Issy's guy finds baby love at last

Last updated at 21:24 20 January 2008

Just eight months after

tragic Isabella Blow took

her own life by swallowing

weedkiller, her lawyer-turned-


husband has found

happiness again, I can reveal, in

the arms of an exotic Brazilian.

Detmar Blow, who was grief-stricken

by the suicide of the flamboyant and

charismatic Issy, has not only fallen in

love, but his new partner is, I learn,

expecting his child.

For Detmar, 44, this is doubly poignant

because one of the unfulfilled ambitions

of his troubled late wife was to start a

family with him. They had three

attempts at IVF, but all failed.

Friends are delighted by his news. But

the still-mourning Detmar — who

refuses to name the mother of his

unborn child, other than to describe her

as "Brazilian and an artist" — believes

there has been divine intervention.

"The baby is a gift from Isabella from

heaven," he tells me. "I talk to her all the

time and I know she would be delighted.

She would have been the first person to

congratulate me."

Detmar, who has been living quietly on

his 1,000-acre estate near Painswick,

Gloucestershire, was devoted to Isabella,

48, who killed herself last May by drinking

half a pint of Paraquat — 20 times the

amount needed to cause death.

The exotic fashion stylist, known for her

fantastic hats and red lipstick, discovered

models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant

as well as the designer Alexander


She was also the muse of the

Duchess of Cornwall's milliner, Philip

Treacy, and at her funeral at Gloucester Cathedral a specially designed Treacy

hat with feathers powered by batteries

was placed on top of her coffin.

Says a friend: "She had suffered for

years from depression and had tried to

kill herself three times before, even

jumping off a road bridge. Not being

able to have children was a great sadness,

but she would be so pleased for

Detmar over his happy news."

Described as one of the 20 most important

people in fashion at the time of her

death, Isabella was the granddaughter

of Sir Jock Delves Broughton — of White

Mischief fame — who was tried and

acquitted of the murder of the Earl of

Errol only to later commit suicide.

As a child, Isabella witnessed the

drowning of her two-year-old brother at

the family home and she later became

estranged from her mother, who declined

to attend her funeral.

Rothschild buys into a model way of life

Somehow it seems

fitting that a man who

has dated a string of

beautiful women should

possess his very own

stable of girls.

For that is

the happy indulgence of

banker Lord

Rothschild's son Nat,

who has riches galore

thanks to the success of

his £7billion hedge fund.

To the envy of his Old

Etonian contemporaries,

Nat, 36, who has been

linked with actress

Natalie Portman, heiress

Ivanka Trump and

socialite Petrina

Khashoggi, has bought a

slice of one of Britain's

top model agencies,

Take 2, whose clients

include Jacquetta

Wheeler and

Jasmine Guinness.

"It is

true, but I can't say any

more," says the agency's

co-owner Gabriella

Palmano. "Nat is a very

private man."

Last week, tax exile Nat

was celebrating the deal

with a jolly house party

at his retreat in Klosters.

After his early excesses,

Rothschild, who no

longer smokes or drinks,

has been single since he

divorced Kate Moss's

model friend Annabelle

Neilson a decade ago.


Oxford he liked to invite

gals back to his father's

Waddesdon Manor

estate, where the young

Lothario reputedly

slashed their tyres so he

might detain them long

enough to seduce them.

Doctor who's missing from Diana inquest

With the Diana inquest beginning its 15th week

today, one figure continues to remain puzzlingly

absent from proceedings — the Princess's private

GP, Peter Wheeler.

Handsome Dr Wheeler officially identified Diana's

body after it was brought back from Paris, but he

has surprisingly not been asked to join the long list

of witnesses — 110 so far — who have been heard

at the High Court.

Considering they have included

all sorts of alternative medical practitioners,

including an acupuncturist and an energy healer,

Wheeler's absence might seem odd.

I am told the GP, who has also treated Prince

Charles and the Duke of Kent, is of the opinion

that Diana certainly was not pregnant when she

died and that he would have been happy to testify

had he been asked. He tells me: "I haven't been

asked to appear. I have no idea why."

Not usually one to shout about

affairs of the heart, Viscount

Linley appears to be overcome with

excitement as he prepares for

Valentine's Day.

"Whether you are looking for love, or

you have it and wish to keep it, the

Linley Love Box will up your chances,"

the Queen's furniture-making

nephew gushes breathlessly of a

product his company is selling to

mark the occasion.

"In lipstick-red

leather with a nickel silver heart on

the lid, the box contains a selection of

crystals, all of which are purported to

have love-enhancing properties."

Send for the smelling salts!

A champagne party at the Royal

Academy provided a glamorous

backdrop for BBC business editor

Robert Peston and his writer and

film-maker wife Sian Busby to

celebrate her receiving the allclear

from lung cancer.

After a gruelling year battling the

illness — during which she had to

have part of a lung removed —

mother-of-two Sian was in high spirits.

"I was

very unwell and had to put on hold

work on my historical novel," she

tells me. "It's about the 1843

shooting of Robert Peel by a mad

Scotsman at Charing Cross."

Her recovery has given added

gloss to the excitable Peston, who

is still basking in his scoop

revealing the collapse of troubled

bank Northern Rock last summer.

Lynda Bellingham and her co-presenters on

ITV's lunchtime show Loose Women are amused by

Selina Scott's rant about older women being excluded

from TV.

Lynda, 59, who will marry her fiance Michael

Pattemore before starring in the play Vincent River on

Broadway in June, says Selina, 56, is wrong.

She notes:

"Coleen Nolan, Denise Welch, Jane McDonald and

Carol McGiffin are all in their 40s. There's a place on

TV for older women who are bright and attractive."

PS While few

could reasonably

expect the

Queen, 81, or Prince

Philip, 86, to fly to New

Zealand for tomorrow's

funeral of Sir Edmund

Hillary, wouldn't it have

been a fitting gesture for

the Prince of Wales to


After all, last month was

the 40th anniversary of

Charles's first overseas

visit on behalf of the

Queen — curiously, for a

state funeral in

Australia. Biographer

Jonathan Dimbleby later

"sense of mission well

accomplished" about

the trip.

Alas, it seems the

princely 'sense of

mission' has evaporated

and instead of New

Zealand, Charles will be

representing the Royal

Family at a gathering of

the Mutton Renaissance

Campaign in Pickering,

North Yorkshire.