For the fashion industry, the death of L’Wren Scott today comes as a shock and a mystery.
A shock because it seems Ms Scott died by her own hand, and a mystery because she was at the top of her game. Ms Scott had shown her own label for seven years to critical and commercial acclaim in Paris, New York and most recently London where she presented her winter 2013 and spring 2014 collections.
Ms Scott launched herself into fashion as a model in the 1980s. She began her styling career a decade later, working with photographers such as Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton. Based in California, she began styling celebrities away from photo-shoots, becoming one of the first in the band of celebrity stylists that now influence much of the industry.
She also designed costumes for film, notably for Diabolique, Ocean’s Thirteen and Eyes Wide Shut (Nicole Kidman was a styling client, and latterly has worn Ms Scott’s fashion designs). In 2001, while styling in LA, she also began dating Sir Mick Jagger.
L'Wren Scott: Career in pictures
L'Wren Scott: Career in pictures
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L'Wren Scott attends The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery in London, 2013
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Val Kilmer and L'Wren Scott arrive at a dinner honoring the spirit of Special Olympics at the White House, 2000
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L'wren Scott and singer Mick Jagger arrive at the World Premiere of 'Alfie' at the Empire Leicester Square in London, 2004
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L'wren Scott and Karl Lagerfeld chat backstage at the Chanel fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week (Haute Couture) Spring/Summer 2005 in Paris
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L'wren Scott, Victoria Beckham and Amira Casar attend the Chanel fashion show during Paris Fashion Week (Haute Couture) Spring/Summer 2006 in Paris
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Designer L'wren Scott attends the Sidaction Party raising funds in support of AIDS during Paris Fashion Week (Haute Couture) Spring/Summer 2006 at Pavillon D'Armenonville in Paris
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L'Wren Scott arrives at the Nina Ricci show during Paris Spring/Summer 08 fashion week in Paris, 2007
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L'Wren Scott attend the British Fashion Awards 2008 held at The Lawrence Hall in London
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L'Wren Scott arrives at the 'Shine A Light' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, 2008
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L'Wren Scott and Mick Jager arrive at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood
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Dan Williams, Jade Jagger, Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the Jade Jagger shop opening party in London, 2009
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L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger attend the 'Shutter Island' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, 2010
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L'wren Scott and Patti Hansen attends the 'Stones in Exile' screening at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2010
14/20 L'Wren Scott, Oona Ingle-Finch and Sydney Ingle-Finch
L'Wren Scott, Oona Ingle-Finch and Sydney Ingle-Finch attend Finch's Quarterly Cannes Dinner at the Hotel du Cap as part of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, 2010
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Mick Jagger, L'Wren Scott and Tommy Hilfiger arrive for the screening of 'Stones in Exil' during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, 2010
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President and CEO of Tod's Diego Della Valle and L'Wren Scott attend the 3rd Annual Finch's Quarterly Review Filmmakers Dinner honoring Oscar-winning British film producer Jeremy Thomas and sponsored by Tod's and the IWC at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes, 2011
17/20 Raf Simons and L'Wren Scott
Raf Simons and L'Wren Scott attend the Christian Dior Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2013 in Paris, 2012
18/20 Stephen Jones and L'Wren Scott
Stephen Jones and L'Wren Scott attend the L'Wren Scott cocktail party during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 in London
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L'Wren Scott attends the British Fashion Awards 2013 drinks reception at the London Coliseum in London
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Jade Jagger, L'Wren Scott, Georgia May Jagger and Mick Jagger attend the annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party co-hosted by L'Wren Scott at The Serpentine Gallery in London, 2013
Ms Scott’s shift to designer seemed natural. Her refined tailoring, embroidered evening gowns and a strict, even severe, dress she dubbed the “Headmistress,” are stocked internationally by high-level retailers including net-a-porter and Dover Street Market. The London Fashion Week show for Ms Scott’s latest collection – her final, for autumn/winter 2014 – was cancelled due to “delays in the production of key couture and show pieces,” according to her PR.
L’Wren Scott was a designer, and a woman, constantly striving for perfection.