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Blow Out: Remembering Style Icon Isabella Blow

by AVENUE insider Photographed by WILL RAGOZZINO/ Patrick McMullan
Thursday, November 4, 2010
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Isabella Blow, the wild style fashion icon who tragically killed herself by drinking weed killer at age 47, was one of the most original and influential people in the style monde, having discovered Alexander McQueen, Stella Tennant, Sophie Dahl and countless others. Her turbulent and extravagant life is captured in the book “Blow by Blow” by her husband Detmar Blow, who told his wife’s story with co-writer Tom Sykes. Last night guests filled the Anthropologie store on Rockefeller Center for a reading by the author and a mini-exhibit of Blow’s style, including her famously over-the-top Philip Treacy hats.

Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie (Tom’s sister) played informal hosts to a group that included “Boardwalk Empire” star Gretchen Mol, Allison Sarofim, Kristian Laliberte, Bonnie Morrison, Anne Koch (in a Blow-inspired chapeau), Krista Smith, Joey Jalleo (a.k.a. King of the Boom Boom Room), Daisy Prince, Nathaniel Kramer, Lynne Yaeger and Wren Britton, who donned a futuristic facial apparatus that Blow would have adored.

Afterward, the Rellies hosted an informal dinner at Italian eatery Corsino with friends like Mary Alice Stephenson, model Hilary Rhoda, Amanda Ross and new Page Six Editor Emily Smith.

“The story of Issie is a tragic one,” Rellie admits. “But it is not a somber read. Detmar and Isabel had a glamorous, exciting public life together. Detmar did everything to help Issie. The story is a dramatic one, but uplifting as well.”


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