Fashion Insiders React to L'Wren Scott Suicide
UPDATED: Among the fashion community, costume designer Arianne Phillips and Barneys New York's Simon Doonan expressed their condolences over the news of L'Wren Scott's death.
Scott, a designer and girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was found hanging in her apartment on Monday morning.
Among those grieving over the news of Scott's death was costume designer Arianne Phillips (W.E. and Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour). In a statement to Pret-a-Reporter via email, the Oscar-nominated designer said she was "shocked and saddened at this tragic devastating news of the loss of L'Wren." Phillips, who was a close friend of Scott, said: "L'Wren has always extended an incredible generosity to me, both professionally and personally. She made the world a more beautiful place; I cannot imagine her not in it."
"My heart aches for her family, friends and for Mick," added Phillips.
Simon Doonan, creative ambassador at Barneys New York, expressed being "absolutely devastated" over the news of Scott's death. Doonan has known Scott since the early 1990s.
"Anyone who's ever met her and been around that magical, creative, glamorous persona will never forget her. She was completely unique and utterly glamorous, creative, intelligent and supremely funny. My main memories are laughing with L'Wren," Doonan said in a statement via email. "There aren’t millions of super-witty people in fashion, and L'Wren had a Monty Python way of seeing everything. She worked with Siegfried and Roy and Thierry Mugler, and she would tell wonderful stories of working with them. She was a great raconteur, and I never saw her looking anything but perfectly put together, like a Hollywood movie star from the '40s."
He added: "She was always very loyal and close to her friends, and we were all devastated. She was very much a part of the Barneys family, and we are all devastated."
Paper magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman said in a statement:
"L'Wren was so much larger than life. Literally and figuratively. Every time I saw her she was smiling and laughing. I've been wearing some of her sparkle sweaters that Ikram Goldman customized for me and when L'Wren saw them she was so happy. I was just emailing with her last week and we laughed and joked. She was beautiful and successful and had so much going for her. It's heartbreaking."
Madonna addressed the tragedy, expressing to The Associated Press: "This is a horrible and tragic loss. I'm so upset. I loved L'Wren's work and she was always so generous with me."
Stylist Cristina Ehlrich -- who appeared on The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists of 2014 and in 2013 with Scott -- stated in an email to Preta: "There was so much to this beautiful woman; she is someone who will always inspire me both personally and professionally. I always addressed her "Lady LS" because, for me, L'Wren was the chicest woman I've ever known and I felt she deserved a title."
"Professionally, it was my dream to have my clients become, as I joked with L'Wren, a "Lady LS" Lady and have dressed many of my clients in her gorgeous designs. Personally, L'Wren had the biggest heart, most wicked sense of humor and a warmth that made me feel like I had known her a lifetime," said Ehlrich. "Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am by this loss; my prayers are with her, her family and loved ones. I am honored to consider her a friend and will cherish my memories with her dearly."
Decades boutique owner Cameron Silver wrote of Scott: "L’wren was one of the greatest supporters of Decades back in the late 1990s when I just opened. She would pop in the store looking for a good dress for her “tall client with red hair” a.k.a. Nicole Kidman. I always had a cold Diet Coke in the fridge for her visits and together we would peruse the racks and find something that was one-of-a-kind for Nicole. As a stylist, L'wren turned her clients into icons. As a designer, she provided a wardrobe that made women feel feminine, empowered, and so damn cool – just like the designer herself."