Designer L'Wren Scott was found dead in her West Chelsea apartment in Manhattan Monday morning, police confirmed.
The 49-year-old designer and partner of Mick Jagger, who cancelled her show at London Fashion Week last month citing production delays, was found hanging from a scarf by her assistant around 10 a.m. in what looks to be a suicide. The designer was in the middle of promoting a new collaboration with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, following a holiday collaboration with Banana Republic.
Scott, born Luann Bambrough, was raised by adoptive Mormon parents in Roy, Utah, before being "discovered" by photographer Bruce Weber and buying a one-way ticket to Paris to kickstart her modeling career. (With her narrow, 6'3" frame and exceptionally long legs, you could say she was made for it.) Years later, she moved to L.A., where she worked as a stylist and a costume designer on films including, famously, Eyes Wide Shut. In 2006, she launched her own label with a line of nine little black dresses, which has since evolved into a full, high-end ready-to-wear line known for its elaborate detail, developed in her London studio.
Scott spoke at our "How to Make It in Fashion" conference in Los Angeles in October, which she opened by saying, modestly, "I don't think I have made it in fashion."
Update 1:30 p.m. ET: Officers in front of Scott's apartment will not confirm that it was Scott's body found in the apartment nor if the body has been removed as the investigation is "still ongoing." TV news crews are already starting to arrive:
Update 1:40 p.m. ET:
Update 3:40 p.m. ET: This story was updated to reflect confirmation of Scott's death from the NYPD.