Daphne Guinness is one of the industry’s favorite eccentrics, known for sporting towering heel-less platforms and skunk hair way before Gaga, and a wardrobe so outrageous it earned its own FIT exhibit. Though her status means she can drop millions on McQueen or use the windows of Barneys as a dressing room, the heiress is actually a little shy. In an unusual burst of publicity, the internet popped out three interviews with Guinness today, including photos of her topless in Interview magazine. Click through to see which items have given her buyers’ remorse, the hazards of trying to be ironic in print, and how current fashion is “feeding on a cadaver:”
From Racked’s Buyer’s Remorse column, where they ask if she regrets any of her thousands of purchases
Daphne:Sometimes I wish I didn’t have so many things because you have to take care of them. And I sort of think one learns from one’s mistakes. So sometimes one’s worst mistakes turn out to be the best things in life. Hmm, buyer’s remorse…I can’t really think of it, I probably have just blanked them…Blue jeans.
Racked: Blue jeans?
Racked: Any specific pair?
Daphne: Any pair. I don’t really like the color. I like black jeans.
On the press
You can’t be ironic in print. Irony doesn’t translate. So the meaning of what you say can be misunderstood…I’ve been really upset sometimes when I’ve been misquoted. And it’s the one thing they use in big print. Or it’s taken out of context. Thoughts are fluid and words are sticky… But sometimes it’s like they try to tie you into knots. That’s why I mostly steer clear of the popular press. I try not to read . . . Well, I never read gossip press. I just read books. And I never switch on the TV any more.
I am reading Nietzsche at the moment. But I’m always reading many books at a time. It might be quite unorthodox, but what I do is, since I’m always surrounded with books, I’ll read a page of physics, and then I’ll read a chapter of a novel that I really love, and then I’ll say, “Oh well, what does that mixture do in my head?”
Fashion is not just about trends. It’s about political history. You can trace it from the ancient Romans to probably until the ’80s, and you can see defining moments that were due either to revolutions or changes in politics… But now we’ve been feeding on a sort of cadaver. At the moment, we’re just endlessly recycling the past.
On fashion today
How do you think the last 10 years will be defined? I can’t think of how…There hasn’t been anything real since grunge. That was the last movement led by music or an art form.
From her NPR profile
About the reasoning behind her FIT exhibit
I don’t tell anybody else what to wear. I would never dream of it. I want [the next generation of designers] not to have to feel that they have to wear this or that in order to be accepted or acceptable.
On growing up as a Guinness
I’ve always been more slight and I’ve always sort of felt that I needed to be protected, especially with so many rowdy brothers and sisters,” she says. “I always wanted to be sort of a knight of the Round Table; it sort of appealed to the idea of [Sir] Gawain and the Green Knight.