November 22 2011
Sun-soaked Morocco might seem a world away from London this winter, but over the past few weeks Harrods’ Inspiring Morocco exhibition (running until December 18) has attracted a steady stream of visitors to celebrate the country’s craftsmanship, cuisine and culture in a pop-up Moroccan Riad – replete with ornate zellige tiling, intricate wood carving and a marble fountain centrepiece (first picture). Now, to continue its collaboration with the Kingdom of Morocco, Harrods is hosting two guest-list-only VIP workshops, with a number of places reserved exclusively for How To Spend It readers.
A beauty workshop will take place on December 1 in the Urban Retreat Spa, newly stocked with a host of traditional Moroccan argon oil, rose and rhassoul-based beauty products, where guests will be treated to complimentary treatments (think traditional Moroccan hand massages) as well as goodie bags by MarocMaroc, a natural Moroccan skincare range free from mineral oil and silicones.
But before that, a fashion workshop takes place on November 28, to celebrate Melissa Odabash’s collaboration with three Moroccan designers: couturier Nouredine Amir, Marrakech-based designer Fadila El Gadi and Zineb Joundy (who cut her teeth working for Lanvin and Karl Lagerfeld).
The partnership has produced three one-off kaftans, all on display in the Harrods pop-up. Customers will be treated to a private consultation with each designer and have the opportunity to be measured up for a bespoke kaftan (£190-£450). Those who place an order will also receive a one-off sketch of their design, signed by the designer and Melissa Odabash as a memento of their experience.