NO organ is more promiscuous than the eye, and no appetite more insatiable than the hunger to look. These truths go a long way toward explaining the preoccupations of a culture whose interest in imagery is defining. They also help one understand the ever-creeping appeal of fashion, a sphere that, like sport, is largely populated by arresting-looking people doing stuff that is legible without the help of words. It is not that fashion never requires translation; a lot of it is arcane even to adepts. Certain people, too, contradictorily are both creations of the fashion world and yet somehow seem to exist outside it. Actors in a social theater, as we all are, they rise above the ordinary by giving sartorial performances unfettered by the bonds of convention or propriety or practicality or, often enough, common sense. Daphne Guinness is one such wonderful oddity. Over the last year, hers has been among the most startling, engaging and snake-fascinating presences on the scene. Guinness is a reliably otherworldly apparition. Whatever else she has on, Ms.
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I am told that I first met Daphne when I was a child. Even though I was only 16, we were able to talk late into the night about fashion, history, and art. Daphne is one of those fantastically eclectic people who is knowledgeable about everything from art-deco jewelry to ancient Roman history. When I was asked to start doing interviews for the magazine, she was the first person on my list simply because I knew the fluid, open dynamics of the conversation would in all likelihood produce something interesting.
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She is a direct descendant of the 18th century Irish brewer Arthur Guinness. Daphne Guinness has said she did not know of Mosley's political affiliations, before she heard in on the BBC News that he had died. As a child, she grew up in the country houses owned by her family in England and Ireland. Guinness' first work in fashion was with Isabella Blow. She was a friend of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. She designs fashion, jewelry, and perfume.