Thursday 24 February 2011

    Relax with Guinness


    Even style icons need to take time out. I like these candid pics of Daphne Guinness.

    Enjoying a moment with her on-and-off-again French philosopher boyfriend.

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    Thursday 24 February 2011

    Couture Artiste ~ Theatrical 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.”

    Modeling Alexander McQueen, Vanity Fair. Photo:Michael Roberts.

    “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

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    Thursday 24 February 2011

    Deciphering Daphne Guinness


    Fashion and art-loving Daphne Guinness

    is surely one of the most eccentric and

    intriguing figures of our time.

    Petite and curious, she considers haute couture an essential part of Western culture. She loves being surrounded by artists to absorb their genius and inspire their creativity. Discover more about this icon from Vogue Italia.

    Name   Daphne Suzannah Diana Joan Guinness.

    About her

    Daphne is a fashion connoisseur, and is fascinated also by men’s fashion: she is capable of telling apart the subtle nuance variations of a Huntsman’s 1925 suit from a 1929 one (also because she owns both).

    With her mother, she would spend her summers in Cadaqués, Spain. Often by Salvador Dalì ‘s pool that, she recalls, was “full of lobsters”. Hanging out with them Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Richard Hamilton. But she was very young and had no idea who they really were: “They were just neighbours to me”.

    The origins

    She is the daughter of beer heir Jonathan Guinness and his French wife Suzanne Lisney.

    At 19 she married Stavros Niarchos, with whom she has three children (Nicolas, Alexis and Ines). At that time she starts collecting couture: “I found that fashion became an extension of self.” She divorced in 1999.

    After seeing her at a party wearing a rather flamboyant hat, her great friend Isabella Blow suggests that she collaborates with Tatler as fashion editor

    What does she do

    “I do ideas”.

    Bernard-Henri Lévi told her once:

    “You are not a person anymore, you’ve become a concept”.

    What’s next

    She would like to be a film director again , and plans on writing a novel: “It’s evolving. I guess all novels must be part of what you know, and it’s a difficult thing to write because there are many many things that I don’t understand about my life.”

    Alternative projects

    She has financed thru the help of credit cards minneapolis mn and produced the film Cashback, by Sean Ellis, that earned a nomination for the Academy Awards. She has designed a collection of white shirts for London’s Dover Street Market. If you need information about finances and loans, visit that offer fair and flexible terms, so that you can keep life on track and finances under control.

    She has shot a short-film: The Phenomenology of Body.

    She has posed for all the greatest photographers, from Steven Klein to David LaChapelle.

    She has developed the fragrance Daphne for Comme des Garçons.

    She has taken part in the video Pursuit of Happiness by KiD CuDi.

    She is fascinated by the production process and is “interested in absolutely everything, except football”.

    Shoes   Killer heels: she was the first to wear Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo shoes in public.

    Jewelry   “It doesn’t have to be real”: she loves style, but not showing off. She has collaborated with Shaun Leane, jewel designer for Alexander McQueen, for a jewellery line inspired by armour.

    Hair   Until some time ago she sported blonde, very light hair, with two big distinctive dark locks. When we last met she had brown and short hair, she was going to got through a hair transplant nyc treatment: “I’m going through this black phase now, it’s my fetish colour”.

    Her style   “Surely I’m not a conformist. I don’t think I belong to any category”.

    Style advice   “Follow your instinct.”

    Good habits   Reads the papers, does yoga, takes a walk every day and sees her friends very often.

    Besides, she recycles second-hand clothes. She will wear the same outfit more than once, because “clothes must be lived in”. And has put up for auction most of her “Fabergé Egg” period wardrobe (this is what she calls the years of her marriage to Niarchos) and donated all proceedings to Womankind.

    Bad habits   She worries too much, about everything.

    She loves   Friends and family, first of all. Reading (“I can sit for hours dissecting abook on English grammar”) and going to the Opera. She has got a stunning voice, though: before getting married she had ambitions of becoming an opera singer and used to take singing lessons.

