If you were not amongst the lucky few invited to the launch party of Karl Lagerfeld's new dedicated space in Selfridges, don't worry. You can watch all of the bets bits from the evening including interviews with Daphne Guinness, Tallulah Harlech and the man himself in this short round-up video.
After it was announced that Isabella Blow's whole wardrobe would go on sale at Christies to settle her debts, Daphne Guinness decided to purchase the collection in its entirety to protect it. "I want - we want... this unique collection, to be kept whole; it is like a diary, a journey of a life, and a living embodiment of the dearest, most extraordinary friend," she said at the time.
This week Guinness revealed more details about what she has planned for the collection at a fashion discussion hosted by Charlie Rose in New York. "I'm going to put together now a show of my friend's clothes who died and I'm going to do that online so that people in New Zealand can see it because they might not be able to get to Central St. Martins to be able to see that," she announced. "I’m making a foundation which will hopefully help mental health because I want to get to the bottom of all of this and also to take it back to Central St. Martins where it all began. But not everybody’s going to be able to see it, so to do a sort of online museum would be the ideal thing, because there’s so many sort of fanatics that want to see her things."
I admired him and didn’t want to meet him because I am quite shy, but Isabella [Blow] said I must. But I didn’t want to be a groupie. It had to happen organically. You don’t have to know someone to love their work. One day he saw me walking across the street in his kimono and he ran up to me and said, 'I’m the person you don’t want to meet!' We went to a pub and hit it off. Of course after that I was so irritated not to have known him before!
Just in case you missed the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the MET, all hope is not lost. The late designer's designs - including 24 pieces that have never been publicly displayed before - will feature in Daphne Guinness' upcoming exhibition at the FIT Museum in New York.
The exhibit, which will open to the public on Sept 12, will feature pieces from Guinness' personal archive including pieces from Rick Owens, Dior, Christian Lacroix, Tom Ford, Alaia and of course, Chanel. To compliment the garments, a collection of images and short films will be on display too - all curated by Guinness herself - and the set design will be modelled on her New York apartment.
This exhibition has been a long time coming. If there was ever a person who's wardrobe we'd like to nose through, it's hers. After all, she does own Isabella Blow's entire fashion collection, was named "one of the — if not the — most stylish women living" by Tom Ford and is lucky enough to be "a bee", serving as muse for a legion of the world's mst influential designers.
And it's not only their physical aesthetics that transformed, Blasberg reports:
"When night had fallen, the transition was complete—and it was convincing. From a distance, it was nearly impossible to tell that a transformation had occurred at all. Each had adopted more than just the other’s look: the typically bold Amanda, now posing as Daphne in front of Lagerfeld’s lens, appeared timid, her movements angular. The often-shy Daphne became bolder and more fluid.
The view from behind Lagerfeld, who snapped away with gusto, was remarkable. True, these two fashion icons and best friends have similar pieces in their closets: both favor black and feathers, Chanel and McQueen, and neither has been known to shy away from a piece of antique jewelry. But each is completely individual. Following the shoot, when the two returned to their original forms, their styles and personalities seemed more distinct than ever."
Shot in Lagerfeld's studio in Paris, Derek Blasberg noted that: “The typically bold Amanda, now posing as Daphne in front of Lagerfeld’s lens, appeared timid, her movements angular. The often-shy Daphne became bolder and more fluid.” Harlech said, “When I walked out on set with my blonde hairpieces, Karl burst out laughing and said I looked like a hausfrau. I won’t be doing it again, but secretly I did love the allure of Daphne’s blondeness. It was like playing the princess role instead of always being the witch.”
Do I think my friend is nutty? Yes, a little. Brave, definitely. And I am far from confident at this stage that anyone can create a performance-art piece with fashion that will mean anything, least of all in a luxury store window on Madison Avenue, and a time when apparel isn’t selling so well. But I’ll go anyway, just to see.
When I was a child, I was overly serious and thoughtful, a real tomboy, always dressing up as a knight or a pirate or a red Indian. If there is anything you can say about me, it’s that I have not lost the imagination I had when I was 5 years old.