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Lulu Guinness Regrets What She Wore to Daphne Guinness' Wedding

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

Photo credit: Bonnie Datt

British Handbag designer Lulu Guinness has led a fascinating life: she lived as a punk in Paris in the Seventies, had one of her early handbags put in the permanent collection of London's V & A Museum (it's currently on display in their 20th Century galleries), and was awarded an OBE—Order of the British Empire—for her work. We suspected that she'd have a great Buyer's Remorse story to share, and we were right. It involves the outfit she wore to Daphne Guinness' wedding.

Racked: Can you tell us about your favorite buyer's remorse story?

Lulu Guinness: For me it was in that Eighties period. It was when Daphne Guinness got married, like a hundred years ago—she was only nineteen. I thought, "I have to have the ultimate thing." It had to be really chic because it was in Paris. I always wanted a Thierry Mugler suit. And I bought one, red, that had shoulders out to here [she motions way beyond her natural shoulders]. And the point is, those things had to be worn by someone tall like Grace Jones. And I'm this height [motions about 5'3"]. I look at pictures and the proportions—I was too small for that—and I'm like, "What was I thinking?"

I also used to be a hair model—for Vidal Sassoon—I used to have long hair. And my hair was always in a very fashionable cut for the Eighties. It was long here and bushy here [motions an asymmetrical style]. So the combination of my hair style with the Thierry Mugler suit is just appalling. In the photos I look very Eighties.

Fashionable haircuts date—that would be something I'd pass on to people.
· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]
· Lulu Guinness [Official Site]