Come into the Castle, Maud

Showcasing couture gowns against a featureless white backdrop would be unfair. These are gowns that deserve a surrounding as lavish as their hand-stitched details and delicate fabrics – a backdrop like the Palace Hotel Shangri-La in Paris, perhaps.

That’s where Benjamin Kanarek shot his latest haute couture editorial for the November 2012 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR en Español. Maud Welzen is prim and polished in poker straight sleek hair and flawless skin, princessly in the fall 2012 haute couture season’s best gowns by Elie Saab, Atelier Versace, Jantaminiau, Chanel and Givenchy, to name a few.

Benjamin Kanarek Maud Welzen

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In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR
In My Castle by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper's BAZAAR

Benjamin Kanarek’s shots play to the architecture of the gowns and to the architecture of the grand rooms, using space and symmetry to create pristine, portrait-like poses.

View the full shoot of stunning couture gowns by clicking on the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.