October 12th, 2013

‘Blithe Sprit’ in WSJ.

Yesterday a few readers mused in the comments section of Basic Love on what Carolyn Bessette Kennedy would wear today. I bet she would like these two updated ’70s looks on Dree Hemingway in the WSJ. magazine. The Derek Lam jeans are a nice alternative to skinnies and the L.V. resort look below was one of my favorites from the show and convinced me to try clogs.

Photography by Angelo Pennetta     Styling by Elissa Santisi.


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Belted denim shirt


Jean canvas espadrilles


Bow-detailed crepe midi dress


Nude leatter sandals


Camilla one-shoulder textured-organic cotton maxi dress


Knotted sleeve-waist wool sweater


Paradise high-rise jeans


Nude leather sandals


Pearl ribbed-knit wool sweater


Cropped leather trousers


Ryder leather shoulder bag


Square sunglasses

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  • Perfection Preston. You’ve really hit the nail on the head. These looks are so wonderful and really appeal. These looks are exactly my favourites, with my massive love of 1970s styles and boho and preppie too. Your vision for fascinating Ms C B K as she might have dressed today is intriguing and I love the response you’ve made to your recent readers’ call in that regard. I miss looking at her too. Is this feeling/longing a modern phenomenon?

    JustineOctober 12th, 2013  2:18 PM

  • I understand the aspect of missing the sight of someone (even though we don’t know them).
    I feel like that about Princess Diana, and often wonder what she’d be wearing, and how her hair would be if she was still alive.
    Once a style icon, always a style icon, I suppose.

    BeccaOctober 12th, 2013  4:19 PM

  • Yes Becca I wish we could have Princess Diana back too! I also wish Marilyn were still about. I think she would have liked being allowed to age and I would have loved to know she knew how much of a treasure she was. I’m glad BB is still so beautiful and so passionate about her beliefs, and I think she is a real icon for how to claim your life despite no longer being the 16 year old beauty that was once … That you can live beyond that and be more than that.

    JustineOctober 12th, 2013  8:50 PM

  • As for C.B.K., I’ve thought about this too. She was a thoroughly modern woman for her time, and knew the shapes and proportions that suited her. I think today she would still be true to Narciso Rodriguez, but would have left her Birkins behind long ago. The photos you’ve shared here look retro to me, and that doesn’t feel like who she was, to me anyway. Just offering up another perspective; she was a minimalist via Calvin Klein, and was ahead of her time stylistically.

    JayOctober 15th, 2013  1:51 PM


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