Monday, 24 March 2014

RIP L'Wren Scott! Xx

Sparkle Style are saddened and shocked to hear of the death
of L'Wren Scott on Monday 17 March 2014
According to the New York Post: 
L'Wren sent a text message around 8:30 a.m. 
on Monday March 17 telling her assistant, 
Brittany Penebre, to “come by” her ninth-floor duplex on 
11th Avenue and West 24th Street at 10 a.m., the sources said. 

Penebre arrived right on time in an elevator 
that opens directly into the spacious apartment, 
and found Scott hanging from the
 L-shaped handle, sources said.
 L'Wren Scott used a black satin scarf to hang herself from 
a balcony door handle, sources said. 
Penebre called 911 and Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.
Above: 200 Eleventh Avenue NY

Above: Flowers at 200 Eleventh Avenue for L'Wren
The Rolling Stones have postponed their Australia 
and New Zealand tour following the death of frontman
 Sir Mick Jagger's partner L'Wren Scott.
In a statement the band said: 
"The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed
 to announce the postponement of the rest of their 
14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand 
following the death of L'Wren Scott.

Mick with the Stones in Perth on early Monday Morning
17 March on his Australia Tour

"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish 
to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time 
and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement.
"The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule 
these postponed shows at a later date.'

Sir Mick said: "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."
L'Wren had been dating the 70-year-old rock star since 2001 
after they met when she was the stylist at a photoshoot.
Shortly after her death was announced, there were stories 
that her British fashion company had been losing millions 
of pounds. Accounts filed with Companies House in 
October show the company, LS Fashion Ltd, 
was running at a loss of more than £3.5m in 2012, 
up from more than £2.5m the previous year. 

L'Wren Scott's team however has strongly denied speculation 
that her business was suffering from financial difficulties. 
A spokesperson for her label has released the following statement:

"The figures quoted in the media regarding the financial 
status of LS Fashion Limited are not only highly misleading 
and inaccurate but also extremely hurtful and disrespectful
 to the memory of L'Wren Scott. Ms Scott was 
considering a re-structure of her global business. 
 The L'Wren Scott business consists of a wholesale 
business of ready-to-wear womenswear, 
a bespoke couture business for private clients, a licensing business,
 Ms Scott's globally recognised work as a fashion consultant 
and stylist and her collaborations, such as her recent collection
 for Banana Republic. Her business overall was only seven-years-old and, 
although some areas of the business had not yet reached their 
potential, other parts of her business were proving successful. 
As a private business, details of income and turnover are 
not publicly disclosed, however it can be said 
that the long-term prospects for the business 
were encouraging. Ms Scott was very focused on 
doing what was right for her global business 
and for the support of her team."

"In terms of figures shown at Companies House in the UK, 
the parent company of LS Fashion Limited based in America 
had made a standard loan investment to the UK subsidiary. 
LS Fashion Limited is fully able to meet the company's 
liabilities and pay all suppliers and customers."

"We have lost a great friend and an inspiring leader," her team said. 
"We are grieving privately and whilst we appreciate the 
incredible tributes that have been paid in the media 
by those who knew L'Wren, we strongly object to 
some of the media's intrusion into issues that are not 
only untrue and misleading, but also distract from 
remembering and celebrating her life - 
the life of a successful, talented, kind, generous 
and extraordinary woman. We ask that our privacy 
and that of L'Wren's family and close friends be respected at this difficult time."

 Many have paid tribute as news of her death emerged. 
Bianca Jagger (above left) Sir Mick's ex-wife, tweeted: 
"Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L'Wren Scott. 
My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace."
L'Wren Scott born Laura 'Luann' Bambrough on April 28 1964  
She was a model, stylist and fashion designer.
L'Wren was raised by Mormon adoptive parents
Ivan and Lula Bambrough (above) in Roy, Utah.

By the age of 12 she was already 6 ft tall and while still at school
began making and designing her own clothes from thrift shop items.
 While skiing in Utah she was spotted by Bruce Weber 
who encouraged her to move to Paris.
He photographed her in a Calvin Klein Shoot.

 Above: Bruce Weber

  L'Wren then worked for Thierry Mugler, Chanel with photographers 
Guy Bourdin, David Bailey and Jean-Paul Goude.

In the early 1990s established as a stylist she moved to California 
first working with Herb Ritts, often for his work on Vanity Fair and
 as a fashion coordinator for the Academy Awards.  
She also worked with photographers Helmut Newton, 
Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti. 
with Karl Lagerfeld

One of her first jobs for an ad campaign for Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds.  
Above: L'Wren Scott, Elizabeth Taylor and Herb Ritts
Above: Elizabeth Taylor photographed for her perfume White Diamonds
by Herb Ritts.  Styled by L'Wren Scott 1992

L'Wren Scott became a highly influential celebrity stylist.
 In 2009 Madonna wore L'Wren Scott's Legendary Headmistress Dress 
in the Blame it on Rio shoot
in W Magazine with her boyfriend 
Jesus Luz photographed by Stephen Klein

 Above: Madonna in L'Wren Scott Dress

Photographs: Steven Klein

... and in 2011 Scott styled Julia Roberts 
in her inimitable classical sexy style for W Magazine 
alongside Tom Hanks photographed by Mario Sorrenti

L'Wren also designed costumes for Diabolique (1996 remake), 
Ocean's Thirteen, Eyes Wide Shut and Shine a Light a documentary 
by Martin Scorsese about the Rolling Stones.

