JFK 50: Presidential Style Icon

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Whether or not you agreed with his political views, liked or disliked his support for US Civil Rights or saw yourself as a Jackie O or Marilyn Monroe, when it comes to innovating presidential style, John Fitzgerald Kennedy led the pack.

In honor of the devastating 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I wanted to shed light something that we all can relate to and appreciate–individual style and the ways the youngest president of the United States was able to show citizens that though the leader of the free world, he was a human being– just like them.

Signature Sunglasses

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JFK was known to wear his signature “wayfarer” sunglasses, which exuded his youthful, cool demeanor that was so easily relatable. Whether paired with a tailored suit or a cardigan, tortoise shell or black, he was often seen with go-to eye-wear.

Business Casual + Leading Lady

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Quite often, JFK was seen without a suit jacket and with his shirt sleeves rolled up. Many people believe that he did this to show not only is he always working, but also to show that he was not always concerned about provoking power.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis always stood out–whether wearing a Chanel inspired tweed suit, an a-lined sundress, or her trademark pillowbox hat paired with sunglasses, she remains just as much of a fashion icon (if not more) than her first husband.

Suit and Skinny Tie

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JFK was known to mix and match not only his shirt prints and ties, but also his suit jacket [blazers] and pants. Regardless, his fit remains timeless and tailored.

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50 years ago today, a speech written for JFK in Dallas, TX remained unread until now. A new Washington, DC memorial was revealed today, finally spelling out the encouraging words from a man who was silenced way too soon:

“We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility — that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint — and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: ‘except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’”

WHY, S.L.?

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When it comes to iconic, legendary and historic brands, we love them because they give us comfort, they represent something we love and they rarely confuse us.

However, the current creative director for Saint Laurent (if you didn’t know, the iconic brand dropped the founder’s first name “Yves” last year), Hedi Slimane must be stopped.

We know and loved YSL for it’s famous “Le Smoking” and chic rendition of the peasant top. But after seeing and reviewing the F/W 2013 preview, the brand is going in an entirely different direction of the current trend, “grunge.”

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Within the last 10 days, they have even selected troubled celebrities such as Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson to be featured in the newest ad campaigns. Don’t get me wrong, I love grunge, but YSL used to make the trends, not follow the cliche-ness of them.

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I’m not sure what Slimane is trying to prove, but you cannot lose a brand’s original aesthetic in hopes to gain a new generation of followers if you completely disregard the originals who stood by the brand from the beginning. Why? You’ll lose them too, as well as your brand identity.

And oh, yeah…I HATE the new logo/name change as well.

Wanglenciaga

After doing extensive research on the multi-talented, master couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga, it was finally announced last night that Alexander Wang would become the new creative director. I just don’t feel it fitting b/c Wang is already an established designer. Will he now dangle 2 different brands? I think Balenciaga deserves better and someone with more focus and a lower profile.

My family and friends always ask me what my Luxury and Fashion Management graduate program is like at SCAD. Here’s a video edited from my first project last quarter so you can get a glimpse.

OUTcasts are IN

Long before indie, vintage, dorky girls graced the Glee club, there was an era of misfits who made an impact in a  previous decade. During the 1980s and 1990s, we saw the debut of a few interesting styles.

From grunge to goth, the kids who were completely misunderstood back then, are the ones it seems we’re channeling now.

From our favorite dark lip sticks, to combat boots with fish nets and leather with trench coats–peep below and see how full circle we’ve come with a little help from a few fashionable misfits.

The original cast of, “The Breakfast Club.”

There’s tons of diversity in the cast of The Breakfast Club circa 1985. We have everyone from the rebel to the jock and the prep with the geek. But of course, there’s one who’s style is set alone…

Allison from The Breakfast Club played the misfit/goth/emo chick who no one really understood, nor cared to. Then of course, she finds happiness in a preppy, girly, make-over and the jock falls for her. But lets take a pause. I LOVED her flowly skirt, over-sized comfy sweater, wrap scarf AND parka jacket! Definitely pieces you could find in any current fashionista’s closet. So hey, Allison! I loved you just the way you were…(I would have maybe done a pop of color SOMEWHERE…but hey, no body is perfect)

NOW-> Check out how stars like Mary Kate Olsen could have easily gained some inspiration from Allison(Very Boho Chic)

**You could also see similarities with Florence Welch and Rachel Zoe**

The Craft, 1995

Then of course, there were a few creepy movies like The Craft, of 1995 that came along and really gave a meaning to true goth chicks.

