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L’Wren Scott, designer who grew up in Utah, found dead in NYC

Red-carpet designs » Designer known for celebrity clients, and dating Mick Jagger.



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Though her studio is based in London, Scott presented her runway shows in New York until recently. They were exclusive A-list affairs like few others.

In February 2012, for example, the designer welcomed guests into the wood-paneled, chandeliered banquet hall of an Edwardian building in Chelsea. Guests were offered white wine in flutes as they entered, then were seated at a long table. Before them were plates of caviar, served with a baked potato and sour cream. Fiddling with the lighting and the technical details was none other than Jagger, who also stood next to Scott during post-show interviews.

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Adding to the sense of luxury, Scott was known to send large bouquets of roses and handwritten notes of thanks to reporters afterward.

Her clothes were luxurious, too, making ample use of velvet and satin. There were bolero jackets and tea-length dresses, long capes — lined in feathers, perhaps — and high-waisted pencil skirts.

Scott’s designs were "very [much] based on her own personal style ... a very interesting style that combined the strict and the sexy," said Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. "Not sexiness like body exposure, but sexiness like a very strict governess. They tended to be covered up yet form-fitting and beautifully constructed, beautifully made." Steele said Scott’s clothes "were more sophisticated than the average red carpet gown" and added that Scott "had a very precise vision of what she wanted them to look like."

Editors at top fashion magazines like Vogue and Glamour declined on Monday to discuss her influence on fashion — or anything else about her in the wake of her death.

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Associated Press writers Tom Hays, Jocelyn Noveck, Mesfin Fekadu and Leanne Italie, and Salt Lake Tribune reporter Sean P. Means, contributed to this report.




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