Friday, August 20, 2010

The Well-Red Heiress: My Dinner with Daphne

In New York Magazine's fashion issue, Daphne Guinness says,                      “Sometimes I feel like I’m speaking Chinese when I go out to dinner, and everyone’s from hedge funds, and I want to talk about a certain color.”  I get this, I do: talking about money over a meal can be a fast track to indigestion. 

But Ms. Guinness does not acknowledge that at these dinners, she is both inherited wealth (the banking side of the Guinness brand) as well as divorced wealth (hello Spyros Niarchos). The combination of both allows her to purchase, say, Isabella Blow's entire and considerable closet. 

However, if Ms. Guinness would like to treat me to dinner, I'd be delighted to hold forth with her on color.  Here is a short book list for her to read in preparation:

Victoria Findlay's Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Simon Garfield's Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World

Michel Pastoureau's Blue: The History of a Color


another by Pastoureau, not only on color: The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes

I am confident that we would have plenty to talk about, from the appetizer through the amuse bouche, through a third pint of Guinness (my favorite beer, actually) and onward to dessert, with nary a twinge in our digestive systems.


hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I was taught at my mother's knee that talking about money was VERY CRASS and that we never mentioned it outside the confines of our family home...
colour, the weather, books, plays, holidays on the other hand great fodder!

K.Line said...

I didn't know she was a Guinness, like the ale family... Interesting. And it does seem a bit rich (ha!) to imply that others are all drab and money-talking when that's her stock in trade. I agree though, I could be a happy guest who natters on about colour and fabric. Easily!

Jennifer said...

When your rich, they call it eccentric; when you aren't, they call it loony... crazy... strange.

I picked up a copy of "Mauve" many years ago at Blackwell's in Oxford. I forgot I have on my shelf until you just reminded me that I still need to read it!

xoxo Jennifer

Make Do Style said...

Ah yes, it is easy to make a disparaging remark when one is inherited wealth. And in doing so demeaning colour. I don't think she has the stamina for your reading list. I'm happy to be proved wrong.
Come on Daphne, breakfast with Miss Cavendish and I for a discourse on colour.

fashion herald said...

I'm intrigued by your reading list, but especially the one about the man who invented mauve! We had a discussion about mauve in a staff meeting one week, I think the office needs to buy this.

Art Style said...

A remarkable list. I will be using this!