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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; 1st edition (28 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704372193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704372191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lauren Goldstein Crowe has written about the fashion industry for the last 20 years. She was most recently the writer of Fashion Inc., a daily online column about the fashion and luxury goods industries for Conde Nast Portfolio. Her first book, The Towering World of Jimmy Choo, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2009. Her second, a profile of the fashion muse Isabella Blow was published by St. Martin's Press in December 2010. Her third, 50 Shades, a collection of photographs of celebrities wearing sunglasses, was published in Autumn 2012 by Reel Art Press. Previously she was a Senior Writer at Time magazine in London. At Time Lauren wrote two cover stories: The Guys From Gucci was a detailed look at how Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole turned around the ailing fashion house and made it one of the industry's great success stories. The story also marked the first time that Ford and De Sole had ever been photographed together and it was the first time that a fashion CEO appeared on the cover of Time. Ralph's European Invasion detailed the plans of America's largest fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, for building his business in Europe. She also conceived and launched Time's first-ever fashion supplement, Time Style + Design. Now produced in New York, Style + Design comes out five times a year and reaches an audience of over two million readers. In June 2003, Lauren won Time Inc.'s highest honor, The President's Award, for her work on the special. Prior to Time, Lauren was a writer at Fortune magazine in New York where she covered fashion and luxury goods. She came to Fortune from Fairchild Publication's DNR, a weekly trade paper covering men's fashion, where she served as the European Collections Editor. Lauren has written freelance articles in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including Paris Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, British Vogue, the Financial Times and the Times. She has appeared as a fashion expert on CNN and Bloomberg Television and has been interviewed for numerous radio programs in the US and the UK, including the BBC World Service. Lauren has a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and undergraduate degrees in English and History from the University of Wisconsin--Madison. Lauren is American and has lived in London since 2000.

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'To tell the story - the times, the impact, the inspiration, the misery, the dreams, the allure - of Isabella you'd think you would need 100 writers, but Lauren Goldstein Crowe has been able to tell us all this in one very good book.' --Valentino

'A beautiful journey through Isabella's creative life.' --Manolo Blahnik

'A triumphant portrait of the Isabella I knew and loved.' --Philip Treacy

About the Author

Lauren Goldstein Crowe has written about the fashion industry for over a decade as a columnist at Conde Nast, Portfolio.com and Time magazine. She lives in London.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lucia K on 2 Aug 2012
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I have read various articles about Isabella Blow and her family, being generally interested in fashion and people in fashion, so I was keen to read this book.

I haven't read Detmar Blow's book, simply because I didn't feel it would be sincere.
I thought it would be a tribute to their crazy & tragic life together, but maybe not so much about Isabella as a person.

I like honest biographies, where someones' story is told with sincerity, not necessarily in search of some obscure truth and not trying to find impossible answers.
That's exactly what this book is, the life story of Isabella, written with great sincerity, without excess and very well-researched.

I don't think Isabella was a genius but I think she was a true catalyst, someone with the unique talent to see connections (between people, objects, places) and make great things happen.
She was also a hugely privileged person, born into a life that many of us can hardly imagine.
Nonetheless, after all the extravaganza, the hats, the clothes, the country houses and the lovers, she only wanted to be loved and find a purpose in life.
Just like everyone else.

This is the Isabella portrayed in this book, incredibly charming, hugely talented, tragically vulnerable - and I literally fell in love with her.

Oh, by the way, non-British readers (like myself, I'm Italian) will certainly enjoy some amusing little excursions into the life of British aristocracy !

Wonderful read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tigerlily on 26 Mar 2012
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I purchased this book almost as an afterthought: I don't know much about the fashion world and didn't know who Isabella Blow was (I'd heard her name bantered about, but nothing really stuck), so I didn't feel like I was the target. However, as the bookstore's shelves were stocked with dire "chick-lit", diet fads, and pithy business books, I thought it might hit the spot, at least entertaining me for a one-hour plane ride. I feel so lucky to have found this gem!

Lauren Goldstein Crowe is an incredibly gifted writer. I was hooked from the first page, which brilliantly weaves together spicy tales about the British aristocracy, London and New York's heady art and media scenes, and the economic environment of the late 20th and early 21st centuries with such a warm and human touch that the reader feels almost to have been central to it all. Though I rarely have the time for personal reading, I found myself adjourning to bed 15-20 mins early to catch up on the next exciting titbit of Isabella Blow's life and those of her closest companions, including Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen.

To those of you who are frustrated by the tired genre books that increasingly dominate the market, I entreat you to take a small walk on the wild side and enjoy this fabulous story about a woman who was truly One of a Kind. You won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard allen on 15 Oct 2014
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Very good read
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By angel on 15 Nov 2014
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A great book
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