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February 01

Daphne Guinness Creative Takeover

By Miista Blogs
Artist, actress, muse, model, collector, heiress, designer...Daphne Guinness is everything. From fashion to photography, literature to film, Daphne has her hand in so many creative projects that it's impossible to pin the enigmatic woman down to one thing. She is a jack of all trades -- and yet, that old saying 'jack of all trades, master of none' seems to be something that Daphne has defied. Money has certainly helped her along the way, as she is the direct heir of Arthur Guinness the 18th century inventor of the eponymous beer label, but her fierce wit, boundless intelligence and red hot passion for creative expression have allowed her to forge a path entirely her own. Her love affair with the fashion world has led to countless collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry. Her interest in film found her producing and editing an Oscar nominated short film. Her beauty and artistic performances have photographers worldwide claiming her as a muse. Glossy fashion mag covers, luxury makeup lines, major exhibitions of her own clothing in museums...she's everywhere. Daphne grew up split between country homes in Ireland and Britain inside an esteemed lineage of titles and respect. Her mother was an artist and the muse to both Salvador Dali and Man Ray, so artistic influence came early on and remained a driving force in her life. Her holidays were spent in an 18th century monastery in Spain, celebrating with neighbors like Marcel Duchamp and Dieter Roth. At 11 she left for boarding school and immediately after graduation she skipped across the pond and landed smack dap in the middle of Manhattan making quite the splash. Her sister Catherine was already there and allowed Daphne entree to her elite social circle which included the king of downtown Andy Warhol. She lit up the club scene and was a dedicated New Romanticism kid, dressing to the nines each night to both convey her individualism while also letting everyone know who her friends were. The crazy nights out ended quickly though as she soon met Spyros Niarchos, the son of a Greek shipping magnate, on a ski trip. They married two years later and had three children -- one of which, a certain Stavros, is quite the Hollywood ladies man, having dated Hilton, Lohan, Olsens, et al. For the next 12 years she lived her life in a tight knit circle closed off from her friends and spending most of her time with Niarchos' family migrating between New York, Switzerland and Greece as the seasons dictated. Her 1999 divorce and the freedom that accompanied it were a breath of fresh air, fresh life for our dear Daphne. But when she returned to London seeking her old crowd she found a barren wasteland of a social scene. Forced to start from scratch she eventually attracted new fabulous people and returned to her life of wonderous glamour. The stylist Isabella Blow and designer Alexander McQueen became two of her closest friends and she began working frequently with world renowned photographers like Steven Klein -- who chose her for two elaborate Vogue Italia covers -- and David LaChapelle. She and LaChapelle worked on a slew of projects together including the piece Daphne Guinness Underwater which involved six hours in a tank being submerged for up to two minutes at a time all to get just two images. No one said being glamourous was easy. [caption id="attachment_13225" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="Daphne Guinness Underwater by David LaChapelle"][/caption] Fashion was Daphne's means to start over, to find a new life. She simply maintained the devotion she'd always had toward clothing and people paid attention. She's often quoted discussing how she strives to inspire young women with her cultivated style and elegance -- and it's safe to say she's made quite the mark with even Lady Gaga expressing gratitude for her influence. When it comes to personal style she is purely individual, often designing her own pieces when she can't find exactly what she's looking for on the market -- and don't forget, this girl's got access so there must be a creative mind lurking under that trademark badger-striped hair! Since 1994 she's remained in the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame and she was on Tatler's 2010 Top 10 Best Dressed list. We can't imagine that titles like this mean all that much to her, but being recognized for doing something you love is always fantastic. Her collection of clothing and accessories is lauded the world round and has been included in many exhibitions including the Met's Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty. And despite the fact that she has no intention of wearing any of it, Daphne immediately stepped in when she heard Isabella Blow's sisters were attempting to auction off her priceless collection and bought the whole lot of it, insisting that it needed to be kept together and in context as a representation of her dearest friend. Daphne is often portrayed as another silly socialite, bouncing from event to party to charity gala but in real life she's quite the opposite. With only a handful of real friends she keeps it simple and remains focused on her creative enterprises, and always looks painfully fabulous while doing so. [caption id="attachment_13228" align="aligncenter" width="800" caption="YSL editorial"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13232" align="aligncenter" width="394" caption="Daphne & Amanda Lepore"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13233" align="aligncenter" width="277" caption="Daphne & Rachel Zoe"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13238" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Gareth Pugh & Daphne"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13241" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tatler editorial"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13242" align="aligncenter" width="436" caption="Daphne in the infamous McQueen armadillo shoes"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13243" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="LaChapelle"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13244" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="pounding the pavement at Paris couture fashion week "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13245" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Daphne & her best friend McQueen"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13246" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Harper's Bazaar China 2012"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_13247" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="McQueen gown"][/caption]
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