L’WRen Scott, stylist and fashion designer, died at 49

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American stylist and fashion designer Laura “Luann” Bambrough died on March 17, 2014, known professionally as L’Wren Scott. Scott was found dead by her assistant at her apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan.

The police reported that no note was found and there was no sign of foul play.

The New York City Chief Medical Examiner determined Scott’s manner and cause of death to be suicide by hanging.

She was 49. L’Wren Scott was married twice, for short periods of time. From 1990 – 1993 as “Lauren Scott,” she was married to British property developer Andrew Ladsky.

In 1993, one month after her divorce from Ladsky, she married Andrew Brand, manager of a Prada franchise in Beverly Hills. The marriage lasted only 9 months. The divorce was finalized in 1997.

Named Laura Bambrough by her Mormon adoptive parents, Ivan and Lula Bambrough, who raised her in Roy, Utah, with two siblings, Jan and Randall, also adoptees.

Laura was soon nicknamed “Luann”. Known for her tall frame, she had already reached 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) in height by the age of twelve, and would eventually grow to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m). Because of her height, she had to sew her own clothes.

She learned clothing construction, and fabric quality starting at the age of twelve.

Her spokesperson confirmed the ‘tragic death’ without giving any further details about the motivations or whether or not she had left a note behind for loved one: ‘At this devastating time for Ms Scott’s family and friends we request that their privacy be respected.’

However, in recent years, her company’s debts had doubled year-on-year – a downward spiral that showed no sign of stopping.

In 2009, the debt stood at $2,120,015.67, and by 2010 it had grown to $3,063,160.87.

The issues surrounding her company, which was incorporated in July 2006, are the real reason she called off her show, a source said, as she could not even afford to put on the fashion show.

In October last year, it appeared as though L’Wren was trying to stem the financial chaos after she appointed her adopted brother, Randall Ivan Bambrough – who still lives in her homestate of Utah – as a director to her company.

Just weeks before she axed her London show, L’Wren – who usually showed at New York Fashion Week – had happily posted pictures of her holiday vacation at Jagger’s home on the island of Mustique.

Scott had been dating Jagger, 70, since at least 2003. The lanky former model designed clothes worn by a number of celebrities, including Madonna, Allison Williams and Christina Hendricks.

She also created many of Jagger’s looks for the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary tour, which began in 2012 and is currently in Australia.

In addition to her haute creations, she designed a collection for Banana Republic that was introduced late last year.

After modeling for several years, she became a stylist and eventually designed costumes for films such as the 1996 remake of “Diabolique” and 2000’s “Mercy.”

 

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