The Drama Queen.

   Just finished to read an old article in “The Times” magazine (The Sunday Times, August 22, 2007) written by my muse, my fashion inspiration, Daphne Guinness. This woman makes me feel something incredible. You don’t know what she will be wearing tomorrow however you know that she is going to look as elegant as it can be. Daphne is the Queen of style, haute couture and drama.

   “…I grew up in an artists’ colony near Barcelona with Salvador DalÍ and the Surrealists, so my dress sense is very coloured by my youth. Everybody knew that DalÍ was the most crazy; you’d go to his house and he would have lobsters in his pool. Anything went, clothes-wise. You could wear whatever you wanted any time of day, so people would wear evening clothes at breakfast time, simple Catalan shoes and hats, lots of brightly coloured hippy kaftans, and a lot of French, tailored outfits…”

   “…The thing about haute couture, unlike prêt-à-porter clothing, is that you actually have to engage with the process and repeatedly go for fittings. Couture clothes last so much longer because so much work goes into them. Having said that, some of the dresses that will be at the V&A exhibition are so delicate that they have had to be kept at room temperature and carefully restored or preserved. I still buy couture, but very little and very carefully, because it’s so expensive. The last piece was a small coat-dress from Chanel, which I’ve worn about 50 times already…”

   “…Whose style do I admire? We are all inspired by the people we grew up around, and my mother and my grandmother both dressed extremely elegantly. One of the problems with modern fashion is that people change all the time. There are very few people who keep their look through thick and thin – the Duchess of Windsor did. Years ago women had to make things last and clothes weren’t disposable – they couldn’t just go out and buy another thing…”

   “…When you walk about in Paris, you just see a lot of people who are incredibly well-dressed – for example, Loulou de la Falaise dresses beautifully. I think you do have a more fun life if you wear beautiful clothes. There is a certain joy in it; dressing well is an art and it shows respect to be neatly turned out…”

   Daphne Guinness is one and only. She makes me to remember lots of fairy tales about knights and princess, she makes me to remember how beatiful can lady is, when she is not afraid of experiments. Hopefully, someday, I will try something like that...with all my admiration to DG.

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