Mick’s frock ’n’ roll sell-off
Dazzling, decked in sequins and worn by a glamorous array of women, l’Wren Scott’s gowns were as intoxicatingly beautiful as the designer herself. Fans included everyone from Madonna to Michelle Obama. She also transferred her sparkle to long-term lover Sir Mick Jagger, who wore several of her designs on stage. However, her success masked a hidden torment and, in 2014, l’Wren took her own life, aged 49. now, to fund a fashion scholarship in her memory, designs worn by celebrities including nicole Kidman, Jennifer lawrence and Penelope Cruz are going on sale at london auction house Christie’s. Highlights of the l’Wren Scott archive, which Jagger inherited with the rest of her estate, will go on display from today, with online bids open until July 1. The proceeds, which could top £100,000, will go to the l’Wren Scott Fashion scholarship at Central Saint Martins in london. Two of the most tantalising lots are the stage jackets l’Wren custom-designed for Jagger. The first, a vibrant ‘glamouflage’ number in an oak leaf design, was worn for his headline performance at 2013’s glastonbury festival, and the second, adorned with butterflies, for a concert in Hyde Park the same year. l’Wren’s great eye for detail saw her put in extra seams to stop them ripping during Jagger’s energetic dance moves, and her dresses — even the simplest of which would sell for more than £1,000 — were always lined with pure silk. Other gowns on sale include those worn by supermodel naomi Campbell, Downton abbey star Michelle Dockery and socialite Daphne guinness. always her own best model, there are also several garments worn by l’Wren herself. Speaking before the sale, Jagger said: ‘l’Wren was a talented and passionate designer with a keen eye for detail. She created beautiful pieces that were the epitome of elegance and sophistication, yet with a contemporary feel.’ Here, BETH HALE takes a stroll along the Christie’s catwalk . . .