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Your First Look: The Daphne Guinness Collection Auction!

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After three long months of patiently waiting,Christie's is finally giving us a look at the 100 items Daphne Guinness chose to auction off!

The fiercest fashionista of them all was on hand for the South Kensington press preview on Thursday, looking like the fabulous Queen of Couture that we know and love.

As we mentioned before, the auction takes place on June 27th and there's lots of fabulous fashion from McQueen, Chanel, Balenciaga and many more up for grabs.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation, which supports aspiring art and fashion students.

In case you can’t make it across the pond, check out some of the items being auctioned off (below).

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TIME Names Their Top 100 Fashion Icons!

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TIME magazine has made a list of the top 100 most influential fashion icons since 1923, but it's who they left off the list that's really creating a buzz.

Noticeably missing from the list of designers, models, photographers, editors, muses, and stylists include Rachel Zoe, Tyra Banks, Roberto Cavalli, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Sarah Jessica Parker — and that's just off the top of our head!

Geez. TIME's selection committee is strict!

So who were the lucky 100 that made the cut? See for yourself AFTER THE JUMP!

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Daphne Guinness May Put Isabella Blow's Collection On Display!

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Wonderful news!

After saving Isabella Blow's entire collection off the chopping block in an auction, Daphne Guinness has kept the priceless items safe.

But the fashion world has been waiting with baited breath for Daphne to do something with it, and it looks like they just might get their wish in 2012!

Daphne has given everyone bright hopes with this tweet:

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LaChapelle's Burning Down The House Has A New Home

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Daphne Guiness came out to support photographer David LaChapelle on Friday night to celebrate his portrait of Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow being inducted into the National Portrait Gallery.

The photo was snapped back in 1996 when a 27 year old Lee McQueen was working at Givenchy.

The portrait dubbed "Burning Down The House" went on to appear in the March 1997 issue of Vanity Fair.

Congrats on the honor, David!

[Image courtesy of Jorge Herrera for the National Portrait Gallery.]

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When Daphne Guinness Met Alexander McQueen

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Believe it or not Daphne Guinness had no desire to meet Alexander McQueen back in the day.

The beer heiress explained to W magazine:

“I admired him and didn’t want to meet him because I am quite shy, but Isabella [Blow] said I must. But I didn’t want to be a groupie. It had to happen organically. You don’t have to know someone to love their work.

One day he saw me walking across the street in his kimono and he ran up to me and said, 'I’m the person you don’t want to meet!' We went to a pub and hit it off. Of course after that I was so irritated not to have known him before!"

And the rest is history, folks.

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Drama Over Isabella Blow Biographies

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Tom Sykes, the co-author the Isabella Blow biography Blow by Blow, has engaged in an all out war of words with the writer of rival biography Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion.

It all started when Lauren Goldstein Crowe deemed her biography to be more credible by the people who attended her book party.

Both Issie's sisters and step-mother were there along with Ditmar Blow's sister and Philip Treacy, none of whom were at the Blow by Blow launch.

Once Sykes got word of Lauren's subtle dis, he went on the attack through the media.

In an email, he wrote:

Lauren Goldstein Crowe's outrageous insinuation to you that somehow her book is more accurate because Issie's sister came to her book launch cannot go unchallenged. Lavinia, Isabella's beloved youngest sister, came to the launch of our book in London, and was an honored guest at the dinner afterwards at Annabels. Freddie, Lavinia's son and one of Issie's cousins, was also at our launch in New York.

Isabella loathed her stepmother and frequently referred to her (in her inimitable style) as "a creature my father met on a bus in Hong Kong" so I would not take her presence at a book's launch party to be a particularly good endorsement of its integrity…Anna Wintour came to our launch in London, and has supported our book by mentioning it in the editor's letter in this month's issue of Vogue.

I wouldn't be saying all this if [Goldstein Crowe] had not launched this snide attack on our book, but now, I'm breaking my silence.

Yikes.

We have a feeling this isn't the last we've heard from either of them.

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The Met Honors McQueen With Exhibit

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The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is giving the public a chance to see Alexander McQueen's work up close and personal with a new exhibit.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will include designs from the McQueen archives beginning with his graduate show at Central Saint Martins to his final collection from earlier this year as well as pieces from Daphne Guinness and Isabella Blow's private collection.

CEO of the McQueen label Jonathan Akeroyd said:

"We felt it would be a great opportunity to show Lee's work and his incredible contribution to the world of fashion and art. It felt like the right thing to do. Lee loved the museum. It will give us a great opportunity to show Lee's work and the Alexander McQueen brand to a much broader community. It's the greatest tribute and important for his legacy, but it's also an exciting new chapter in the history of the brand."

McQueen's pieces will be on display from May 4th to July 31th, with a launch at the Costume Institute Gala on May 2nd.

Sounds like a great and must see event!

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