L'Wren Scott’s death this morning
of an apparent suicide is sad, tragic and without question, profoundly upsetting for all those who knew her, worked with her or were fortunate to wear her slithering, sophisticated designs on red carpets. How Scott’s passing is being covered in the mainstream media, however, is also causing some ire in fashion circles, this writer included.
I gasped audibly when I first saw the headline—on a breaking-news email from People magazine—“L’Wren Scott Found Dead After Apparent Suicide.” Like so many world events these days, I headed immediately to Twitter to seek out additional reportage; most of what I found there, unfortunately, both disappointed and infuriated. From the Associated Press: “Jagger’s GF found dead in NYC.” From Yahoo.com: “Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott found dead in New York.” And perhaps most egregiously, from whomever tweets for The New York Times Styles section: “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend Found Dead, Officials Say.”
Are we sensing a theme? Certainly, to those who don’t breathlessly follow every detail of high-end runway coverage, Scott’s name may seem a tad esoteric (the fact that just this past December she launched a collaboration with the decidedly mainstream Banana Republic notwithstanding), but even so: The idea that in 2014 the knee-jerk reaction is not to position a woman in her obituary with the title of designer standing alone in her own right, but to prominently and consistently place her in the reader’s mind solely as the girlfriend of a rock star? Honestly, it’s just shameful. (It’s also notable that, in the hours since, most have taken care to correct their headlines, often due to the outrage that has descended upon them via Twitter replies.)
I don’t think I’m a militant feminist, but I do view something like this from a highly feminist frame of mind. If the situation were reversed, and if the media were reporting the death of a man who headed up a global business, and who was known within his industry as a success in his own right, without benefit of who happened to be his romantic partner, would that same media be so quick to emphasize in headlines his relationship with a famous girlfriend first, and bury his career within the story? It’s debatable, but as I picture a bunch of good-old-boy editors sitting around a copy desk, shirtsleeves rolled up, I’m doubtful.
Ultimately, L’Wren Scott was a highly talented, unquestionably accomplished designer who was known on a global stage for producing elegant, thoughtful collections that found favor with some of the most famous women on the planet: Nicole Kidman wore her designs often, as did Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey, Julianna Margulies, Jessica Pare and a healthy list of other A-list ladies. None of those women, nor any who didn’t happen to sport a boldfaced name, wore her dresses because she dated Mick Jagger. Neither did Banana Republic come calling for that reason (surely they’re more fiscally responsible than to make such decisions on talent vs. romantic relationships). In the coming days, we’re sure to hear more of her struggles—financial, emotional or otherwise—that may have led to her sad, tragic decision, but for now, Scott deserves to be remembered and celebrated solely for what she created, and never really for one second for the man who happened to be her boyfriend.
Kiera in her Chanel gown with husband James Righton (image: WENN)
Kiera Knightley has revealed that her beautiful prized Chanel wedding gown is now unwearable after being covered in red wine.
Following the revelation that British singer Lily Allen didn’t even know where her bespoke Chanel wedding dress was last week, this kind of news doesn’t come as a surprise anymore, but maybe these British beauties should be taking a bit more care of their Chanel.
Speaking to The Telegraph, actress Knightley spoke of her love for the strapless tulle Chanel mini dress that she had previously worn many times before her marriage to James Righton of UK indie band The Klaxons. "Karl [Lagerfeld] very kindly designed me a jacket to go with it. I'd worn the dress lots. It was my something old. And I liked not making a big deal about it. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again."
However, whilst the marriage seems to be going really well, the dress has not fared so well and Knightley told the newspaper how she can no longer wear her favourite item. "It's now got red wine spilled down the front because the last time I wore it my friend went like this…" — she juts out her elbows — "…and now it's everywhere. I didn't quite realise the extent of it until I got home. It's quite impressively splattered. But, hey, a good night is a good night and when a dress has had its time, maybe it's had its time.”
Whilst we would probably have a heart attack if that happened to our Chanel, it is quite refreshing that Ms. Knightley is so relaxed about it, and obviously still adores the dress anyway.
Image: Daniel Deme/WENN.com
L’Wren Scott and Nicole Kidman / Image: Getty
Multiple outlets are reporting that L'Wren Scott was discovered dead in her Manhattan apartment at 10 a.m.
this morning, by her assistant
. The 47-year-old is said to have hung herself with a scarf
. Police suspect no foul play
Scott established her fashion career by working as a stylist with photographers like Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti. She worked as a costume designer for movies like Eyes Wide Shut and Ocean's Thirteen. After she launched her first fashion collection in 2006, her line quickly became a favorite among celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have also worn her clothing.
This February, Scott canceled her scheduled London Fashion Week runway show.
Scott has been linked romantically to Mick Jagger since 2001.
