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It’s not just an A-plus roster of fashion’s “It” queens — Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker — that has L’Wren Scott standing well above the rest. Her staggering stature — she’s 6-foot-4 — is also an oft-cited and discussed feature of this former model, whose life of late has become as much tabloid fodder as her clients’, despite her efforts to keep her three-year relationship with Mick Jagger away from the spotlight.
Scott’s always kept an elusive, some would say aloof, persona, which has only added to her mystique. After hours, among those she knows, however, she can be wildly funny.
She’s also just plain wildly busy. In recent years she’s trekked between Los Angeles, Paris and London. She styles shows and shoots for Karl Lagerfeld, along with lending her vision to Vanity Fair, French Vogue, Rolling Stone and many others. She’s also served as creative consultant on campaigns for Chanel, Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Tag Heuer and the Pirelli calendar, along with costuming characters or casts for “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Diabolique” and “Mercy.”
Cinching a consulting gig, design or otherwise, has been an aim for Scott in recent years, and she’s already racked up design credits for Bulgari and Steinmetz. In 2000, she was appointed official stylist for the Academy Awards, serving as a liaison between fashion and Hollywood.
If there are any good-luck charms regarding awards shows, for many trophy hopefuls it’s Jessica Paster, a pioneer in the modern Hollywood stylist category. She started her career in 1995 and year after year ends up with several nominees — and winners — both on stage and on the red carpet.
Right now, her hot list includes Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Bosworth, Jewel, Minnie Driver and Sandra Bullock, among others, and many count her as a
Paster’s success has also made her among the most controversial in the styling crowd. Some of her competition and publicists have accused her of everything from bad practices to bad manners. But those who work closely with her insist her passion and drive for her clients is often misunderstood. Paster’s even mellowed some and appears all the healthier for it.
She’s hosted parties for designers such as Lulu Guiness at her Hollywood Hills home, and squeezes in editorial and ad campaigns between her clients’ needs. Offers to do books and consult at fashion houses also continue. “I love styling,” she said, “but I am in my early thirties, and I need to consider what I want to do when I can’t do to the schlepping anymore.”
The Angeleno native’s big break came on her first solo effort, when she hit a triple at the 1998 Oscars: Kim Basinger in yellow Escada, Minnie Driver in a red Halston and Linda Hamilton in Pamela Dennis. “I haven’t had a day off since,” she sighed.