It's one thing to hear about the exploits of La Lynn; the divine Ms. Wyatt, that is, the ne plus ultra of stylish Houston society: to read about her staying up all night to gossip with Lady Gaga at Elton John's house, to catch a glimpse of her famous leopard-print Helmut Newton-themed powder room in a magazine, to imagine her Warhol portraits hung in some anonymous hotel in Tokyo.
But to imagine living life as Lynn Wyatt, you must check out the 37 pieces of couture fashion and art from her renowned collection that are available starting today at high-end online auction site Paddle8. A glimpse through her collector auction, with proceeds going to benefit the Rothko Chapel, is to discover a vision of high-glamour Houston from the go-go 1980s, when many of the outfits on display originated. There are 18 couture outfits included, many of them designed exclusively for Lynn, from a classic Chanel bouclé skirt suit made by Coco herself to a gauzy royal blue gown by Givenchy with only two swirling apostrophes of fabric keeping the sheer bodice from being scandalous.
Yves Saint Laurent is the most frequent name—Wyatt is even auctioning off the annual posters sent out by the designer at Christmas to the houses's best clients and friends—with additions from Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro and Christian Dior. The ruffles, the sleeves, the unapologetic pinks—it's basically the contents of my dream Barbie wardrobe as a child, except sized for Lynn Wyatt, so slightly bigger.
There are also plenty of non-wearable art pieces, including catalog books from Helmut Newton and Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol prints, and photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, Noel Kerns and Tim Walker. Additionally some of Wyatt's most fabulous friends have donated pieces for the auction, including Bono's leather jacket by Rick Owens, worn during U2's 2015 tour, Elton John's Versace sunglasses and a trunk designed by Prada for The Grand Budapest Hotel (with signed DVDs) from Wes Anderson.
Bids for certain items start at $150, so head to the auction and grab a piece of La Vida Lynn. Or just gaze at the fabulousness through your computer screen and imagine the possibilities. "The Collector: Lynn Wyatt" auction is live on Paddle8 through Feb. 29.