Those who dismiss the fashion world as a vapid, ivory tower for people whose mouths are made for pouting and air-kissing (rather than eating) and models with cold dead eyes of sharks and the personality of a flannel, must visit the spectacular Somerset House exhibition, celebrating the late Isabella Blow.
Mrs B commands a majestic entrance, coming up on to the dramatically lit stage of the evening talk in her name at London's Arts Club. If not for the dark dress (Lanvin, beautifully tailored) and unusual, striking jewellery, I would swear I might have mistaken her for a matriarch of a more majestic sort.
In March 2009, Belarusian model Maryna Linchuk opened John Galliano's autumn 2009 show. She was the embodiment of the eastern peasant top to toe; from the headwear to the pointed almost primitive shoes she wore. Two and a half years on, and elements of a similar aesthetic have crept their way back onto runways worldwide, both in Autumn and Resort collections, 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Last week Glamnet's owner, Joanne, was invited to preview the Daphne Guinness Collection which will go under the hammer at Christie's tonight. Daphne was there to present the collection, and talked movingly about her friend and fellow fashion muse Issie: "the sale was the only poetical way for me to say thank you to my friend who I carry in my soul. She meant so very much to me."
This week I've done a bit of celebrating for a certain milestone birthday. A while ago I started thinking about the best way to celebrate said birthday...dinner at my favourite restaurant, drinks at a London bar, a themed birthday party. It got me thinking. If I was to organise a fantasy dinner party with my favourite people from the world of fashion...who would I invite?