With the Jubilee weekend just around the corner, Net-A-Porter have decided to dedicate the latest issue of their magazine to all things royal. In keeping with theme, Mary Charteris appears in the issue, styled by Natalie Brewster, in everything from Anna Sui to Theyskens' Theory in an editorial aptly named, 'Crazy About Mary'.
While her name might not instantly ring a bell, her face definitely will. The 23 year-old artistocrat is never too far from the front rows and when she's not modelling, she's often spotted DJing at parties around the capital. The fact that Daphne Guinness is her aunt and she cites Isabella Blow as giving her the confidence to start modeling, isn't too bad either.
By his own admission, Julien Macdonald has never been a designer set on pushing boundaries. 'I've made my name by dressing celebrities and that's fine,' he said recently. 'Glamour is always in fashion' he added, and there definitely has to be some truth in that. To say that he's doing well is quite the understatement. What he doesn't have in sales numbers for his mainline, he definitely has with his collections for Debenhams (his line with them is their most successful designer collaboration) and his recent foray into reality TV on 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model' have ensured that he has found a place in all of our living rooms as well as our wardrobes.
Because of his focus on all things celebrity, he was never a designer that followed. That's not because I don't respect what he does - I really do - but rather, his penchant for all things glamour and IT girl isn't something that I'm particularly drawn to. That said, recently I was lucky enough to join Shop Style on the Fashion Fringe roadshow where Collin McDowell spoke to the designer at the University of Brighton where he studied and I was totally won over. Not only is he incredibly charming, he is also incredibly outgoing (a characteristic, which Macdonald himself noted isn't very common amongst designers) and completely honest and unfiltered.
What was interesting about the talk was that a lot of us left realising just how little we knew about his incredible past.
After it was announced that Isabella Blow's whole wardrobe would go on sale at Christies to settle her debts, Daphne Guinness decided to purchase the collection in its entirety to protect it. "I want - we want... this unique collection, to be kept whole; it is like a diary, a journey of a life, and a living embodiment of the dearest, most extraordinary friend," she said at the time.
This week Guinness revealed more details about what she has planned for the collection at a fashion discussion hosted by Charlie Rose in New York. "I'm going to put together now a show of my friend's clothes who died and I'm going to do that online so that people in New Zealand can see it because they might not be able to get to Central St. Martins to be able to see that," she announced. "I’m making a foundation which will hopefully help mental health because I want to get to the bottom of all of this and also to take it back to Central St. Martins where it all began. But not everybody’s going to be able to see it, so to do a sort of online museum would be the ideal thing, because there’s so many sort of fanatics that want to see her things."
I admired him and didn’t want to meet him because I am quite shy, but Isabella [Blow] said I must. But I didn’t want to be a groupie. It had to happen organically. You don’t have to know someone to love their work. One day he saw me walking across the street in his kimono and he ran up to me and said, 'I’m the person you don’t want to meet!' We went to a pub and hit it off. Of course after that I was so irritated not to have known him before!
There's been much talk about the upcoming release of an Isabella Blow biopic, and it looks like filmmakers are really going ahead. Blow's former assistant Laura Goldstein Crowe has been appointed as a consultant, and her biography of her former boss, 'Isabella Blow: A Life In Fashion', will form the basis of the film's storyline, according to WWD.
This week, it was confirmed that the screenplay has been written by Nicola Brighton and Max Newson, so all that is left to be revealed is the cast. As we recently reported, John Galliano will allegedly have a cameo role and Phillip Treacy, who Andre Leon Talley said is having an instrumental role in the casting, is trying to secure Brad Pitt to play him. But the biggest question is: Who will play Blow?
Everything is shaping up for the upcoming biopic about Isabella Blow. Phillip Treacy - the person behind the film - has already secured John Galliano to make an appearance and is trying to convince Brad Pitt to play him "but it's wishful thinking and perhaps not very likely I know," he told Vogue UK. But who will play Blow? The late editor's widower Betmar Blow is set on havin Rachel Weisz.
Detmar and Isabella Blow at their wedding in 1989, image via The Cut
The death of Isabella Blow - one of fashion's most eccentric and talented stylists to date, discoverer of Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy - sent the fashion world into shock back in 2007, and to this day the industry mourns the loss of such a great talent. 'Issie', as she was fondly known by those close to her, died after drinking weed killer: her seventh suicide attempt in 14 months.
In tribute to his late wife, art dealer Detmar Blow is set to release a biography with Tom Sykes, entitled 'Blow by Blow' on September 2nd. Throughout the publication, Detmar uncovers the traumatic events within Issie's life, from her "extraordinary childhood, her relationship with her parents - and the great central trauma of her life." He tells of how the pair met and fell in love almost instantaneously, how she got fired from Tatler and hired by British Vogue the very next day, and how the complicated history of her family haunted her throughout.
Without a doubt Issie was a fascinating character, and 'Blow by Blow' is sure to be a striking biography. An extract of the publication is available to read here, giving a glimpse of Issie's personality, and filled with warm and loving inputs from the people who were lucky enough to know and adore her. The book will be available from HarperCollins on September 2nd at £20, or to order a copy for £18 with free p&p, call 0845 155 0720.