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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: L'Wren Scott attends the British Fashion Awards 2013 held at the London Coliseum on December 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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In this photo released by Starpix, Mick Jagger, poses with L'Wren Scott at the "RX Haiti Benefit" in New York, Thursday, May 6, 2010. Jagger and L'Wren Scott co-hosted the Benefit which is a celebrity effort to raise critical funds for Haitian earthquake survivors in need of replacement limbs. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Mick Jagger and fashion designer L'Wren Scott attend the launch celebration of the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection hosted by Banana Republic, L'Wren Scott and Krista Smith at Chateau Marmont on November 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Banana Republic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Mick Jagger and fashion designer L'Wren Scott attend the launch celebration of the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection hosted by Banana Republic, L'Wren Scott and Krista Smith at Chateau Marmont on November 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Banana Republic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive for the Harpers Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards at Claridges Hotel on November 05, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Mick Jagger and fashion designer L'Wren Scott attend the launch celebration of the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection hosted by Banana Republic, L'Wren Scott and Krista Smith at Chateau Marmont on November 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Banana Republic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive for the Harpers Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards at Claridges Hotel on November 05, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger attend the grand opening party of Longchamp Regent Street on September 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger (C), his son Lucas (R) and his partner US fashion designer L'Wren Scott (2R) attend the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 6, 2012 in London.  (Photo credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages)
British musician Mick Jagger's and his partner, US fashion designer L'wren scott, attend the athletics event held at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 6, 2012 in London. (Photo credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Mick Jagger and designer L'Wren Scott attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 7, 2012, celebrating the opening of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.  (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger attend the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Designer L'Wren Scott and musician Mick Jagger pose at the L'Wren Scott Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Desmond Tutu Center on February 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Singer Mick Jagger and designer L'Wren Scott attend the SuperHeavy launch party at The Double Seven on September 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Designer L'Wren Scott and musician Mick Jagger attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Designer L'Wren Scott (L) and singer Mick Jagger arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Singer Mick Jagger and designer L'Wren Scott attend the premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
English singer Mick Jagger and American designer L'Wren Scott pose while arriving to attend the 2010 amfAR's Cinema Against Aids on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for amfAR)
British singer of 'The Rolling Stones', Mick Jagger and US stylist L'Wren Scott arrive for the screening of 'Stones in Exil' presented as a special screening at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2010 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU CORRECTING IDENTITY OF L'WREN SCOTT (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer of 'The Rolling Stones', Mick Jagger and US stylist L'Wren Scott arrive for the screening of 'Stones in Exil' presented as a special screening at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2010 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU CORRECTING IDENTITY OF L'WREN SCOTT (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: L'wren Scott and musician Mick Jagger attend the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Singer Mick Jagger and girlfriend L'Wren Scott attend the 'Shutter Island' special screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre on February 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 02: The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the premiere of 'Shine A Light' at the Odeon Leicester Square on April 2, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 7: English Singer Mick Jagger and his girlfriend L'Wren Scott arrive at the post haute couture show gala dinner and ball in the Parco dei Daini at the Villa Borghese on July 7, 2007 in Rome, Italy. Fashion icon Valentino decided to mark the celebration of the 45th anniversary of his luxury brand by breaking a 17 year tradition of unveiling his luxurious haute couture collections for women in Paris with a show in Rome. Valentino showed about 64 couture dresses, a record number considering a HC show never shows more than 40 gowns. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 7: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at the post haute couture show gala dinner and ball in the Parco dei Daini at the Villa Borghese on July 7, 2007 in Rome, Italy. Fashion icon Valentino decided to mark the celebration of the 45th anniversary of his luxury brand by breaking a 17 year tradition of unveiling his luxurious haute couture collections for women in Paris with a show in Rome. Valentino showed about 64 couture dresses, a record number considering a HC show never shows more than 40 gowns. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa /Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 07: Designer L'Wren Scott (L) and musician Mick Jagger attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 'Poiret: King Of Fashion' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Singer Mick Jagger and his girlfriend L'Wren Scott arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Singer Mick Jagger and his girlfriend L'Wren Scott arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger celebrating 26 July 2003 in Prague his sixtieth birthday smiles to wellwishers as he and L'Wren Scott, former model and US stylist enter a select VIP Duplex club at Wenceslas Square. The Rolling Stones are in Prague on the latest leg of their 'Forty Licks' world tour, and on Sunday 27 July will be performing before an estimated 60,000 spectators in Letna park -- an open area near the city's castle which witnessed several mass demonstrations during the 1989 Velvet revolution. AFP PHOTO-MAFA/DAVID NEFF (Photo credit should read DAVID NEFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Sir Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2013 at Claridge's Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision for Harper's Bazaar/AP)
In this Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 photo, British rock star Mick Jagger arrives with girlfriend L'Wren Scott for the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) in Jodhpur, India. Jagger is the International Patron of the Jodhpur RIFF, according to festival organizers. (AP Photo)
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones and L'Wren Scott poses at London Film Festival American Express Gala The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane at Odeon West End on Thursday October 18, 2012 in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision)
