Sarah Thornqvist

Marrakesh Morocco: and a tale of magazine fashion shoot at Peacock Pavilions

Marrakesh Morocco: and a tale of magazine fashion shoot at Peacock Pavilions

 It's always a pinch-me thrill when Peacock Pavilions is chosen as a Marrakech shoot location for a magazine.  We were ridiculously excited this past year when Swedish lifestyle magazine, Femina, selected our place as their feature shoot location for all their Spring and Summer issues.  We were in an amazing four issues!  

Marrakech Morocco: and a tale of a Femina Magazine fashion shoot at Peacock Pavilions

When architect Chris and I were designing and building Peacock Pavilions, we knew that we wanted it to be a place that was very personal and intimate.  We wanted it to feel not like a hotel at all but rather like staying at a {stylish} friend's house in Marrakesh.  The idea was for guests to be surrounded with unusual objects, with one-of-a-kind textiles and of course, with lots of texture and pattern.  Not luxurious in that cold way but rather, charming, special, and "worth it" because of the warm feeling that it gave you. 

In that vein, my hope has always been that Peacock Pavilions would have a legacy.  Project Soar is a part of that, of course, allowing guests to participate and interact with their surroundings in a caring way. But beyond that, I hoped to create a place that would become a part of the memory of its guests and that later on that there would be pictures to look at and to remember. 

It all goes by so fast, doesn't it, this life of ours?  It's nice to have evidence that it is and, later on, that it was. When I see photos that others have taken of Peacock Pavilions, I see it through their eyes and with their perspective and I live it myself, in a new way. 

I thought I'd share a few images from the first photo spread from the Femina fashion shoot at Peacock Pavilions.  We were all so very excited when this beautiful Swedish magazine chose our place for its Spring fashion shoots.

Model Ingrid Wrisley is so sublime and photographer Helene Linsjo captured her so perfectly.  Of course, it helps that the clothes picked out by talented fashion editor Sarah Thornqvist are so cool.  I want them all!

  Femina Mag shot at Peacock Pavilions 1

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PS The beautiful black wedding blanket with its night sky of sequins is for sale here at Red Thread Souk.

Marrakech Morocco: and a tale of Femina magazine fashion photo shoot at Peacock Pavilions

They were Swedish and Danish.  They were mostly blond. They were Femina Magazine.  

Femina_Sweden_-February_2013-A_kin-A_W_largeA team of 6 - a fashion editor, 2 models, a stylist, a makeup/hair artist & a photographer - came to Peacock Pavilions to shoot not 1, not 2 but 4 fashion stories (and a magazine cover!).  I couldn't have been more excited:-)

They came with bags and bags of clothes that they hung here and there.  IMG_3617-001
  They came with shoes arranged in rows and rows.


 They came with pairs and pairs of sunglasses.


And oodles of jewels.


{The latter displayed for selection in interesting ways like on our Moroccan mobile sink from the 1940s.}


 There were flowers and herbs from our garden to weave into the hair of the models. 


Peeking through the blossoms, there were looks for consideration.


The hairstylist/makeup artist did her magic. 



And finally....there was shooting!  The camera was enormous!


German model Claudia Raba by the pool....


and in the Medina Pavilion.


And Swedish model Ingrid Wrisley in the Atlas Pavilion.

IMG_3666and with all eyes on her....


in the main Pavilion....


There was furious photo editing......!


but we'll have to wait for the final images in the Spring issues of Femina!  Many many thanks to the sweetest fashion editor I've ever met, Sarah Thornqvist.  We loved working with you and your adorable team!

PS  With blooms in her hair, Ingrid perused my book, Marrakesh by Design.  She may be Swedish, but I hope she won't soon forget Marrakesh....


PPS Photo shoots are one of our very favorite things to do at Peacock Pavilions.  Fashion, jewelry, handbags, bedding, homewares -- we love it all. Our rates are super reasonable even for new brands, and we can help you with everything from models, to photography, to flowers, to props, to camel rental {really}.  Or just come with your goodies and we'll be the most charming shoot location, while providing you with yummy meals and cocktails.  Bookmark us and contact us here to inquire.