She was so much more than Mick Jagger’s girlfriend.
Fashion designer L’Wren Scott was a regal beauty who could command a room from the moment she entered into it. “She was in every way her own best model,” said Hamish Bowles, the international editor at large of Vogue. “She had a very strong personal aesthetic and was creating clothes in her own image, and she was so attractive and confident and glamorous and assured — in fact, the most potent and seductive role model for her clients.”
But even with all of her successes, Scott was rumored to be distressed over the financial state of her company. Police determined her apparent suicide was by strangling herself with a scarf that had been tied to the handle of a door in her downtown Manhattan apartment. Published accounts said she was more than $6 million in debt. Associates said that she had planned to announce this week that she was shutting her eight-year-old business. No one close to her seemed to know how serious those financial problems were or how depressed she might have been.
At 6’3″, finding clothes to suit her statuesque frame ultimately led Scott into her career of fashion after she began making and designing her own clothes from items she would find at local thrift stores. In Utah, while skiing, she was spotted by photographer Bruce Weber, who encouraged her to move to Paris. Soon after, Weber photographed her for a Calvin Klein shoot.
While in Paris pursuing her modeling career, Scott then went on to work for Thierry Mugler and Chanel, as well as model for such renowned photographers as Guy Bourdin, David Bailey and Jean-Paul Goude. With this experience under her belt, she was off to California in the early 1990’s to establish herself as a stylist.
Scott eventually secured her own company, LS Fashion Ltd. Her first collection as a clothing designer called “Little Black Dress”, launched in 2006. The collection presented an array of black dresses, including her now famous “Headmistress” dress worn by Madonna. Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz have all worn Scott’s dresses to the Academy Awards. Other celebrities who have worn Scott’s designs include Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman.
In a 2008 profile in New York Magazine, Ms. Scott said, “I just want to be known for what I do, not who I know,” a theme she repeated last year in an interview with The Sunday Times of London: “I’m a fashion designer,” she said. “I don’t want to be defined as someone’s girlfriend.” And fashion designer she was. Scott’s increasingly respected work as a designer gained her recognition amongst actresses and socialites. Her contribution to fashion will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.
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Olivia Ewing is Entertainment Editor for Haute is Magazine and singer-songwriter/fashion enthusiast based in the Detroit area.