Her First collection was called 'Little Black Dress" 2006 which included her headmistress dress as worn by Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Ellen Barkin


Nicole Kidman

Ellen Barkin

Nicole Kidman

 Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, 
Penelope Cruz and Amy Adams have all worn Scott's dresses to the Academy Awards.  
Other celebrities who have worn Scott's designs include Michelle Obama,
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon,
 Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman.

Stars in L'Wren Scott:

 Nicole Kidman

 Penelope Cruz

Amy Adams

 Christina Hendricks

In 2010 Scott collaborated with Lancome to design a capsule collection
for the holiday season featuring a lipstick in Scott's 
signature bordeaux colour.
The Campaign was shot by Mario Testino and modelled by 
Daria Werbowy wearing L'Wren Scott.

L'Wren styling the shoot
L'Wren Scott's Fragrance for Barney's 

Created by L'Wren and perfumer Ralf Schwieger 
it is a beautiful scent of patchouli and sensual floral notes 
that reflect the luxurious sophistication of the designer's collection. 

 l'Wren Scott with Mark Lee CEO of Barneys

 May 2011 first collection of handbags launched at Barneys New York.
 L'Wren presenting her first collection of bags 

at the Banana Republic Launch with Mick.

In December 2013 Scott collaborated with Banana Republic 
with an exclusive holiday collection.

In February 2014 the L'Wren Scott Fall 2014/15 collection was cancelled.
 L'Wren Scott by Annie Leibovitz

Cathy Horyn who met L'Wren in 1990's wrote an article 
 in the New York Times on 18 March.

She remembers how 'L’Wren Scott was beguiling to her friends, 
so I can’t imagine what strangers thought of her. 
There was her height: 6-foot-7 in heels, 
which made me (5-foot-7) feel like a shrimp.'
She speaks of L'Wren's 
 'warmth and empathy. Despite her Amazonian 
height and courtesan-like glamour, L’Wren 
could rapidly close the distance to another human being. 
And this was especially true for the most insecure 
of humans: celebrities. You felt at ease and never 
overshadowed by her, or indeed her famous boyfriend ...
She was a marvellous teacher, in a way; few people, 
outside of a French couture salon or a Hollywood 
costume shop, knew as many practical dressmaker 
tricks as she did, illusions that bolstered your 
confidence as they revealed (to me) fundamental 
lessons about dressing.
 She was so well informed and prepared, and at 
the same time so funny and offhand about the fuss, 
that you naturally trusted her.

'... She was with friends on Sunday night, and, yes, they were 
deeply concerned about her, but, no, they didn’t think she 
would do something so desperate. Not L’Wren.
Her death is inexplicable to me, and it makes me angry, too. 
Angry because it’s the loss of a vital, intelligent woman, and 
angry because, this once, I don’t want her to be a mystery to me.'

From 1999 to 2014, Cathy Horyn was the fashion critic for The New York Times.

 The Marvellous and Irreplaceable L'Wren Scott:

L'Wren with her beloved Mick

L'Wren and Friends

With Sarah Jessica Parker

With Daphne Guinness

With of Oliver Zahm Purple Magazine
With the brilliant Hat designer Stephen Jones
A lovely picture of L'Wren Maria Shriver and Karis Jagger
Jade Jagger, L'Wren, Georgia May, and Mick

With Ellen Barkin

Chanel 2006 Summer Show with Victoria Beckham

with Michael Kors on Project Runway

 with Christina Hendricks 

Fall 2012 Show

With models from her AW 13/14 Show
with Tom Ford

Nicole Kidman and L'Wren Scott

Let's take a look at L'Wren's last two shows:

Autumn Winter 2013/14
For this show, in my opinion her best ever,
 L'Wren Scott was inspired by the work of Viennese artist Gustav Klimt 
- (one of my favourite painters)
and his love affair with Emilie Louise Floge.

Gustav Klimt the Tree of Life

The Kiss - This was a portrait of Emile Floge

With her red curly hair she was very like the model
that opened L'Wren's Show
and indeed the same colouring as Nicole Kidman
who wore L'Wren Scott to the Oscars:

Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott AW 13/14 at the Oscars last Month
Check my Post:

L'Wren Scott  Spring Summer 2014
was a lesson in Japanese dressing.

RIP L'Wren Scott ... J Xx

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