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Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
When I hear her name, my visceral reaction is of tailored Dior, luncheons on Martha’s Vineyard and royalty. It’s true, Diana and Jackie would have been the best of friends had they been born within one or the other’s decade.
Her style is so iconic that she gets compared to as if she were a brand herself. Shabby Apple’s new Winter Wonderland collection carries a Jackie O thread throughout each piece, with its muted pinks, deep blues and clean lines. The Hustle and Bustle dress is one Mrs. Kennedy surely would have had tucked neatly into her closet, paired perfectly with a matching pink pillbox hat.
But it wasn’t just the clothes that made her the immortal heroine we all remember her by. Jackie had this air about her that permeated grace, poise and surely smelled of Chanel No. 5. But I wondered how Jackie could emulate such beauty amidst apparent chaos.
Ever since I saw the 1991 movie JFK with Harrison Ford, I’ve been intrigued by conspiracy theories. And there’s none more famous than the grassy-knoll-magic-bullet-JFK-assassination. So when I noticed that PBS had a special this weekend on the Kennedy’s, I cozied up and claimed my couch spot for the better part of Saturday afternoon.
To my surprise, this wasn’t another movie rehashing the points from Oliver Stone’s film. Rather this was a deeper look into the early life of JFK (Jack) and his personal struggles leading up to the assassination. There was also a prominent focus on Jackie and how she dealt with her own struggles during that time.
However effective and proficient Jack was as a nation’s President, it became quite apparent that he was quite the opposite as a husband. His embarrassingly public affairs with beautiful and powerful women began almost immediately after the newlywed’s honeymoon. And yet Jackie, with her delicate white gloves and sincere smile, showed nothing but strength and class.
So, as many pay tribute to our fallen President on the anniversary of his assassination this November 22, personally I’d like to also recognize the beautiful Jackie O on this day - a mother, a wife, a style icon, and our very own American Royal.
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