La Femme

Remembering Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

As a little girl I used to pour over my Grandmother’s magazines. To this day I don’t remember much of what I perused with the exception of one image of the enchanting Carolyn Bessette Kennedy on her wedding day.

At the time my interest in fashion was burgeoning but my appreciation for style was some time away. You see, the image of Carolyn in her simple Narciso Rodriquez ivory gown left me perplexed. It was so against the grain of what was on trend at the time that as a little girl I couldn’t understand why a bride would elect to be wed in something so simple. The image stuck with me though, as with the feeling. As time passed I realised that is the epitome of making a statement in an understated manner.

I distinctly remember the impression that dress made on me and the feeling it left. Twenty years later that moment is burned into my consciousness. Being only 11, I didn’t understand at the time but in retrospect, it was that moment that lay the seeds for my own appreciation for minimalism and finding beauty in simplicity.

As a woman, I have come to appreciate that was Carolyn’s Bessette Kennedy’s legacy and that confused little girl grew into a woman who models her entire style aesthetic off that legacy. She was a style icon. Renowned for her penchant for a neutral palette and classic silhouette, Carolyn is the definition of timelessness. It brings me such sadness to curate my favourite looks for today’s blogpost. You will see a woman whose outfit choices resonate in the present day. What strikes me now, as it struck me in 1996, was seeing a woman undoubtedly herself.

Because that’s the difference between style and fashion, the latter follows trends whilst style is personal. It requires confidence to curate looks that speak to exactly who you are.

For me Carolyn is not just a nineties icon she is the ultimate style icon.

As for the little girl once so perplexed by a dress that bore no frills or embellishments, that little girl grew to want to model her own dress off the woman who taught her less is always more.