L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala, Monday, May 3, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Mick Jagger and fashion designer L'Wren Scott attend the launch celebration of the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection hosted by Banana Republic, L'Wren Scott and Krista Smith at Chateau Marmont on November 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Banana Republic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Mick Jagger and fashion designer L'Wren Scott attend the launch celebration of the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection hosted by Banana Republic, L'Wren Scott and Krista Smith at Chateau Marmont on November 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Banana Republic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive for the Harpers Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards at Claridges Hotel on November 05, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive for the Harpers Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards at Claridges Hotel on November 05, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger attend the grand opening party of Longchamp Regent Street on September 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and L'Wren Scott attend the Premiere of 'Crossfire Hurricane' during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
British musician Mick Jagger's and his partner, US fashion designer L'wren scott, attend the athletics event held at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 6, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages)
British musician Mick Jagger's, his son Lucas and his partner, US fashion designer L'wren scott, attend the athletics event held at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 6, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Mick Jagger and designer L'Wren Scott attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 7, 2012, celebrating the opening of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger attend the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Mick Jagger and designer L'Wren Scott attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Designer L'Wren Scott and musician Mick Jagger pose at the L'Wren Scott Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Desmond Tutu Center on February 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Designer L'Wren Scott and musician Mick Jagger pose at the L'Wren Scott Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Desmond Tutu Center on February 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Singer Mick Jagger and designer L'Wren Scott attend the SuperHeavy launch party at The Double Seven on September 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Musician Mick Jagger and Designer L'Wren Scott attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Designer L'Wren Scott and singer Mick Jagger attend the premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Singer Mick Jagger and designer L'Wren Scott attend the premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger arrive at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
English singer Mick Jagger and American designer L'Wren Scott pose while arriving to attend the 2010 amfAR's Cinema Against Aids on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for amfAR)
ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for amfAR)
ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: L'Wren Scott and husband Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones arrives at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
British singer of 'The Rolling Stones', Mick Jagger and US stylist L'Wren Scott arrive for the screening of 'Stones in Exil' presented as a special screening at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2010 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU CORRECTING IDENTITY OF L'WREN SCOTT (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer of 'The Rolling Stones', Mick Jagger and US stylist L'Wren Scott arrive for the screening of 'Stones in Exil' presented as a special screening at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2010 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU CORRECTING IDENTITY OF L'WREN SCOTT (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: L'wren Scott and musician Mick Jagger attend the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Singer Mick Jagger and girlfriend L'Wren Scott attend the 'Shutter Island' special screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre on February 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 02: The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the premiere of 'Shine A Light' at the Odeon Leicester Square on April 2, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: roducer Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the Cinema Society & Nars' after party for 'The Women' at the Gramercy Park Hotel on September 11, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at the premiere of the new Martin Scorsese movie about the Rolling Stones called 'Shine A Light' in New York on March 30, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas ROBERTS (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 7: English Singer Mick Jagger and his girlfriend L'Wren Scott arrive at the post haute couture show gala dinner and ball in the Parco dei Daini at the Villa Borghese on July 7, 2007 in Rome, Italy. Fashion icon Valentino decided to mark the celebration of the 45th anniversary of his luxury brand by breaking a 17 year tradition of unveiling his luxurious haute couture collections for women in Paris with a show in Rome. Valentino showed about 64 couture dresses, a record number considering a HC show never shows more than 40 gowns. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Musician Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and L'Wren Scott arrive at the premiere of 'Shine A Light' at the Ziegfeld Theater March 30, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 07: Designer L'Wren Scott (L) and musician Mick Jagger attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 'Poiret: King Of Fashion' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 7: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott arrive at the post haute couture show gala dinner and ball in the Parco dei Daini at the Villa Borghese on July 7, 2007 in Rome, Italy. Fashion icon Valentino decided to mark the celebration of the 45th anniversary of his luxury brand by breaking a 17 year tradition of unveiling his luxurious haute couture collections for women in Paris with a show in Rome. Valentino showed about 64 couture dresses, a record number considering a HC show never shows more than 40 gowns. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa /Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Singer Mick Jagger and his girlfriend L'Wren Scott arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Singer Mick Jagger and his girlfriend L'Wren Scott arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: British musician and actor Mick Jagger and costume designer L'Wren Scott arrive for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards show 16 January 2005 in Beverly Hills. Jagger won a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song Motion Picture category for his work on the film 'Alfie.' AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger celebrating 26 July 2003 in Prague his sixtieth birthday smiles to wellwishers as he and L'Wren Scott, former model and US stylist enter a select VIP Duplex club at Wenceslas Square. The Rolling Stones are in Prague on the latest leg of their 'Forty Licks' world tour, and on Sunday 27 July will be performing before an estimated 60,000 spectators in Letna park -- an open area near the city's castle which witnessed several mass demonstrations during the 1989 Velvet revolution. AFP PHOTO-MAFA/DAVID NEFF (Photo credit should read DAVID NEFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Mick Jagger paid poignant tribute to his late companion, designer L'Wren Scott, on Tuesday, calling her his "lover and best friend" and saying he was struggling to understand why she might have taken her own life.

