Carolyn Bessette Kennedy has once again set a new standard for fashion lovers – by becoming a “ghost influencer” and having top fashion brands once again tout her iconic style, 24 years after she and her husband John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash came .
As Carolyn and JFK. Jr. – the second child of the late President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – started dating in the early ’90s and they quickly became one of the most talked-about couples in the world.
Of course, the public was already captivated by the Kennedys, but Carolyn’s bold fashion choices and ability to transform even the simplest looks into a chic ensemble only attracted people even more.
Carolyn – who worked as an advertising executive for Calvin Klein’s flagship store in Manhattan – not only dominated the red carpet when they attended an event, but also turned the streets of New York City into her personal runway when running errands or with her dog go for a stroll.
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy has become a “ghost influencer” with numerous top fashion brands promoting her iconic style once again, 24 years after she tragically died in a plane crash
When Carolyn and John F. Kennedy Jr. started dating in the early ’90s, they quickly became one of the most talked-about couples in the world
Of course, the public was already captivated by the Kennedys, but Carolyn’s bold fashion choices only drew people in even more
Sadly, the couple tragically died in a horrific plane crash in 1999 – three years after they tied the knot – but some of their looks have continued to influence the fashion world decades later
Paparazzi often camped outside the couple’s New York apartment hoping to catch a glimpse of her, and many became obsessed with seeing what she would wear next.
Sadly, the couple tragically died in a horrific plane crash in 1999 – three years after they tied the knot – but some of their looks have continued to influence the fashion world decades later.
The New York Times pointed out that many of Carolyn’s style classics — like pencil skirts, slip dresses, loafers and coats — have recently appeared on the runways at New York Fashion Week, branding her the “ghost influencer of the season.”
In one of her final appearances before her death, Carolyn wore a white button-down top tucked into a figure-hugging, floor-length black skirt.
And now several brands – including Peter Do, Dior and Fendi – have presented similar looks in their latest collections.
Additionally, clothing company Sporty & Rich recreated some of her and JFK Jr.’s most famous paparazzi shots as part of a campaign last month.
“She embodied minimalism with character – she was neither sterile nor boring,” Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon told Carolyn’s sense of style.
Elizabeth Beller, an author who will publish a biography of Carolyn next spring, Once Upon a Time: The Captivating Life of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, added: “It reflects the cultural mood of ‘hidden wealth’ and interest of sustainability.” .’
The Times pointed out that many of Carolyn’s style staples recently appeared on the NYFW runways. She is seen on the left while a model is seen on the right at the Peter Do runway show
Not only did Carolyn dominate the red carpet when attending an event, but she also turned the streets of New York City into her personal runway when running errands
What made Carolyn even more enviable was the fact that most of the time it looked like she had put minimal effort into her appearance.
They were understated – something fashion brands are now desperate to achieve with their clothing.
“She only had about 30 to 40 pieces in her wardrobe,” said another biographer, Sunita Kumar Nair.
“One of her friends said, ‘If you open her closet, you’ll find about five pairs of black pants and a selection of really well-fitting shirts.’ She sometimes borrowed the rest when she had to go to gala events.”
Since the couple was notoriously private – they hardly ever did interviews or discussed their romance with the public – Sunita emphasized that Carolyn “used fashion as her way of having a conversation” and “dealing with the public.”
Paparazzi often camped outside the couple’s apartment hoping to catch a glimpse of her, and many became obsessed with seeing what she would wear next
Clothing company Sporty & Rich recreated some of their and JFK Jr.’s most famous paparazzi shots (left) as part of a campaign last month (right).
Carolyn’s status as a fashion icon was only cemented when her life was cut short and she was killed at the age of 33.
“She will never age, get Botox, post a thoughtless comment, get messy — or change her style,” the Times declared.
“Like Diana, Princess of Wales, whose royal status, beauty and early death made her a legend, Mrs. Bessette Kennedy exists less as a person than as an idea.”
She, her husband and her older sister Lauren were traveling across the Atlantic near the coast of Martha’s Vineyard when their plane crashed. JFK Jr. was the pilot at the time.
“The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the aircraft during a nighttime descent over water, which was due to spatial disorientation.” “The causes of the accident were haze and the dark night,” a report on the crash states.