Hers was the fashion show that everyone wanted to attend, but few were allowed to witness. L’Wren Scott, the designer who was found dead March 17 of a possible suicide, hosted intimate New York shows in galleries with a celebrity-studded audience.
Her collections sported influences ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to “Downton Abbey.” At her Spring 2012 collection, she sipped champagne along with Ellen Barkin, Sarah Jessica Parker, and her beau, Mick Jagger.
After her death, headlines particularly played up the Jagger connection. What those headlines should emphasize is that Scott was a woman who understood the flirty nature of femininity, and possessed the rare skill of transferring that knowledge into the jaunty day wear and stunning evening gowns she crafted. She mined influences ranging from fine art to pop culture, contorted them to her whim, and sent them down the runway.
Scott, who dressed Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, and Amy Adams for the Oscars, was also beginning to make moves outside of that exclusive A-list set.
The 6-foot-3 former model and stylist designed handbags sold at Barneys and created a 2013 holiday capsule collection for Banana Republic with faux fur shrugs and lipstick-print pajamas. She was opening up her vampish, Bordeaux-colored universe with cosmetics and perfumes as well. She cancelled her London fashion show last month, but it’s not an unusual move for a designer. Rachel Zoe canceled her New York show last month as well. Scott had only logged seven years on the world design stage. But within that time her range grew, as did a devoted fan base that will mourn not only the designer, but also her intimate understanding of elegance and fun.