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T his month’s fash­ion ed­i­to­rial was shot in the mag­i­cal city of Che­fchaouen in Morocco. Called the Blue City, the houses – in­side and out – are painted ev­ery shade of blue imag­in­able, sim­ply be­cause, as one res­i­dent ex­plained, “we like it”.

Perched on a hill­side, with an­cient wind­ing lanes and al­leys that are far too nar­row for cars, the city is like some­thing out of a fairy tale (and re­mained mag­i­cal even though we had to carry all our equip­ment up and down end­less flights of stairs).

Our model is the ris­ing star Niko, a Lon­doner of Su­danese her­itage, who was hand-picked by pho­tog­ra­pher Timo Ker­ber for this story. Much in de­mand, Niko is used to shooting all over the world with the likes of David Sims, Tim Walker, Har­ley Weir and Rankin, so was thank­fully un­fazed by the in­ces­sant heat and at­ten­tion that she drew against the azure walls.

Dressed in the vivid colours of au­tumn/ win­ter, Niko was the con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional, and em­barked on the climb­ing of lad­ders and count­less stairs – all in heels – with the barely per­cep­ti­ble shoul­der shrug typ­i­cal of a Lon­doner. She’s set for a stel­lar ca­reer, and we were lucky to catch her be­fore she jet­ted off to New York for the start of Fash­ion Week.

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