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Pampered Like A Pasha At La Mamounia

James Andrew at La Mamounia

James Andrew at La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

The world class spa, private hammans, massages, facials, and gorgeous pool at La Mamounia, provide all of the sumptuous luxury any modern day Pasha might expect. To complete the picture, the super chic Beatrice Paul boutique at La Mamounia provided me with this divine linen djellaba to channel the most marvelous rêve Marocain a la Yves Saint Laurent for my pre-dinner soak.

The indoor pool at La Mamounia

The indoor pool at La Mamounia

Making a Grand Entrance – La Mamounia

Grand entrance at La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

Grand entrance at La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

One is not likely to forget one’s first steps through the spectacular entrance at La Mamounia. Fabulous doormen in pristine exotic dress await there to assist in every way possible—it’s grand theater really, and choreographed to perfection. Of course, the impeccable service extends throughout the hotel making it quite difficult, as we mentioned in our previous post, to find a compelling reason to leave the confines of the hotel’s beautifully tiled walls.

La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

My obsession with the work of the legendary Bill Willis, however, did provide exactly that compelling reason to venture off the grounds. As many of you may know, Willis was an American designer who settled in Marrakech in the 1960′s—his take on Moroccan design and a revival of its decorative arts won him some quite notable clients, including Paul and Talitha Getty, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge to name just a few.

Bill Willis interior at Dar-Yaccout

Bill Willis interior at Dar-Yaccout

I made a point to see as many in tact Bill Willis interiors as I could. One example was the restaurant Dar Yaccout, which was originally a palace and later converted to a restaurant. Sadly now, it is but a ghost of its former Bill Willis splendor—only a die-hard Bill Willis fan might appreciate the current space. Alas.

On my way from La Mamounia to make a pilgrimage to the Bill Willis Dar Yaccout, I’m sporting a Tom Ford lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill Snowdon suit, a Yves Saint Laurent white cotton voile tunic with silk banding, Tom Ford brown suede tasseled loafers, brown and lavender silk polka dot pocket square, “Cyrille” sunglasses, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

Max Rhyser

Max Rhyser and James Andrew - photo Julio Gaggia

Max Rhyser and James Andrew - photo Julio Gaggia


As you know, WIJW loves to feature artists that catch our eye. That being said, we’re pleased to briefly interrupt our Marrakech story for the ultra-talented Danish-American-Israeli model, stage, television and film actor, Max Rhyser.

In case you were wondering, Rhyser was not always the gorgeous, confident young man we see today. In fact, he tells us of a life full of uncertainties—whether it was moving between Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen as a child (with the requisite challenge of having to learn a new language each time) or being gay and having weight issues, circumstances weren’t exactly conducive to a happy childhood. Things began to change, however, when Rhyser joined his school’s theater program. “I found a home,” he says, a “beautiful escape,” with like minded friends. From then on he’d always seek out the “theater group.”

Pursuing his dream of acting in New York City was not all roses and lollipops either—his accent and ethnically ambivalent look found him trying to be who he thought everyone wanted him to be. Ultimately, though, he found his own voice (to critical acclaim we might add)—just read his extensive filmography on IMDB!

Max Rhyser - photo Julio Gaggia

Max Rhyser - photo Julio Gaggia

Of course his success took no small degree of personal initiative: “As an actor, an artist,” Rhyser exclaims, “we’re always waiting for the agent, the manager, the casting director, the director, the producer, the network, the gallery, etc., etc., etc.. WHY? With all the resources available to us these days, we can do anything we want, anything! You have a role you want to play, a story you want to tell, do it! Do it!”

Feeling inspired yet?!

Rhyser and Sal Bardo’s latest film, entitled “Chaser” tackles cultural alienation and the fringe gay community. See link here. Of this rather brave role, Rhyser explains, “operating from the heart truly TRULY removes all fears.”

Also check out his latest on-stage appearance in The Austerity of Hope. His performance is a must see!

With so many projects in the works, it probably goes without saying that we’ll be bringing much more from the dynamic Max Rhyser in the not so far future. We can’t wait!

I’m pictured (top) dressing Rhyser for the Oscars and Tony Awards he is sure to win! He’s wearing a Tom Ford era Gucci black silk moire dinner jacket and tuxedo pants, Tom Ford lavender cotton voile tuxedo shirt and black silk faille bow tie, and an outrageous diamond evening set by our friends M. de Phocas. The effect is complete with a generous misting of Creed Imperial Millesime.

Diamond Evening Set by M. de Phocas

Diamond Evening Set by M. de Phocas

I am sporting the vest and pants from a Tom Ford charcoal glen plaid wool suit, grey cotton window pane plaid shirt, antique shell and coral cuff links, and brown leather loafers. My fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.