Private View – Inferno – Alexander McQueen by Kent Baker

Blow were invited by Kent Baker to his book launch and photography exhibition – Inferno Alexander McQueen. In 1996 McQueen’s ‘Dante’ collection, eerily showcased at Hawksmoor’s Christchurch Spitalfields, confirmed his emergence from a St Martins Graduate into the visionary force in fashion we know him as now. Photographer, Kent Baker, one of McQueen’s intimate circle of friends, was backstage to capture the excitement and baroque theatre of the evening. The results are intimate portraits and reportage from a seminal moment in fashion history.

Kent Baker and Lou Winwood

Kent Baker and Lou Winwood

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Mahmud Kabir and Ceri Poppins


Shot entirely on film, all the large format black and white photographs are shown in public for the first time at The Gallery At Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London 20 March-3 May. Inferno – Alexander McQueen by Kent Baker is £20 on Lawrence King.

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Daisy de Villeneuve Book Launch

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Blow hit the Kings Road, Chelsea, once again for the launch of illustrator Daisy De Villeneuve’s latest book. ‘I Should Have Said’. Wryly observed snippets and quotes with Daisy’s signature cool, felt-pen portraits sum up the pitfalls of the dating game for the modern girl. Daisy signed copies for designer Philip Colbert of the Rodnik Band, photographer Valerie Phillips and beardy artist and illustrator Rob Ryan

Daisy and Jan de Villeneuve, Valerie Phillips and Yumoko

Daisy and Jan de Villeneuve, Valerie Phillips and Yumoko

Lou Winwood and Valerie Phillips

Lou Winwood and Valerie Phillips

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Private view – McQueen Backstage : Early Shows

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Blow sipped Prosecco alongside model Jade Parfitt and actress Sienna Guillory at the launch exhibition for Gary Wallis’ new book ‘McQueen Backstage : Early Shows’ (Big Smile Publishing). Photographer Gary was friends with McQueen from his Central St Martins days and the backstage photos from the early catwalk shows are interspersed with intimate personal portraits of the designer.  The book launch coincides with V&A’s  ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition of McQueen’s life’s work, almost 5 years after his death. The ‘Early Shows’ exhibition is at Proud Chelsea, Kings Rd, London until 5th April.

Lou Winwood and Mandi Lennard

Lou Winwood and Mandi Lennard

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Gary Wallis and Princess Julia

Emerging talent from AW 15/16 London Fashion Week

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Once again London fashion week has come and gone, however this season it was the newbies that truly stood out from the fashionable crowd. Fresh emerging talent such as Caitlin Price and Ed Marler had no problems showing on schedule along side global fashion houses such as Burberry and Jasper Conran. They managed to captivate the audience and press’ attention with their outstanding yet whimsical collections, which are bound to keep them at the forefront of our attention for seasons to come.

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Another key designer who emerged triumphed this season was Awon Golding Millinery. Awon showed a competent collection, with exquisitely detailed and structured hats. Speaking with Awon at her AW15 presentation she stated her ethos for the collection was ‘“Modern design with a sophisticated feminine edge; classic with a smile-inducing twist.” Awon is another under published exceptional designer whose talents are busting to be noticed.

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London fashion week has once again shown its true diversity and support for undernourished creative talent within Britain and has beyond doubt put London on the map for creatively.

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