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    Queen of Less – looks inspired by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

    Nineties spring fashion inspired by elegant New York chic

    Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy has long been associated with classic, understated elegance, the fashion publicist’s name and incomparable style lives on and maintains societal relevance. This shoot is inspired by her timeless style.


    Photos: Zeb Daemen
    Styling & Concept: Konstantin Spachis
    Model: Caroline Winberg from Uno Models
    Hair: Anne Sofie Begtrup from Wise & Talented
    Make-up: Camille Lutz from Call My Agent 
    Casting Director: William Lhoest
    Fashion Assistants: Annelise Lomard-Platet, Teresa Leppich

    In this almost angelic dress, you’ll float across the dance floor like a fairy – just like CBK, the
    wife of the American JFK Jr., did in New York society. And yes, it’s also reminiscent of her iconic wedding dress. Delicate shift dress made of layered voile and silk gauze, by Prada, price
    on request
    The new business dress code: pencil-grey pleated trousers made of Shantung silk, paired with an azure silk top with embossed wave patterns. Both from Giorgio Armani, around Dhs6,350 and Dhs13,892, respectively. Pumps: Prada
    The perfect off-duty look for a shopping spree through Tribeca, the former residential neighbourhood of CBK in the Big Apple: Structured twill trousers with a slight bootcut, paired with a small tweed vest. The relaxed, men’s-style coat completes the ensemble. Trousers and vest, both from Ralph Lauren Collection, around Dhs6,152 and Dhs4,564, respectively. Coat by Marina Rinaldi, around Dhs4,405. Suede loafers: Unützer
    Reversing the narrative on mandatory sparkle for a black-tie gala. Thanks to charm and charisma, CBK’s delicate figure always stood out from the crowd. This midnight blue trapèze dress is made of washed silk satin, by René Storck, around Dhs12,939.
    Gloves: Roeckl. Slingbacks: Gianvito Rossi
    Black, calf-length skirts paired with variations of male-connoted button-down shirts were part of was CBK’s style code for occasions, whether it was the exhibition opening at the Guggenheim or the charity dinner in Uptown. The combination appeared on numerous runway shows this season. Here, a flowing, side-slit midi skirt with a pinstripe blouse in satin. Skirt by Max & Co., around Dhs575. Blouse by Self Portrait, around Dhs1,369. Shoes: Tod’s
    The baby blue zipper jacket in a sporty style made of structured cotton complements a vanilla yellow pencil skirt in matching material for a bi-colour suit. Both from N°21, around Dhs2,341 and Dhs1,547, respectively. Rose gold bracelet: Cartier
    Showing the paparazzi the cold shoulder in this pleated, semi-transparent A-line one-shoulder blouse in muslin, paired with the straight-cut high-waist trousers in sturdy wool, both from Ferragamo, around Dhs5,914 and Dhs3,413, respectively. White gold Move bracelets with three movable diamonds: Messika
    Inspired by the classic trench coat, a stone-grey two-piece is paired with a mini skirt and matching jacket with accentuated epaulettes. Both from Burberry, around Dhs6,549 and
    Dhs11,470, respectively. Mary-Janes: Jimmy Choo
    She made ugly chic acceptable far beyond the borders of New York. CBK’s intellectual elegance was a departure from the traditional American understanding of glamour. Here’s an ensemble with a lot of nineties flair: An ochre-coloured leather jacket paired with a frog-green shirt and rust-brown wool trousers. A button-down shirt in Wall Street blue adds a touch of tomboy cool. Jacket and shirt, both from Bally, around Dhs4,723 and Dhs992, respectively. Trousers from Miu Miu, price on request
    Pleated A-line skirt, gilet with cut-out effect, and a lightweight bomber-style jacket, from Tod’s, around Dhs5,953, Dhs3,532 and Dhs3,532, respectively
    Reminiscent of CBK’s appearance at the Fire and Ice Ball in Los Angeles wearing a legendary couture dress from Atelier Versace in 1998: A reinterpretation featuring a long Jacquard vest dress paired with flowing men’s trousers. Dress by Mame Kurogouchi, price on request. Trousers by Marc Cain, around Dhs912. Gloves: Stylist’s own
    Borrowed from the boys – or from JFK Jr.: The boxy blazer is a nod to the tailoring of men’s fashion in the 1980s and 1990s. Here, it is combined with an asymmetrically cut silk midi skirt. Both from Givenchy, around Dhs15,836 and Dhs6,707, respectively

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