The rates of foreclosure showed an increase in 44% of U.S. markets in July 2018. When a mortgaged property goes into foreclosure, the building is invariably repossessed and in the process the dwelling is emptied of its inhabitants and their possessions. With this grim reality on the rise, it is no surprise that abandoned houses have entered the zeitgeist. The March 2019 issue of Vogue Italia puts a creative spin on this phenomenon in a story by Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo starring Anok Yai. The trio have done plenty of advertising together for Prada, but in this particular outing they go into editorial overdrive. “Empty Houses” as the story is appropriately titled, provides a generous backdrop to populate with looks for spring, provide they are all black. Whether Anok wears a pleated micro-faille silk dress by Valentino, a technical fabric dress by Lanvin, or hooded poncho in silk chiffon by Salvatore Ferragamo, the spirit she brings to the page and for that matter this empty house is all her own.

Visit vogue.it to see this poignant story in full.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia Nº823 March 2019; Title, “The Empty House”; Photography, Willy Vanderperre; Styling, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Anthony Turner at Streeters; Makeup, Lynsey Alexander at Streeters; Manicure, Anatole Rainey at B-Agency; Set design, Emma Roach at Streeters; Production, Jill Caytan at PRODn at Art + Commerce.

Anok Yai | Vogue Italia March 2019 (Photography: Willy Vanderperre)

Anok Yai | Vogue Italia March 2019 (Photography: Willy Vanderperre)

Anok Yai | Vogue Italia March 2019 (Photography: Willy Vanderperre)

Anok Yai | Vogue Italia March 2019 (Photography: Willy Vanderperre)