In Memory: L’Wren Scott

A tribute to the Utah-raised fashion designer

We were saddened to hear the tragic news that fashion designer L’Wren Scott had committed suicide in her Manhattan apartment on Monday. We’ve long been fans of Scott’s modern-glamour-meets-Old-Hollywood designs, and we felt a sort of kinship with the Beehive State native. Born Laura “Luann” Bambrough, she was raised by an adoptive Mormon family in the small town of Roy, Utah.

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Scott flew the Utah coop as a super tall 17-year-old, and made her way to Paris where she worked as a model. Later, she moved to L.A. to work in PR, styling, and costume design before finally taking the leap and launching her eponymous fashion label.

She had a knack for designing flattering, feminine, figure-enhancing silhouettes that garnered a loyal celebrity following. She was even rumored to be designing Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress—a rumor that sparked excitement in the Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom office as we’d always hoped she’d launch a bridal collection.

Her posh + polished Spring 2013 collection, her Downton Abbey-esque Fall 2012 collection, and her darkly tropical Fall 2011 collection were among our favorite runway presentations by the raven-haired designer.

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From afar, we admired Scott for fearlessly wearing high heels to further accentuate her stunning 6-foot-3-inch frame, for marching to the beat of her own style drum, and for dreaming big as a little girl designing clothes in her family’s rambler home.

In my little town of Roy, there was a fabric store and I’d go get Vogue Patterns. Or I’d get a vintage thing and cut it up and remake it. Tailoring especially. Men’s clothes. I’d recut them into feminine shapes and reseam them, because that’s the only way I could have something with the sleeves long enough.

L’Wren Scott in a 2009 interview for Vogue

Scott was a lover of the female form and a champion for all long-legged ladies. For us, she was an inspiration to all Utah gals who grew up in small, sleepy towns devouring glossy fashion magazines and dreaming of bright lights and big cities.

portrait via Vogue | runway photos via Style.com

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