There are times in life when skipping town is the only option. Right? A business class flight to Instanbul, say, departing tonight from New York’s JFK easily will run north of $5000, if any seats are even available once the sun sets at 4:29 PM. More frugal escapes do exist, it must be said, such as scrolling through Instagram for the thousandth time, but mundanity was the whole reason for escape in the first place. Somewhere in between those extremes is the December 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia with a story shot in, wait for it, Istanbul! Alanna Arrington is the alluring subject of this feature by photographer Emre Güven, which places the American beauty in the city situated at the cusp of Europe and Asia. There’s Alanna, wind in hair, standing alongside a busy roadway at dusk, wearing a dress by Hermès. Although the image is silent, it’s not difficult imagining the sounds of fisherman casting their lines, cars honking horns, or the light rail train making its rush hour schedule. Alanna also helps make this thought experiment in escapology a success without going broke on airfare.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Arabia December 2018; Title, “She”; Photography, Emre Güven; Styling, Claire Carruthers; Hair, Serkan Yıldırım; Makeup, Elcin Mutlu; Casting, Dominik Wimmer.

Alanna Arrington | Vogue Arabia December 2018 (Photography: Emre Güven)

Alanna Arrington | Vogue Arabia December 2018 (Photography: Emre Güven)