Remember when man child, haunted puppet come to life Tucker Carlson told Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca to stick to writing about thigh high boots? It’s shocking for some to digest, but you can be interested in both fashion and in politics. Fashion is political. It’s goes hand in hand with expression as well as stimulates and reflects the economy. So here is a quick round-ups of the fits from the 2021 inauguration with a bit of background info about the designers and the statement it makes.
(Also, I love Bernie’s look, but this post is about the girls.)
Madam Vice President Kamala Harris
The first woman sworn into office. The first Black woman sworn into office. The first Asian woman sworn into office. Whether or not you are a fan of Kamala Harris, it’s hard not to feel some kind of way seeing her raise her right hand and take that oath. Her outfit makes a strong statement about how she plans on honouring herself and her country during her time in office.
The double-breasted royal purple coat with a matching dress was designed by Brooklyn-based designer Christopher John Rogers. CJR is a Black designer that has dressed AOC and Beyonce. The choice of wearing purple is also very deliberate. Kamala Harris used purple as one of her branding colours to launch her presidential campaign. Several women attending the inauguration wore purple, the colour of the women’s suffrage movement. Purple is also a metaphor for bipartisanship – red and blue together.
Her outfit also features a David Yurman pin with the American flag, black heels, gloves and mask and a *chef kiss* pearl necklace. Pearls have become part of her signature look, a nod to her Howard University sorority. Not a single pair of Converse shoes in sight, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing her in them again soon.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
Dr. Jill Biden wore a stunning blue coat and dress by Alexandra O’Neill, who designs for Markarian, based in NYC. The label designs with sustainability in mind pand all of the clothing is made to order to reduce waste. This ocean blue was carefully “chosen for the pieces to signify trust, confidence, and stability,” the label said in a press statement.
Am I the only one living for the aquamarine gloves and matching mask?
Former First Lady Michelle Obama
Who gave Michelle Obama permission to look this good? In the eight years her husband was in office, the former First Lady has always put a spotlight on American designers. This plum overcoat, turtleneck, flowy trousers and an oversized belt are designed by Sergio Hudson. For her Becoming book tour, Sergio Hudson was the designer behind some of her most iconic looks including the purple pantsuit and THAT sequinned jumpsuit.
Poet Amanda Gorman
If you haven’t listened to Amanda Gorman‘s poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ please make sure you make time to listen to it. Not only is it powerful, it’s historic. At 22 years old, she is the youngest person to ever perform on inauguration day. She was recommended to perform by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and has performed for other noteworthy women, including Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai.
She is wearing a statement headband and bold yellow coat from Prada.