A Bigger Splash, 1967 by David Hockney

Just as the weather is warming up leave it to Daphne Guinness to bring the water that one typically finds at the beach or pool into a studio. Last week as the city was getting progressively hotter instgram was on fire with the latest collaboration between Ms. Guinness and photographer Nick Knight.

Splash! by Daphne Guinness, Nick Knight and Iris Van Herpen

The two played with the concept of water, transforming the liquid into a solid with the help of designer Iris Van Herpen. For this project, Knight began by photographing the fashion icon as she was being splashed with black and clear water. The resulting images were then passed on to Van Herpen to reference and bring the liquid to life in dress form.

Splash! by Daphne Guinness, Nick Knight and Iris Van Herpen

In an effort to make sense to one of the world’s most unpredictable elements, the three joined forces in a project they are calling Splash! Following the initial studio session and the completion of the garment, Knight will shoot Guinness wearing the water-dress, which will then be on display at SHOWcabinet starting in June, and the project will come to a final culmination this fall at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. For more information regarding Splash! click here.

Splash! by Daphne Guinness, Nick Knight and Iris Van Herpen

Daphne at FIT

I hope you have seen the Daphne Guinness exhibit at FIT already, but in the event you haven’t, I hope these photographs make you want to go. Even if you have already walked through, you’re in need of a re-visit. I have never been in the presence of so much couture before, there isn’t even this much shown in Paris in January and July. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it is not an exaggeration to say that Daphne’s clothing collection is truly extraordinary. I remember back to last August when I was interviewing her and she described the process she and Valerie Steele -Director of the Museum at FIT- went through to curate the exhibit. The roughly 100 looks were styled by Ms.Guinness in one sitting during a trip to her clothing archive. Once you get past being in utter disbelief that a single woman can own such exquisite garments, you see the garments for what they truly are, pieces of art. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the wearability of her collection. Yes, the practical pieces were offset by some Gareth Pugh madness, but it was refreshing to see a classic, black velvet Alaia gown or Chanel jacket amidst the craziness that is couture. The exhibit is on display at the Museum at FIT until January 7th – appropriately, my birthday. I think that is some sort of sign. I don’t quite know yet what it indicates, but it has to mean something… Please go see it and let me know what you think!

The shoes…

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Photographs from the opening…

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

Daphne at FIT

I’m sorry to have been so MIA lately, but I’m back! For those of you who haven’t yet seen Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the MET, here is a video of the exhibit taken the night of the Gala. You will notice some of the pieces Andrew Bolton, Curator at The Costume Institute, highlighted in my interview with him; such as McQueen’s famous bumster trouser, Daphne Guinness’ donated pieces that belonged to Isabella Blow, and Shalom Harlow’s finale dress from McQueen’s No.13 show. I tried to get good footage that night but it is hard to tell Yoko Ono or Valentino to move out of the frame! Hope you can get a sense of how amazing the exhibition is. I still highly recommend you see it in person if you are in New York between now and August 7th. Enjoy!

After spending the weekend looking at colleges in New York I can’t help but share a clip of Daphne discussing her upcoming retrospective at the the Museum at FIT!… Although it is still a ways away – the exhibit is set to open in September of 2011 – if you’re anything like me you’ll need these next 10 months to mentally prepare yourselves for the overwhelming amount of couture!! Watch below to see Daphne explain her reaction when Valerie Steele (the director of the museum) first approached her with the idea of doing a show and their process of putting together each look… Enjoy ;)

This past August I was lucky enough to sit down with the legendary Daphne Guinness for an Interview. I had high expectations upon meeting her since she is – to put it lightly – my style ICON!!! Not only did she surpass everything my imagination had built her up to be, but she was extremely genuine and open. Here’s what she said concerning her late friend Isabella Blow and Daphne’s recent purchase of her estate…

… More to come!!