L’Wren Scott is all about the details: the placement of a hemline, the click of a handbag. The stylist-turned-designer doesn’t do anything haphazardly, so it was no surprise that she decided to launch her handbag line by introducing it to a group of 20 or so bloggers on Wednesday morning. (Barneys, who has the exclusive on the bags this season, hosted the breakfast.) Because as everyone from Proenza Schouler to Reed Krakoff knows, it’s really The Bag Snob–the be-all-end-all of accessories blogs–who makes or breaks your collection.
Along with the opportunity to get to know the Lula–Scott‘s introductory piece, available in three practical sizes and a variety of colors and skins–we were lucky enough to get to know Scott, who not only did a Q&A with O creative director Adam Glassman, but also answered questions from the audience. Given that her runway show is as exclusive as Tom Ford‘s–seriously, like, less than a hundred people are invited–this was a real treat. Especially since she’s such a charismatic and sincere person. The big takeaways:
There are only 75 exotic skin Lula’s in the world. And they’re numbered. If you’ve got $20,000 to spare, we suggest you act now. Otherwise, the calfskin bags start at a still-pricey-but-manageable-if-you-really-love-it $2,300.
Her icons are old movie stars. Simon Doonan, who was also in the audience, asked her what and who she loved specifically. She named a million movies, but the always-opinionated Doonan said he thinks her clothes are most informed by La Dolce Vita because they’re sensual without every being crass.
She didn’t know that Oprah was wearing her clothes on the final show until the final show. She had sent them to Oprah’s people at the end of last year after a special order was placed. “I just hoped they fit!” She also said Oprah is a dream to dress. “She has a beautiful hourglass figure.”
She has plans to launch some sort of lower-priced collection. This was the biggest news of the morning, but she couldn’t say much, given that it’s still in the works. But the designer confirmed that she will be creating something that more people can afford.
She carried an Hermes before she created the Lula. Naturally.
Her mother, Lula, inspired the bag. She loved the way you could hear the click of the fastener on her mother’s bag. The gunmetal hardware on the collection was inspired by that memory.
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