Biden’s Inauguration: A Landslide Victory for Fashion
Kamala Harris, the first woman, first African American and first Asian American to hold the office of Vice President of the United States. Credit: indiawest.com.
Vice President Harris wore a regal purple coat with matching dress by Christopher John Rogers and accessorized the look with a strand of pearls by Wilfredo Rosado for her inauguration. Rogers, originally from Louisiana, now based in NYC is a black designer and the son of immigrant parents, much like Harris herself. Kamala’s lovely necklace was crafted with Australian South Sea pearls set within large oval 18k gold links, accented with brilliant diamonds.
46th President of the United States, Joe Biden takes the oath of office. His wife, Dr. Jill Biden holds the family bible.
Joe Biden wore a custom navy blue suit by iconic American designer Ralph Lauren, who designed the suit, tie, and overcoat. The ensemble was fabricated at the Hickey Freeman plant in Rochester, New York.
Sketch by Alexandra O’Neill for Jill Biden, credit: hitc.com
Alexandra O’Neill is a New York based fashion designer and founder of the luxury womenswear label Markarian. She created a custom ocean blue wool tweed coat, dress and matching face mask for Jill Biden. The coat was designed with dark blue velvet collar and cuffs and worn on top of a tapered dress with a chiffon bodice and scalloped skirt. Both pieces are embellished with Swarovski pearls and crystals placed in a floral pattern on the dress. The color blue was chosen to “signify trust, confidence and stability,” according to a press release from Markarian. Wwd.com.
We did not fail to notice that Joe’s tie coordinated beautifully with Jill’s ensemble.
Kamala Harris with her family. Credit: harpersbazaar.com
Ella Emhoff, step-daughter of Kamala Harris attends the inauguration in an embellished tattersall Miu Miu coat worn over a Batsheva dress. Batsheva is a New York-based ready-to-wear brand with a contemporary edge. Her brother Cole is at her side. Ella attends Parsons School of Design in New York City. Credit: etonline.
Former first lady Michelle Obama wore a garnet colored three-piece ensemble including a turtleneck, coat, and wide-leg, belted trousers by Los Angeles-based Black designer Sergio Hudson.
Watch Lady Gaga, dressed in fitted navy cashmere jacket, embellished with a large dove of peace brooch and a voluminous red silk faille skirt by Schiaparelli couture perform the national anthem here, newsnationnow.com
Fashion icon Senator Bernie Sanders with his now famous handmade mittens. Credit: slate.com
Second grade Vermont school teacher Jen Ellis crafts sustainable mittens using repurposed sweaters and fleece lining fabricated from recycled water bottles. She gifted Senator Sanders the mittens two years ago. You have to wonder about a pair of homey, handcrafted mittens making headline news, worldwide.
Washington, D.C. And you thought it was all about the politics.