Yesterday, I had the pleasure of taking in a couple of exhibits that I have been dying to see since I first read about them in the newspapers and fashion magazines. I checked out the Isabella Blow:”Fashion Galore!” exhibit at Somerset House (home of London Fashion Week and the Valentino exhibit) and the Paul Smith: Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith at the Design Museum.
The first exhibit I went to was Isabella Blow: “Fashion Galore!” at Somerset House. The exhibit consisted of Isabella’s famous hats and ensembles that she has worn to many fashion events, parties and shows. Isabella was all about having fun with fashion and taking things to the next level. She was instrumental in getting designers like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Julien MacDonald, and milliner Philip Treacy on the map by wearing and showcasing their designs, getting them into the magazines, especially the ones that she was working on and even buying their collections, just to get them started. She was a lover of all things fashion and girlfriend always knew how to serve up a look. When she passed away in 2007, her close friend, heiress Daphne Guinness (who also knows how to serve up a look) bought all of her clothes, hats and memorabilia to preserve this fashion icon. I couldn’t take pictures at this exhibit, but I managed to find a few press shots showcasing this AMAZING and inspirational exhibit!!!
Isabella is a fashion icon in my eyes because she is bold, eccentric, tough when she needs to be and uncompromising when it comes to her look. She knew what worked for her and she always took a chance on something edgy and fun. You always knew when she walked into a room and only the strongest of fashionistas can even be spotted in her orbit. She knew how to move things forward when everyone else went backward. I wish I could have created something for her. I would have been honored if she wore it.
The next exhibition I checked out was Paul Smith: Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith at the Design Museum. This exhibition consisted of the history of Paul Smith, some of his likes and dislikes, collaborations and his favorites from past collections. This was an exhibit that took you inside the mind of Paul Smith, one of the most amazing and inspirational British designers. He is all about color and contrast and he also is all about having fun with fashion. He may get ideas from anywhere in his office (it’s jam packed with all sorts of things) and when they come, the come and run through the whole collection. I managed to get a few pics of the exhibit along with some press pics. Loved it!!!!
Check out both of these exhibitions, if you can!!!!
Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!!