Daphne

6 10 2011

Daphne

I had been toying with the idea of doing a blog about Daphne Guinness for a time when last week’s New Yorker forced my hand. In an article about Daphne, the magazine explores her influence on the fashion world, especially Alexander McQueen. As writer Rebecca Mead says, “Her aesthetic is often futuristic, but she also appears to have come from a bygone age when getting dressed was considered a demanding form of self-expression, rather than an opportunity to wallow in spandex-enabled comfort.”

Daphne

The reason I wanted to duplicate Daphne Guinness is because she is a RL fashion icon, a woman who supports fashion the way that art collectors support art. When her best friend, fellow fashionista Isabella Blow committed suicide, her entire wardrobe was put up for auction at Christie’s and Guinness bought the whole lot to preserve the pieces. According to the New Yorker, her personal wardrobe includes twenty-five hundred garments, four hundred fifty pairs of shoes, seventy hats, and two hundred hand bags. She makes my SL inventory look like child’s play (though I DO have more skins than she does—and hair).

I chose this dress by Freya Olivieri because it is similar to a dress that Guinness has worn. She favors mostly black and prefers garments with lace ruffles and velvet. I also chose this dress because it’s constructed so well with a system piece that rivals any (no seams across that expanse of body). I did not wear the long train skirt because I think Guinness would favor a slimmer silhouette.

In the details, I chose boots from Sissy Pessoa’s new fall collection for footwear. Guinness frequently wears heelless shoes but these are a good match with their high platform and minimal rounded shape.

Daphne

I chose one of Gala Phoenix’s translucent skins to represent Guinness. Its delicate features and light brows are possibly less severe than the RL counterpart but it conveys her beautiful skin and attention to her appearance and her beauty. I overlaid an eyeliner from Mocksoup Graves, very typical of her style.

I modified an Elikapeka Tiramisu hair to match Daphne Guinness’ trademark black chunks on platinum blonde hair. She often wears it up and maintains it in this manner.

My earrings from Reina Euler drip with diamonds. Guinness wears diamonds everywhere—to the beach, to the grocery store, to her doctor’s appointments. She lost a vintage Cartier bracelet on the beach once and told a friend that someone with a metal detector would have the find of his life.

Finally, I wear armor rings on my fingers. She frequently wears pieces like these—she’s very into armor. I was thrilled when I saw Sissy was offering these rings as they are not like anything else.

Daphne

“I treat clothing or a piece of jewelry like it was a piece of art….” ~ Daphne Guinness in Harper’s Bazaar, February 11, 2011

Read more: Daphne Guinness Interview – Quotes from Daphne Guinness – Harper’s BAZAAR

Hair: [e] Away – Blonde 02 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [Elikatira] (modified)

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] Airhead-Gold Digger 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Makeup: [mock] Mile High Eyeliner Only {black} by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: ::TGIS:: FFL London Fashion Week Gown 1 NOIR by Freya Olivieri  for TGIS

Earrings: ::BRILLANTE:: – Chandelier Diamond Earrings(Silver) by Reina Euler for BRILLIANTE

Finger jewelry: * Baiastice_Armour Spike Rings resizable by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Boots: Baiastice-Nicki Ankle Boots-black by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

 


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