CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): To explore how depression and mental illness even affect the right and famous as shown in the life of Isabella Blow.
FACTS: This is the story of Isabella Blow, an English fashionista, as told by her husband. Though not a designer herself, Blow is credited with discovering many who went on to be great designers. From her aristocratic lineage she inherited a hunger for power, money, and status that would never be satisfied in her lifetime. She always battled a fear that she would be left homeless. Her career began as Anna Wintour’s assistant and moved through stints as a fashion editor and fashion director. Her story is marred by depression. The book contains behind-the-scenes fashion gossip, tempered by pain, confusion, and excess. Her husband as narrator, often comes across as an uninteresting bystander rather than a loving spouse. Isabella was a fashion icon, after icons had gone out of style. She was a tortured genius.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged, but at times disturbing.