Daphne Guinness talks about her Bloody Brilliant M.A.C Collection!

23 November 2011 by

Daphne Guinness's range for MAC makeup


Hot on the heels of her friend and sometime collaborator Gareth Pugh creating a range of makeup for uber brand M.A.C, complete with triangular-shaped lashes *want want want* - the heiress, fashion creator and patron of the arts, Daphne Guinness, has come up with her essential range of war paint for the avant-garde cosmetics company. And what, pray tell, do you think inspired the badger-tressed beauty to put the collection together?

Picture her now, poised, Karl Lagerfeld-style at her easel, sketching, we presume with a sort of feathered quill, a stuffed raven at her side, probably bolts of lightning illuminating the room while some kind of futuristic techno throbs in the background, to aid her concentration.

Bearing in mind, when she collaborated on her own perfume, Daphne, with Comme des Garcons in 2009, she told The Daily Telegraph ‘I love the smell of churches and of clay and moss. I like earthy smells. I love amber and tuberose,’ - we would guess her inspiration to be;

Something camply Gothy and ridiculous, like Edgar Allan Poe’s soft furnishings, something pretentiously philosophical, like the reflective sheen of a bell jar, as well as something pop-culturely kitsch – like Frank N Furter from the Rocky Horror Show or something along those lines. Plus, something totally random that has nothing whatsoever to do with makeup, but sounds quite evocative – like the sounds of twigs snapping underfoot as you walk through an enchanted forest in winter. Yup, that’s our final answer – let’s see how well we did.

The REAL inspiration for The Honourable Daphne Diana Joan Suzannah Guinness’s range for M.A.C was, according to superblog Hint Magazine thus;

‘Pigeon blood, porcelain Chinese vessels, and the way a butterfly's wings resemble deep space,’

That ought to do it, Daphne. We’re giving ourselves an 8/10.

The 24-piece collection, which includes a range of eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, and nail polish, and due is out on December 26th. How bloody (ho ho) marvellous.


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