At last night’s exhibition of Daphne Guinness’s clothing and films at FIT, the subject herself was breathless in a crushing crowd on the museum’s lower level. “It’s really surreal,” she said. “It’s such a lot of collaborations that I’ve been doing. And to see them all in one room is kind of mind-blowing. Normally you should be dead if you have a retrospective. I’ve been very, very nervous.”
Surrounded by mannequins with black-streaked platinum hair exactly like her own, Guinness looked dazzling in chrome-colored sequins that flowed in a train behind her. (Valentino Garavani accidentally stood on it, but just for a second.) The dress was from Hogan McLaughlin, a 22-year-old former dancer, who just released his first collection of eight pieces earlier this week.
“We met on Twitter, of all places,” McLaughlin told The Cut. “The power of social media! We met a couple times and we knew that we had similar artistic interests. A friendship kind of spawned, and I’m just — I’m over the moon right now.”
The clothes in the exhibit, including pieces by Chanel, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, and quite a lot of McQueen, left the viewers breathless as well. "What I love is that you can see Daphne in every outfit. It’s not about the designers actually; it’s about her. About her taste, her mix," Stefano Tonchi said. "My favorite things are like when she puts some pants from a pants store with a Gareth Pugh jacket and then a piece of Chanel and a piece of Dolce and Gabbana and things like that, because you know, it’s what she really does. And I think she wore each single piece too. Nothing was 'museum-ready.'"
Bob Colacello shared some insight into the root of Guinness's style, recalling when he first met her as a child visiting her older sister, Interview staffer Catherine Guinness, at Warhol's Factory. "She was just a cute little girl. A cute little English girl," he said. "Her shoes had heels on them, I do remember that."