Costume Society Ambassadors, Costume Society, News | March 26, 2014
L’Wren Scott (1967- 2014), Remembered.
Last Monday morning, 49 year old New York fashion designer L’Wren Scott, whose studios are located in King’s Road, London, was found deceased in her uptown Chelsea, NY apartment. Reported as suicide, it has since been revealed Scott’s British company was in serious debt, though the story is continuing to unfold.
Born in 1967 and raised in a small town in Utah by adoptive Mormon parents, Laura Bambrough was scouted as a model by photographer Bruce Weber. L’Wren’s career progressed from modelling to styling and eventually into designing (which she termed “the craft of fashion”), a transition that is rarely navigated successfully. Her design palette, according to Vogue, reflected a “high-wattage but classy American glamour” (1) that can be read to resonate with her upbringing. She credited her mother with her love of making clothes, and began sewing using Butterick patterns. This love of vintage couture, like her love of flowers and gardens that she shared with hairstylist Sam McKnight, embodied her “passion for old-school beauty and style,” he said (2). She ascribed her taste to having grown up watching films that featured a-typical feminine Hollywood styling. Her most famous clients were of the same mould- Nicole Kidman, for whom she designed a 1,399 carat, rough and polished diamond sautoir necklace for the 80th Academy Awards (2008) using 7, 645 diamonds and taking 6,200 hours to handcraft (3) - is reportedly too upset to comment on her death.
The sophistication and style of the designers, clients and models, whose messages were compiled for a tribute page in Vogue News and flooded Twitter this past week, reflected her own. From Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Jessica Parker and Daphne Guinness to Marc Jacobs, Madonna and British milliner Stephen Jones, the sartorial set for whom she shined are a distinctly glittery and graceful clique. Her seasonal design shifts maintained a sharply modern silhouette that emphasized the female form, whilst also confidently nodding to a well-mannered code of etiquette (somewhat of an achievement when styling Monica Lewinsky for Herb Ritt’s Vanity Fair shoot in 1998). She was flattering without being old fashioned, feminine without being frilly, discreet in her designs without a dot of dourness. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz commented that “…what you see in the end is the person, not the dress- that is the forte of L’Wren.”(4)
“I don’t want to be defined as someone’s girlfriend,” she told the Times. (5)
The Costume Society pays tribute to L’Wren Scott for the elegant contribution she made to the world of fashion design with her versatile, classic pieces. As milliner Stephen Jones told Vogue, referring to this season’s collection: “Be it Tuxedo Terrace, Tea-Time or my personal favourite, Yorkshire Pudding… L'Wren's sense of dramatic glamour, long-limbed elegance and pizzazz was celebrated...” (6) She is due the honour of being remembered accordingly.
To see more of L’Wren Scott’s final collection: http://www.lwrenscott.com
L’Wren Scott London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: http://www.styloko.com/womens-fashion/london-fashion-week-ss14-lwren-scott/
E-J Scott - Costume Society Ambassador 2014
1)Sarah Mower. “A Tribute to L’Wren Scott,” Vogue Daily http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/lwren-scott-tribute-sarah-mower/#1
2)Ella Alexander. “Rembering L’Wren Scott,” Vogue News 18 March, 2014 http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2014/03/18/lwren-scott-tributes---bryan-adams--stephen-jones
3)Jamie Cadwell. Diamond Information Centre February 24, 2008 http://www.prnewswire.com/
4)Justine Picardie. “L’Wren Scott: ‘I’ve nevcer met a woman who thinks she’s got a good enough figure,” Telegraph 13 November, 2011. http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG8869662/LWren-Scott-Ive-never-met-a-woman-who-thinks-shes-got-a-good-enough-figure.htm
5)Sarah Mower. “L’Wren Scott: I don’t want to be defined as someone’s girlfriend,” The Times Updated March 19, 2014. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/fashion/celebrity/article4037520.ece
6) Ella Alexander. “Rembering L’Wren Scott,” Vogue News 18 March, 2014 http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2014/03/18/lwren-scott-tributes---bryan-adams--stephen-jones