Moroccan Love Affair

“Midnight in Morocco”


The Inspiration behind Erin Ribeiro’ s Polo Ball Glam

 The annual Newport International Polo Ball took place at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport. With the USA vs Morocco Polo match on Sunday, August 5th, the gala’s theme was “Midnight in Morocco”.

 For the Moroccan vibe, Erin Ribeiro channeled her look with inspiration taken from Sex and the City 2, Yves St Laurent, and La Mamounia Hotel.

 La Mamounia Hotel is a five star resort located in Marrakech, Morocco. This hotel has a rich history that dates back to the 12th century. Winston Churchill declared it as “one of the most beautiful places in the world.” Hollywood stars, artists, statesmen, writers, and so many others have fallen in love with La Mamounia. It is typically a source of inspiration for many artists. Of course, Erin was keeping in mind this hotel as she began to plan her outfit.

La Mamounia Hotel

 Morocco has been the muse for many artists along the years including world famous fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent. Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Berge w fell in love with the scenery, colors, and fashion Morocco.

Yves Saint Laurent in Place Djemaa El Fna

The Majorelle garden once owned by Yves Saint Laurent and Berge is open to visitors along with the YSL Museum on the same property in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco. 

Majorelle Garden

YSL Museum 

Sex and the City has always been a fan favorite TV and movie series. In fact, the Abu Dhabi segment of Sex and the City 2 was filmed in Morocco. The girls rocked Middle Eastern inspired outfits wearing brands like Chanel, Pucci, Manolo Blahnik, and of course YSL. Frank Barbosa from Frank Antonio Hair and Makeup in Newport was also the hair stylist behind Carrie Bradshaw’s signature turban hairstyle in the film.

  In honor of the Moroccan Polo Ball theme, Erin asked him to re create Carrie’s iconic look.

 In the Middle East, many say that an outfit is not complete without a detailed design of henna covering one’s hand or arm. Henna is a natural accessory for most women in Africa and the Middle East. Luckily, in Newport there is a small store that specializes in henna and face threading. Sukhy's Threading is located off of Thames Street with a amazing selection of different henna designs. To accent her Atelier Swarovski rings, Erin got henna on both of her hands up to her wrists. The level of detail and precision adds to the whole ensemble.

 With inspiration coming from the world of fashion, Hollywood, and luxury resort living- the combination completes the perfect outfit - a mix between modern sophistication and middle eastern flare.


Get Erin Ribeiro’s Look


Turban- RIB & RHEIN

 Dress- Issa London

Shoes- Schutz

 Jewelry- Atelier swarovski Jason Wu and Christopher Kane

 Henna- Sukhy Threading located in Newport RI