What Made Jacqueline Kennedy A Style Icon?
Now and then we need a mother/daughter day, so I spent a day in Carlton with my gorgeous daughter, Emma today to see the movie "Jackie” at the Nova cinema.
Jackie is an Oscar-tipped film-biography, starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The movie is an intimate portrait of one of the most tragic moments in American History, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. We see through Jackie’s eyes the struggles during, and after the event to maintain her dignity and composure and to maintain the legacy of “Camelot” Jackie and John created.
The movie is well worth seeing, especially to see Natalie Portman’s role as Jackie. Anyway, this inspired me to write an article for you on Jackie’s style, as she was and still is a style icon today.
We all loved Michelle Obama’s style, but if there was ever a more stylish and iconic first lady, it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who’s style was emulated in magazines and retailers across the country. Jacqueline had a fascination on French couture, with her favourite designers being Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Hubert de Givenchy, before discovering an American designer, Oleg Cassini, who created many of her signature styles, influencing women all around the world.
If alive today, Jacqueline would have celebrated her 98th birthday on 31st January 2017. Her legacy lives on for many reasons, including her restoration of the White House, her book editing career, and the presidential “Camelot” years, but it was her signature looks that made her one of the greatest style icons of the last century.
Jacqueline always looked impeccable. Whatever the occasion, she knew instinctively what to wear. Her taste was impeccable; her judgment, infallible. In fact, she exuded effortless style.
Her style lives on today, and she is one of the many influences for many designers. Colour blocking (including bright colours, breaking the all-black mantra of New York), oversized sunglasses (The “Jackie O’s”), Pillbox hats, pearl necklaces, fitted suits, beautiful coats, off the shoulder tops, and of course ballet flats paired with Capri pants she helped make famous.
Even today, more than 50 years after leaving the White House, Jackie Kennedy Onassis remains a timeless fashion icon. From catwalk to High Street, her influence is abundant.
Many A-Listers, including Amal Clooney, Kate Middleton, and of course, Michelle Obama are still emulating Jacqueline Kennedy’s Style. Even Princess Diana, another style icon, often looked towards Jacqueline’s style when working with designers.
With the success of the movie, Jackie, we can expect to see an explosion of lookalike outfits. Tailored jackets cut flatteringly above the waist, skirt-suits and nice little hats will no doubt remain in vogue.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.