Archive for Daphne Guinness

The Empress’s New Clothes

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by James Field

Daphne Guinness photographed by Nick Knight for W Magazine.

“Whatever I do seems to have this unconventional twist. There has to be an element of chaos—I don’t like things that are too perfect.” -Daphne Guinness


The Party Legends Are Born From

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2011 by James Field

To close the Fall 2011 Haute Couture season, Supermodel Natalia Vodianova hosted her “White Fairy Tale Love Ball” at the Valentino estate outside of Paris. The goal of the event was to raise money for her Naked Heart Foundation, which has already built 60 playgrounds in 44 Russian cities. The night was a true successes ranking in over $3 Million dollars for the charity. The little red riding hood inspired gown Natalia wore, was custom-made by Mr Valentino and was the first dress he has made since his retirement in 2008. The event also was topped off with a Fashion show which featured 45 custom dresses created by Olivier Theyskens, Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, and many more designers including Valentino. The main thing that inspired me and made me smile, and was the most magical, were the guest. Everyone from Hamish Bowles to Daphne Guinness, to every heiress, socialite and dignitary you can imagine was in attendance. After all, when Mr Valentino throws a ball at his Château you don’t decline. Below are some of my favorite memorable guest of the night…

Mario Testino

Olivia Palermo in Valentino Couture

Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture Fall 2000 & Carine Roitfeld

Anne Hathaway in Valentino Couture

Anna Dello Russo in Roberto Cavalli

Christian Louboutin

Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti

Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy Couture

Suzy Menkes & Grace Coddington



It was a true fairy tale. Now this is Fashion…

The Contra Mundum Performance x Daphne Guinness

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by James Field

Daphne Guinness is my hero. Yes, that is a strong statement but its true. Aside from being the heiress to the brewery empire, she is a true artist in every sense of the word. From the release of her short film “The Murder of Jean Seberg” to many of her own pieces on display at the current Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met, to her outstanding performance in the windows of Barney’s in her customer made feather Mcqueen dress, she holds the highest bar when it comes to creativity. Her latest project consisted of making jewelry, and not just any piece of jewelry, a diamond glove. Taking over 2 years to create and designed and part owned by world-renowned jeweller Shaun Leane, Daphne entitled the armoured glove Contra Mundum, which is latin for ‘against the world.” Guinness revels in the idea of armour as she states “I dislike the idea of jewellery being like a price tag around someone’s neck. It needs to be something else – and there is something extremely magical about armour.” The piece is crafted from white gold and platinum and features over 5,000 diamonds including bird shapes woven intricately into it. It is a true marvel of artisan jewelry crafting and there is absolutely nothing like it in the world. The arm was molded to fit Guinness’s arm exactly and she recently showed the glove off in a small  performance at the White Cube gallery in New York.

Guinness laid on a stone effigy in the middle of the White Cube gallery for over 2 hours while observers and guests watched the performance. Her good friend Tom Ford was in attendance and leaned in to give her a kiss, which was meant to be an honorable act for a deceased loved one, they even shared a smile. Guinness wore her custom-made, crystal body suit which was one of the last pieces ever made by her beloved friend, the late Alexander Mcqueen. The eerie and morbid feel of the performance was off set by the sheer beauty and skill Guinness exudes. The glove is on display at the White Cube gallery and will be also featured in the Daphne Guinness exhibition with F.I.T in September.

The Murder Of Jean Seberg

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by James Field

This is the official trailer to the film “The Murder of Jean Seberg” starring  the incomparable Daphne Guinness. The full movie premieres June 24th, on the eve of my 23rd birthday at (10am Eastern / 5pm BST) on SHOWstudio.

Yes….she acts too. #BRILLIANCE

A Tribute To Alexander McQueen x Daphne Guinness

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2011 by James Field

Awe inspiring…is it not?