The penthouse at the swanky Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City was totally transformed into a showroom space fit for a queen (queen L'Wren that is). On a balmy November afternoon, designer L'Wren Scott (and Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend) hosted a presentation for her spring 2013 collection while also debuting her first eyewear line.
The large room featured lush red carpets, embroidered chairs, red velvet cupcakes and of course, beautiful clothing and accessories (the designer is known for her sleek silhouettes and body-hugging dresses -- in fact she is rumored to be designing Angelina Jolie's wedding dress). In the midst of the extravaganza stood the designer herself busily talking to the press, fixing displays and fussing over her models. She was a vision in a long burgundy velvet dress that hugged her slim figure while her dark locks framed her flawless skin (she credits her glowing complexion to her three favorite beauty products: "Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Rodin skin oil and Dr Colbert serum"). Whatever she is using seems to be working, having just flown from Paris to New York the day before, she looked well-rested and rejuvenated. With her long legs and tall stature (she is 6'3" to be exact) it was impossible to tear your eyes away from the ex-model (who even gave herself a boost with a pair of 3" pumps.)
Although the elaborate clothes that lined the room were hard to miss, the beautiful sunglass collection (cleverly displayed on cake trays) was the main attraction. L'Wren has been designing for years -- First Lady Michelle Obama wears her clothes (most recently to vote!) Nicole Kidman is often spotted on the red carpet in her designs. So why did she just branch into eyewear now? "Well I'm never in a rush to finish a line," she explained, "and I always think you have to wait until you think it's the right moment for you and your customer. I love to listen to what my customers' needs are." After seven years, it finally seemed like the right time. L'Wren was hesitant to pick out her favorite pair of sunnies, but did cite a gold cat-eye pair as ones she was particularly fond of (we couldn't get enough of the lacy cut-out frames ourselves).
With a successful fashion career and a personal life that is constantly splashed all over the tabloids, it's hard to imagine the two don't fuse together at some point. When asked how Mick has influenced her style (the pair have been dating for almost 12 years now), Scott declined to comment, saying "I've been having my own style for a while." Fair enough--we love an independent woman.