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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Bad advice from fashion insiders: The year in review

Fashion celebrities give good advice about fashion. But they give bad advice about pretty much everything else. Don’t take any of the following suggestions that were offered in 2011.
Daphne Guinness attends 'The White Fairy Tale Love Ball.' (Pascal Le Segretain - GETTY IMAGES)

Heiress and fashion muse Daphne Guinness, on nutrition: “I’ll eat when I’m dead.” The eccentric heiress was featured in a New Yorker profile that was full of gems, referring to Guinness as a “slightly deranged fairy.” But the best quip in Rebecca Mead’s story came when Guinness’s assistants begged her to ingest something other than Red Bull and Ensure, prompting the muse’s now-famous remark.

Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima, on hydration: To lose weight, do not eat food or drink water. Lima revealed to the Telegraph her fitness and nutritional regimen before the most recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show, and, unsurprisingly, it involves very little food. Lima drinks only protein shakes for nine days before the show, and 12 hours before the show, she stops drinking altogether. Lima says the preparation and starvation is all worth it because the Victoria’s Secret fashion show is “The highlight of [her] life.”
Alessandra Ambrosio, Erin Heatherton, Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge (John Parra - GETTY IMAGES FOR VICTORIA'S SECR)

Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley: To save money, be friends with rich people. That’s the takeaway from a recent interview with Andre Leon Talley, the larger-than-life Vogue personality who judges America’s Next Top Models on their “dreckitude.” Talley, who surely does not have to scrimp, told The Cut his favorite tips for saving money.

"I'm not going to go to the local theater to spend $12 . . . when I can get a screening copy of a film," Talley told us. "I don't get screeners myself, but I can borrow from my friends or go to their house to watch." His most recent screener, he said, was viewed in Whoopi Goldberg’s home theater. "Why spend money on movies when you can spend it on gas? Or dry cleaning? Or groceries?" The real question: When was the last time Andre Leon Talley pumped gas? The man doesn’t even understand the concept of eating lunch in a car.
Oscar de la Renta, left, and Andre Leon Talley (Neilson Barnard - GETTY IMAGES)

Sports Illustrated model Marisa Miller: When dieting, eat naked. Miller offered up her health tips to Women’s Health Magazine’s January issue, and most of them are reasonable: Practice portion control, eat grains like brown rice and quinoa and plan meals ahead of time. Her more unconventional advice, though, was to shame yourself by eating naked. “I don't think I could eat a plate of nachos naked — could you?” Some bloggers saw this advice as pro-anorexia, while others shrugged it off and replied that yes, they would eat the nachos.

Daphne Guinness, again, on makeup and creativity: Use nail polish as lipstick. Guinness told Styleist that her makeup routine is varied: “Yesterday I was using nail polish as lipstick. It's just experiment after experiment,” she said. Probably a bad idea: butyl and ethyl acetate are among several nail polish ingredients that are toxic when swallowed. And they probably taste worse on her consistently empty stomach.

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