Michelle Westgeest in Harper’s BAZAAR en Español by Benjamin Kanarek

The Elegant 50's by Benjamin KanarekHarper’s BAZAAR en Español celebrates the elegance of the fashion from the 1950’s. Remember when women would never go out without a hat and a pair of gloves? Perhaps a bit before your time…

Of all of the recent Fashion Epochs the 50’s represented the epitome and apex of femininity. Designers such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dries van Noten and Christian Louboutin shoes have become  just a teeny-weeny bit nostalgic of that era for their Fall-Winter season collections (perhaps inspired by the “Mad Men” TV series huge success?). Their collections have provided us a chance to enjoy the 50’s as well as to reflect on those times, yet adding a contemporary feel to the mix.

To the fashion addicts out there, I am sure you have noticed that Michelle is wearing an original 1957 Haute Couture “hourglassed” ensemble designed by Mr. Christian Dior. And in the picture below, a kimono sleeved satin coat with appliqué velvet flowers from Mr. Pierre Balmain, 1956.

Inspired by the refinement of the epoch, this editorial was shot within the magnificent confines of La Maison Baccarat in Paris. Before being the flagship of La Maison Baccarat, interior being redesigned by Philippe Stark, this Hôtel Particulier was previously owned by Marie-Laure de Noailles, viscountess de Noailles, an influential patron of the arts of the 20th century.

As seen in the October 2010 Issue of Harper’s BAZAAR en Español

The Behind the Scenes Video

The Editorial

The Team

Photography and Co-Creative Direction by Benjamin Kanarek
Co-Creative Direction & Video Direction by Frédérique Renaut
Fashion Editor: Laurent Dombrowicz
Model: Michelle Westgeest @ Viva Agency, Paris
Make Up by Topolino @ Calliste Agency, Paris
Hair by Frédéric Kebbabi @ B Agency, Paris
Manicure by Kamel @ B4 Agency, Paris
Digital Retouching by Freddy Baby, Paris
Special Thanks to Isa Maïsa for all of her support

Special Thanks to La Maison Baccarat

Soundtrack Credits

Patti Page, Old Cape Cod
The McGuire Sisters, Sincerely
Perry Como, Magic Moments
The Chordettes, Mr. Sandman

About Frederique Renaut

Born in Paris, France, Fashion & Beauty Director for benjaminkanarekblog.com

Frédérique Renaut wears 2 hats:
1/ Consultant in Communication for the Luxury Industry specialized in International Communication, Media & Advertising,
2/ Creative Direction, Video Direction for Fashion and Beauty shoots for publications like VOGUE & Harper’s BAZAAR.

She has also worked as an International Executive Manager for major cosmetics brands (Jean-Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake and Narciso Rodriguez fragrances) and Couture Houses (Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Féraud & Givenchy by Alexander McQueen).

  • This is such a beautiful shoot, my word gorg! I loved the 50’s style of dress! Great job and the pics are stunning! xoxo

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  • fab!!! thank you. great fashion story + a superb behind the scenes video :)) love your blog. helps me deal better with the insanity of the fashion world 🙂 thank you.

    • I am so glad to hear your positive feedback… Puts a smile on my face. 🙂

  • @: I think it has more to do with understanding what light does under different conditions and how best to render your final outcome with that understanding.

  • @: I would prefer to call her sleek rather than thin.

  • Bee

    Wow. Breathtaking! I love the 50s and this is as glamorous as it gets. Awesome photography, well done!

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  • Nikolas Kyramarios

    Wow, great shots !
    But that model is so thin…

    Anyway, lovely 50s atmosphere !

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  • Johnathon Brock

    Hi Benjamin,

    It looked as if you were using just one light for most of these scenes.

    Is that correct?

    • Well, sort of, with a couple of mobile small reflectors (so to speak) 😉

      • Johnathon Brock

        Thankyou for the response.

        Truly excellent work as always !

  • Ben,

    Fabulous use of 1 light! It really captures the essance of that era. We often get caught up in the complexity of light, but this is a perfect example of how simple light can be beautiful.

    Well done.

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