Both are in possession of personal styles so defined they’re almost intimidating. But for V’s Transformation Issue, the two muses traded looks, and gave the magazine insight into their approaches to dressing.
For Harlech, it’s a distillation of qualities that were always there.
‘My personal style hasn’t changed: it’s gotten stronger, more distilled, and less scattered. I moved on from deconstructing my school uniform via punk, to Tess of the d’Urbervilles and the eponymous geisha, to an edge which I now recognize as “Amanda.”’
Whereas Harlech cites a number of literary and fashion references, Guinness says that she can’t bear to over think her outfits.
‘It’s an instinct. I can go through a rack of clothes in a second and tell you what I will like and not like. What I like now hasn’t changed from what I liked years ago, but the way I wear it must progress. I have physical reactions to things, as someone would a picture or an object. But the more you concentrate on something, the more it shows. I can’t get dressed if I think about it too much. I don’t dress for effect, and I think that it never works out when someone does.’
We’re not sure anyone really talks like that. It makes more sense to us when Harlech describes her current look as ‘Black, light as a feather, romantic with a nervy edge, 18th-century widow.’ And Guinness? ‘A work in progress.’ With veils.