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Daphne Guinness Exhibit Bows at Museum at FIT

Established as she is in the designer world, Guinness proved she is not immune to opening night jitters.

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HAVE ANOTHER GUINNESS: Solitary as she may be with her signature style, Daphne Guinness faced her share of wannabes Thursday night at the Museum at FIT as evidenced by the smattering of guests in Alexander McQueen dresses or sky-high heel-less shoes. Valentino, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Mary McFadden, Lisa Perry, Yigal Azrouël and Angel Sanchez kept the designer quota up at the opening of the Daphne Guinness exhibition. Established as she is in the designer world, Guinness proved she is not immune to opening night jitters. “I’m very nervous, I have no idea if people will like it or not like it,” she said. “I’ve been working on this for two years and it’s been a collaborative effort. This whole experience, putting this together, has been very surreal.”

That was a feeling Hogan McLaughlin could relate to. The 22-year-old dancer-turned-designer made the metal coat with a three-tiered train that Guinness wore to the opening, and a few of his Hogan pieces are featured in the show. So how does a guy from Chicago who never studied fashion, art or design wind up dressing such a style setter? “I followed her on Twitter,” McLaughlin said.

The gallery’s mirrored walls and scrims were meant to be reminiscent of Guinness’ uptown apartment, but for many penned-in guests they wound up being the only way to see the guest of honor.

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