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BLOW IN THE WIND: “There are a lot of stories about Issy, but she was better than all the stories,” said Philip Treacy, referring to his late friend Isabella Blow, at an intimate cocktail held for Lauren Goldstein Crowe’s new tome examining Blow’s life, “Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion” (Thomas Dunne Books). The soirée, held at London’s Claridge’s Monday night, saw a clutch of Goldstein Crowe’s friends and collaborators gather, including actor Jude Law; Blow’s sister-in-law Selina Blow; Blow’s sister Lavinia Verney and designer Nicky Haslam. ”I never met (Isabella Blow) but she’s fascinating,” said Law, who is filming “Sherlock Holmes 2” in London. “Occasionally history throws up these kind of people, these extraordinary creative forces.”
Goldstein Crowe’s is the latest release in a flurry of books chronicling Blow’s life — last week, “Blow by Blow,” Blow’s widower Detmar Blow’s take on her life, co-written with Tom Sykes, was published by It Books. And Goldstein Crowe said that Blow’s friends were key in piecing the journalist and stylist’s colorful life together. “I was dealing with traditionally two very closed groups, fashion and the aristocracy, but Philip (Treacy) was very helpful in making people realize they could trust me,” said Goldstein Crowe. “It was like a puzzle. You find a piece at a time and put it together to make a bigger picture.” And despite having just been published today, Goldstein Crowe’s title has already been tapped to form the basis of a film about Blow’s life, created by Swedish film maker Anders Palm in consultation with Treacy.