L'Wren Scott, wearing one of her designs. Photo by Andrew Crowley, for The Telegraph
|Born||Laura "Luann" Bambrough (named by adoptive parents)
April 28, 1964
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 2014
New York, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
|Suicide by hanging|
|Occupation||Model, fashion designer, stylist|
|Home town||Roy, Utah, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Ladsky (m. 1990–93)
Andrew Brand (m. 1993–97)
|Partner(s)||Mick Jagger (2001–2014; her death)|
Laura "Luann" Bambrough (April 28, 1964 – March 17, 2014), known professionally as L'Wren Scott, was a American stylist, fashion designer, costume designer and model. Previously a celebrity stylist, Scott's fashion design following included a clientele of high profile actors and politicians.
Early life and education
Scott was named Laura Bambrough by her Mormon adoptive parents, Ivan and Lula Bambrough, who raised her in Roy, Utah, with two siblings, Jan and Randall, also adoptees. Laura was soon nicknamed "Luann". Known for her tall frame, she had already reached 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) in height by the age of twelve, and would eventually grow to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).
Because of her height, she had to sew her own clothes. She learned clothing construction, and fabric quality starting at the age of twelve. “So in my little town of Roy,” north of Salt Lake City, “there was a fabric store, and I’d go get Vogue Patterns. Or I'd get a vintage thing and cut it up and remake it. Tailoring especially. Men's clothes. I'd recut them into feminine shapes and reseam them, because that's the only way I could have something with the sleeves long enough.”
Luann Bambrough graduated from Roy High School in 1982. After Scott's tragic suicide in March 2014, her former classmates remembered her "as smart, charismatic, quick-witted, generous, and gorgeous."
L'Wren Scott's career moved from model, stylist, to fashion designer. There are two versions of how she got her start. The first has her at age 16, being spotted by photographer Bruce Weber, when he came to Utah on a photo shoot. He advised her to go to Paris. It is said that a year later she flew to Europe on a one-way ticket, after telling her parents she was going to New York. However, in a recent report in GQ, the magazine indicates that Scott moved to Los Angeles a year-and-a-half after graduating high school, where she had a variety of jobs as she tried to get her start at modeling. Spotted by an agency from Paris with scouts in Los Angeles, she soon became, "L'Wren." Her first signing was with the Glamour Agency, and then representation with Marilyn Gauthier. In Paris, she went on to work for Thierry Mugler and Chanel, Helmut Newton, as well as model for photographers as Guy Bourdin, David Bailey and Jean-Paul Goude. Her first commercial success was as the legs on a clock for the Pretty Polly hosiery ads, with photographs taken by David Bailey.
Scott moved to California in the early 1990s and established herself as a stylist, initially in collaboration with photographer Herb Ritts, and later with Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti. One of her early assignments was an ad campaign for Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds, eventually the world's top-selling celebrity fragrance.
In 2009, she contributed designs for Madonna to wear in her photo shoot with model Jesus Luz for W Magazine and in 2011, Scott styled actress Julia Roberts for a W Magazine shoot, alongside Tom Hanks. She designed costumes for such films as Diabolique (1996 remake), Ocean's Thirteen, Eyes Wide Shut, as well as Shine a Light, a documentary by Martin Scorsese about The Rolling Stones, with Mick Jagger, with whom she had been romantically linked since 2001.
"Everything in fashion should be complete, and perfect, and well planned and thought out. I always think of the head to toe. I can't not think of the head to toe look" -L'Wren Scott in the tribute by Vogue Magazine
L'Wren Scott designed clothing, makeup, perfume, handbags, shoes, and eyeglasses.
"I like a very sexy silhouette, and I like to feel like when you put something on, you zip yourself into it, and you're secure in there." Net-A-Porter described Scott's designs as "seductive, old-world feel: super-feminine silhouettes; rigorous cuts; nipped-in waists; pencil skirts, high-collared blouses; elegant, long-sleeved dresses."
