When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis traveled to Rajasthan, India as First Lady in the 1960s, her fashion captivated both East and West cultures. And it’s still doing so more than 50 years later. Luxe fans, check out Saloni Lodha’s Autumn 2012 line, which uses Jackie O’s 1960s visit to Rajasthan as fuel for her East-meets-West vibe.
During Jackie O’s India trip with President John F. Kenendy, her most iconic look was definitely a satin peach dress with a classic bow at the waist, which she wore during her celebrations in Rajasthan with Maharani Gayatri Devi. Paired with strands of pearls and white satin gloves, the dress is the epitome of the iconic Jackie O style.
Saloni Lodha’s Autumn 2012 collection channels Jacqueline Kennedy’s glamour through bee-hive-inspired up-dos, skinny headbands and classic fabrics such as tweeds and wools. But what we love most is how the Indian designer captures the vibrancy of Jackie O’s India visit via eclectic colors and funky patterns. The result: Classy, youthful 1960s looks we can totally see Jackie O rocking during her 20s and 30s.
The collection starts off with a rich charcoal grey wool coat and grey and fuchsia ombré skirt, which we’re absolutely loving for fall and winter. Another of our favorite day looks is Saloni’s oversized tweed sweater, burgundy pants and a chunky heel. It’s one of those outfits that will make any girl look fabulous without much effort!
And then there are the dresses. Between the short-sleeve wrap minis with funky Eastern patterns and the elegant floor-length gowns, the collection is all about making glamour accessible. It’s hard to pick favorites, but one standout is definitely Saloni’s cobalt blue body-hugging gown. What makes this dress so special is the large Indian-inspired paisley pattern, which absolutely pops in white and mimics the curves of the body in a super flattering way. We’re also swooning over Saloni’s floor-length coral dresses. Between their artisan beading and long silhouettes, these gowns add a hint of India to classic 1960s silhouettes.
Who knew a presidential visit could spark such chic style statements? For more Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis inspiration, check out this video Saloni Lodha created to go along with her Autumn 2012 collection.