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07:21 am - L'Wren Scott
The designer L'Wren Scott died yesterday at the age of 49, apparently by her own hand. To remember her, a few links:

A sleek, matching coat and dress in rich green and red: this dress, like so many of her designs, calls back to old-school glamour while still retaining a modern edge in its cut. It makes me think happily of a 1950s film like Indiscreet, where Ingrid Bergman wore matching outfits like that and looked utterly divine.

There could be something ladylike yet dangerous in her clothes, like this iteration of her famous 'Headmistress' dresses.

Many fashion editors have written eulogies for her, but none so beautiful as editor Justine Picardie's for UK Harper's Bazaar. A key quote: it was also this element of vulnerability which made L’Wren so good at understanding how to make other women feel better about themselves; certainly, I’ll always remember her zipping me into one of her brilliantly uplifting dresses, on a day when insecurity and sadness had been on the verge of overwhelming me, and telling me to walk tall, and hold my head high. The advice worked; and so did the dress, which remains a trusted companion.

On my Pinterest board 'Style Fabulousness,' I find myself often pinning the same kind of looks -- sleek yet texturally interesting, composed but with an edge. Several months ago I pinned an image from British Vogue of L'Wren Scott waving to a fashion audience. In it, she has a perfectly fitted velvet blazer over a pencil skirt with a daring slit; around her neck, a froth of fabric that looks almost Edwardian. She is smiling, perhaps a little anxiously, but she looks wonderful. I will remember this look, and the advice to walk tall, and hold my head high.

May your day be better than yesterday, and may you feel better about yourself even in the darkest times.

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From:paratti
Date:March 18th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
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A sad loss.

Big ((((Hugs)))
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
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It really is. :(

Hugs and a good Tuesday, mate!
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From:chase820
Date:March 18th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the news about Scott was shocking. She'd come so far and accomplished so much, it's such a tragedy (as any suicide is). I understand her business was in financial trouble, but that happens all the time in fashion. What caused her to take her life must have been more than that, but it's probably a mystery that will never be solved.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Yes to all your points, Chase. It is sad and mysterious at the same time. :(

Hope your Tuesday's going well.
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From:janus_74
Date:March 18th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful dresses. So sad about the designer.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Her work really was beautiful.

Happy (rest of) Tuesday, T.
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From:heron_pose
Date:March 18th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Thought about you when I heard, what with one thing and another ...oh, those coats! And the mix of then and now.

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
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"The mix of then and now" is the perfect way to put it, H-P.

(And it's sad but somehow unsurprising that the death of this highly accomplished woman was at first headlined as "Mick Jagger's girlfriend dies".)

[hugs hugs] Good thoughts to you!
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From:rahirah
Date:March 18th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
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She was very talented. :(
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
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She really was. :(

And hey, because I was just thinking about you -- Hugs! Good Thoughts!
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From:gwynnega
Date:March 18th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Such awful news. Those fashions are so beautiful.

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
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She really truly was a skilled designer with a beautiful aesthetic. :(

Hugs hugs, Gwynne.
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From:stateless82
Date:March 19th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
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She made such beautiful things, and anyone who can combine red and green and not have it scream Christmas is brilliant.

It's very sad.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 19th, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
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I love your observation about red and green -- yes, indeed. She had an eye for line and color, and a gift.

Such a sad thing. :(

Hugs, S.
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From:mobile_alh
Date:March 20th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing those lovely, lovely images. What a sad loss....
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
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It really is. Cathy Horyn's farewell to L'Wren in the NY Times is also worth reading. :(

[hugs and a good day]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:March 22nd, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Fabulous designs that put the loss into perspective.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 23rd, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
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The more I look at her designs, the more I feel that a great talent has been lost.
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From:roguedemon
Date:March 29th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
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She really was something. I'd love to have one of her dresses ( and that coat!), and some events to wear it to.

It really annoys me that she kept getting described as Mick Jagger's gf. Sigh.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 30th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
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I can't even say how enraging it was to see Ms Scott headlined as Jagger's partner or girlfriend rather than for her own accomplishments.

[hugs]

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