Daphne Guinness Launches Second Album at London’s BFI IMAX

Album cover on BFI IMAX screen

Last night saw the launch of British fashion muse and musician Daphne Guinness ’ second album as Daphne and The Golden Chords, It’s a Riotat the BFI IMAX. As what can only be described as an extravagant homage, the heiress to Guinness – yes, the Irish stout – was the main focus of the night from the start to finish, complete with glass sculptures of the singer at the entrance and projections of her mirage covering the walls as drinks were served. As an air of nepotism swept the room, the event was bustling with friends and confidants of Daphne. From old rockers in leather jackets to big names in the fashion industry, the crowd was an eclectic mix of all ages, some of which wouldn’t have looked out of place 50 years ago.

Once ushered into the cinema for the screening with bags of popcorn, glasses of prosecco and merchandise, FAULT was treated to a sensory eye bath. With the help of Tony Visconti, the American record producer who helped the likes of Bowie and T. Rex, Daphne’s music – set to visuals created by artist Nick Knight – made an instant impact, leaving the audience mesmerised.

Over a collection of arty clips and kaleidoscopic visuals of the singer herself, the music poured out poppy, Lauper-esque hooks with ethereal lyrics taking influence from Marc Bolan and Bowie – Visconti definitely left his mark on the album. The self-proclaimed autobiographical record visits her recent near-death experience and her life as it has progressed in last few years. Using her classical training, penchant for poetry and love of Wagner (thanks to hours chatting with Bowie in the studio), Daphne has created her own unique style of glam rock – think a lot of spoken word and catchy repetition.

The unashamedly self-assured Daphne was soon interviewed on stage by music journalist Will Hodgkinson, who’s written for the likes of The Guardian and Vogue. However, as the Q&A progressed, her coquettish facade transformed into a timid, more vulnerable persona, speaking about her fears and anxieties both in her personal life and musical career, before mentioning her new relationship with her bandmates who are, of course, also big names in the music industry, including keyboard player Terry Miles.

The singer’s 80s-inspired sound and alias is a perfect partnership and, in Daphne’s own words, completes her world. Tour? She doesn’t know. But, if she does, make sure you bring your glitter platforms and leave the Guinness Toucan Tees at home.

Words: Flora Neighbour

Flora Neighbour with Daphne Guinness

Flora Neighbour with Daphne Guinness

 

Flora Neighbour with KC and Jordon Wi-Fi from Last Night in Paris

Flora Neighbour with KC and Jordon Wi-Fi from Last Night in Paris

 

Flora Neighbour with Daphne and The Golden Chord keyboard player Terry Miles

Flora Neighbour with Daphne and The Golden Chord keyboard player Terry Miles

 

Flora Neighbour with music journalist Will Hodgkinson

Flora Neighbour with music journalist Will Hodgkinson

FAULT Chief Stylist Tallulah Harlech’s top picks from LFW ’12

Tallulah Harlech presents a round-up from this year’s London Fashion Week.

2 minute Q&A:

FAULT: Stand-out show? T: Mary Katrantzou

Best newcomer? Maarten Van Der Horst at Fashion East

Weirdest item/style/pattern? There was some patent leather, which looked like latex that kept coming up. Did it work? For sure! Chic with an edge.

Best model moment? Doutzen walking in the Giles show

Starstruck moment?
How lame… I don’t get startstruck.

Top piece of advice for stylists looking forward to Autumn/Winter? Military, leather, fur and Morticia Adams…

General advice on styles to look for/avoid?
Floral prints have somewhat maintained their sturdy trend-although I reckon they’ll be on the out soon. Wear trousers instead of jeans. This winter has bright autumnal colours and the obvious dark shades we see time and again.

 

 

…and the top fashion films so far this year:

 

SHOWstudio: Nick Knight, Karlie Kloss, Kate Phelan for Topshop

Karlie is my favourite, completely and utterly desirable and brilliant here.

 

The Chanel Boy Bag Campaign Video

Karl Lagerfeld takes us on a journey back to the ’20s with a mini silent film. Titled My New Friend Boy, featuring Alice Dellal.