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What's Weird About this Amanda Harlech Daphne Guinness Photo?

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Don't worry if you couldn't figure it out. Apparently, for the latest issue of V, Amanda Harlech and Daphne Guinness, both muses/impresarios/icons, swapped clothes/looks/aesthetics/styles.

Can't tell? Well, um, we think that's the point?

Accompanying the photo spread, Derek Blasberg writes:

The day started late, when all three and their respective teams converged on Lagerfeld’s studio in Paris’s 7th arrondissement. Harlech slipped into a Chanel Haute Couture gown that Lagerfeld had given her a half decade before, she guessed, and Guinness swooned over a white Alexander McQueen dress that the designer’s protégé (and Guinness’s friend), Sarah Burton, had recently designed—it arrived in a box larger than a refrigerator. The first shot was simple: Amanda as Amanda and Daphne as Daphne.

Later, as the sun set, the two women began to morph into each other. Their monochromatic wardrobes blended. They decided that to truly meet in the aesthetic middle they would both wear their hair down, Harlech’s dark mane blending with Guinness’s skunklike stripes.

When night had fallen, the transition was complete—and it was convincing. From a distance, it was nearly impossible to tell that a transformation had occurred at all. Each had adopted more than just the other’s look: the typically bold Amanda, now posing as Daphne in front of Lagerfeld’s lens, appeared timid, her movements angular. The often-shy Daphne became bolder and more fluid.

And, well, there you have it.
· Dress reversal [V]