Photography by Eric Striffler
Clothing: dresses, Badgley Mischka, New York.
Handbag: Cornelia Guest handbags, model’s own.
Jewelry: Kimberly McDonald earrings.
Is it possible to wrap one’s head around Cornelia Guest’s ever-so-charmed life? Forget the fact her mother, the late C.Z. Guest, was one of Truman Capote’s swans and her godparents were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Andy Warhol colored with Guest in her bedroom when she was a little girl, and the designer Halston taught her how to walk in an evening dress. Has such a boldface name-laden existence made her an insufferable snob? No. If anything, she is the life of the party, one that includes a pet donkey named Madonna, an African tortoise and nine dogs.
“I can’t stand pretension,” she says. “I’m happiest rolling around in the mud with my animals, being in nature. That’s where my heart is.”
In recent years, the former equestrian who spends much of the winter in Wellington, has started a catering business, launched a line of vegan handbags and penned Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining, a book about elegant entertaining featuring meatless meals. She began 2013 with a stint on the Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (she lasted two episodes) and will be writing a new book and expanding her accessories line. What would her mother say about all this?
“She’d love it,” Guest says. “And she’d say, ‘Oh my God, she’s adopted more dogs!’”
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Location: The Guest Residence, New York City
Stylist: Edwin Vega
Makeup: Shannon Grey Williams for Deborah Koepper Beauty, Palm Beach
Hair: Corinna Whelan