Scott was well known for her attention to the details. Described as "luxury dressing," Scott was a hands-on designer, sourcing, often cutting patterns, sewing, and fitting many of the clothes herself. Her designs were form fitting, flattering, feminine, empowering, luxurious, but also rock-star edgy, favoring silk jacquards, woven tweeds, lightweight wools, and hand-embellished fabrics. They were extravagant, sumptuous, though not frothy, or fussy. She was especially well known for her embroidered and sequin-embellished sweaters. In an interview in Harper's, Scott indicated that she dresses for men, and when asking men the opinions about pieces, they gravitated toward the dresses and jackets that had an emphasis on the waist. Hence, all of her jackets, skirts, and dresses have an hourglass silhouette with a well-defined waist. Her clothes were ultra feminine, though lacking in pretension. They were an extension of herself—elegant, refined, exciting, bold, and eye catching. This silhouette worked for a wide range of women, including those with full figures. Actor Christina Hendricks told Justine Piccardie in The Telegraph: "L'Wren's clothes make you feel like a sexy pin-up, a sophisticated lady and a rockstar all at once. She designs for how women want to look and for what men want to look at."
As a designer, she had developed what her followers called, "L'Wrenisms,' which were style tips. As quoted in the Sunday Times Style Magazine, they are an eccentric mix of opinions and practical tips. These included:
- Wearing a nude shoe to elongate the leg.
- Spraying perfume on the back of the hand, rather than the wrist, because it was more elegant.
- Don't eat with a plastic fork.
- Avoid drinking out of a bottle, if possible.
- Avoid Spanx ("Ew, ew, ew") - Scott believed that a well designed garment should do it all for the wearer.
In a backstage interview with Fashion Director Harriet Mays Powell of NY Magazine, she describes her design process. She starts with color, then designs fabrics, and then designs the clothes. Her inspiration was found in nature and in things around her. Several collections, most especially her Madame DuBarry (SS 2011), as well as the inclusion of peony shirts, scarf, and pants in her Banana Republic collection reflect this nature-based inspiration.
In a "Love Gold" video, other inspirations were noted by her as travel, art, and a love of reading, and always being aware of her surroundings. Her collection "Allegory of Love" was rich with 24k gold leaf, and inspired by Gustav Klimt's obsession with his muse and lover, Adele [Bloch] Bauer, best known in his painting, "The Kiss."
Collaborations and Collections
In 2006, L'Wren Scott launched her first collection "Little Black Dress." The collection presented wearable, versatile black dresses, including her now famous "Headmistress" dress worn by Madonna.
Scott's creations were seen often on the red carpet. Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz and Amy Adams have all worn Scott's dresses to the Academy Awards. "As a designer, I absolutely take into consideration that they are going to feel great, be comfortable and secure, and look good from every angle," said Scott in an interview with Net-A-Porter.
In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama favors L'Wren Scott's designs, most notably embellished cardigan sweaters. The First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wore Scott's designs, as did Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman.
She dressed a range of sizes and shapes. Actor Sarah Jessica Parker, said in 'Vogue, “The fundamental arc is simple: She loves a woman's figure. It doesn't matter if I'm five four and L'Wren is six-three—from one of her silk, cap-sleeved T-shirts to her naughty-teacher dress or her rock-'n'-roll, Little Lord Fauntleroy jackets, it's all built for a woman's body. The height issue is tossed out the window.” 
In 2010, Scott collaborated with Lancôme to create a capsule collection for the 2010 holiday season featuring a lipstick in Scott's signature bordeaux color. The campaign was shot by photographer Mario Testino and featured model Daria Werbowy wearing an outfit designed by Scott.
May 2011 saw the launch of Scott's first collection of handbags, named "Lula" after her Mother, who Scott reported had "fantastic style."  The line was launched at Barneys New York, with a personal appearance by Scott. Of her work, Scott said, "I'm just into creating things that are sustainable luxury, things that will stay in you closet, that you can always rely on, things that last."
In 2012, L'Wren Scott launched her eponymous scent sold exclusively at Barney's. The scent is an eau de parfum priced at $195 for 3.4 oz. At the launch, she said about scent, “I don’t think they should wear you, just enhance who you are.”
Her fashion shows featuring The L'Wren Scott Collection were much anticipated during fashion week, in part because of the celebrities who came, including her partner Mick Jagger, but also the sumptuous décor with flowers, and the lunch she served during the show. Her wish to treat people to lunch, and service came about during her years of working the shows, and knowing how exhausting they could be. André Leon Talley described her shows as "Symphonic moments of beauty and style." 
