Daphne Guinness

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Daphne Guiness== 'BARELY PRIVATE' by SANTE D'ORAZIO Photography Exhibit and Book Party== Milk Gallery, NYC== December 8, 2009== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo- DAVID X PRUTTING/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==
Monday, June 20, 2011

The 42-year-old Irish brewery heiress, who was married to Spyros Niarchos (they have three children together), has become the poster muse for the style set. Guinness’ signature black-and-white-dyed locks and outrageously edgy Alexander McQueen outfits have earned her cult status and media adoration as the fashion icon of the decade. Guinness, who lives on Fifth Avenue, starred in Nars’ fall ad campaign, created a fragrance (“Daphne”) for Comme des Garçons, directed a short film called “The Phenomenology of Body” and is having an exhibit of her extensive couture collection at FIT starting in September 2011. To top it all off, she recently bought the entire wardrobe of her late friend, Isabella Blow, the wildly eccentric British fashion plate who killed herself a few years ago. A front row staple at Chanel, Marc Jacobs, et al, Guinness recently modeled for Tom Ford’s top-secret women’s collection debut. Currently dating philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, Guinness’ inner-circle is varied, including hotelier André Balazs, Karl Lagerfeld, young British fashion it-boy Gareth Pugh, Purple magazine editor Olivier Zahm and writer John Richardson, to name just a few. These days one can spot Guinness at the Boom Boom Room surrounded by the flashbulbs of party photographers, or posing for friend and photographer Steven Klein for the cover of Italian Vogue.


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