It starts with heiress Lydia Hearst, hands grasping tiny hips, in Louis Vuitton’s ladylike ensemble of pastel lace and peachy statement collar. From there Benjamin Kanarek‘s shoot moves through a series of cinematic frames, each styled with a ladylike softness that’s nepenthe to any memory of the model having ever posed with skin-baring abandon in front of Terry Richardson’s lens. This is, unequivocally, Lydia the Lady.

lydia hearst by benjamin kanarek

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Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol
Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek for Harpers BAZAAR en Espanol

Kanarek’s images have a dreamy quality that, mixed with the static poses, compliments the styling by turning each image into a kind of genteel portrait. Vanessa Naudin’s styling meanwhile is a lesson in feminine dressing. It’s Givenchy’s sequin embellishments, Etro’s Art Deco shapes, Ralph Lauren’s feathers and Lanvin’s drapes. But despite delving deep into 2012’s feminine obsession, it’s never over the top. In each of Kanarek’s images, Lydia Hearst is an elegant lady, not a glamour girl.

Featuring in Harper’s Bazaar en Español, you can view the full shoot of Lydia Hearst by Benjamin Kanarek at the gallery above.

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