Visit Calico during February’s AHA! Night for a trunk show with Providence-based stationary designer, Heather Toupin–just in time for Valentine’s Day!
> Browse Heather’s hand-printed valentines, cards, stationary, and MORE… > Sample–and SHOP–delish sweets & savory treats from Savoy Truffle catering > Check out Calico’s FAB gift selection for the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise!
> PSST! BOYS, DON’T BE SHY! We’ll help you find something she’ll LOVE! > We even offer complimentary gift-wrapping!
Thursday, February 11, 6-10pm
173 Union St
Downtown New Bedford, MA
The other night, my friend, Liv, texted me, saying that she liked my new hair cut. She had seen it here on the blog, and said it reminded her of Isabella Blow. I was like, Oh? Who’s that?
Not waiting for a response, I turned immediately to Google–and became instantly obsessed with the life, death, and amazing style of Isabella Blow.
Blow launched the careers of fashion icons, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, as well as those of top models, Sophia Dahl and Stella Tennant. A front-row regular at runway shows, Blow was famous for her cutting edge style, often sporting spectacular hats – most fashioned by the aforementioned, Treacy.
Despite being one of the most beloved and colorful fixtures of the fashion world, Blow wrestled with depression for years. After two previous attempts, she finally commited suicide at the age of 48 by drinking weed killer. Gnarly.
Her funeral was a star-studded procession of the world’s most fashionable, all donning Blow’s signature style–statement-making hats!
Many blame her death on Alexander McQueen, who basically dropped Blow, after she brokered the sale of his brand to Gucci group, launching him into a new realm of stardom and success. She was also abandoned by her mother, disinherited by her father, and was unable to have a child, despite multiple tries at in vitro fertilization. And, after years as a sort of freelancer in the fashion industry, Blow–now middle-aged–felt adrift, as though she had no proper place or position in the world she loved. Yeah, kinda heavy.
A true fashion icon, Isabella Blow continues to influence style-makers like Lady Gaga. After her death, McQueen dedicated his spring 2008 to her, collaborating with Phillip Treacy, and creating a flawless runway tribute. When I watch this runway show, I find it impossible to dismiss McQueen as a cad who carelessly abandoned Blow during his rise to stardom: It’s a gorgeous, unparalleled homage that could only come of a deep love and respect for his friend and former muse. One can only speculate as to what prevented McQueen from creating a position for Blow within his new found empire.
During our month-long pop-up in downcity Providence, we came to know and love many of the businesses on and around Westminster Street–Farmstead, the most amazing cheese shop EVER, Tazza, their delish coffee was a morning MUST, Clover, we’re STILL jonesing for their J Brand jeans–and, of course, Heir.
Heir is more of a mini-museum or collection of curiosities, than a retail shop. We completely fell in love with their keen eye for deliciously-decrepit artifacts, their antique-y Royal Tenenbaums-ish aesthetic, their totally choice selection of what proprietor, Tyler Doran, calls “covetable goods.” Expertly refurbished vintage furniture, gorgeous alligator and sterling silver cuffs from Zimbabwe, and vintage-style hats, made by Rhode Island-based milliner, Sarah Havens!
And that’s why we are SO excited to announce our up-coming collaboration! Heir has secured a new, larger storefront on Westminster Street (they are currently located on Eddy), and asked Calico to contribute its own section of womens’ vintage clothing and accessories to their already mind-blowing range. We are gearing up for the opening sometime in March, and we cannot wait to be back in Providence!
Stay tuned for more info on Calico + Heir, and be sure to follow us on BlogLovin’–so you’ll never miss an update!