When I think of Daphne Guinness, I instantly think of high fashion and the avant-garde. A “Style Mistress”, so stunning in her presence and execution of each of her looks, that she has inspired countless designers through the years. Personal style is a gift that one is blessed with, but combined with self assurance, ones personal style, becomes the style of millions, as they yearn to look as you do. Whether lying veiled head to toe like a slain knight on his tomb or dressed in chopstick headgear and a rainbow- hued kimono by Alexander McQueen, Daphne Guinness has long been one fearless fashionista. “I’ve always had a surfeit of imagination,” Guinness says. “Whatever I do seems to have this unconventional twist. There has to be an element of chaos—I don’t like things that are too perfect. The haute monde born as a Guinness brewery heiress and Mitford granddaughter, she wears haute couture as effortlessly as others wear jeans and a T-shirt. And yet, though a creature of fashion, Guinness is utterly her own creation, preferring not simply to wear the art pieces she assembles, but to curate her singular performance of them. You had only to see her get dressed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala —in the window of Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue store—to appreciate how she crafts an indelible image, the hallmark of true style. Then dressed in a gold bodysuit made for her by her friend the late Alexander McQueen, her face and head wrapped in voile, her skunk-streaked hair piled high, she would slithered across a wall to a dressing area, emerging moments later beplumed like some exotic bird, in a beige feathered McQueen gown by Sarah Burton. “David LaChapelle said to me the other day, ‘Daphne, get used to it: You’re a performance artist.’ I think if you have something to say, then performance is in order,” Guinness says. “If you don’t have anything to say, just stay at home or look presentable. And with me, it’s not all performance. It’s very easy to for me to get into a normal, well-tailored suit and look like something from the Thirties. I don’t think one has to get crazier and crazier.”
In a world that is as fickle as a model picking at a plate of food,Guinness proves to us that yearn to find our “inside fashion diva” that it IS possible and the world will love you for it.