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Photo by François Halard
It’s the antithesis of his other homes. Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, Morocco, which the iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent shared with his partner, Pierre Bergé, is the visual incarnation of a breath of fresh air. No collections of priceless paintings, museum-class Asian antiquities, Renaissance bronzes or walls clad in hand-carved wood paneling here. For almost a decade, until Saint Laurent’s death at 71 in 2008, his preference for artfully layered spaces heaped with beautiful rarities gave way to rooms of spare sophistication. The Villa Mabrouka (mabrouka is “luck” in Arabic) is by far his most surprising refuge and an object lesson in the power of paring back.
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Photo by François Halard

It’s the antithesis of his other homes. Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, Morocco, which the iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent shared with his partner, Pierre Bergé, is the visual incarnation of a breath of fresh air. No collections of priceless paintings, museum-class Asian antiquities, Renaissance bronzes or walls clad in hand-carved wood paneling here. For almost a decade, until Saint Laurent’s death at 71 in 2008, his preference for artfully layered spaces heaped with beautiful rarities gave way to rooms of spare sophistication. The Villa Mabrouka (mabrouka is “luck” in Arabic) is by far his most surprising refuge and an object lesson in the power of paring back.

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Photo by Collier Schorr. Styled by Jason Rider.
He arrives for breakfast in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice wearing khakis, a white T-shirt and turquoise sneakers — the costume of someone who doesn’t feel the need to embellish what nature provided. He is missing a sliver of his left eyebrow, the result of a bad hop on the baseball field, one of the many stigmata of his athletic glory. “I’ve always negotiated the world very physically, from football to tussling at the playground to taking my clothes off,” Tatum says.
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Photo by Collier Schorr. Styled by Jason Rider.

He arrives for breakfast in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice wearing khakis, a white T-shirt and turquoise sneakers — the costume of someone who doesn’t feel the need to embellish what nature provided. He is missing a sliver of his left eyebrow, the result of a bad hop on the baseball field, one of the many stigmata of his athletic glory. “I’ve always negotiated the world very physically, from football to tussling at the playground to taking my clothes off,” Tatum says.

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Photo by Jamie Hawkesworth. Styled by Joe McKenna.
As fashion designers blur the lines between the sexes, boys and girls forge their own identities.
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Photo by Jamie Hawkesworth. Styled by Joe McKenna.

As fashion designers blur the lines between the sexes, boys and girls forge their own identities.

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Photograph by François Coquerel
Eleven years ago, Jean-Michel Casalonga, a goofy mutton-chopped kid from Perpignan, France, was studying for an advanced degree in physics when he decided to switch career paths and become a shoemaker. He probably shouldn’t have been able to just talk his way into an apprenticeship at Berluti, one of the most prestigious men’s shoe companies. But young blood is rare in the world of bespoke footwear, and Casalonga is, if not persuasive, at least persistent. “I had to call the guy who was in charge of the workshop every week for months,” he recalled. “Finally, he just said, ‘Come in for a few weeks, and we’ll see.’ ”
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Photograph by François Coquerel

Eleven years ago, Jean-Michel Casalonga, a goofy mutton-chopped kid from Perpignan, France, was studying for an advanced degree in physics when he decided to switch career paths and become a shoemaker. He probably shouldn’t have been able to just talk his way into an apprenticeship at Berluti, one of the most prestigious men’s shoe companies. But young blood is rare in the world of bespoke footwear, and Casalonga is, if not persuasive, at least persistent. “I had to call the guy who was in charge of the workshop every week for months,” he recalled. “Finally, he just said, ‘Come in for a few weeks, and we’ll see.’ ”

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Marrakech and Tangier have long shared double billing as Morocco’s most alluring cities. In contrast, Fez, the country’s intellectual and spiritual capital, has always been respectfully admired for its architecture and its authenticity. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, it’s a reserved but fascinating town that has been ambivalent about courting tourism — and until recently, has never had an opulent luxury hotel akin to Marrakech’s famed La Mamounia.
Now that has changed, with the opening of the 50-room Hotel Sahrai overlooking the medina, the beehive-like quarter that is the largest surviving traditional urban neighborhood in Morocco. 
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Marrakech and Tangier have long shared double billing as Morocco’s most alluring cities. In contrast, Fez, the country’s intellectual and spiritual capital, has always been respectfully admired for its architecture and its authenticity. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, it’s a reserved but fascinating town that has been ambivalent about courting tourism — and until recently, has never had an opulent luxury hotel akin to Marrakech’s famed La Mamounia.

Now that has changed, with the opening of the 50-room Hotel Sahrai overlooking the medina, the beehive-like quarter that is the largest surviving traditional urban neighborhood in Morocco. 

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