Sunday, March 18, 2012
MANY women would kill to be of supermodel height, but designer L'Wren Scott says that being so tall (she is 6'3"), has its perils.
"I was so tall and so skinny - I was that kid who couldn't find anything to wear. All the cool kids would have jeans the right length and I would just think 'what am I going to do?'" Scott recounted the downside to her height as a teenager, saying she had to beg her mother to buy her two pairs of jeans so that she could cut the bottoms off of one pair and sew them onto the other the extend the leg length to fit her.Yesterday saw Scott in conversation with VOGUE.COM editor Dolly Jones, an event hosted by Joan Burstein in her South Molton Street boutique, Browns. The designer spoke of her life and career - from growing up in Utah to gracing the Chanel catwalk and later becoming a designer whose pieces are worn by the world's biggest stars on the red carpet. Despite her extraordinary height and beauty, modelling was never something Scott particularly wanted to pursue, claiming she was "never great at being objectified", and that design was always her ambition.
As a child "obsessed with fashion" she would scout out second-hand stores to find vintage designer pieces that she could take apart and reconstruct to make new garments, and pore over Vogue and Butterick patterns. Leaving home for Paris at 18 to model, she was first spotted by Bruce Weber and went on to walk for a host of esteemed labels, including Chanel - an experience that made her feel like a "deer in the headlights." She later became a respected stylist and costume designer, and even worked with the legendary Richard Zanuck on the production of the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony.
She launched her own label in 2006, introducing her now-famous Headmistress dress - which has been worn by the likes of Madonna, Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie - and is reproduced each season in a new fabric and colour.
"I wanted to create things that you can always pull out of your closet and rely on. I wanted to create a timeless, classic collection of clothing that you can keep expanding on," said Scott of her designs yesterday.