L'Wren Scott Death: Designer's Storied Fashion Career, Mick Jagger Love Story
RIP L'Wren Scott. The fashion designer was found dead of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment on Monday, March 17. Here, Us Weekly takes a look back at Scott's life, including her storied fashion career and nearly 13-year relationship with Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger.
The Roy, Utah native, who was adopted and raised by Mormon parents -- moved to Paris after graduating from high school to pursue a career as a model. She worked for Thierry Mugler and Chanel, before moving to California in the 1990s to establish herself as a stylist. She worked with Madonna, Julia Roberts, and Tom Hanks for photo shoots with W Magazine, and went on to design costumes for big-time films like Diabolique, Ocean's Thirteen, and Eyes Wide Shut.
Scott launched her first collection, "Little Black Dress," in 2006. Her "Headmistress" dress from the line was famously worn by Madonna, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, and many other actress have worn her designs to the Academy Awards.
More recently, Scott launched her first collection of handbags in May 2011, and collaborated with Banana Republic on an exclusive holiday line.
The designer also created exclusive looks for longtime love Jagger, 70, to wear at his 50th anniversary celebration with the Rolling Stones in November 2012. The private couple, who began dating in 2001, gave their first joint interview to WWD in 2012 to discuss working together on the concert designs.
"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," Scott explained. "You have to make sure that your creation, your vision [matches theirs]. 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."
"Men aren't interested in clothes that look amazing but are fantastically uncomfortable to wear. We're not into pain -- we're into comfort," Jagger added. "When you're on stage [the costumes] have to fit and they have to be -- for me -- glamorous. They have to fit in with the show."
Though she received much praise for Jagger's costumes, Scott told the New York Times in December 2012 that she wasn't interested in creating a men's line. "I'm just hoping the extra wardrobe will encourage further shows," she said.
"It's not easy to tame Mick Jagger down but L'Wren was able to do it," a source told Us about their relationship back in 2011. "They support each other all the time. Mick is just crazy about her."
At the time of Scott's death, Jagger was on tour with the Rolling Stones in Australia. A source tells Us Weekly that the couple was "still together and happy," and Jagger is now trying to fly back to NYC as quickly as possible. "Mick is terribly devastated," the insider tells Us. "He is inconsolable."