Cathy Horyn, Andre Leon Talley And More: The Personal Memories Of L'Wren Scott

19 March 2014 by

[L'Wren Scott/Getty]

Since the shocking death of the talented fashion designer L'Wren Scott on Monday, there has been a steady flow of friends, designer, industry and personal tributes. As a woman known professionally for unrivalled sartorial finesse, as well as the 'Headmistress' black and white fitted dress and an enviable celebrity clientele, she is of course also someone who will be greatly missed by her friends in and outside the industry. Here, we've collated some of the most touching memories of the designer, including words from the renowned American fashion journalist Cathy Horyn who speaks candidly to the New York Times on the evening before Scott's death and US Vogue contributing editor, Andre Leon Talley.

Cathy Horyn on the last text she sent to L'Wren

"I sent her a text on March 12, checking in. She didn't reply, but that wasn't unusual. I learned since her death that she was planning to close her business, with an announcement on Wednesday. Still, as painful as the decision must have been for her, I wouldn't draw any conclusions from it about her state of mind. Nor should any credence be given to reports of a breakup with Mick. It's rubbish... She was with friends on Sunday night, and, yes, they were deepy concerned about her, but, no, they didn't think she would do something so desperate. Not L'Wren. Her death is inexplicable to me, and it makes me angry, too. Angry because it's the loss of a vital, intelligent woman, and angry because, this once, I don't want her to be a mystery to me."

[Cathy Horyn/Getty]

Andre Leon Talley on his "surrogate big sister"

"I think the pressure must have been tremendous for L'Wren to continue to compete as she was on the top... to be on this calendar twice a year in New York or London or Paris is extreme pressure for anyone. Yet, she rose to the occasion. She was a small designer with a huge international following. She was almost like a great cult. She was like a rock star herself... You would go to L'Wren Scott's shows and Mick was always there taking pictures, and Mick was very, very verbally supportive of her... L'Wren spoke to me about how much she loved the family side of her life with Mick and his children. She loved going away with them, and I think she loved the balance that it gave her in this very tough and ruthless, heavily pressurized [sic] world of fashion... I never thought for one second or ever heard that L'Wren was suffering from depression or tired to harm herself or take her life, ever. I felt close to her and I feel that I knew a lot about her. There are no words I can articulate because I feel I've lost a friend and I feel I've lost a surrogate big sister."

[Andre Leon Talley/Getty]

Sarah Mower on the last afternoon she spent with L'Wren

"In a way, she [L'Wren Scott] was a throwback to another era; never a drugged-up rock chick, but a girl with an old-fashioned American idea of femininity, manners and the things a woman does for a man. Still, there must have been complexities and fault lines. She had come from the back of beyond with no advantages except what she made out of her looks, her verve and her piercingly accurate eye for design. She was also a fiercely independent self-created businesswoman, always insisting that she ran her fashion company on her own resources. She didn't run her London business on grandiose lines, but fashion is a tough industry for any independent to survive in. I'm sure her pride and elegantly maintained aura of self-confidence would not have allowed her to complain or show she was in difficulty."

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