L'Wren Scott, fashion designer who was Jagger's girlfriend
NEW YORK - L'Wren Scott, who left her rural Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a Hollywood stylist, and finally a high-end fashion designer who was the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.
Ms. Scott, who was believed to be 47 but had not disclosed her age, was found dead in her apartment at 10 a.m. Monday; no note was found and there was no sign of foul play, police said. She was found kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door, police said.
Jagger's representative said the singer was "completely shocked and devastated."
Ms. Scott, whose elegant designs in lush fabrics were favored by celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Penélope Cruz, and Michelle Obama, was a fixture on Jagger's arm since she met the Rolling Stones front man in 2001. On red carpets, the 6-foot-3 designer towered over her 5-foot-10 boyfriend.
In 2006, she founded her eponymous label, with an initial collection based on the "Little Black Dress." She became known for designs that had a vintage feel and bared little skin, like her famous "headmistress" dress - prim but close-fitting.
Madonna was one of those who wore the dress. "I loved L'Wren's work and she was always so generous with me," the singer said in a statement released by her publicist.
In 2009, Ms. Scott introduced a shoe collection, and in 2010 she collaborated with Lancome on a makeup line and a fragrance, which was carried by Barney's Co-op in Rittenhouse. In 2011 came a handbag line, in 2012 an eyewear collection, and late last year, a collaboration with Banana Republic for a clothing line.
Though her studio is based in London, Ms. Scott presented runway shows in New York until recently. They were exclusive A-list affairs.
In February 2012, for example, the designer welcomed guests into the banquet hall of an Edwardian building in Chelsea where they were offered white wine in flutes, then were seated at a long table. Before them were plates of caviar, served with a baked potato and sour cream. Fiddling with the lighting was none other than Jagger.
Her clothes were luxurious. There were bolero jackets and tea-length dresses, long capes - lined in feathers - and high-waisted pencil skirts.
Her designs were "very [much] based on her own personal style ... a very interesting style that combined the strict and the sexy," said Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Philadelphia designer Kristin Haskins Simms met Ms. Scott in September 2011 during New York Fashion Week when Ms. Scott served as a judge for the Project Runway season finale. Haskins was a contestant that year and the two met at the Runway after-party.
"She was exactly who I wanted to be in terms of her use of fabric, especially in couture," said Simms, who, upon learning of Ms. Scott's death, posted a picture of the two to her Facebook page. Ms. Scott "was very gracious and kind, and there was so much elegance in her design."
As a teenager, Ms. Scott, who was adopted by Mormon parents and raised in Roy, Utah, developed a love of clothes. She made her way to Paris after high school where, aided by her height and striking looks, she found work as a model for some prominent photographers. But she became more interested in working with clothes, and eventually made her name as a stylist in Los Angeles.
Inquirer staff writer Elizabeth Wellington contributed to this article.