Saturday, August 16, 2008

The armor of Daphne Guinness

Daphne Guinness is the daughter of an English baron and an heiress to the Guinness fortune. She was married to a Greek shipping magnate and has three children.

She has had made metal pieces for her fingers, hands, and an entire arm based on the armory of the Middle Ages. She has been seen several times wearing thick leather or metal belts that hug her trim figure like old girdles.

Even shiny and structured dresses sit on her like armor. Somehow, it doesn't seem any different for fur.

She wears her jewelry like hardware.

In an interview for the Financial Times on her famous charity auction:

"'I always wanted a piece of armour,' says Guinness, who favours three-knuckle rings from Los Angeles jeweller Lorre Rodkin, a specialist in heavy metal punk and skull-type pieces. 'When I was a child there were always suits of armour in our houses, and I wanted to be Joan of Arc...'"

Her outfits seem always ready for battle, fearlessly asserting not only her individuality but her defiance. Or is it more of defence?

As with her armor, she constantly mixes past and new references. She has said that people take fashion too seriously. Certainly, she's one to have fun.

As many applaud her style, many also call it excessive, with some suspecting that she is not really comfortable wearing her theatrics.

I say not at all.

Maybe she seems unsettled or restless.

More on the sale of her collection from Times Online: Heiress apparent:

"'...Oh my God, I dain’t knair!' she cries, silver handcuff shooting up to a rouged cheekbone in genuine modesty. 'I mean, Izzy – Izzy was great. A proper person. With proper existential angst, and a real artist, too. But it’s true, we did have a very similar outlook on life, and I knew at the end exactly how she felt. We were either terribly excited about something or terribly upset about something, then everything else in between was just sort of beige. Now I’m starving, what should I have to eat? A scone, perhaps? Although I probably shouldn’t, because I’ve just put on half a stone. No, I promise you, I’m 53kg now, although of course there is always the possibility that the scales in my bathroom are wrong...”'"

I think it's more about her being relentless in her standard of style and how she sees herself.

Daphne Guinness writes for this weekend's Financial Times issue: Karl Lagerfeld and Grand Theft Auto:

"...between couture fashion and street fashion, there is a certain continuity...quite soon they [street style blogs] will start to dictate what’s really going to influence the fashion industry – all those little voices at sites such as the Sartorialist and Style Bubble, with such a wide reach..."

"...It’s also, I think, why forward-looking designers have always been interested in what is happening on the street; Karl Lagerfeld, for example. A while ago I took him a copy of the video game Grand Theft Auto because I thought he’d appreciate it; he is a designer who understands the zeitgeist completely. Karl does couture but he’s also willing to look at something like Grand Theft Auto because he understands the power in mixing high and low. Now he’s been influenced a bit by the game and its aesthetics, he’s also a character in it!..."

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