Fashion Blows

That black bob. Those red lips. The hats!

Isabella Blow’s image is still imprinted on fashion’s collective memory years after her death. Blow’s career in fashion spanned decades and included high profile associations – designer Guy Laroche, American Vogue, Tatler, British Vogue. But her real legacy is as a fashion eccentric and the woman who helped make designers Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen household names.

After her suicide in 2007, Blow’s catalogue of historic – many one-of-a-kind – designer pieces were saved from a Christie’s auction by her long-time friend Daphne Guinness. Last October, The Room at Hudson’s Bay featured a stunning selection from the Blow archives.

For a deeper look into the life of Blow and her relationships with McQueen and Treacy, I urge you to check out the book Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan. It’s a saucy read on fashion in the 1990’s told through the cocaine-infused lives of McQueen, Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs. Yeah, seriously saucy.

Viktor & Rolf fall preview at The Room

Recently Toronto was named the fourth largest city in North America (take a seat Chicago!), but we aren’t yet acting like a major player on the continent. When international designers roll through town — you know, the celebrities of the fashion world — we have a hard time not divulging our “aw shucks”-ness at their presence. 

This is not a bad thing. It’s just very, very Canadian. It’s what endears people to Canadians (well, that and our social policies). Last night the fashion duo Viktor & Rolf held court at The Room for a party to preview their fall collection. So I doused myself in Flowerbomb and hit the Bay…erm, I mean The Hudson’s Bay.

We may be humble Canadians but we know how to throw a party. While the bespectacled pair worked the room, bespectacled waiters worked the champagne and hors d’ouevres and DJ Mia Moretti worked her magic with the music.