It's a given that getting frocked-up for the Met Ball is a daunting prospect for any fashionista. Throw in the fact that said Ball is in honour of one of your dearest friends, Lee Alexander McQueen, the designer who changed the face of fashion before taking his own life little over a year ago, and you’ve got the daunting challenge facing socialite-slash-muse, Daphne Guinness.
So what on earth did Daphers do? She got dressed in a shop window, of course!
We kid you not. Being a law unto herself, Daphne thought fit to get ready in Barney’s - yep, the New York superstore - allowing passers by to watch her prepare for Monday night’s extravaganza. But shush yourselves, cynics, don’t question Ms Guinness’ methods, for THIS is Fashion. Indeed, the style stunt woman staged a spectacle that McQueen, master of jaw-dropping theatrics, would have been proud of.
Starting with a revealing gold bodysuit, Guinness eerily slithered across the window display with her face and head wrapped in sheer scarves before slinking into Gaga's egg a cubicle of frosted glass. ‘To be covered expresses part of her grief,’ Dennis Freedman, Barneys’ creative director, told WWD.
And true to her word, the dramatic spectacle culminated with the gown which Guinness wore to the Met Ball that evening – a lilac feathered creation with exaggerated hips designed by Sarah Burton and first paraded on Alexander McQueen’s S/S ‘11 catwalk last October. As for the finishing touch, the scarves were unravelled to reveal that signature lightning bolt of silver in her jet black hair, before she was whisked off to the festitivies in an open top car (totes K-Midd).
Amazing, no? Granted, it's pretty handy that Daphne is the owner of wall-to-wall wardrobes filled with designer garb, as well as Isabella Blow’s entire clothing collection - who needs a fairy godmother when you have an archive of couture pieces and stacks of cash, hmm? In fact, she dug out TWENTY SIX complete looks, 10 of which were created by McQueen and others by Balmain, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Hauliuetrige, Gareth Pugh and Rick Owens. Ha, try topping that, ADR.
Now, if this is all sounding too brilliantly bonkers to be true, we've found video proof - click play below and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts on Daphne’s display. C’mon, you've gotta admire a girl who can get dressed in a transparent box.
- Jessica Vince