Reaction to L’Wren Scott death

By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
L'Wren Scott, 49, seen here arriving at the annual British Fashion Awards, was both a model and stylist before becoming a designer.

L'Wren Scott (Daniel Deme / EPA)

L'Wren Scott, 49, seen here arriving at the annual British Fashion Awards, was both a model and stylist before becoming a designer.

One of L'Wren Scott's most memorable red-carpet moments was at the 2008 Oscars, for which she dressed Nicole Kidman in a black Balenciaga gown and designed a dramatic 1,399-karat rough diamond sautoir to go with it.

Nicole Kidman, 2008 Oscars (Vince Bucci / Getty Images)

One of L'Wren Scott's most memorable red-carpet moments was at the 2008 Oscars, for which she dressed Nicole Kidman in a black Balenciaga gown and designed a dramatic 1,399-karat rough diamond sautoir to go with it.

Penelope Cruz, alongside Javier Bardem, shows off her post-baby body in Scott's low-cut, sleeveless, firecracker-red sequin gown at the 2011 Oscars.

Penelope Cruz, 2011 Oscars (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Penelope Cruz, alongside Javier Bardem, shows off her post-baby body in Scott's low-cut, sleeveless, firecracker-red sequin gown at the 2011 Oscars.

Christina Hendricks in Scott's belted, black-sequin tuxedo robe at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Christina Hendricks, 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Christina Hendricks in Scott's belted, black-sequin tuxedo robe at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Actress Michelle Dockery wears a L'Wren Scott dress to the 2013 Huading Awards ceremony on Macau on Oct. 7, 2013.

Michelle Dockery wears L'Wren Scott (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Actress Michelle Dockery wears a L'Wren Scott dress to the 2013 Huading Awards ceremony on Macau on Oct. 7, 2013.

Olivia Wilde wears a skirt and sweater by L'Wren Scott for the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' "Deadfall" at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinemas on Nov. 29, 2012.

Olivia Wilde in a L'Wren Scott design (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Olivia Wilde wears a skirt and sweater by L'Wren Scott for the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' "Deadfall" at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinemas on Nov. 29, 2012.

Penelope Cruz wears a beaded gown designed by L'Wren Scott at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Penelope Cruz wears L'Wren Scott design (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Penelope Cruz wears a beaded gown designed by L'Wren Scott at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

This bridal gown was part of the Spring/Summer 2009 collection of designer L'Wren Scott, presented at New York Fashion Week on Sept. 12, 2008.

Bridal gown by L'Wren Scott (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

This bridal gown was part of the Spring/Summer 2009 collection of designer L'Wren Scott, presented at New York Fashion Week on Sept. 12, 2008.

Designer L'Wren Scott, longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones' rocker Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment in New York on Monday, March 17, 2014.

L'Wren Scott (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images)

Designer L'Wren Scott, longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones' rocker Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment in New York on Monday, March 17, 2014.

Naomi Campbell was one of the many models and celebrities who wore L'Wren Scott's designs. Here, the duo arrives at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala.

L'Wren Scott (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images For amfAR)

Naomi Campbell was one of the many models and celebrities who wore L'Wren Scott's designs. Here, the duo arrives at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala.

Designer L'Wren Scott and Steven Jones attend the British Fashion Awards held at the Lawrence Hall on Nov. 25, 2008, in London.

L'Wren Scott (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)

Designer L'Wren Scott and Steven Jones attend the British Fashion Awards held at the Lawrence Hall on Nov. 25, 2008, in London.

Designer Tom Ford and L'Wren Scott attend a Celebration of 10 Years of IHT Luxury Conferences during the International Herald Tribune Heritage Luxury Conference in 2010.

L'Wren Scott (Samir Hussein / Getty Images for International Herald Tribune)

Designer Tom Ford and L'Wren Scott attend a Celebration of 10 Years of IHT Luxury Conferences during the International Herald Tribune Heritage Luxury Conference in 2010.

Judges L'Wren Scott, Nina Garcia, Heidi Klum and Desiree Gruber attend the "Project Runway" spring 2012 fashion show in 2011 in New York City.

L'Wren Scott (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Judges L'Wren Scott, Nina Garcia, Heidi Klum and Desiree Gruber attend the "Project Runway" spring 2012 fashion show in 2011 in New York City.

Scott produced her own fashion line that launched in 2006 and had been showing her collections at New York's and London's fashion weeks. Here, Scott walks the runway at the end of her show in New York in 2012.

L'Wren Scott (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images)

Scott produced her own fashion line that launched in 2006 and had been showing her collections at New York's and London's fashion weeks. Here, Scott walks the runway at the end of her show in New York in 2012.

Most recently, Scott worked on a collaboration with clothing company Banana Republic. The designer is shown here at the launch party at the Chateau Marmont in November. From left are actress Christina Hendricks, singer Mick Jagger, Scott, and actress Jessica Pare.

