Couture when surrounded by the ornateness of a grand old setting can be heart-stoppingly beautiful. Couture when out of its element can sometimes be even better. Against paint-chipped walls and bare floors, model Chrystal Copland is all the more fair and beautiful, the dilapidated surrounds both a contrast to her beauty and a reminder that nothing is forever.

Aptly titled Dark Couture, this editorial by Benjamin Kanarek is both moody and beautiful. Styled by Sohei Yoshida it features couture gowns from a floral appliquéd Giambattista Valli to delicate lace Armani Prive, to daringly cut Atelier Versace, with plenty more in between.

Giambattista Valli couture gown

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam
Dark Couture by Benjamin Kanarek for ELLE Vietnam

View the full shoot featuring the gorgeous Australian model Chrystal Copland for Elle Vietnam September 2013 by clicking on the gallery.

You can also see a behind the scenes video over at Benjamin Kanarek’s blog.

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