Those walking down Madison Avenue got quite a show Monday night when style icon Daphne Guinness suddenly appeared in one of the Barneys windows. Clad in a pale-gray duck and ostrich feather gown by Alexander McQueen (whose memory was honored at last night’s Met Gala), Ms. Guinness blurred the line between fashion, art, and pre-party primping.
The performance marked the launch of Ms. Guinness’s collaboration with Barneys, for which she hand-picked 26 looks from her own archive and from the collection of Isabella Blow (which she acquired in 2010). Above all, her performance was a tribute to her friends Mr. McQueen and Ms. Blow, and a reminder of the power of fashion to transform and transcend.
In reference to her highly anticipated performance, Ms. Guinness recently told the New York Times: “There is a commercial side to fashion that is needed, but there are these crossover moments that do become art. I hope it works, and I don’t faint.”
Luckily, she didn’t.
- Tory Hoen
If you missed the show, you can relive the decadence via the video and gallery below.
Video by Alexander Dynan
Gallery photos by Neilson Barnard for Wire Image