The L'Wren Scott collections were:
- 2008: Purple Haze (Fall-Winter), and Dragonfly Blues (Spring-Summer);
- 2009: Bois de Boulonge (FW) and Zephyr (SS).
- 2010: Tuxedo Terrace (FW), and Madame du Barry (SS)
- 2011: A Tropical Conversation (FW), and Serengeti Sunset (SS)
- 2012: Tea Time (FW) and Beau Monde (SS)
- 2013: Propaganda (RST), Yorkshire Pudding (SS), and Allegory of Love (FW)
- 2014: Tagasode (SS).
In February 2014, the London Fashion Week showing of her fall 2014 collection was canceled, citing delays in production. It was announced that the collection would be revealed via social media, and be presented in her Paris showroom to editors and retail buyers in March.
In 2013, Scott collaborated with Banana Republic with an exclusive holiday collection including apparel and accessories for women. The collection was her first foray into an affordable line of ready-to-wear, and included everything from scarves, jeans, purses, sweaters, pajamas, and cocktail dresses. “It's about bringing what I do to a new audience,” says Scott, whose namesake line, which launched in 2006, starts at around $1,000. Scott describes the Banana Republic collection ($16.50 to $198) as “feminine, sexy, rock-and-roll ... and a little bit sparkly, too.” The collection was launched on December 5, with an opening attended by celebrities dressed in the clothing. Her last interview was given during this time, describing the collection. Mick Jagger was also interviewed in support.
She collaborated with celebrated makeup artist and brand Bobbi Brown to create "Bobbi loves L'Wren" Amnesia Rose palette of lip glosses, eye shadows and cheek color. The palette was inspired by Amnesia Roses, which Scott grew at her home in the Loire Valley, in France. The palette debuted at her 2014 Spring collection runway show at London Fashion Week. The palette sold for $68 at major retailers, and Sephora. "We both love fantasy, we love to create things, but we are both a stickler for details," said Brown, describing her friendship and collaboration with Scott.
In 2013, she also designed a limited edition bottle for Caudalie's Beauty Elixir.
L'Wren Scott collaborated with Mick Jagger the designs for his costumes for the Rolling Stones tours. The range included a gorilla coat covered in ostrich feathers, a green jacket that Scott dubbed "Glamouflage," a black jacked adorned with butterflies, an embroidered gold jacked inspired by Gustav Klimt. The costumes were detailed, glamorous, and well planned to fit the theme of the various shows and venues. "I got to wear all the clothes we made, which was fun from our point of view — just switching around all the outfits every night in different places," said Jagger, in Women's Wear Daily's, "Mick Jagger's Hot Frocks."
On working with friends, Scott told WWD: “The fact that you're close with someone or friends with them can be good and bad. It's good that you know their comfort levels, and how far you can push. But, at the same time, you need to avoid having too many emotions and feelings because you have to listen very carefully to their ideas. You have to make sure that your creation, your vision [is in tune with theirs],” she says. “Mick really has his own style, and he is quite opinionated about how he wants to look. At the end of the day, [the performer] has to feel good in it. It's not you or I dancing and prancing out there.” More details about their process, and planning was given in an interview with the two in WWD, "Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott Talk Sartorial Satisfaction." 
Personal Life: Relationships
L'Wren Scott was married twice, for short periods of time. From 1990 - 1993 as "Lauren Scott," she was married to British property developer Andrew Ladsky. In 1993, one month after her divorce from Ladsky, she married Andrew Brand, manager of a Prada franchise in Beverly Hills. The marriage lasted only 9 months. The divorce was finalized in 1997.
Her longest relationship was with Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, who she met around 2001. They didn't have children of their own. However, in 2010, Scott told the Sunday Times: "I have seven wonderful sort-of children in my life, by default. I have four fabulous grandchildren. I feel that being a product of adoption is a wonderful thing, and at the moment my life is saturated with children. My family life is a high priority."  They lived in London, NYC, France, and Mustique. Despite rumors to the contrary, according to his daughter Georgia, they were still together when she took her life in 2014. In addition, Scott's brother, Randall Bambrough, also confirmed that he never doubted Jagger's love for his sister, and how important Jagger was to her.
