Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Daphne Guinness at Christie's

Daphne Guinness is worldwide fashion icon, renowned for her extravagant and theatrical sense of fashion and her undying love of the arts. Her fragile, mysterious beauty has allowed her to become the muse of many designers today, most notebly that of Alexander McQueen and her close relationship with the late Isabella Blow has propelled her further into the fashion limelight. 

On the 27th of June, Christie's will be hosting an auction at the request of Guinness to raise money for the Isabella Blow Foundation. As she puts it, 'the sale was the only practical way for me to say thank you to my friend, who I carry in my soul’. The auction contains treasured items from the wardrobe of Daphne Guinness along with a selection of stunning portraits (including the one above). Walking into the room where the lots are displayed set the scene perfectly for the items I was about to see. Bright white walls which reflected the sunlight streaming through the skylights gave the garments an ethereal appearance. The lots include key pieces from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Lacroix and Balenciaga with prices starting at just £300. 

The whole collection was beautiful and it was an amazing experience to be able to get so close to the items on show (it was even possible to try your favourite pieces on). The two pieces that caught my eye, not necessarily for their beauty but for their show stopping, formidable presence are both designed by McQueen. We all know that Daphne Guinness belongs to a glittering world of endless soirĂ©es where as soon as dusk falls sequins start to shimmer and feathers flutter as people make their grand entrances. A structured silver dress, contrasts with the fragility of Daphne's body, turning it into a shimmering, metallic sculpture. Sculptural aspects are also carried through to the McQueen shoes on display. A Baroque elegance mixed with a decadence only displayed by the likes of Marie Antoinette made up the distinguishing factors of these boots. Sumptuous black satin formed the principal part of the boot and was contrasted with luxurious golden heels, carved into the shape of an angel. Strands of champagne coloured jewels laced the edges of the boots adding an extravagant display of grandeur. 

All items will be available to purchase at an auction held at Christie's South Kensington showroom making it one of the most popular couture sales of the year. For more information, visit the Christie's website 

Images: Christie's

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