Wednesday 22 June 2011

Noir Guinness


I love these sultry Guinness black pics of the avant-guard style icon.





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Friday 6 May 2011

Daphne Guinness :: she’s an icon


So much bling! I just can’t resist posting this pic ~ it is one of my favourite Daphne images! It captures her unique style and beauty.

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Friday 6 May 2011

Top Exquisiteness


    The Philip Treacy’s Touch“: Daphne Guinness in Vogue Italia.

    {Source: The Terrier and Lobster via (Scala Regia}

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    Friday 6 May 2011

    Daphne Guinness dressing for McQueen


    Style icon, and performance artist Daphne Guinness blurred the line between fashion, art, and pre-party primping when she dressed for the Costume Institute Gala Benefit in Barneys’ Manhattan flagship window, emerging in a pale-gray duck and ostrich feathery McQueen gown.

    Donning an Alexander McQueen creation in a live art performance, her intention was to

    ‘both honor his memory and bring his unparalleled artistic vision to life once again.’

    “I went for a meeting with Dennis Freedman, the creative director of Barneys, and to my considerable astonishment found myself agreeing to his exciting but giddying proposition to hand over the windows of Barneys for a six-week run starting May 2 to showcase pieces from my own collection that have special resonance for me,” she told US Vogue. “What was I thinking? As the crowning moment of the installation, I will be getting dressed and readied for the Costume Institute Gala in the windows — me as performance art! I am hoping that my costume (McQueen, of course), will fit.”

    Donning a design by Alexander McQueen, she will both honor his memory and bring his unparalleled artistic vision to life once again.

    Rather than get ‘frocked-up’ in the comfort of her own boudoir for the coveted event,

    Ms Guinness chose to get ready in front of the crowds who gathered in front of the iconic Barneys window,

    where they watched her ‘dressing’ performance silhouetted in a sheer pane,

    captured here by the New York Post, and the exit here.

    Starting with a revealing gold bodysuit, Guinness eerily slithered across the window display with her face and head wrapped in sheer scarves before slinking into a cubicle of frosted glass. ‘To be covered expresses part of her grief,’ said Dennis Freedman, Barneys’ creative director.

    And true to her word, the dramatic spectacle culminated with the gown which Guinness wore to the Met Ball that evening – a lilac feathered creation with exaggerated hips designed by Sarah Burton and first paraded onAlexander McQueen’s S/S ‘11 catwalk last October. As for the finishing touch, the scarves were unravelled to reveal that signature lightning bolt of silver in her jet black hair, before she was whisked off to the festitivies in an open top car.


    If you are lucky enough to be in New York, you may catch a glimpse of Daphne during the six-week installation as she will return to the Barneys flagship windows several times. Each appearance will be streamed live on

    {Images 1. Daphne Guinness: The Real Daphne Guinness – Bazaar March 2011 by David Bailey;  2-7 via Grazia Dailydaphne guinness}

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    Friday 29 April 2011

    Full of Grace


    The wedding gown of Princess Grace when she married Prince Rainier III on April 19th 1956 in Monaco reflected her classic beauty.

    The couple were officially wed on April 18, 1956 in a civil ceremony.

    The next day they wed publicly in an elaborate Catholic Mass in Monaco.

    Prince Rainier designed the Napoleonic influenced dress uniform himself.

    The Wedding Dress for Princess Grace

    The whole wedding attire was designed by Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, wardrobe designer at MGM. The MGM wardrobe department worked on the wedding dress for six weeks with three dozen seamstresses, and made the dress a gift from MGM.

    The wedding gown was made from antique 125 year old Brussels Valenciennes rose point lace for the bodice with seed pearl detailing. It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted torso and billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie and silk tulle for the faille bell-shaped skirt. Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls.  She wore a Juliet cap that was decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms. Grace carried a small Bible and a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley.

    The bridesmaids wore pale yellow organdy dresses which had been custom-made at Neiman Marcus, with yellow organdy hats and wrist length white gloves. The pages were dressed in white suits with trousers banded at the knee, and the four flower girls wore mid-calf length dresses of white broderie anglaise from Neiman Marcus, short white socks, and white shoes from J.C. Penney. The bridesmaid’s gowns were designed by Joe Allen Hong at Neiman Marcus after Lawrence Marcus visited Monaco.

