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After spending Saturday night getting ready to meet some friends in the Meatpacking district (puke I know…) I detoured and stayed in reading about socialite Daphne Guinness. While I was still in my stilettos and high waisted skirt, I read the article in Vanity Fair spotlighting her thoughts on clothes and her new venture with Comme des Garçons. Enjoy!

Study in Scarlet

Daphne Guinness is a fashion muse worth fussing over—but don’t.

by A. A. Gill August 2008

Daphne Guinness

Style icon Daphne Guinness, in Alexander McQueen, in London. Photograph by Michael Roberts.

There are people who dress up and there are people who dress down. There are people who dress badly and people who dress inappropriately. Some dress blindly or cheaply, and there are those who barely dress at all. There are people who wear costumes, and people who wear uniforms. There’s fancy dress and armor, clothes that say, “Come here” or “Stand back,” that whisper, “Trust me” or “Respect me,” that shout, “Fear me.” But there are very few people, just a handful, who have a relationship with their clothes like Daphne Guinness. The Guinness heir and fashion muse doesn’t dress up or down. She dresses out. Her clothes don’t say anything at all, because they’re not talking to you. They’re too entranced by Daphne Guinness. But she has never had a look, never once, never remotely, that was anyone’s but her very own. And now she’s making things (a shirt collection and a fragrance for Comme des Garçons) and selling things (a recent auction of her couture pieces raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for a women’s charity). But if you ever find yourself sitting next to Daphne on a late-night bus, in a soup kitchen, or in the waiting room at a tattoo parlor, for God’s sake, don’t talk about fashion. She can’t bear it. She doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.

A.A. Gill is a V.F. contributing editor and author of A.A. Gill Is Away (Simon & Schuster)


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One of my favorite emails I get each morning is from Daily Candy which contains the latest news about fashion, food, and books from major cities in the US. As I was laying out this afternoon in Central Park (oh did I mention it was 96 degrees and I was sweating like a wet dog?), I read the latest issue of Vanity Fair and found a clip of Daily Candy’s newest venture into books. The book entitled, “The DailyCandy Lexicon: Words That Don’t Exist but Should” is filled with made up words to describe everyday instances. For example one of my favorite lexicon is, “Dressed to Spill: adj. Used to describe a woman’s precarious and flirtatious state of dress, wherein a great deal more than cleavage will likely be revealed.” Why not spice up your conversation with a Daily Candy Lexicon?

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