by Penny Martin .

Hooked on classics

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If I'm honest, the idea of a homage to Isabella Blow sounded like an opportunity for a lot of people in the industry to pretend they knew someone they didn't and to speculate on things that weren't actually any of their business. Fortunately, the show itself kept mawkishness to a minimum, and focused instead on some pretty amazing creations. The collection featured a good number of items similar to those owned by Blow -some exact copies- which meant that what we saw wasn't new by McQueen's standards. But you couldn't say pagoda hats, dresses made entirely out of feathers or architectonic sequin coats aren't progressive. More to the point, it gave a younger generation of press and stylists (much in evidence in Paris this week) a chance to see things they weren't around to witness the first time. When Lee McQueen came out to take his bow, supported by his old collaborator Philip Treacy, it was actually quite modest and touching, even to an old cynic like myself.

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