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Oh Daphne

I am in shock.  Truly I am.

Yesterday, Daphne Guinness bought Isabella Blow’s entire wardrobe.

The late Isabella Blow was both a fashion editor and creative director, as well as a collector of both art and fashion.  She was once Anna Wintour’s assistant, who actually spoke at her funeral when Blow committed suicide in May 2007.  She is a beloved fashion icon and the discoverer of a great many talents including Alexander McQueen, Stella Tenant, and Sophie Dahl.  Blow even bought McQueen’s entire collection that he showed as a student at Cenral Saint Martins. Oh yes, and she was a muse to world renowned milliner Philip Treacy.

Her collection included 90 McQueen dresses and over 50 Treacy hats.  I can’t imagine how much Ms. Guinness paid for it at the Christies auction.  But I think she did an amazing thing.  Guinness is quoted as saying, “It’s Issy – it’s her D.N.A, it should not be scattered to the four winds.”  The collection was originally supposed to be auctioned off piece by piece by the famous English auction house in September, but Guinness was not satisfied by that, so she bought the entire thing, art, couture and all.

Daphne Guinness is a kind of hero of mine.  She is, of course, an heir to the Guinness fortune and was also married to Spyros Niarchos, son of the billionaire shipping tycoon, Stavros Niarchos.  But that is not why I like her so much.

Simply put, she is fabulous, and she knows it.  She has been and done everything from a stylist, to a film producer, to living in an artists colony with Salvador Dali, she walked the catwalk, been a journalist, a collector, and an expert of haute couture.  Daphne Guinness is also best friends with numerous fashion designers and is quite the supporter of fashion, if her obtainment of Blow’s collection didn’t show that.

She does not dress like an heiress, or like a collector or an artist.  She dresses like Daphne Guinness. How she wants, and she won’t let anyone tell her otherwise.

Daphne Guinness

In a red Alexander McQueen cape

Isabella Blow

In her "Blow" hat

the original lobster hat

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Long Live McQueen

I just found out some very upsetting news.  Lee “Alexander” McQueen’s autopsy has just been released by the coroner.

McQueen was by far one of my favorite designers.  He was beyond brilliant, and will, of course, forever be missed.  I was devastated when I found out about his death, and then later even more so when I found out it was by suicide.  But the coroners report just makes everything that much worse.  According to Vanity Fair, among other valid news sources, the coroner stated that high doses of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilizers were found in McQueen’s body.  After taking those he then hung himself, a form of suicide where one doesn’t come back.  It is a near certain death.

Nearly everyone in the fashion industry proclaimed McQueen’s genius and I find it so upsetting that he couldn’t see that himself.  I hate that he had to turn to drugs and pills to keep his demons at bay.  I realize the shock of losing his mother on top of the loss of one of his best friends, Isabella Blow, was a great deal to handle but he should have pushed through and kept their honor and memory alive.

I really wish he could have seen how much everyone really loved him and that he didn’t resort to such drastic measures.

Below are pictures are took at McQueen’s memorial outside of his store in the Meatpacking District in NYC.


This is a picture of the small feather I placed under a candle at his memorial in honor of his Spring 2008 collection.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I should bring to his memorial.  I knew that I wanted it to be quirky but meaningful and since my favorite collection of his was Spring 2008 in honor of Isabella Blow I brought a bright yellow feather.  This collection of his centered around feathers, both their colors and textures.  Below are some images from this beautiful collection.

Finale Dress


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