Tagged: Isabella Blow

They Came Out to Play…


Sarah Burton.  Her time is now.  Producing the eye-searing clothes that would’ve had Isabella Blow dragging on her ash-dripping ciggie with uncontained pleasure..

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A femininity of drama without being frilly with the power to take us on flights of fancy away from grey pavements and cramped tube carriages.

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Blurring the lines between couture and ready to wear, the workmanship is sensational – like elves and fairies have been at work.


Pushing the boundaries, McQueen’s never been ordinary or suburban.  In a unique niche, it always has to be more.  More than the High Street with the power to defy industry molds.

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A bird of paradise brought to life in the urban jungle.  You just want to stroke it’s gentle plumes and calm it’s beating heart.


The perfect Oscar dress?


Cate Blanchett?


And all this from the woman with one year old twins?…I doff my vermillion ostrich feathered Tracey to her..but I also want to give her a cuddle…and a nice cup of tea with a biccie on the side..

Laters, Kate x



Isabella Blow as Joan of Arc by Tim Walker

Yesterday I had the treasure of going with friends to indulge in the Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House.  If you get the chance, go because it was a pure joy to be immersed in her original, outrageous and extravagant world:  Blow found normality in the perfectly absurd and utterly fabulous and, with her instinctive eye for style she had an unstoppable enthusiasm for creative genius – she was happy to break boundaries with those special people prepared to leap out of the mediocrity trap with her.  Reflecting afterwards, we talked about the rich source of inspiration that English eccentricity is and I mentioned the photographer Tim Walker, another lover of high drama and magical thinking.  My lovely mate Galliana D’ove had never come across his work..so Galliana..inspired by our trip and wanting to luxuriate in the delights of maximalism for a little bit longer, this post is just for you!

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Laters, Kate x