Descending on a favored cocktail spot, The Fumoir bar in London's Claridges Hotel, L’Wren Scott looks suitably glam adorned in a richly colored mix of satin and brocade. “It’s such a cozy, intimate place,” the designer explains of the venue, where she was launching her new design collaboration with German eyewear brand Menrad. “Great for an after-party chat.” Standing six-foot-three in her bare feet, the raven-haired beauty stuck out in her home state of Utah, but upon moving to Paris in 1985 she quickly captivated the fashion world with her 42-inch legs. A long-standing collaboration with fabled photographer Herb Ritts followed in the 1990s as she moved towards Hollywood, consulting on movies like Eyes Wide Shut and Diabolique as well as styling the Oscars. Scott met her current love Mick Jagger in 2001 and five years later launched her first collection, aimed at women looking for a classic womanly silhouette. Eyewear represents Scott's newest creative frontier. “Much like doing a dress when you have to think about body proportions,” she says, “with eyewear you have to think about everyone’s face shape.” A great lover of the British capital's sumptuous holiday destinations, Scott talked seasonal traditions as photographer Liz Collins snapped her portrait.
What’s your favorite place to spend the holidays?
At home on the island of Mustique.
Do you have any holiday rituals?
Yes! No cell phone on, read as many books as possible and fatten up.
What’s your favorite seasonal food indulgence?
The island doesn’t have a lot of options but I do love a bit of caviar.
Cook or cater?
Candlelight or limelight?
What’s at the top of your wish list this year?
Just having a holiday! I have been so busy working and I’m so excited to have some time off.
Return or re-gift?
What’s the best gift you’ve ever been given?
A song written for me and played on the beach.