    Rainier wore a dress uniform he had designed himself, which included a black tunic with gold leaves on the cuffs, sky blue trousers with a golden stripe down the side, and a dark blue tricorn hat with a white ostrich plume. The tunic was graced with medals representing the Prince’s links with Italian and French military history, and across his chest hung the red and white sash representing the Order of St. Charles.

    The flowers decorating the altar and church included white lilacs, hydrangeas, lilies, and snapdragons.

    For the civil ceremony, Grace wore a two-piece dress of light pink taffeta overlaid with champagne lace. She accessorized the dress with matching Cuban heeled shoes, a pleated chiffon turban adorned with flowers, and white gloves.

    {Images via royal wedding weblog; PinterestAnna Walker via Anilú Magloire}

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    Monday 18 April 2011

    Chanel Superwoman


    A contemporary Gabrielle, clad in a skin-tight camel catsuit, rides a motorcycle like a bad boy,

    wasting no time zipping from Place Vendôme to Place de la Concorde

    on her Ducati from the 70s and breaking hearts along her way.

    Keira Knightley stars as the Chanel Superwoman,

    a modern day Coco Chanel whose mystery, daring and rebelliousness are at the heart of her charm,

    in the new mini-movie’ advert for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance.

    She is a daredevil model attending a photoshoot that turns into a teasing romance.

    She wakes up in nothing but Coco Mademoiselle perfume,

    before zipping-up her beige catsuit and

    heading off on a vintage motorcycle for some racy driving around the streets of Paris.

    Arriving at a studio, with a replica of the legendary mirrored staircase at Coco Chanel’s Rue Cambon apartment, she is greeted by a very handsome photographer, Alberto Ammann. The pair get down to the business of capturing Keira’s ravishing natural beauty, she’s unzipping her catsuit and with one devastatingly sexy look, teling him it’s now a ‘closed set’…..

    For the ending of smouldering Keira Knightley motorbike escapade to obtain the Coco Mademoiselle fragrance…

    Chanel’s newest short-film/commercial for their perfume Coco Mademoiselle was directed by Joe Wright {Pride & Prejudice and Atonement}, captured by Mario Testino, production / set design, Sarah Greenwood and accompanied by Joss Stone’s version of ‘It’s a man’s world’.

    Behind the scenes with Keira Knightley as Coco Mademoiselle

    “For me, Gabrielle Chanel is an icon and there was an incredible power emanating from all the photos of her,” states Knightley. “When I began to delve into her history more closely, I was obviously fascinated by her immense talent as a designer, but more than that, by her singular background.”

    Director Joe Wright discusses what influenced him as he made this beautiful commercial about the Chanel fragrance. Keira Knightley talks about being the star of the latest Chanel advertising film and the face of Coco Mademoiselle.

    In April 2006, Knightley joined the legendary league of women who have represented CHANEL in global advertising campaigns. Her elegance, beauty and modernity are some of her qualities that parallel the iconic faces featured in the CHANEL fragrance campaigns, including Nicole Kidman, Ali McGraw, Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Tautou for N°5, Vanessa Paradis for Coco and Anna Mouglalis for Allure Sensuelle.

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    Saturday 26 March 2011

    Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Avedon, 1964


    I adore this image – it captures the beauty and contemporary qualities of the legendary film star.

    It’s very McQueenesque!

    Elizabeth Taylor pioneered the campaign against HIV and AIDS awareness in Hollywood after her good friend Rock Hudson died, and established The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation raising millions of dollars for the cause. She devoted generous humanitarian time, advocacy efforts, and funding to HIV/Aids.

    Elizabeth Taylor bewitched the world with her violet eyes, her sheer screen power and the news-making swings of her outsized personal life. The daughter of an art dealer and who became a voracious art collector later in life – she was also a muse to artists, most famously Andy Warhol who once siad, “It would be very glamorous to to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.”

    And here’s a link to an exhibition of photographs by Firooz Zahedi- another artist inspired by Elizabeth. They show a young Liz Taylor shot in Iran. It is currently on show at LACMA- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Radio National, Artworks

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    Saturday 26 March 2011

    Elizabeth Taylor ~ the violet-eyed film goddess


    RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor…..

