Daphne Guinness may be thought of as an eccentric dresser, but the fashion collector's signature heel-less platforms have become something of a uniform over the years. "I'm just breaking these ones in," Guinness said at Chanel's Metier D'Art show at the Park Avenue Armory on Tuesday, glancing down at a pair of rhinestone-studded hooves. The singer — who released her second single, "Evening in Space," last fall — loves wearing her custom-made footwear in the recording studio. "They really, really make me sing differently. I know it's strange. I'm always getting shit for these shoes."
However, Guinness's argument for their wearability is persuasive. "They're actually not that high," she said, referring to the minimal lift between the towering platform and the back of the foot. "I put some heels on the other day just to see, and it was like, 'clunk, clunk, clunk' on the floorboards. When I'm in my shoes, I'm silent. I can run in these shoes. I can play tennis."
She will admit that those activities have occasionally resulted in a tumble. "Oh man, sometimes, if there are cobbles. I don't mind falling down, to be honest," she said. "What is the taboo around falling down? You're supposed to feel embarrassed. But you know, gravity, man."