Author Tom Sykes with Detmar Blow at Anthropologie for the "Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow" book party. Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie

New York loved Isabella Blow.

And this made the late fashion editor's husband, Detmar Blow, particularly happy to launch his book, "Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow," in Manhattan on Wednesday evening.

"New York was the making of Issie," Blow, who co-wrote the tome with Tom Sykes, shared with StyleList. "She came to New York 28 years ago to study ancient Chinese art at Columbia. She dropped out and got a job with Anna [Wintour] and became friends with Warhol and Basquiat."

After returning to England, she had a late '90s revival as an "It" person and tastemaker thanks to recognition from the New York media.

"The late Amy Spindler wrote an article for the New York Times about how Issie was the key to the London scene, followed by Hamish [Bowles] doing a profile of Issie for American Vogue," he said, adding, "In America, you respect talent and creativity. In England there's a lot of hang-ups."

Still, the fete, held at Anthropologie's Rockefeller Center flagship in Midtown, had quite an English flavor, thanks to party co-hosts Ewan Rellie and Lucy Sykes Rellie and many of their guests, including celebrity stylist Annabel Tollman, actress Gretchen Mol, and designer James Coviello.

Known as a great champion of young designers, Isabella is credited with discovering the late Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy as well as models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl. Always a depressive, the writer and stylemaker committed suicide in 2007 by drinking weed poison.

"She was not easy to work with or to live with," Blow shared, but, "I loved her hats and I felt very protected by her."

In other news, read about the plans to open a second Anthropologie Accessories store.