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RIP Isabella Blow

9 May 2007

6:35 PM

9 May 2007

6:35 PM

Isabella Blow passed away on Monday morning and took with her much of what made London a fashion capital. She was original and funny and the antithesis of Philip Green – London’s new and unlikely face of fashion. She was interested in the people who made and wore clothes beautifully – she wasn’t interested in selling them. Post Izzy what are we left with? Hats that are just hats. Designers who make clothes to sell perfume. A Bond Street that looks just the same as Madison Avenue or Montenapoleone. Without Izzy we are one step closer to a homogenized world in which we all wear the same suit, same tie, same shoes.  She could spot talent, potential, and style a mile off. That took a kind of talent in its self. Maybe Izzy needed an Isabella Blow to tell her how talented and wonderful she was. I think people did tell her but she couldn’t or didn’t hear them. With Izzy here it wasn’t ‘just fashion’. It is now.


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