L'Wren was close to her late parents, Ivan and Lula, and her brother Randall Bambrough. He is a tech executive, who was brought on to her company as Financial Director of LS Fashions, Limited (registered in the UK) in October 2013.
"The world has lost a creative genius, artist, and visionary." -Randall Bambrough 
After a long period of depression, Scott was found dead by her assistant at her apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, around 10 a.m. on March 17, 2014 when she discovered L'Wren hanging by the door handle with a scarf wound around her neck. The police reported that no note was found and there was no sign of foul play. The New York City Chief Medical Examiner determined Scott's manner and cause of death to be suicide by hanging. She was 49.
Upon learning of her death, while on tour in Australia with the Rolling Stone, her longtime companion Mick Jagger wrote on his website and on his official Facebook page: "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." 
Scott's funeral service for family and immediate friends was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. It was organized by Jagger and Scott's brother Randall Bambrough, with Rev. Ed Bacon, of All Saint's Episcopal Church, presiding. After the service, her body was cremated, and the ashes were split between the Jagger and Bambrough families.
There were memorials in Utah and New York City.
The memorial in Utah on April 12, 2014, was led by her brother Randall Bambrough. Bambrough, a successful tech executive who was close to his sister, urged people to remember L'Wren "As a wonderful terrific person who was highly talented and had a very large heart and brought the best out in people.”  Her estranged, adoptive sister Jan Shane, who is often quoted by the tabloids, was also in attendance. L'Wren Scott's ashes were buried next to her parents - Ivan and Lula Bambrough, near the family home in Ogden, Utah.
A final memorial was held on May 2, 2014 for her friends by Jagger and Randall Bambrough in New York City, with a very large celebrity turn out. Details of the service were given on Mick Jagger's website. "Friends and family came together on Friday to celebrate the life of L’Wren Scott at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. The service, with blessings and prayers led by the Reverend Lynn C. Sanders (Chief of Parish Ministries, Officiant), included memories and words of tribute from her brother Randy Bambrough, Ellen Barkin, André Leon Talley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cathy Horyn, Rachel Feinstein and Mick Jagger. Mick also sang, ‘Just Like A Woman’. Poems were shared by Scott’s niece, Hannah Bambrough, as well as Mick’s son, James Jagger. Mick’s grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read Psalm 23. ‘Amazing Grace’ was sung by Lisa Fischer." The service was followed by a reception.
"She never bragged, she never shouted, she shared. And she loved. There was always a Midwestern stillness about her, from some inner fount, came this sophisticated lady, who had achieved her dream." -André Leon Talley, in his eulogy 
An outpouring of tributes came forth from her peers, fans, friends, and even those from childhood. Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, and her three friends from high school, Julie, Sue, Vinda, and Sheryl, provided both touching and memorable glimpses into her life. Her memory was honored with an Art of Elysium Award in her name. The charity brings art into children's hospitals. The L'Wren Scott Amber Award was dedicated to her memory. "The award will endow “emerging fashion designers” with “the ability to donate their time and talents to hospitalized children and the opportunity to create a small line of clothing that will benefit Elysium Collections,” the charity says in a statement." 
In January 2015, it was announced that Mick Jagger created a three-year scholarship fund in her name for fashion design students at the London-based school, Central Saint Martins. The scholarship, which will begin in October 2015 will cover all the fees for one student each year, over the course of three years (through 2017). While Scott did not go to fashion design school and was self taught, she was friendly with the late head of the school's M.A. course director, Louise Wilson. They had met at the British Fashion Awards.  
In the weeks following her death, both her Banana Republic collection, and her higher priced line at Barneys were in demand and sold out. While the Banana Republic line offered a glimpse of how popular her designs could be at a more affordable price to the masses, it is unknown whether the potential will be realized, or if the company will continue on. Active on Facebook and instagram, L'Wren Scott's accounts were both terminated on the day of her suicide. As of December 2014, her website was still up, a repository of her collections, videos of fashion shows, and press clippings. It is hoped by her legions of fans, that this will remain up for historical purposes, and as a point for future generations to become acquainted with her work.
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