccan towns, the medina is the center of Fez. Here, a man transports goods in the medina.

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Bab El Mahrouk is one the medina’s points of entry—and certainly the most striking.

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This traditionally restored “dar,” or house, retains all the original tilework.

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These colorful, handcrafted leather slippers, or “babouches,” are a popular souvenir.

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Photographer Felix Odell says that his favorite thing to do in Fez was simply walk down side streets, people-watch, and get lost.

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At the medina’s souk, Odell picked up spices and mint to take home to his native Stockholm.

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At night, Odell stayed at the Fez Jardin Des Biehn, an elegant old-world property in the medina.

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Outside of the African Suite at the Fez Jardin Des Biehn were these walls, washed in a blue color popular throughout Morocco.

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This raspberry tart ended a meal at the Jardin’s restaurant.

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A contrast of patterns and textures in the Pasha Suite mirrored the electic range of textiles found in the souk.

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Although some of Morocco’s cities, like Marrakech, are full of people in modern clothes, many of Fez’s residents wear traditional dress.

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The entrance of Al-Attarine Madrassa, an Islamic school built in the 13th century.

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Traditional Fassi-style pottery was on display at Souk el Henna.

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Past the medina’s walls is a small mountain. Locals love to climb it at night for the views of the sun setting over the city.

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From the hilltops of Mt. Zalegh, you can see the city as well as the countryside.

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A traditional Friday lunch of vegetable couscous cooked in a tagine at the Alami family riad. Odell reports that everything he ate in Fez was “fantastic.”

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Hotel Sahrai, just outside of the medina, is a mix of classic Moroccan design elements (like this rich tapestry, pictured) and modern amenities.

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A corridor of water just off the lobby at the Hotel Sahrai.

LOUIS VUITTON

LOUIS VUITTON CRUISE 2016 AD’ CAMPAIGN FT MICHELLE WILLIAMS

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Louis Vuitton’s has unveiled ‘The Spirit of Travel’ campaign with actresses Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander. The pair were captured by Patrick Demarchelier modeling the cruise 2016 versions of the Capucines and Steamer bags.

In the accompanying film, Michelle can be seen driving on an open road wile Alicia poses in a desert setting with a snake. Complete with intense closeups of the actresses as well as the bags, the video ends with the two women coming together for a dramatic moment.

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BURBERRY

BURBERRY FESTIVE CAMPAIGN

Burberry launches its 2015 festive film and campaign with an all-star British cast of supermodels, musicians, and actors!

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The film pays homage to the much-loved opening sequence of the movie Billy Elliot, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

The festive film directed by Christopher Bailey stars Sir Elton John, James Corden, Julie Walters, Romeo Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Michelle Dockery, James Bay, George Ezra and Toby Huntington-Whiteley.

“Billy Elliot is an incredible film full of so much joy and energy, so it was a real thrill and a great honour to be able to celebrate its 15 year anniversary through our Festive campaign. It was also a huge privilege to work with such amazing and iconic British talent – the cast are quite simply some of the biggest names in film, music and fashion and it was so much fun working with them all to make this special film.” Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer

The festive campaign is shot by Mario Testino.

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