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.
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.
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.