Though we couldn’t hear it, a round of applause was apparently heard in the salesroom when Daphne Guinness’s metallic mini dress by the late designer Alexander McQueen sold at the Christie’s auction for $123,709, according to the house’s Twitter feed. It was a new world record price for McQueen at auction. The auction for the Daphne Guinness Collection brought in a total of $744,285 with 88 percent of lots sold.
On June 27, Christie’s in London will auction off the Daphne Guinness Collection, about 100 pieces from the heiress’s personal wardrobe (or, if the press release is to be believed, we might consider calling it “fashion’s most contemporary cutting-edge muse’s” wardrobe). The catalogue is available now. The sale will benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation, which supports the intersection of fashion and art. Ms. Guinness purchased the late Isabella Blow’s entire clothing collection in 2011.
“Collecting is a wonderful illness,” proclaims auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury in a short film called Collecting Is an Illness, which recently launched on Nowness. “It’s totally incurable.” In the film, Mr. de Pury is seated across from beer heiress and fashion collector Daphne Guinness, whose hair is dyed in skunk stripes and swept up in a messy French twist. The film cuts to a close-up of Ms. Guinness’s glossed and firmly pressed lips. “It’s an obsession,” he says and the camera cuts to Ms. Guinness’s legs, which are crossed in fishnet stockings.
During the opening of David LaChapelle’s new exhibition “Earth Laughs in Flowers” at Fred Torres Collaborations last Thursday, a woman was crying and shaking slightly in the back office. Between sobs, the woman, a photographer named Katrina Eugenia, talked to Mr. LaChapelle who was in a porkpie hat and a striped shirt.
Fashion designer and beer heiress Daphne Guinness is asking $14 million for her four-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment at 995 Fifth Avenue, which has been on the market since January.
Women’s Wear Daily released its weekend Basel Miami coverage today and among the anecdotes is this charming encounter with everyone’s favorite heiress-muse Daphne Guinness, whom the paper spotted wearing a “punk black-and-white denim outfit.”