Daphne Guinness never stops. The artist, philanthropist, model, and muse—whose dresses recently had an exhibition of their own at the FIT Museum—is now making her acting debut. Sunday night at the Angel Orensanz synagogue in the Lower East Side, the dry-stout heiress was the star attraction in The Legend of Lady White Snake, a Tribute to the Spirit of Alexander McQueen. Directed by Indrani, the Pakistani-born director who often collaborates with Swiss classical musician Markus Klinko, the short film shows a couture-clad Guinness on a rowboat in Central Park accompanied by an equally pale ephebe in a tale of forbidden love.
Before the screening, Guinness glistened in a feathery gold dress with wings for shoulders and her signature white-streaked bun. “This film is about an ancient Chinese legend,” she whispered to me in her trademark hushed voice, while traditional Chinese musicians in blue silk gowns, their hair transformed into enormous conical structures, waited patiently. After the screening, celebrity stylist Genghis Khan (or GK to friends) presented his first fashion collection to a soundtrack of hard rock and classical Chinese melodies. For those inspired enough, large film stills exhibited throughout the synagogue could be had for $40,000 apiece.