WHO HAS NEVER ASKED THEMSELVES, “AND WHAT SHALL I WEAR TODAY”? FOR SOME, IT IS A PERMANENT QUESTION THAT PRESENTS ITSELF EVERY DAY, WHILE FOR OTHERS, MORE SURE OF THEIR OWN STYLE, IT IS A DOUBT THAT ARISES AT THE TIME OF AN EVENT OR A SPECIAL DATE…
To have a style icon, a woman whom we particularly respect and consider to be aesthetically impeccable, could help us to resolve this dilemma.
Love&wear is RedMillk’s new feature that helps you to get a closer view of the beautiful women who have inspired the great designers and launched new trends, thanks to personality and striking beauty.
Choose the one you would most like to look like and, at the most opportune moment, when you have to think about buying something new, or when you are standing in front of your wardrobe and can’t make a decision, ask yourself the question, “But, would she wear it”?
CAROLYN BESSETTE KENNEDY
The bright gaze, the confident smile, the red lips and the long, fine, blonde hair worn loose or in an severe chignon, and the minimalist look that is always just right: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, the wife of John Jr, the son of Jacqueline and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was one of the most famous icons of style and beauty. Her chic and simple outfits, which dictated style in the New York of the nineteen nineties, were so modern and refined that they gave her a timeless elegance which even today can prove to be a great source of inspiration.
The fascinating Carolyn always stood out because of her choice of clothes with clean-cut lines: some of them looked as if they had been stolen from her husband’s wardrobe, while others were designer labels from the great names like Prada and Yohji Yamamoto. For the evening she was sensuous but meticulous in long, black dresses or black and white suits. For daytime wear she chose comfortable and informal clothing, varied in unconventional or very personal styles. Her minimalist style accompanied her even on her wedding day, when, in an antique Baptist church on the island of Cumberland in Georgia, she arrived at the altar wearing a splendid but utterly simple slip dress, designed by Narciso Rodriguez.
A true queen of understatement, she once declared: “If you intend to wear brightly coloured or printed clothes, these need to be very high quality. Otherwise it is much better not to spend tons of dollars, and to put your trust in grey, navy and black. They always work”.
So, put aside sequins and glitter, flowered headbands, overly showy prints and strong colours, and forget about any accessories that are not functional. The Kennedy look is achieved with long or sheath dresses, sartorial blazers, wrap-around coats, A-line skirts, boyfriend jeans, masculine sweaters and a palette of plain colours ranging from camel to black, and including the most refined shades of red, brown and dark blue.
“Dressed “ with a dazzling smile, and well-cared for hair and skin, you will achieve an image that is understated but sensual, because it is worn with the hint of a subtle, irresistible nonchalance.
Text Antonella Reina and research Fabiola Di Virgilio