When Melvin and Hamilton designed their new Spring Summer collection ‘The Scarlett Collection’ I knew I would fall in love instantly as the designs was based on femininity and elegance, with a twist. The collection is adorned with decorative richly coloured embroidery, a trend that is going to be so huge this season! I was chosen to be one of the first people to have a pair of pre-release Scarlett’s made especially for me in a colour of my choice. When I received them I knew the exact place I wanted to wear them for their first outing….The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh, Morocco.Visiting the Jardin Majorelle, also known as the YSL gardens, has been on my bucket list ever since I learned of its existence.
Yves Saint Laurent had a huge influence on my decision to become a fashion designer from the very beginning and to get the opportunity to visit the place where he lived and gained so much of his inspiration was a dream.
Speaking of dreams, the gardens themselves are the perfect representation of the most beautiful dream. The colours, the smells, the sounds brought alive in me so many ideas and inspirations but the overall vibe that can be felt from the gardens is one of love, love of art and botany of colour and magic . Strolling through the thick lush walkways lined with bamboo and colourful belly pots, we walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers. The over-head branches cast dancing shadows across your face and you get the feeling like you have stepped away from the real world and are present in a magical botanic dream where your mind is clear and your thoughts are only of happiness. Experiencing this first hand makes it obvious why Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé made the Jardin Majorelle their home and saved it from modern industrial development.
Yves and Pierre discovered the Jardin Majorelle in 1966, during their very first stay in Marrakech They bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to becoming a hotel complex. They decided to live in the Villa Bou Saf Saf, which they renamed Villa Oasis, and undertook the restoration of the garden in order to make the Jardin Majorelle become the most beautiful garden – by respecting the vision of Jacques Majorelle, the gardens original owner.
I wanted my outfit to feel like a blank canvas against the natural decor and colourful backdrop of the gardens but I also wanted my Scarlett’s from Melvin and Hamilton’s new Spring / Summer collection to mirror their surroundings. Never have I worn such beautifully crafted loafers with so much detail and beauty. The hand-embroidered patterns in threads of beige, green, pink, orange, blue, coral red and purple are beautifully complimented by their black base background. I am always drawn to including feminine features in my outfits and the Scarlett loafer is a perfect way to bring a feminine flair from Melvin and Hamilton’s perspective.
The leather insole and the beige leather interior lining make for a perfect alternative to a ballerina flat for long walks through town on a hot summer day or for a colourful stroll through the streets of Marrakech and a visit to the Jardin Majorelle. In honor of the spring-summer season Melvin & Hamilton have designed a variety of feminine printed shoe models, but from all these different models the Scarlett collection has the most personality!
The Melvin and Hamilton ‘Scarlett Collection’ can be found at Melvin-Hamilton.com-The Scarlett Collection
I am wearing the Scarlett 1 in Black – €169 Scarletts – korela black