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Jackie Comes to the Jane Pickens Theater



Jackie is the postmortem exploration into the mind of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination of her husband, the 35th President of the United States. Playing at the Jane Pickens Theater now through Feb. 2 and directed by filmmaker Pablo Larraín, Jackie has been called “…a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of ‘Camelot’ that they created and loved so well.” Yesterday, we learned it has been nominated for three Academy Awards.

Of course, the Kennedy legacy and Camelot—and all it entails—is inextricably tied to jackie_o_cellist_concertNewport. The City by the Sea is where Jackie spent much of her childhood, and ultimately where she exchanged vows with the then-junior Senator from Massachusetts. The film doesn’t address those earliest days as man and wife, but in flashbacks, we see moments that reflect Jackie’s legendary style. Among them:

The recreation of Jackie’s globally-viewed 1962 televised tour of the White House (the First Lady won an Emmy for the CBS special) where she dons a memorable red suit by Chez Nixon inspired by a Christian Dior design (top). Her now-iconic three strand pearl necklace peeks through the bateau neckline and her brunette bouffant coif is perfectly styled. This look is seen on the film’s official promos.

The pink Chanel* double-breasted suit worn in Fort Worth, then Dallas, on that fateful November day. Featuring navy blue lapels and paired with a coordinating pillbox hat 2f989f92c45275387e5edbd0b1775ebc(said to be a favorite of the President) was technically made by Chez Ninon with Chanel boucle wool with permission from the esteemed French fashion house. For this film, costume designer Madeline Fontaine worked directly with Chanel, hand-dying the fabric until it imitated the perfect shade of pink.

Recital of cellist Pablo Casals at the White House, November 13, 1961. I can’t say for certain the film is portraying this specific legendary recital, but the First Lady was known for her passion for arts and culture which included regularly welcoming famed musicians at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In the scene, Jackie is captivating in a soft yellow ivory silk sating evening gown with cap sleeves and cowl neckline paired with elbow length gloves. The gown is emblematic of the many (more than 300) designs she wore by designer Oleg Cassini (above left). The silhouette is reminiscent of the light blue silk shantung evening dress by Chez Ninon during a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Notably, she wore the same shade here in gallery-1480719336-image-04afa3ee-f8cc-4059-8c62-8208612a44bcNewport to a dinner during the 1962 America’s Cup (designed by Oleg Cassini) hosted by Ambassador Howard Beale. I wrote about it here a few years ago.

Lastly, we see Jackie in mourning, donning black ensembles through the White House and the surrounding funeral events and ceremonies. Jackie wore a black Givenchy suit with traditional Spanish mantilla veil to escort the flag-draped casket to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state. The next and final day, she led President John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession on foot to St. Matthews Cathedral donning a long sheer black veil.

Jackie is playing at various times at Newport’s Jane Pickens Theater through Feb. 2.

Photos: top, © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation;

January 25, 2017 at 2:58 am Leave a comment

Tuesday Throwback: JFK and Jackie Hit the Links in Newport


Even if the temperature has been yo-yoing quite a bit, the sun been shining and I know plenty of people chomping at the bit to hit the links (i.e. Master’s fever). Whether you fantasize about the coveted green jacket being bestowed on you at Augusta or simply play best ball with a frosty beverage at every hole, get your golf style inspiration from this classic image of Jackie and JFK on  a putting green at the Newport Country Club on Sept. 14, 1963 (you can see the NCC blue and red pin flag in the color pic below.) Also in the photo is Washington Post senior editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Tony. Note Jackie’s stylish yellow cigarette pants, cream sweater over a navy blue polo, and hat. Check out the video below as well.

Jackie O_JFK_ golf Newport

April 2, 2013 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, Tiffany & Co.!

It’s the little blue box you can spot from a mile away…

This year marks Tiffany & Co.’s 175th anniversary, and the venerable jeweler and house of design is celebrating by paying tribute to the generations of designers and craftspeople who forged their renowned reputation. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany selected the beautiful blue hue for the cover of the Blue Book, Tiffany’s annual collection of jewelry’s creme de la creme. First published in 1845, the shade could have been chosen to emulate the popularity of the turquoise gemstone popular in 19th-century jewelry. Soon the color became synonymous with the luxury line; an international icon of elegance and sophistication. To fête fabulous anniversary, Tiffany & Co. sent me (along with some of their other favorite bloggers–blushing!) this amazing custom made flash drive which I adore.

Of course, Newport and Tiffany & Co. have long been bedfellows. The famed Tiffany Diamond, one of the largest yellow diamonds in the world (nearly 288 carats!), was uncovered in South Africa in 1877 and cut into a cushion-shaped brilliant bauble weighing 128.54 carats with an unprecedented 82 facets. Only two women have ever worn the Tiffany Diamond, one was none other than Mrs. Mary Whitehouse, who donned it set in a lavish necklace for the 1957 Tiffany Ball here in Newport. The guest list included then-senator John F. Kennedy with his lovely bride, Jacqueline, wearing THIS amazing pink tulle gown. (Oh, the other woman to wear the diamond? None other than Audrey Hepburn). Today it’s on permanent display at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store in New York.

The New York Yacht Club also has its fair share of Tiffany bling: 21 Tiffany  trophies to be exact. The Tiffany tradition lived on with Charles Lewis Tiffany’s son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famed stained glass artist who crafted pieces at Kingscote, the Watts Sherman House (part of Salve now), and more homes and churches of distinction.

Also, to celebrate the 175th anniversary, Tiffany & Co. has created an amazing line of pieces made from Rubedo™ metal, an alloy that “marries the richness of gold, the brilliance of silver and the warmth of copper” making its way to stores this month- keep an eye out (and here’s hoping you’ll find a Tiffany & Co. blue box with a Rubedo piece inside!)

Looking fine at 175, Tiffany & Co.!

April 7, 2012 at 10:58 am 5 comments

Why, yes! Those ARE Baby Blue Patent Leather Manolos….

I realized when I stopped by Karma this weekend, the cozy consignment boutique on Newport’s Washington Square, that the shop is functionally the fantasy closet so many fashionistas dream of. Prada, Dior, Fendi, Nina Ricci, Kate Spade, Nicole Miller, Carmen Marc Valvo, Chanel—they’re all here, neatly hung, clearly displayed or perfectly laid out. Rows of shoes line the shelves, fabulous handbags call your name and endless accessories make playing “dress up” all the more tempting. With an eye for high end fashion and vintage treasures, owners (and twins) Judy and Joy Catuogno have stocked the shop with upscale designer duds at a fraction of the usual cost–but it’s more than that. The stunning red vintage Christian Dior wool military coat is just as chic today as it was when it made its debut more than two decades ago. From a sequin Nicole Miller sassy shirt dress to a woolen knit, long-sleeve Tibi dress, a vintage Oleg Cassini-like pink dupioni silk dress (much like a few Jackie O once wore; the former First Lady favored both Cassini’s couture and ready-to-wear collections) from a private estate collection, to a tailored silk kimono-style knee length dress, there’s a range to fit each diverse taste. Plus the shoes (oh, the shoes!), the amazing accessories like classic opera gloves and chunky pendant necklaces …. and there’s coffee and scones across the street? Like I said, fantasy closet…

Karma, 13 Touro Street, Newport, 846-0940, (site under construction! We’ll let you know when it’s up and running~)

February 3, 2011 at 10:57 am 6 comments

Embracing the lifestyle–the look, the flavor, the style–of Newport, Rhode Island!

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