Today is a bit of a tough day for me, because one of my favorite women’s wear designers has passed away by her own hand. Going though a range of emotions, but sadness is the main one for seeing the news about this.
L’Wren Scott was born in Roy, Utah on April 28, 1964 . She was adopted and grew up under the Mormon faith. After graduating high school, at the suggestion of Bruce Weber, she began her career as a fashion model in Paris. Raven haired, beautiful and very tall, she worked with all of the big photographers of the time (Guy Bourdin, Jean-Paul Goude, and David Bailey). She modelled for Chanel and Thierry Mugler.
After modeling for a while, she moved back to the States and started to establish herself as a stylist. She styled shoots for Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, and Karl Lagerfeld. She also did some costume design and styling for films (Ocean’s 13, Eyes Wide Shut, and Diabolique) and did some styling for the Martin Scorsese directed documentary about the Rolling Stones “Shine A Light”. It was at this time that she was dating Mick Jagger and moving towards fashion design.
Not only was she styling a lot of celebrities at this time, but they were also wearing her designs. Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman were wearing her designs on the red carpets and in shoots for all of the fashion magazines and her fashion label took off. Her clothes were all about elegance, style, comfort and sex appeal.
Her design business was riding high and her name was always dropped by celebrities as the best pieces to wear to any event. Although she was riding high, things were starting to take a turn and her company was in debt and she never let anyone know what was going on. She also wanted to be known in her own right, than to be known as the “rock star girlfriend”. Also, there were points when stores were dropping her products to make way for the hot new things, which didn’t help with sales. She was losing her grip and her show during New York Fashion Week was cancelled.
Sometimes the fears of losing your grip can overtake you, especially in the fickle world of fashion. I’ve always felt that if something doesn’t work, take a step back, reevaluate, and if need be, reinvent yourself. No one remains on top forever and that trip to the bottom can be a long way down.
It’s hard to take when someone who shows so much confidence in interviews, is amazingly talented and exceptionally beautiful takes their life. It’s scary to know that the demons within us can make death the ultimate solution. Whatever her reasoning behind her choices, I love and respect her work and I wish that she will now rest in peace.
L’Wren, I have been a fan of yours for many years. Your style, warm smile, and cheerful disposition will always live on in your family, friends and your fans. Rest in Peace.
Stay Fashionable and Sexy!!!!!