Touted as one of today’s most original fashion icons, Daphne Guinness is now being celebrated as the subject of The Museum at FIT’s new exhibition, Daphne Guinness, which opened mid-September and continues through January 7th.
Since Guinness has a flair for the grandeur, you would expect nothing less than an opening reception to exude the same sense of panache. Kim Crawford Wines accomplished the task as the fashionista celebrated with her favorite fellow fashion icons which included Oscar de La Renta, Valentino, Zac Posen and Christian Siriano. Not too shabby a guest list!
While sipping sauvignon blanc the guests ogled approximately 100 garments and accessories from Guinness’s personal collection which boasts of high-end style: Chanel, Nina Ricci, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Valentino, Gareth Pugh, Tom Ford and Rick Owens.
Ms. Guinness herself dazzled with her platinum-and-black striped hair, towering ten-inch heels, and chrome colored sequined dress from 22 year old fashion world newbie Hogan McLaughlin.
“She is one of the – if not the – most stylish women living,” said designer and film director Tom Ford. And although serving as the inspiration for some of the world’s greatest couturiers, from Karl Lagerfeld to Valentino, Guinness insists she is “not a muse,” but more like “a bee” flitting from one designer to another, which is proven by the array of designers on display.
One of the many highlights to the exhibition is the wide range of extraordinary accessories, many of which were created in collaboration with Guinness. These include Philip Treacy’s hats and Shaun Leane’s “armor” jewerly, not to mention towering platform shoes made especially for her by Christian Louboutin and Noritaka Tatehana.
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