Image: Jan Welters for Marie Claire
Shailene Woodley, the lead actress in the upcoming YA movie franchise Divergent, appears on the cover of Marie Claire‘s April Issue, styled in a Tommy Hilfiger cut-out swimsuit and matching pants set. The accompanying caption describes the actress as “fresh, fun, unfiltered.”
“Oh and,” says the magazine in a disingenuous parenthetical aside, as if it were an afterthought and not the sole motivating factor for Woodley’s appearance on the cover, “[she's] about to be mega-famous.” The main feature appears online with the headline, “Shailene Woodley: This is What Badass Looks Like.” If by “badass” you mean, “manufactured celebrity” then sure.
That being said, Shailene doesn’t need so much help in the likability department. In all her interviews, Woodley comes across as a sweet, sincere young woman who cares about living in a principled way. Talking about deleting her Instagram account in the Marie Claire interview, Woodley says: “Everything I was posting was for a story—like, ‘Look how interesting I am.’ It felt disgusting to me. It feels as though we’re so detached from actual human connection. And I got rid of my phone, too. We’re all such narcissists, and that’s what social media caters to. Our society conditions us to be our own planets, which is great. Independent thinking is so important. But we expect everyone around us to be our moons.” There’s an Instagram/unfiltered pun in here somewhere, but I’m not going to make it.
Amidst a string of store closures and some of our biggest designers emigrating to the U.S., Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia has released its 2014 schedule. And while we’re all about the continued international trajectories of Dion Lee, Sass & Bide and Zimmermann, the result is a lineup heavy on emerging talents. Here are the newbies we’re most excited to see break in Carriageworks next month:
Desert Designs: This might have only joined the MBFWA schedule recently, but their story goes back to 1985 in the unlikely setting of Fremantle Prison art class. Art teachers Stephen Culley and David Wroth were so impressed with the vivid felt pen drawings of inmate and Walmajarri artist Jimmy Pike that they had the idea of marketing the prints on fabric. In 2013 they launched afresh with a psychedelic collection exploring themes of love and water.
Leroy Nguyen: TAFE grad Nguyen combines brave shapes with beautiful digital prints. There are strong elements of sportswear in his recent collections, but they’re definitely not normcore. Padded fabrics contrast with sheer ones, and oversized bombers come splattered with prints both photographic and abstract.
UNIF.M: “Simple is as simple does” is the motto of the designers behind this street reinvention of industry-grade workwear. Utilitarian techniques and fabrics are fused with quality leather and silks, with everything designed to fit into an existing wardrobe. Amen to that.
Hayley Elssaesser: We first got a taste of this QUT grad’s trippy prints when she was picked by Sportsgirl as one of 12 designers to show on the runway in their LMFF 2013 National Graduate Runway Show. Her new collection is titled Redneck Nostalgia, injecting the 50s with a heavy dose of pop culture and modern attitude. It’s Magic Eye IRL.
NLP: Repping the newcomers in the swimwear category are NLP, who will join We Are Handsome, Talulah and SUBOO in making us wish it was summer forever. NLP’s gear is high on neon and neoprene, and tough as sh*t – because not every bikini needs to fall off when it comes into contact with a wave.
Carla Zampatti will kick off MBFWA on April 6, with the remaining 71(!) shows spread thickly across the following four days. Names you’ll already know include Alex Perry, Maticevski, Bec & Bridge, Maticevski and Michael Lo Sordo. Ellery will also be coming home for Spring/Summer after just having presented her Fall 2014 collection in Paris.
I have always believed that a publication can compile a decent issue and cover through recycled fashion shoots. After a recent discussion ignited in the German Elle thread this week, however, I began to question this point of view.
The cover of Elle Germany's March 2014 cover features model Daria Werbowy wearing a red Lanvin dress, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The image is originally from the April 2011 issue of U.S. Vogue, making the cover shot three years old.
IMAGE CREDIT: ELLE.DE VIA TFS FORUMS
Members flew quickly into a blaze, deeming the cover a "tacky old reprint," as GlamourousBoy wrote.
Gossiping also failed to agree with the use of a three-year-old image, writing, "This is from so long ago…why? That Lanvin dress is years old!"
"Reprinting three-year-old images should be illegal," exclaimed OliviaObsessed.
We have witnessed numerous reprints in the past that have provided excellent cover shots for international editions of Vogue. Australian Vogue would often publish covers with reprinted images from sister editions. I vividly remember the cover of Vogue Australia with Anna Selezneva from October 2009 which was the perfect example of making use of a reprint.
This won't be the last time we see a recycled fashion shoot and I applaud the fact that these expensive shoots are given a new lease on life with another publication.
Check out the original shoot by Mert & Marcus here, and read the German Elle thread here — feel free to join the discussion.