Through his various roles at Vogue magazine, André Leon Talley got to know late fashion designer L'Wren Scott.
And, at her funeral in New York City last week, he eulogized her in front of Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, and of course, Scott's longtime partner, Mick Jagger.
"Her death left a deep void in my life. It was to me, always about her luminous inner light," Talley said, according to the written version obtained by Vanity Fair. "A spirit of warmth, the perfection of kindness. She illumined, she beamed you up and made you feel every moment in her presence was like fresh air. Sunshine and golden. She just made you feel good."
Scott committed suicide in her Manhattan apartment in March, authorities confirmed. She was survived by Jagger, his children and their children, whom Talley said Scott considered to be her grandchildren. (They called her "Glammy," according to an email from her that he shared.)
Describing Scott as a woman who "never bragged, she never shouted, she shared. And she loved. There was always a Midwestern stillness about her, from some inner fount, came this sophisticated lady, who had achieved her dream."
Talley shared a story about her lending him a jacket when he had nothing else to wear and a tale of seeing her and Mick at the Golden Globes. He also shared one of her last emails to him.
"Darling, Finally home, to read your amazingly fun report that captures every moment, even the ones I missed. The best part about reading your Vogue review was that Mick read it to me with an accent of a great American writer, very witty and funny just like you," she wrote. "He did skip a few lines with embarrassment as his modesty, after all the years, he cannot accept praise. I so admire that. Sweet Read."