How Daphne Guinness Spring-Cleans

Items from Daphne's collection, from left, Christian Dior platforms, a collection of handbags (four by Alexander McQueen), and Balenciaga separates. Photo:

If you think you have a shoe problem — or purse or blazer problem — you clearly haven't seen Daphne Guinness's closet. Yesterday the socialite auctioned off a chunk of her wardrobe. See, she moved to a new home in London and wanted to purge her closet before relocating. But when you collect couture you can't exactly drag your castoffs down to the Salvation Army in old H&M bags. Nor should you, as Guinness's collection is expected to fetch about £50,000 for Womankind, a charity that aids impoverished women. Guinness's collection is staggering. You can view each of the 259 lots online here. Everything's been sold, but it's worth taking a peek and attempting to fathom the woman's shoe rack. Or, as Style PS notes, if these are her giveaways, what on earth is she keeping?

Daphne Guinness sells off a dream wardrobe [Style PS/Times UK]
Daphne Guinness strips down [IHT]