Even style icons need to take time out. I like these candid pics of Daphne Guinness.
Daphne Guinness briefly studied art at Slade,
developed an affliction for classical music,
and tinkered with the idea of becoming an opera singer.
…..she was always so terribly shy, sheltering herself from the world with her outrageous outfits.
“That’s why I could probably be quite a good actress.”
“Being in disguise, assuming another role, hiding behind a costume, is so easy.
Being oneself, now that’s always a little more tricky, don’t you think?”
“I grew up in an artists’ colony near Barcelona with Salvador Dali and the Surrealists, so my dress sense is very colored by my youth. Everybody knew that Dali was the most crazy – you’d go to his house and he would have lobsters in his pool.”
“Anything went, clothes-wise. You could wear whatever you wanted any time of day, so people would wear evening clothes at breakfast time, simple Catalan shoes and hats, lots of brightly coloured hippy kaftans, and a lot of French, tailored outfits.”
“When you walk about in Paris, you just see a lot of people who are incredibly well-dressed – for example, Loulou de la Falaise dresses beautifully. I think you do have a more fun life if you wear beautiful clothes. There is a certain joy in it; dressing well is an art and it shows respect to be neatly turned out.”
“Cultivate a sense of adventure and surprise but temper it with steely-eyed “appropriateness.” Understand, for example, why you wouldn’t want to make an appearance at the Golden Globes or anywhere else, short of a bordello, in a pink tutu with knee-high-satin-bowed shoes.”
Top two images from March 08 British Vogue, Photographed by Mario Testino
Daphne Guinness is a fashion stylist, film producer and heiress of the Guinness brewing family. Known for her elegant, original fashion style with a penchant for couture, she is an Alexander McQueen devotee and muse.
A charity catwalk show at New York Fashion Week, became a salute to the late British designer,
The show, Fashion for Relief/Haiti,
was organised by the British supermodel, Naomi Campbell,
a global ambassador for the White Ribbon Alliance charity.
McQueen muse, the heiress, Daphne Guinness, her tear-stained face veiled in white tulle, wore a dazzling, silver-sequinned catsuit, specially made for her by McQueen.
“This is my memory of Lee. He only finished it for me two weeks ago. It was a belated birthday gift and I will always treasure it. It’s probably the last piece he ever made in his life,” she said.
‘Fashion For Relief’ Haiti Runway Show was a celebrity-studded affair. Daphne Guinness with six other models closed the show to pay homage and honor the late Alexander McQueen. The finale featured several of the designer’s looks, with Naomi Campbell leading the models in the special, yet tearful, runway tribute.
The spotlight fell on “The Magnificent Seven” – a group of seven spectacular designs from McQueen’s last-ever collection, “Plato’s Atlantis”, originally shown during the Paris prêt-à-porter season last October.
The designs demonstrated the wilder shores of McQueen at his technological and periactin cost creative best, inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution, featuring brilliantly-coloured computer-prints of serpents and bizarre sea-creatures, and accessorized with “barnacle boots”, in python, encrusted with crystals and jewels.