    She hates   Intolerance, racism, ignorance and the modern obsession for what she calls “celebrity culture”.

    The dry-cleaner’s: “My idea of heaven would be to open up a proper, old-fashioned laundry, where shirts could be laundered in a proper, old-fashioned way.”

    She’s crazy for   Uniforms and armour : “A kind of disguise, a way to become invisible”.

    Feathers, birds, the idea of flying.

    Favourite dress   A very simple grey flannel dress by Alexander McQueen.

    Favourite cities   Paris and New York.

    Favourite music   Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Favourite food   Sushi and mashed potatoes.

    Favourite drink   Tea.

    Favourite film   The Razor’s Edge by John Byrum.

    Favourite book   Tender is the Night, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald.

    Motto   “Judge not.”

    Never goes out without   Her iPod.

    Favourite shops   Dover Street Market in London, and flea markets all around the world

    Favourite designers   Her friend Alexander McQueen:

    “He put to rest the idea that fashion is not art. He was an artist”.

    Balenciaga (“Revolutionary”), Karl Lagerfeld (“An inimitable wonder”), Valentino (“Makes every woman look stunning”).

    Her icons   Her grandmother, her mother.

    First thing in the morning    A cup of tea.

    Last thing before bed   Tells a prayer.

    Birthday   9 November 1967.

    Born in   Ireland.

    Lives  Between London and New York.

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    Thursday 24 February 2011

    The Honourable Daphne Guinness


    May you fly straight to heaven

    - but if you go to Hades –

    may Lethe run with Guinness!

    Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen for Vanity Fair. Photograph by Michael Roberts

    Avant-garde heiress Daphne Guinness is extraordinary.

    Sophisticated socialite. Designer muse. Mother of three. Noteworthy collector of haute couture. Model. Modern heiress of an aristocrat Irish Protestant family. Journalist. Stylist extraordinaire. Philanthropist. On-and-off-again girlfriend of a married French philosopher. Undisputed style icon.

    Daphne Suzannah Diana Joan Guinness was born into a life of luxury. She is the daughter of Irish brewing heir Jonathan Guinness, Lord Moyne, and French beauty Suzanne Lisney, and granddaughter of Diana Mitford, the celebrated aristocrat.

    At 19, in 1987, she married Spyros Niarchos, 12 years her senior and a son of the fabulously wealthy Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos. In 1999, after having three children with him (now 19, 17 and 13), she obtained a divorce and eventually a reported settlement of $40 million.

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    Friday 2 July 2010

    Alexander McQueen’s muse ~ Daphne Guinness


    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,

    Lee Alexander McQueen.

    The show, Fashion for Relief/Haiti,

    was organised by the British supermodel, Naomi Campbell,

    a global ambassador for the White Ribbon Alliance charity.

    Daphne Guinness walks the runway at Fashion For Relief Haiti 2010

    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 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.

    Daphne wearing the same style McQueen dress in two different colors at two different events.

    Style icon Daphne Guinness in Vanity Fair.

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    Sunday 27 June 2010

    Daphne Guinness mourns Alexander McQueen


    “He was the kindest, shiest, funniest person.

    And when the chips were down, he was there.

    He wasn’t a flake. You could count on him.

    I will miss him.”

    Daphne Guinness

    Heiress and haute couture aficionado, Daphne Guinness remembers her friend, Alexander McQueen, the late British designer and pays tribute to his genius.

    ‘Notwithstanding the fact that he was one of my best friends and he saved me from many things, Lee Alexander McQueen was a gigantic personality. He was a colossus, a titan. And he had the biggest heart.

    We met many years ago. As he told it, he saw me across Leicester Square, and I was wearing one of his coats. So he came up to me and said, “I’m Alexander.” We became so close. Me and Lee and Issie [Blow], we were a little gang.’

    Daphne Guinness arrives for the service at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge in a billowing black cape from the designer's autumn 2002 collection

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