Lily Tomkins

Mourning the Loss of L’Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott stated in an interview with a major newspaper, ‘I am a fashion designer, I don’t want to be known as Mick Jagger’s girlfriend.’

This week the world met with the sad news of the passing of L’Wren Scott. As if the loss of an individual isn’t unhappy enough, the handling of this news by many newspapers was incredibly disappointing. Among the headlines I read, almost all referred to L’Wren as ‘Mick Jagger’s girlfriend’.

Some headlines did not even include L’Wren’s name at all. By doing so, the press managed to de-humanise a woman who had so many talents and a great flair for life. A woman imbued with such talent was reduced to nothing more than an extension of Mick Jagger. She became much like one of her designs, a beautiful swathe of fabric, drifting down the runway of life, only to disappear at the end of the catwalk. To say the press coverage of L’Wren’s passing has been distasteful is an understatement. The press have hounded Mick Jagger and the quest to find the method of suicide in question is staggering. As if this matters. The only thing that matters is the loss of a precious life and the dreadful void left in the lives of her loved ones. Instead of mourning the loss of ‘Mick Jagger’s girlfriend’, let us celebrate the life of one of the upstanding talent’s of the fashion world, L’Wren Scott.

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