Jagger posted the message on his Facebook page as the Rolling Stones canceled their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, "14 on Fire," in the wake of Scott's death. The noted fashion designer was found dead Monday in her Manhattan apartment, an apparent suicide.

"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," Jagger wrote. "We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."

He added: "I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.

"I will never forget her."

Jagger was believed to be on his way to New York after hearing the news in Australia. The band issued a statement expressing regret that the tour was being postponed.

Meanwhile, details emerged in Britain about financial troubles that Scott's eponymous label had been experiencing. Last month the designer canceled her London Fashion Week show, due to reported production delays.

Accounts filed by Scott's LS Fashion Ltd. in London show the company had liabilities that exceeded assets by 4.24 million euros ($5.9 million) as of Dec. 31, 2012.

The company's long and short-term debts totaled 6.75 million euros against assets, capital and reserves of 2.51 million euros, according to the accounts, which were filed in October.

That news raised questions about whether Scott's label, popular on Hollywood red carpets, would now be able to survive. Steven Frumkin, dean of business and technology at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, said that was an open question, but that despite the company's difficulties, the brand could survive with skillful marketing.

He said it was crucial that the label also stake a claim to a wide audience, as Scott did in a recent collaboration with Banana Republic, and not just go after the high end of the market. Scott's designs have been popular with celebrities like Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman and first lady Michelle Obama.

Prominent fashion writer Robin Givhan noted that with a private company, it's impossible to know what the future holds. But she suggested that survival could be a challenge for the label, since it was "still quite young in its development and with a very limited audience. It certainly was not a household name." She added that the fashion line was "based on a particular aesthetic sensibility that was quite personal."

Scott was adopted by a Mormon couple and grew up in small-town Utah. She made her way to Paris after high school where, aided by her 6-foot-3 height (some say it was 6-foot-4) and striking looks, she found work as a model for some prominent photographers.

But she became more interested in working with clothes than modeling them, and eventually made her name as a top stylist in Los Angeles and a costume designer for films including "Ocean's 13."

In 2006, Scott founded her label, with an initial collection based on the "Little Black Dress." She became known for designs that had a vintage feel and bared little skin, such as her famous "headmistress" dress - prim, with three-quarter sleeves, but also close-fitting and stylish.

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Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L'Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace
Such terrible news about L'Wren Scott. She was an amazing designer.
L'wren Scott was brilliant, elegant, kind, and generous. Shit. My heart goes out to her loved ones. What a tragedy.
Just got news of the beautiful L'wren Scott's death perhaps by her own hand. I am devastated. A rare, wonderful, talented soul. Goodbye.
Rest in peace, L'Wren Scott. You'll forever be missed.
Saddened over the loss of the very talented, generous and always gracious L'Wren Scott. You will be missed
We are stunned and saddened to learn of the loss of L'Wren Scott. Our hearts and prayers go out to her friends and family.
So very sad today. L'Wren Scott was such a great talent and beautiful person. My thoughts are with her loved ones.
wait wait wait....is the news about L'Wren Scott real?!! oh god man, can't believe it. she was such an incredible person. can't believe it.
So sad to hear of the death of L'Wren Scott. What a beautiful woman and an incredible designer.
Shocked and saddened by the passing of @lwrenscott ... she was an amazing soul, talented artist and an unbelievably giving friend. RIP.
L'wren Scott dead??? No no no. So original beautiful & talented. how can it be??
Thinking of L'Wren, I'm reminded of this quote: "Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." I'm speechless.
Rest in Peace, beautiful L'Wren Scott.
You were a brilliant original. And loved. And will be forever missed. Dearest L'wren Scott .
I really admired L'Wren Scott. This is tragic.
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