    “Give. Remember always to give. That is the thing that will make you grow

    Elizabeth Taylor

    Like a pure white diamond you’ll shine on and on and on. Kylie Minogue, Twitter

    Elizabeth Taylor

    whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour

    made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars.

    Elizabeth Taylor, an iconic classical beauty and actress ~ she had it all:

    the violet, almond-shaped eyes, the creamy skin, the pouty lips and raven hair.

    Of course, there were her Oscars, legendary roles and many husbands, too.

    Her longevity as a style influencer is proven by the longtime success of her fragrance collections launched with Elizabeth Arden. White Diamonds, which followed 1980s-era Passion and was one of the original celebrity perfumes, has been a beauty-counter best-seller for 20 years.

    Samantha Critchel, San Francisco Chronicle

    The public saw her mature from a young curly haired tomboy in “National Velvet”

    to the sultry “Cleopatra.”

    Queen of the Nile

    Elizabeth Taylor on the film set of Cleopatradirected by Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1963.

    Her much documented relationship with actor Richard Burton began on the set of Cleopatra

    – the most expensive film ever made, at the time – when both were married to other people.

    Burton left his first wife Sybil, Taylor left her fourth husband – actor Eddie Fisher – and the two were married 10 days later at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal. After 10 years together they divorced, only to remarry the following year in a ceremony at the Chobe National Park in Kasane, Botswana, Africa.

    Burton’s famously lavish gifts to Taylor, began in 1968 with the 33.19-carat Asscher-cut Krupp Diamond,

    which she wore set in a ring throughout her life. Other famous presents included the heart-shaped Taj-Mahal diamond, inscribed in Arabic, for her 40th birthday: “I would have liked to buy her the Taj-Mahal,” Burton said at the time, “but it would cost too much to transport. This diamond has so many carats, it’s almost a turnip.”

    Most famous of all was a 69.42-carat pear-shape diamond – later known as the Taylor-Burton Diamond – which Taylor wore in public for the first time when she attended Princess Grace‘s 40th birthday party in Monaco in 1969. In 1978, following her second divorce from Burton, Taylor sold the diamond to raise funds for a hospital in Botswana. It achieved $5 million at auction.

    Their marriage was famously tempestuous, creating spectacular rows, but when Burton died in 1984 Taylor was distraught and reportedly said she would like to be buried with him when she died. “If Richard and I divorce, I swear I will never marry anyone again,” she said during their first marriage. “I love him insanely.”

    Richard Burton and Elizabeth rented a 279 ton, 165 foot Edwardian motor yacht which they later bought for $192,000 and renamed Kalizma, after their daughters Kate Burton, Liza Todd and Maria Burton. Updated by the designer Barbosa, the yacht finished in Edwardian mahogany and chrome had seven cabins and two staterooms which could house a total of fourteen guests, including five main crew. Inside the yacht was brimming with objet d’art, including paintings by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Vlaminck; a bust of Churchill in the salon, Burton’s book collection and fine Chippendale furniture and tapestries. They spent a great deal of time on the yacht and nearly every week it docked somewhere fabulous in the Mediterranean. Guests included Rex Harrison, Rachel Roberts and Tennessee Williams. Elizabeth later sold Kalizma for $6 million. fashionsmostwanted

    Born in Hampstead, London, in 1932, Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most legendary Hollywood stars of our time, as famous for being one of the most beautiful women in the world as she is for having married eight times; for her pioneering work in support of AIDS and HIV education and fund-raising; and for her love of show-stopping jewels.

    Elizabeth Taylor’s Husbands
    “What do you expect me to do? Sleep alone?”
    * “Nicky” Conrad Hilton Jr from May 1950 to February 1951; * Michael Wilding from February 1952 to January 1957;  * Mike Todd from February 1957 until his death in March 1958; * Eddie Fisher from May 1959 to March 1964;  *Richard Burton from March 1964 to June 1974; Richard Burton from October 1975 to August 1976;  * John Warner from December 1976 to November 1982; and * Larry Fortensky from October 1991 to October 1996.

    TriviaMike Todd’s plane was called “The Lucky Liz” tragically it didn’t bring him luck, it crashed over a mountain range in New Mexico, killing him. Throughout her marriage to Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth continued to wear Mike Todd’s wedding band – Eddie’s on her left hand and Mike’s on her right. The twisted, charred band had been recovered from the wreckage after his plane crash.

