Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When You "Have It All"

I was saddened to hear about the death of L'Wren Scott. She was a talented, top-tier fashion designer and stylist. Beautiful, famous, forty-something (she wouldn't tell her age) with a creative and glamorous career. She lived in a tony area of Manhattan. Her significant other was Mick Jagger.



The news reports say she took her own life. When this happens to people who seem to "have it all", I think we are even more shocked. Part of the thought process may be: she/he had everything to live for, to look forward to. How could despair win out over all the apparent joy?

We never do know, of course, what's in the mind of any public figure. I won't speculate on what troubles overwhelmed Ms. Scott. I just want to be sad for a moment, then appreciate her marvelous art. Then be very grateful for my smallish, but happy life, the supportive friends and family and good fortune as well. Rest in peace, Ms. Scott, and thanks for all the beauty.


From her most recent runway show, chic, businesslike shapes and pretty prints.

Also from her recent collection. I love this Asian-inspired print.


Her "Headmistress" dress was a favorite of celebrities, including Ellen Barkin, here.

Gorgeous dresses from her "Bridesmaids" collection, 2011.
The ombre dress on the left is especially fetching. "Adult and alluring," fashion writers said.

Nicely tailored, bold pieces that show off a woman's form. From 2010.


Have a lovely day, and stay fabulous,


26 comments:

  1. Been reading the news about this, hard to believe. I loved her designs and she did seem to have a life most could only dream of. So shocking and so sad.

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  2. Pam@over50feeling40March 18, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Nice tribute, Patti. Her work is beautiful. I was not that familiar with it...so sad for many reasons.

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  3. Well said, Patti. It's beyond sad news to hear that someone is in so much pain that suicide seems the only solution. My heart goes out to the people who loved her.

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  4. I was so shocked to read of her death yesterday. So sad, and you're right, we just never know what's going on behind the public persona. And yes, gratitude for our lives, just as they are.

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  5. PinkCheetahVintageMarch 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    So sad. Her designs are fantastic. Sorry for her friends and family, too.

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  6. wendymcleodmacknightMarch 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Well said Patti! I think our society spends so much time touting the rewards of fame and money and acquisition and painting a picture that those are the things that give us peace of mind, that you are right, we are shocked when a talented public figure is revealed to suffer. She was a genius in my books and will be sorely missed for her work. I am sure her family and friends are devastated.

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  7. I only knew her as Mick's girlfriend and my heart goes out to him. xxx

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  8. I know little about her designs but the outfits you've shown here are lovely. Our press is talking about massive financial difficulties, but who knows? It's a very, very sad thing when someone feels so desperate that taking their own life is the only option they can think of. xxx

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  9. The brain is a delicate organ. But it's our most important. It's a tragedy when people reach such places, but it's also one of the reasons I try to speak out for mental illness or disorders. Even people who have great possibilities can still be struggling on the inside.


    I didn't know much about the woman, but from what you've shown, the world lost a great talent and a great woman.

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  10. Sheila (of Ephemera)March 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Very sad; lovely tribute, Patti! Her clothes are lovely - I first saw her designs on Nicole Kidman and loved the classiness of them.

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  11. So sad …. Thanks for sharing photos of some of her work ….

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  12. Patti ... very well written... someone's life is not always what it looks like. All we can do is wish their family and friends love and prayers and hope that peace will be found too.

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  13. I'm so sad. her styles were so amazing

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  14. really sad and it shows that having it all has nothing to do with material things

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  15. It is very sad when people take their own lives and I think you are right about the having it all part. It continues to illustrate how little happiness is tied to the external and how truly intrinsic our hierarchy of happiness really is.

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  16. Yes, this news shocked me as well. I didn't know her, but I have the same reaction as you have. Though I know that minds can play nasty tricks. And also money and success are no guarantees for happiness.
    She made beautiful stuff. Thanks for showing.
    Greetje

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  17. Just another reminder to find our own joy, to make days fabulous as it is to us personally. Nice piece Patti.........

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  18. Mrs_Jack_of_all_tradesMarch 19, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    I love her latest collection.. I could see a mere mortal like me wearing them pieces. Sad that it has to end this way but apparently news said that she has some financial problem. Sometimes when all seems well, they are not so well after all..

    Mrs Jack O All Trades
    http://www.mjoat.com/

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  19. Like you said you never know what's going behind all that glamourous life - She had her problems and couldn't not deal with them for a reason- So sad, she was so young and very talented -

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  20. I still can't believe this. L'Wren was someone I had a personal admiration for not only for her talents and beauty but because she was one of the few very tall women in the public eye who was not an athlete. I am 6'2" and she was 6'3" or 6'4". I know it sounds like a silly reason to admire someone but I did relate to her on at least this one level. She gave me courage to try new styles and to stand tall. She will be missed.
    Thank you for a lovely tribute to her.

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  21. What a beautiful and poignant tribute my dear … your eloquence brought tears of recognition.


    xoxo
    Tamera

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  22. Erica @ recycled fashionMarch 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Very sad about this too, to think how troubled she must have been.

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  23. This is beyond sad. I read an article in WWD and you really don't know what people are going through. No one can know someone directly based on an outward appearance or what social status or income amount and assume that person is happy. She was a talented designer and it's a shame that she is gone.

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  24. Mental illness is a terrible thing -- you can have so much good in your life but if you are in despair, you can't see those good things.

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  25. Nice post Patti. She was elegant, stylish and striking with those long raven locks. Gonna share this post with my Facebook friends.

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  26. I'm still reeling from her passing Patti.....made me count my blessings again. I would always be one of her biggest fans!


    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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