To quote Vogue Arabia’s editor-in-chief, Manuel Arnaut, “There is something magical about traveling. The excitement of the unknown, the endless days of dolce far niente…” In this spirit, the summer issue takes us to Istanbul, the land of the Bosphorus and Hagia Sophia, for an 18-page cover shoot with supermodel Jourdan Dunn photographed by Cüneyt Akeroğlu and styled by Konca Aykan.
It continues West to Paris, one of our favorite cities for a summer jaunt, to discover the newly renovated Hôtel de Crillon. Commissioned to Karl Lagerfeld and two of Lebanon’s most prominent designers, Aline Asmar d’Amman, and Chahan Minassian, this month, it will regain its rightful place as the epicenter of art, show business, politics, and diplomacy. While in Paris, we explore cultural exhibits, like the Dior 70th anniversary exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs, and unveil the story behind Chanel’s new perfume, Gabrielle—its first in 15 years.
Of course, with travel, comes fashion. Singer Yuna shares why she considers her hijab to be her power piece, and Michael Kors weighs in on the color of the season, khaki. Marine Serre talks winning this year’s LVMH Prize with her sportswear collection infused with 19th century traditional Arab dress, and Hala Kawsarani interviews Bouchra Jarrar, recently made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, in Paris about her role in driving French heritage house Lanvin into the future.
It isn’t long before we return to our beloved deserts, however. Stéphane Rolland, Michèle Lamy, Christian Louboutin, and Marisa Berenson all share their personal pictures and riveting memories of holidays in the Arab world. Their postcards are touching tributes to our homeland.
Last, but certainly not least, Vogue speaks to the group of Kuwaiti women led by Sheikha Lulu M Al Sabah, and behind Abolish 153, who are lobbying to end honor killings in Kuwait. We hope this feature offers moments of contemplation during your travels this summer and will inspire your well-rested self to come back home eager to join the movement for change. Whether it be this one or another.
Inside Vogue Arabia: The June issue