In Memoriam: L'Wren Scott
The tragic death of L'Wren Scott has sent waves of shock through the fashion world. The loss of such a figure of fun, finesse, and incomparable dexterity seems almost impossible. Always composed, L'Wren was a self-made womanswear designer; her trade kept strictly separate from her status as the partner of Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger.
After being found hanged at her home earlier this week in an apparent suicide, boyfriend Jagger said he would never forget his love - the designer and former model:
I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her.
But, long before L'Wren Scott was known as Jagger's girlfriend she was a respected and loved member of the fashion industry - with a pretty damn successful career! And since the sad news of her passing emerged, many celebrities have come forward to honour Scott's memory. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue released a statement which read:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of L'Wren Scott. L'Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style. In person, L'Wren was always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind, and so much fun. Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern. We will all miss her.
Another heartfelt reaction came from British supermodel Naomi Campbell, who said:
I am deeply shocked and devastated by the news... L'Wren was someone I knew since I was 17. We travelled the world together many times. L'Wren was someone I always loved... She was the epitome of elegance and femininity yet still had a girlish quality. I will miss her honesty and I will miss her friendship. My heart goes out to Mick and all who loved her and were loved by her. May she Rest in Peace.
L'Wren's collections were recognised for their powerful glamour and with her talent came the opportunity to dress some of the most famous women in the world, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams. She had also collaborated with beauty guru Bobbi Brown.
The designer left behind a flourishing career and will be greatly missed by her industry. Her perfectionism and her intimate understanding of women's insecurities about their bodies allowed L’Wren Scott to rise to a position where her accomplishments were always massively respected, and her shows hugely anticipated. Her loss is a tragedy to all who knew her professionally and undoubtedly a tremendous one to the family and friends she held dear.