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  • Written by Emily Pink


“CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy: A Life in Fashion” honors the influence of a figure whose legacy is cemented in fashion history. Aside from her marriage to John F. Kennedy Jr., Bessette-Kennedy began her career at Calvin Klein, working her way up to the director of publicity. When her marriage thrust her into the spotlight, it was Bessette Kennedy’s unique fashion sense that propelled her to stardom.


Perhaps originating the now-popular fashion trend of quiet luxury, Bessette Kennedy was known to avoid wearing branded pieces and remained dedicated to a specific color palette. As a result, her style remains the epitome of timeless elegance and continues to feel current to modern audiences. Despite marrying into such an influential and powerful family, Bessette chose to embrace avant-garde designers, reshaping and concretizing her image as a champion of individuality.


Almost always pictured with long blonde hair and her signature cherry red lip, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s most famous looks include an understated cream zip-front gown by Versace, worn at the Fire and Ice Ball in 1998. Bessette Kennedy’s street style made her the ultimate New York fashion icon of the ‘90s, often seen in kick flare denim jeans and classic boots – and almost always dressed in shades of black, white, and brown.


Retailer Barnes & Noble determines that the book “gathers the greats in the fashion world to speak of her timeless style and presents never-before-published personal anecdotes from friends and family, including such fashion luminaries as Graydon Carter, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, Wes Gordon, Tory Burch, and Samira Nasr.”


“CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy: A Life in Fashion” is available to purchase from Barnes & Noble as well as other online retailers. The book is an undoubtedly worthy commemoration of a figure that exudes style even 25 years after her death.

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