by | Valerie Steele & Daphne Guinness
One of the first things that needs to be said here is simply that this is a book that can be judged by its cover. Daphne Guinness is a celebration. Yes the publication of the book coincides with the exhibit of some of her wardrobe at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City—but there is so much more that is told about the person and not just about her possessions.
If you believe that Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, or Sarah Jessica Parker are style or fashion icons, then now would be a good time to move on to the next review or the next possible book purchase. Ms. Guinness is an original: a self-effacing, wildly tasteful, expressive woman who is well-bred, intelligent, and well informed—she is the real deal.
The book offers a rare opening into the person behind the “looks” in her own words as well as those of some of the most revered figures in the world of fashion. We are given a brief synopsis of her childhood, her parents, her siblings, her marriage, and her evolution of style. Ms. Guinness comes off as so down to earth and genuine as to dispel any preconceived notions you might have had about her as an effete snob. She is every bit as real as you or me—and possibly even more self-aware than most… continue | Jeffrey Felner
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