Cool as 007: Louis Copeland meets Spectre
James Bond fans will no doubt recognise the stunning Moroccan villa in our Louis Copeland fashion shoot from the movie Spectre: the lair of master villain Blofeld, it was where 007 was held captive. The villa was blown up in the movie but not in real life, and provided a stunning backdrop for our shoot, writes our fashion editor
Fashion, like architecture, is all about great lines and creating interesting shapes with total respect for colours. All of the above we found in bucket-loads at the Une Ile Blanche villa, which sits in the countryside between Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.
Total eye candy with its dramatic, linear design, the villa boasts geometric shapes where concrete, metal and glass merge with a shimmering pool.
Taking his team to Morocco to shoot his City of Colour campaign, Louis Copeland wanted to showcase vibrant summer colours while utilising the bold lines and strong shadows of the villa, with photographer Daniel Holfeld capturing the clothes against the beautiful Moroccan light.
Boys will be boys and this villa generated lots of male envy amongst Bond fans when it went up for sale last year and featured in international property mags.
It's not just Hollywood location scouts who love Marrakech minimalism. The refinement of the architecture attracted fashion giants like Yves Saint Laurent, who lived in Marrakech at the Villa Oasis.
The two-storey house was designed by Algerian architect Imad Rhamouni, who is a protégé of French designer Philippe Starck. In Spectre, the house was magically transported to the top of a mountain and was blown up. Thankfully, it survived and the Irish creative team took full advantage of the views from the rooftop terrace. Some dub the villa 'Dar Bianca' but its correct name is Une Ile Blanche.
All clothes from Louis Copeland, louiscopeland.ie
Photographer: Daniel Holfeld, danielholfeld.com
Styled by: David O'Connor
Model: Richard, 1stoption.ie
Location: Villa, Une Ile Blanche, Marrakech
Sunglasses: Optica, Dawson Street, Dublin 2