This morning, I slightly struggled with what to wear. After having put on a blue Banana Republic shift dress and an orange belt, I suddenly remembered it is St. Patrick’s Day. I already had planned on wearing a green skirt, which I wore to the office the previous week and was chosen as my mandatory St. Paddy’s Day outfit by a colleague. After putting that on, I wasn’t sure which top to pair it with but I instantly made my decision when I saw the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic Decadent Glamour Shirt (see top and bottom images) hanging in my closet. It was the perfect combo.
Little did I know that a few hours later, I would get a message from my friends (thank you Deek and Natalie for always keeping up to speed), a very sad news that headlined as: “L’Wren Scott dead: Fashion designer and Mick Jagger girlfriend found dead in apparent suicide.”
How tragic. How sad.
According to reports, the 47-year old L’Wren Scott, was found dead, hanging from a scarf on a doorknob by her assistant at 200 11th Ave. around 10 a.m. today according to sources said. Scott texted her assistant at 8:30 a.m. and asked that she come over. When she arrived, she found the body and called 911. Although police did not suspect foul play, the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine a cause of death and issue an official statement of her death. No suicide note was found nor his long time boyfriend Mick Jagger as he is currently in Australia for a Rolling Stones tour.
Famously known as Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott was a former model turned stylist turned very successful fashion designer with celebrity fans including Naomi Cambell, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama. She was adamant of being known more than just someone’s girlfriend so she made a name for herself and quickly created a signature line. She is most famous for her striking “Headmistress” dress, which has been worn by Madonna and Nicole Kidman.
Recently, she partnered with Banana Republic to create the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic Holiday Collection, which Twenty York Street is a big fan of. In fact, we have our full coverage of that collection here. And another fact? I kid you not when I say, I phoned the BR store in the Rideau Centre and had the staff put away 10 L’Wren Scott sequin cardigans (Thank you Kim, Chelsea, Courtney, Carly and Savannah) as I thought they would make for a perfect gift for strong and inspiring women in my life. The cardi had the right amount of style, attitude and shine. It couldn’t be more perfect.
My unplanned tribute to L’Wren Scott. Photo via @20YS Instagram.
Her sudden death in an apparent suicide is very upsetting as it goes to show how serious and prevalent mental illness is. Though there has been many posts and happy Instagram photos made by L’Wren herself, the recent one being the Rolling Stone’s gig at the Glastonbury Festival, there’s also rumors that her business is crashing down especially her recent show cancellation at the London Fashion Week. Whatever the truth is, you just can’t know what goes on someone else’s mind. Mental illness is prevalent and visibly present in our society that we really need to take the taboo out of this conversation as we are confronted by these tragedies all the time. And it doesn’t discriminate, young, old, rich, poor, and famous or not, we are all affected by mental illness at one point or another. Mental health is important for everyone.
Everyone needs help sometimes. 1-866-531-2600 is the Mental Health Helpline of Ontario.
RIP L’Wren Scott. May you rest in peace and may your memories live in our fashion history forever.