Until her untimely death Monday, L’Wren Scott had only been designing her eponymous clothing line for eight years — but her impact on the world of celebrity fashion rivaled that of designers who had been on the scene for decades. Since launching her “Little Black Dress” collection in 2006, the designer, 49, had seen her dresses worn to the Oscars, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, major premieres and state dinners by women as varied as Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Olivia Wilde. Scott was found dead in her apartment March 17 of an apparent suicide, but left behind a legacy that includes her dresses, shoes and handbags; lines for Banana Republic, Lancôme, Bobbi Brown and Caudalie; and of course, some truly beautiful red carpet moments. Below, we look at just a few of our favorites.
Nicole Kidman was one of Scott’s earliest fans — as a tall, slim woman like Scott (a 6-ft-3 former model-turned-celebrity stylist-turned designer) Kidman perfectly fit into the line’s famous “headmistress dress” and sexy, square-necked sheaths. The actress wore L’Wren Scott to the Oscars, to film premieres, to Cannes and to Jimmy Kimmel Live, but our favorite dress was this romantic deep pink gown she wore to the CMA awards, which offset her statuesque figure and flaming red locks perfectly.
And Kidman wasn’t the only one to dazzle in sparkling L’Wren Scott at the Oscars. Amy Adams and Penélope Cruz (another L’Wren Scott loyalist) both selected the designer for their 2011 Oscars red carpet looks, and both landed on our Best Dressed list. Though Adams’s striking navy column (offset with megawatt emerald jewelry) was unforgettable, it was Cruz’s killer figure just weeks after having a baby — showcased to perfection in her plunging, sizzling L’Wren Scott gown — which got people talking.
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Sarah Jessica Parker was another Scott pal and longtime fan of her designs, even honoring her with the “Fashion Oracle Award” at a 2012 Fashion Guild Awards event (and crediting her with making “women’s derrières look finer than almost anyone else in her business”). That night, she wore a striped dress and matching jacket and was all smiles with her friend (top photo). (Adorably, Scott also made her the custom lace mouse ears she wore to launch the Disney-themed windows at Barneys in 2012.)
Jennifer Lopez was just one of many stars to wear Scott’s signature “headmistress dress” style, a fitted, severely sexy sheath, often with detailing at the cuffs and collar (other fans included Kidman, Ellen Barkin and Madonna). Scott would send variations on the look down the runway every season, telling The Daily Beast, “The precision is intentional, and that’s what shows should be about … These clothes are all about the body and they work in every city.”
And finally, Christina Hendricks was another major supporter of the brand, turning to Scott’s figure-flattering designs time and time again (including the 2009 Emmys, pictured). “L’Wren’s clothes make you feel like a sexy pin-up, a sophisticated lady and a rockstar all at once,” she told the UK’s Telegraph. “She designs for how women want to look and for what men want to look at.”
What was your favorite L’Wren Scott look? Tell us in the comments.