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).