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"Some of Isabella's close friends couldn't come to the funeral, and we thought it was so apt [to hold the service during London Fashion Week]," said Ali Chiu, Blow's former assistant. "It would be so fitting for Issie if the service brings people to London Fashion Week, so it helps young designers."
And to cement Blow's reputation as a champion of new design talent, Detmar Blow, the stylist's widower, has plans to establish a grant for young designers' in her name, alongside a permanent exhibition made up of her vast wardrobe, which included Alexander McQueen's entire graduate collection, couture pieces that she would wear on a daily basis and her signature Philip Treacy hats. Detmar Blow plans to either create a museum in Blow's name or have the collection as a traveling exhibition. An exhibition of the stylist's outlandish hats and headpieces designed by Treacy, "When Philip Met Isabella," is on display at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair is said to be planning to run a piece on Blow in an upcoming issue, after it took the last portrait of the stylist earlier this year. The article is set to be written by Edward Helmore, an acquaintance of Isabella and Detmar Blow and the brother of Lucy Ferry, who was Isabella Blow's close friend. Helmore is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, Vogue and the British paper The Guardian. Vanity Fair declined to comment. — Nina Jones
SPREADING ITS WINGS: The New York Times-ification of the International Herald Tribune — unfolding since the Times' buyout of The Washington Post's share in the Paris-based newspaper in 2002 — took a glossy turn Monday with the unveiling of an international edition of T: Style Magazine. As in its Stateside introduction, the international edition of T is expected to shore up the Paris-based newspaper's luxury advertising, aimed at what Times senior vice president for advertising Alexis Buryk called its "affluent, engaged readership." The first issue with European and Middle East distribution will appear at the IHT-sponsored Fashion and Luxury Industry conference in November, fittingly being held in Moscow this year. That event's annual host, IHT fashion editor and critic Suzy Menkes, also will provide the international T with a new column on global luxury. Most of the content in the international T will be the same as its U.S. version, a Times spokeswoman said. In its international version, T will butt heads with the How to Spend It glossy supplement to the Financial Times, which has been stepping up the frequency of the luxury and fashion-lifestyle section in recent years. — Irin Carmon