Dazzling, adorned with sequins and worn by a glamorous array of women, L’Wren Scott’s dresses were as intoxicatingly beautiful as the designer herself.
Fans were everyone from Madonna to Michelle Obama. She also passed on her brilliance to long-term lover Sir Mick Jagger, who wore several of her designs on stage.
However, her success masked a hidden torment and in 2014, L’Wren committed suicide at the age of 49.
Now, to fund a fashion fair in her memory, designs worn by celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Penelope Cruz are being put up for sale at London’s Christie’s auction house.
Mick Jagger wore this black satin jacket with oak leaf sequins for the Rolling Stones gig at Glastonbury, 2013. “We started thinking about the show and I told her I wanted something very English: an oak leaf,” recalls Jagger. . “Most people just think it’s a bright green jacket, but if you look, you can see it.” The jacket is up to £30,000
Spanish star Penelope Cruz (left) may not have won an Oscar in 2011, but she was a winner when she attended the ceremony in this glittering creation. Penelope said, “L’Wren has created many unique pieces that I wore to premieres. She was a true visionary and a beautiful soul.’ The dress has an estimated price of up to £1,200. Great Gatsby actress Isla Fisher (right) shone in this dress from L’Wren’s ‘Yorkshire Pudding’ collection at a 2013 New York film premiere. The series was inspired by David Hockney’s black-and-white drawings of Yorkshire. The dress is up to £1,500
Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker (left) was pictured in this striped jacquard silk cocktail dress in 2012; the fabric was copied from a rainbow-striped rayon dress from the 1930s. the dress costs €500. Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence (right) wore this figure-hugging number at the 2011 Critics’ Choice awards. Sparkling in shades of pink and gold, it was featured in L’Wren’s Serengeti Sunset collection . The dress is up to £1,000
If anyone could wear a dazzling waterfall of gold sequins, it was L’Wren. She wore this one-of-a-kind piece with its figure-hugging curves and mermaid hem to host the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Summer Party with longtime love Mick Jagger. The dress costs up to £2,000
Highlights from L’Wren Scott’s archive, which Jagger inherited along with the rest of her estate, are on view from today, with online bidding until July 1.
The proceeds, which can exceed £100,000, will go to the L’Wren Scott Fashion fair at Central Saint Martins in London.
Two of the most tempting lots are the stage gowns that L’Wren designed especially for Jagger.
The first, a vibrant ‘glamour’ number in an oak leaf design, was worn for his headline performance at the Glastonbury festival in 2013, and the second, decorated with butterflies, for a concert in Hyde Park the same year.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell stunned to perfection with feathers for a charity gala in 2010. She first met L’Wren, aged 16, at a fashion show in Paris. “I was in awe of this very tall girl, yet divinely feminine,” Naomi said. “She had the biggest heart and if you were embraced by her, she would do everything she could to protect and encourage you. Through it all, she was my friend first and foremost.’ The dress is up to £2,000.
L’Wren knew what worked for her friend Nicole Kidman (left) – unsurprising given their strikingly similar frames. The actress stunned in this sequined blue floral sheath at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Nicole said: “L’Wren was exceptionally chic and sophisticated, but she was also very sexy, and I think her clothes portray that combination. “We had very similar body shapes, so she was able to design after my frame — anything she would wear, I would wear.” The dress costs a maximum of € 1,500. Pop star Madonna (right) chose this 1940s-style, silk crepe embroidered L’Wren dress to wear at the 2011 premiere of her directorial debut of WE, a film based on the love affair of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. The dress is up to £800
L’Wren’s keen eye for detail saw her add extra seams to avoid tearing during Jagger’s energetic dance moves, and her dresses — even the simplest would sell for over £1,000 — were always lined with pure silk.
Other dresses on sale include those of supermodel Naomi Campbell, Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery and socialite Daphne Guinness.
Always her own best model, there are also several pieces of clothing that L’Wren wears herself.
Before the sale, Jagger said: ‘L’Wren was a talented and passionate designer with a keen eye for detail. She created beautiful pieces that were the epitome of elegance and sophistication, but with a contemporary feel.’
Here, BETH HALE strolls along the Christie’s catwalk. . .