In addition to her eponymous cruelty-free fashion label, which she launched in 2011 as a handbag line and recently expanded into those aforementioned gorgeous jackets through a collaboration with Project Gravitas, the socialite-turned-entrepreneur runs a high-end catering company, Cornelia Guest Events. She’s also the author of "Simple Pleasures," a tome chock-full of plant-based recipes, party tips, and eye-candy photography. Cornelia has worked with PETA, too, appearing in its campaigns against fur and the horse-drawn carriage industry.
“I have loved and been interested in animals all my life,” she said. “The more I learn and educate myself about animal welfare the more I feel the need to tell the world -- and let people know about the horrible torture animals endure in so many ways.”
It seems only natural that she would do that through fashion. Cornelia was immersed in the world of apparel from an early age. Her mother was designer and style maven C.Z. Guest, and her father was the dapper polo champion Winston Frederick Churchill Guest. “My parents had very classic ways of dressing,” Cornelia said.
But her personal aesthetic is distinctly her own, mixing her refined roots with spirited sensibilities like her penchant for country music. “[It’s] classic with a twist,” she said of her style.
Read on for more about Cornelia’s sartorial outlook, her preferred places to shop, and her many, many animal pals.
The Project Gravitas story:
Lisa Sun, the founder of Project Gravitas, asked me if I had ever thought about doing faux [leather] jackets, and I said yes. We got our capsule collection done in three months. It was fantastic to work with her.
Best thing about fashion:
That anything goes!
Classic with a twist.
Favorite wardrobe item:
My Cornelia Guest cruelty-free Sebastian hobo. I use it always.
Shorts, jeans, and T-shirts. I never get rid of them!
I love Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, DVF, and Rag & Bone. They all make classic clothes with a twist, so they’re easily wearable.
I love Tootsies in Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta. Mickey Rosmarin — the owner — is a genius. He has the best of everything from jeans and T-shirts to dressier clothes. He has great taste. I also love Intermix and Net-a-Porter.
Be comfortable, so when you look at yourself in the mirror, you smile.
Advice for transitioning to a cruelty-free wardrobe:
Take your time. There’s a lot out there — you just need to look.
Animal friends at home:
I have eight dogs, one donkey, one tortoise, and numerous cats.
In the works:
We have lots of parties coming up this spring for Cornelia Guest Events. I would love to do more weddings. I love brides. They are always so happy! [For my label I will] just keep adding more styles and using different fabrics.