Thursday, 20 March 2014

Death of Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott

Three days after the news of her death, we remember L’Wren Scott…

Designer and former model, L’Wren Scott, was found dead by her assistant in her New York apartment earlier this week in an apparent suicide. A spokeswoman for the New York City police department said ‘The investigation is ongoing. We are waiting medical examiners to determine the cause of the death.’ Although a formal statement is yet to be released by the medical examiner, there have been no immediate suspicions of foul play concerning the designer’s death.

L’Wren Scott, born Luan Bambrough, started her career in the fashion industry as a model. After being scouted by Bruce Weber she completed High School and left Utah for Paris where she worked for names such as Thierry Mugler and Chanel. Not only was Scott successful as a model, known for her statuesque figure, by the mid nineties she established herself as a stylist. Collaborating with Karl Lagerfeld amongst many others and consulting on costumes for films such as ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. 

Scott’s career as a model and stylist is of course to be celebrated, but is largely overshadowed by her pursuits as a designer. She founded her own company, LS Fashion ltd, in 2006 and her debut collection followed soon after. Although Scott has dressed many celebrities, from Michelle Obama to Amy Adams, in beautifully ornate and coloured gowns, it is her ‘Little Black Dress’ for which she is best known. And of course the LBD formed the basis of her first collection, which included the striking ‘Headmistress’ dress as worn by Madonna. 

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman commemorated Scott’s ‘clear notion of style’ whilst Naomi Campbell has described her as the ‘epitome of elegance and femininity’ which is of course reflected through her feminine designs with their glamorous appeal. Scott’s death has left the fashion industry in shock and has sparked messages of remorse from all over the globe. None other than Anna Wintour has remembered her fondly as ‘a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvellous clothes stood for’. 

By Lily Pugh

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