FASHION Magazine Canada is celebrating their 35th anniversary in November 2012 and to celebrate the special event the magazine decided to produce a haute couture photo shoot in Paris.
This was the first time in FASHION’s history that they worked in Paris with a full gamut of designers to produce a haute couture shoot, and for the location they chose the legendary Hôtel de Crillon.
Ottawa model Amanda Nimmo donned the elegant garments and the photographs where shot by Benjamin Kanarek, who was born and raised in Toronto.
Kanarek is now based in Paris and has been shooting couture since 1986. He describes couture as the F1 of fashion. “It’s a totally different mindset,” he says. “Being on a couture shoot doesn’t allow you the luxury of keeping the clothing all day, to develop mood boards. Everyone is vying for [the same dresses]. You have to think on your feet and be creative. It’s a real challenge.”
The designers included Gaultier Paris, Elie Saab, the first Dior Couture Collection by Raf Simons, Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci, Chanel, Alexis Mabille, Giambattista Valli, Alexandre Vauthier, Maison Martin Margiela, Atelier Versace and Jantaminiau.
Videos from the shoot followed by some more great photos:
Model: Amanda Nimmo
Photography by Benjamin Kanarek
Concept Creative Directors, Benjamin Kanarek & Frédérique Renaut
Video Direction by Frédérique Renaut
Styling by Sohei Yoshida
Original Video Soundtrack,”Sonata in C Minor“, written and performed by Mathias Schuber
Special Thanks to Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
Photo Assistant: Paul-Antoîne Goutal
Digital Retouching : Sebastian Reuter