Listen to the new single from fashion icon Daphne Guinness
With her designer friends, jaw-dropping couture wardrobe and Cruella de Vil hair, Daphne Guinness has long been a celebrity in fashion – but she’s still an enigma to the outside world. So it’s big news that Guinness, aged 48, has launched a new career in the music industry.
Known primarily as a muse and an heiress, Guinness has been writing and singing for many years, but has rarely performed publicly. Today, she announced the release of her first album, recorded in New York. “I was always a musician,” she told AnOther magazine. “Music was my first love, I wanted to be a musician above and beyond all else.”
The album, Optimist in Black, includes tributes to Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow – but when it comes to song-writing, Guinness cites David Bowie and The Doors as her biggest inspirations. “You know, David Bowie gave me the confidence to do this. Him and Tony [Visconti] said ‘you are very good at writing songs’, which absolutely meant the world to me. So, here I am.”