At the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala on Monday, few were bold enough to adhere to this year's theme, "Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons." Yet among the handful of fashion vanguards and loyalists, including Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Michèle Lamy, was Caroline Kennedy—the former U.S. ambassador to Japan and this year's honorary chair.
Kennedy took the red carpet in a tiered, geometric floral look from the Comme des Garçons Fall 2016 collection, the same collection Rihanna pulled from. And her look was so on-point, that it was easy to miss the dapper man on her arm that night: Her 24-year-old son, John "Jack" Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, who managed to still turn heads in his own way.
Jack Schlossberg is the youngest child of Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg, the American designer, author, and artist. His oldest sister, Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, is a comedic actress, and Tatiana Celia Kennedy, 26, is an aspiring journalist. Schlossberg himself is the only grandson of John F. Kennedy, the 35th U.S. President, and graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a degree in history with a focus on Japanese history.
Seeing that his mother served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017, Schlossberg's interest in Japanese culture is fitting, and after graduating he worked at the Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, Inc in Tokyo. However, now he's focused on following in his family's footsteps by pursuing a career in politics.
In January 2016, Schlossberg wrote an essay for Politico magazine titled, "Ted Cruz Is No Jack Kennedy," which was a timely response to Cruz claiming that the late Kennedy would have been a Republican. He wrote definitively:
"Were my grandfather alive today, he’d be excited about how far we have come as a nation since 1963, he would feel a sense of urgency about the challenges that lie ahead and he most certainly would not be a Republican."
Judging by his charisma on the red carpet, way with words, and overall enthusiasm for American politics—at home and abroad—we can only expect good things from this Kennedy in the future.
Much like Hillary Clinton's nephew Tyler Clinton caught the attention of discerning viewers at the Democratic National Convention, Schlossberg's appearance at the Met Gala was his most striking public turn yet.
With the kind of bearing that recalls his late uncle John F. Kennedy Jr.'s good looks and familiarity in a fashion crowd, Schlossberg looked entirely at ease at CDG's after party at the National Academy Museum on Monday night, even going as far as to pose with pictures with another well-known scion, Anna Cleveland.
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