Dazzling, decked in sequins and worn by a glamorous array of women, L’Wren Scott’s gowns were as intoxicatingly beautiful as the designer herself.
However, her success masked a hidden torment and, in 2014, L’Wren took her own life, aged 49.
Mick Jagger wore this black satin, sequinned oak leaf jacket for the Rolling Stones performance at Glastonbury, 2013. ‘We started to think about the show and I said to her that I wanted something very English — an oak leaf,’ recalled Jagger. ‘Most people just think it’s a bright green jacket, but if you look you can see.’ The jacket is up to £30,000
Spanish star Penelope Cruz (left) may not have picked up an Oscar in 2011, but she was a winner when she attended the ceremony in this glittering creation. Penelope said: ‘L’Wren created many unique pieces that I wore for premieres. She was a true visionary and a beautiful soul.’ The dress has an estimated price of up to £1,200. Great Gatsby actress Isla Fisher (right) shimmered in this gown from L’Wren’s ‘Yorkshire Pudding’ collection at a New York film premiere in 2013. The range had been inspired by David Hockney’s black and white drawings of Yorkshire. The dress is up to £1,500
Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker (left) was pictured in this striped jacquard silk cocktail dress in 2012; the fabric was copied from a rainbow striped rayon gown of the 1930s. the dress is to £500. Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence (right) wore this figure-hugging number to the 2011 Critics’ Choice awards. Sparkling in pink and gold tones, it featured in L’Wren’s Serengeti Sunset collection. The dress is up to £1,000
If anyone could carry off a dazzling waterfall of gold sequins it was L’Wren. She wore this unique piece with its figure-hugging curves and mermaid hem to host the Serpentine Gallery summer party with long-time love Mick Jagger in 2013. The dress is up to £2,000
Highlights of the L’Wren Scott archive, which Jagger inherited with the rest of her estate, will go on display from today, with online bids open until July 1.
The proceeds, which could top £100,000, will go to the L’Wren Scott Fashion scholarship at Central Saint Martins in London.
Two of the most tantalising lots are the stage jackets L’Wren custom-designed for Jagger.
The first, a vibrant ‘glamouflage’ number in an oak leaf design, was worn for his headline performance at 2013’s Glastonbury festival, and the second, adorned with butterflies, for a concert in Hyde Park the same year.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell stunned in feather-trimmed perfection for a charity gala in 2010. She first met L’Wren, aged 16, at a fashion show in Paris. ‘I was in awe of this very tall girl, yet divinely feminine,’ Naomi said. ‘She had the biggest heart, and when you were embraced by her she would do all she could to protect and encourage you. Through all that, first and foremost, she was my friend.’ The dress is up to £2,000.
L’Wren knew what worked for her friend Nicole Kidman (left)— unsurprising given their strikingly similar frames. The actress stunned in this sequinned blue floral sheath at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Nicole said: ‘L’Wren was exceptionally chic and refined, but she was also very sexy, and I think her clothes depict that combination. ‘We had very similar body shapes, so she was able to design to my frame — anything she’d wear I would wear.’ The dress is up to £1,500. Pop star Madonna (right) chose this 1940s-style, silk crepe embroidered dress by L’Wren to wear to the 2011 premiere of her directorial debut of W.E, a film based on the love affair of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. The dress is up to £800
L’Wren’s great eye for detail saw her put in extra seams to stop them ripping during Jagger’s energetic dance moves, and her dresses — even the simplest of which would sell for more than £1,000 — were always lined with pure silk.
Other gowns on sale include those worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell, Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery and socialite Daphne Guinness.
Always her own best model, there are also several garments worn by L’Wren herself.
Speaking before the sale, Jagger said: ‘L’Wren was a talented and passionate designer with a keen eye for detail. She created beautiful pieces that were the epitome of elegance and sophistication, yet with a contemporary feel.’
Here, BETH HALE takes a stroll along the Christie’s catwalk . . .