L’Wren Scott, the high-end fashion designer, stylist to the stars and long-term partner of Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, was found dead in her Manhattan home on Monday morning. She was 49 years old and appeared to have committed suicide, officials said.
Ms Scott, who had remained in New York while Sir Mick was on tour in Australia with his band, had in recent years seen her dresses make the Oscars red carpet and the White House wardrobe of Michelle Obama.
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Her body was found mid-morning in her flat in a luxury high-rise tower in the Chelsea district of Manhattan by an assistant. Reports suggested Ms Scott was found hanged, and had earlier had texted her assistant to come over.
Officials said there was no suggestion of foul play, although a final of cause of death was to be determined by the city’s medical examiner. There was no note found at the apartment.
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
11/20 Dan Williams, Jade Jagger, Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott
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
16/20 Diego Della Valle and L'Wren Scott
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
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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
A spokesman for Sir Mick, who had been linked to Ms Scott since 2001, said the singer was “completely shocked and devastated” by the news. An hour after the discovery of her body, a message was posted under her name on her official Twitter feed, suggesting that her suicide had come with no warning, at least to colleagues:
Raised by adoptive parents in Utah, Ms Scott stood at six foot, three inches tall. Soon after leaving high school she was spotted by the photographer Bruce Weber at a Calvin Klein shoot. At his suggestion, she travelled to Paris where she became a model for such names as David Bailey and Chanel. By the early 1990s she had moved to California. As a stylist, her early assignments included the advertising campaign for Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds perfume.
She emerged as a sought-after fashion designer to Hollywood royalty, contributing costumes to films including Eyes Wide Shut and Ocean’s Thirteen.
She also worked on a Martin Scorsese 2008 documentary about the Rolling Stones, when she was already many years into her relationship with Mr Jagger, who is 70.
Ms Scott came out with her first own-label collection in 2006, called “Little Black Dress”. After that, her creations were selected by several stars for Oscar nights including Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman and Penélope Cruz.
It was rumoured she had been picked to design the wedding dress for Angelina Jolie, expected soon to tie the knot with Brad Pitt. Other celebrities known to have worn her dresses have included the First Lady and Oprah Winfrey.
She had recently also launched a more affordable line of women’s fashion with the Banana Republic chain of clothing shops. The only possible indication of professional trouble was the cancelling of her runway show for London’s Fashion Week, due to reported production delays.
Earlier on Monday, Mick Jagger and his bandmates had touched down before dawn in Perth, Australia, to kick of their “On Fire” tour of the country. He was seen walking on a local beach in the late summer sun just hours before the news broke of his partner’s death.
Among those paying early tribute was Bianca Jagger, the rock star’s former wife. On Twitter she posted: “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.”
Fellow fashion designer Marc Jacobs tweeted: “Rest in peace, L’W ren Scott. You’ll forever be missed.” Pop band Duran Duran tweeted: “Such sad news. Our condolences are with L’Wren’s family and friends.”
Additional reporting by Independent staff
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