Boots on the Block at Guinness Auction

A highlight in the upcoming Christie’s auction of items from the wardrobe of Daphne Guinness is a pair of handmade leather ankle boots that stomp straight into sculpture territory.

The red metallic leather boots, embossed with floral scrolls, are by Noritaka Tatehana, the Japanese designer known for his heel-less platform creations and whose clients include Lady Gaga.

The platform boots, from the fall ’10 collection, carry an estimate of 1,500 to 2,500 pounds, or $2,385 to $3,975, and were eight months in the making.

“Daphne loved them, not so much for their practicality, or lack thereof, but because she viewed them as pieces of sculpture, more as concept pieces for looking at — fashion as art,” the Christie’s catalog explains.
Guinness is throwing open the doors of her wardrobe for an auction to raise funds for The Isabella Blow Foundation, a new charity.

Guinness, a distant relative and close friend of Blow, who died in 2007, plans to sell items by Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Balenciaga through Christie’s South Kensington on June 27.
Proceeds from “The Daphne Guinness Collection Sold to Benefit The Isabella Blow Foundation” will help to launch the foundation. The charity’s mission is to continue the work of Blow, a fashion stylist and muse.

The charity will support new and emerging talent in the overlapping worlds of art and fashion. A portion of the funds generated by the foundation will also be donated to mental health charities.

Pat Frost, director of Christie’s fashion department, called the auction a “one-off opportunity to buy some of the most iconic and cutting-edge haute couture of the early 21st century, owned and worn by Daphne Guinness.”
Frost said the auction will “aptly benefit and shape the designers of the future. Christie’s is very proud to be able to play a part in helping Daphne to achieve her forward-looking and charitable aim.”
In 2010, Guinness bought Blow’s wardrobe shortly before it was set to be auctioned at Christie’s. Blow’s sisters had put her collection up for sale in order to settle debts on her estate.

Blow committed suicide in May 2007 after years of battling depression.

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