Do you see this broad? Standing like a boss…A crazy one. But a boss indeed.

The lead crazy character–Nancy–still creeps me out to this day, but her fierce rebellious take on leather, adaption of an edgy Catholic School Girl and perfect use of dark lip stick, surely makes me a fan…NOW.

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Not too huge on the dog collar…but this bish is rocking her lip stick!

NOW-> Check the Runways

Alexander Wang, 2010

So many big name designers have not only adopted the gothic style, but made it the epitome of chic! Its all how you rock it….

And of course, you know I’m a huge fan of the dark lip stick! A trend that came back full force!

And last, but certainly not least, my FAVORITE cartoon of the 1990s/2000s spotlighting outcasts…

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I absolutely adore Daria Morgendorfer. This cartoon not only had a fashion club, but Daria and Jane showed how much of fashion frontiers they were as outcasts…rocking a current fashion staple, COMBAT BOOTS AND LEGGINGS. Daria = Life

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Even now, we see celebrities rocking leather, pleated skirts and can witness combat boots as a staple evvveerrryyywhere.

Cute Kim, now thank Daria.

Combats For All Occasions

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Over the past few years we’ve learned that combat boots are the perfect addition when it comes to balancing hard and soft.

So folks, when you hear that “fashion always repeats itself,” its true. There are always alterations and a few silhouette transitions, but its great to invest in classics from different genres as well as decades. So for all you bullies out there, the next time you see an “outcast” figure out why. Then ask them where they got their outfit :)

Chanel No. 5…for the First Time

The 2 intertwined c’s are a iconic alone. But knowing about the woman behind it all, Coco Chanel, and the empire that is embedded forever in the fashion world, you’ll gain even more appreciation.

In my eyes, you can’t get anymore chic than Chanel. From its signature tweeds, pearls and quilted patterns, Chanel shows that you don’t have to have a collection of crazy or outrageous colors or prints in order to make a loud fashion statement. The inherent brand is something we know and something we trust with quality and luxury.

I received my very first bottle of the famous Chanel No. 5 perfume last Christmas. As I indulged in the fresh, light, sweet and feminine fragrance, it instantly became my go-to scent for everyday wear. I tried to stretch out my bottle as long as I could and as I came to my last “pump” I’ve become reminded everyday of how much I’d love another (current Christmas list *hints*).

Chanel is sticking with their innovation. They’re giving the history behind their most famous product in an interesting way through video. Its so alluring that it sucks you in the minute you press play. So go ahead…try it for the first time.

Kudos to my SCAD classmates for this one.

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L is for the way this looked on Pinterest
O is for the only one cool print I see
V its very, very….extraordinary
…and E is even more than an extra nail art I could adore…

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“Anna Wintour gets cold…in Vogue with your skin out.” -Jay Z

Have FAITH

On September 7th, my Carolina family lost a bright one. 19 year-old Faith Hedgepeth was found dead in her off-campus apartment. Police are calling the tragedy a homicide.

Though I didn’t know Faith, friends of mine did. Not only was she a leader in the community, an advocate for cultural diversity, but also a strong follower of the Christian faith.

I found this cute tank top at Forever 21 and my mind went straight to Faith–what both the woman and word means. I pray for her loved ones and I pray that the people of this world don’t continue to live their lives a stray or in a haze–instead they live it in a positive, loving way, showing the true meaning of faith.

A Fashion Lover’s Must-Read

When I got into the groove of being a fashion graduate student at SCAD, I decided to embrace each syllabus from each one of my classes.

With this new found embrace, I decided to indulge in my reading assignments (very rare for me–b/c of my boyfriend, I actually read for fun on a regular basis).

For my Fashion Industry class we’re assigned to read, “The End of Fashion” by Teri Agins.

For the first time in…forever…a long time…I actually sat and read 100 pages straight of THIS book. It’s fabulous!

Here’s why:

  • It gives background information on how big luxury brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Karen, Ungaro and more got their big breaks and were founded.
  • It explains how the fashion industry is manipulated and configured by the art of marketing.
  • It shares why Ralph Lauren hates Tommy Hilfiger (and why you should, too)l
  • It breaks down fashion lingo.
  • It explains how we, the people, are ending “couture” fashion by just being “us.”
  • Gives you an insight on what the luxury world is truly about.

So go on Amazon or stop by your local Barnes and Noble and pick this up! If you claim to love fashion, its basically gonna re-ensure that and give you waaaay more knowledge and insight as to why you do.

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