    Taylor won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her roles in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (in 1966) and Butterfield 8 (1960). She was nominated three times in the three years preceding her first win – for Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Raintree Country (1957) – but was beaten to the Oscar each time.

    1959, Elizabeth Taylor stars in Suddenly, Last Summer and was nominated for an Oscar in this film.

    A Dame of Firsts!

    By 1963 Elizabeth, after many long battles with the studios, finally won unprecedented control of her image in the movies. She had the right to approve her own costumes, hairstyles, make up designs and no publicity stills were released without her approval. It was the first time any actress was granted this.
    By 1983, Elizabeth was drinking so much she would have a few Bloody Mary’s for breakfast, wine for lunch, Jack Daniels at cocktail hour and more wine and spirits with dinner. She became the first celebrity to make her stay in the Betty Ford Clinic public.
    Elizabeth Taylor passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at age 79.

    She was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton.

    “My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour, and love,” Taylor’s son, Michael Wilding, told ABC News in the US. “Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it.

    Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us,

    and her love will live forever in our hearts.”

    Personal messages can be left on Taylor’s official Facebook page.

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    Friday 25 February 2011

    Distilling the divine, indefinable Ms. Guinness.


    Daphne Guinness creates her  signature scent with Comme des Garcons.

    Daphne Eau de Parfum

    A sexy, sultry scent made for a goddess.

    Her eponymous fragrance is the two-and-a-half years of mingling her favorite aromas to find that one perfect aromatic essence. It was produced by Comme des Garçons at the invitation of Adrian Joffe, under the eye (and nose) of parfumer Antoine Lie.

    “For me, [scent] is time travel. It takes you away from the everyday and you are transported to something in your past. It’s a very mysterious thing. It’s magic.”

    Apothecary Shop, c.1920s

    Scent recipe: Taking smells from Guinness’s favorite places on earth, Daphne has a top note of incense, a heart of tuberose and a base note of oud (the resin from an extremely rare Southeast Asian tree). She was granted unprecedented access to the famous Givaudan lab to collaborate on Daphne, adding notes of saffron, Florentine iris, bitter Italian orange, and Madagascar vanilla, a process she describes as “getting to play with the philharmonic orchestra.”

    Her personal blend of incense, tuberose, and oud triggers potent memories. The tuberose and cedar, she says, take her back to her mother’s garden in Cadaques, Spain; the incense sparks visions of High Church rituals during childhood; the oud speaks to her sense of adventure.

    The principal note of tuberose, a night-blooming perennial flower native to Mexico, reminds her of her mother, who passed away in 2005, and the flower market in Spain she visited every summer.

    “We always used to have these huge vats of them (tuberose), and they would just fill the house with scent all summer long. I would collect them and put them all on greaseproof paper with a kind of gel, and then you leave it for a few days. Then you’d scrape off the gel and have a sort of essence…they’re not beautiful in the peony sense of the word, but the smell is unlike anything else. I love it.”

    Since childhood, Guinness has combined essential oils with an alcohol base to make her own perfume.

    “I used to do it with pressed flowers. I know it sounds bizarre, but that’s the kind of person I am.”

    “Fragrance takes you on a journey of time,” she explains.

    “You can walk down the street and pass someone and get taken back 20 years. It’s very Proustian that way.”

    When asked how important fragrance is to her style, Guinness replied, “Huge. Huge. It’s a ritual…”

    Who can wear it: Definitely not a wallflower scent, rich, heady Daphne is surprisingly accessible and addictive. Fashionistas, arty types and scent connoisseurs who want heads to turn in their fragrant wake should definitely check this out.

    With a limited run of 4,000 bottles, Daphne comes in a red velvet pouch in a box that feels like it’s made of linen cardboard and is textured white on the outside but satin black on the inside. The bottle is of thick glass in an elegant but modern shape. “Daphne” is etched into its belly.

    THE LAUNCH ~ Sipping margaritas whilst watching Daphne’s beautifully shot 3-D film Mnemosyne (the Greek goddess of memory), for a moment guests were transported into her magical world at Dover Street Market in London who hosted a party to launch the perfume.

    “I wanted to make something beautiful to go with the fragrance that has a life of its own,”

    she says of the video, a Web-released “anti-ad” that doesn’t have a single logo or bottle in it.


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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 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 hair: “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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