L'Wren Scott (Charley Gallay / Getty Images for Banana Republic)

Most recently, Scott worked on a collaboration with clothing company Banana Republic. The designer is shown here at the launch party at the Chateau Marmont in November. From left are actress Christina Hendricks, singer Mick Jagger, Scott, and actress Jessica Pare.

Singer Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's in 2006 in West Hollywood. The two had been romantically linked since 2001.

L'Wren Scott (Evan Agostini / Getty Images)

Singer Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's in 2006 in West Hollywood. The two had been romantically linked since 2001.

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There's been an outpouring of reaction to the death of L'Wren Scott, the towering, 6-foot-4 fashion figure who started as a model, styled many of Hollywood's leading ladies for the red carpet and went on to create her own high-end clothing line that's been worn by actress Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, among other well-known fashion fans.

Scott’s assistant found her body in her apartment in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. Though there are widespread reports she was found hanged, police would say only that no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner is investigating. 

Scott was romantically linked to Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and helped style the band's stage looks. In Hollywood, she helped forge a new role for celebrity stylists in the fashion world, parlaying her tastemaker status and access to celebrities into a clothing and accessory brand.

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"She is someone who will always inspire me both personally and professionally," said L.A.-based stylist Cristina Ehrlich. "I always addressed her as 'Lady LS' because for me, L'Wren was the chicest woman I've ever known and I felt she deserved a title. Personally, she had the biggest heart, most wicked sense of humor and warmth."

With her leggy physique and raven hair, Scott had a striking appearance. "I always thought she was the actual celebrity!" said Julie Gilhart, a fashion consultant and former fashion director of Barneys New York. "L'Wren was so gorgeous in person and in heart."

"Her clothes fit women so well," said stylist Jessica Paster. "I always looked up to her work. And she was always so gracious to other stylists."

On Twitter, "Newsroom" actress Olivia Munn wrote, " Shocked and saddened by the passing of @lwrenscott... She was an amazing soul, talented artist and an unbelievable giving friend. RIP."

Bianca Jagger wrote, "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."

Bette Midler tweeted, "Just got the news of the beautiful L'Wren Scott's death perhaps by her own hand. I am devastated. A rare, wonderful, talented soul. Goodbye."

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Born Laura "Luann" Bambrough, Scott was adopted by Mormon parents and raised in Roy, Utah.  Her fascination with fashion began when, at age 12 and already 6 feet tall, she began scouring local thrift stores for vintage clothing that she could rework at her sewing machine to fit her unusual proportions.

In her teens, she was discovered by photographer Bruce Weber while he was shooting an ad campaign in Utah. She changed her name to L'Wren Scott and moved to Paris, where she modeled for Chanel and is said to have inspired many of designer Thierry Mugler's creations.

She came to Los Angeles in the 1990s and, in addition to her work on a variety of commercials (Pepsi, Calvin Klein, Revlon), music videos (Jennifer Lopez, Tina Turner) and fashion shoots (Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone), she was photographer Herb Ritts' creative stylist.

As the first style director for the Academy Awards, Scott was responsible in 2000 for dressing everyone who appeared on the stage, from the performers to the presenters. She also designed original red-carpet gowns for Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellweger and others.

One of her most memorable red-carpet moments was at the 2008 Oscars, for which she dressed Kidman in a black Balenciaga gown and designed a dramatic 1,399-carat rough diamond sautoir to go with it.  Other magical looks included a curvy Christina Hendricks in Scott's belted, black-sequin tuxedo robe at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Cruz showing off her post-baby body in Scott's low-cut, sleeveless, firecracker-red sequin gown at the 2011 Oscars. Scott also designed costumes for films, consulting on Kidman's wardrobe for 1999's "Eyes Wide Shut" and Ellen Barkin's wardrobe for 2007's "Ocean's Thirteen."

She launched her clothing collection in 2006, selling it at Barneys New York, Maxfield and other high-end stores. Despite her red-carpet expertise, she wanted to dress all women, regardless of age or size, and was obsessive over the interior construction of her clothes, which were designed to flatter.  Her look ranged from rock chick to romantic. Cutaway jackets that nipped in at the waist, pencil skirts and embellished cashmere cardigans were signature pieces, meant to be worn for more than one season. "As opposed to buying 20 pieces you don't really like, you can have one dress, one pencil skirt and one cardigan you know aren't going out of fashion," she told me during an interview in 2011. "It's like having an old friend you know you're going to dinner with again."

In December 2013, she brought her fiercely feminine aesthetic to the masses, with a collection for Banana Republic.

She met Jagger on a shoot in 2001 and became romantically involved with the Rolling Stones frontman soon afterward. Although they were quiet about their relationship, he was a fixture at the intimate lunches she hosted to show her collections during New York Fashion Week. In September 2008, Jagger premiered two new songs during Scott's show.

In recent years, she split her time between London and New York. In February, the showing of her fall 2014 collection was canceled because of production delays.

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