US Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration outfit says the color purple never looked so powerful!
January 20 marks the United States’ 46th presidential inauguration but this one hits different. US Vice President Kamala Harris makes history as the first female Vice President of Black and Indian descent, and she made sure her victory was not just her own. Harris looked royal wearing an all-purple ensemble designed by Christopher John Rogers. She opted for a knee-length, A-line, deep violet coat with a tailored collar and a matching dress underneath. Her monochrome moment, much like former First Lady Michelle Obama’s, wasn’t just a bold color statement but also a show of support for young Black designers on the global stage.
The man behind the design is the 2020 CFDA American Emerging Designer of the Year, Christopher John Rogers. The 27-year-old queer Black designer from Louisiana founded his label in 2016 and has since built a reputation for his vivid color palettes, eye-catching prints, and theatrical shapes. Shortly after Harris stepped out in his designs, he posted an Instagram photo of the moment, which he captioned with gratitude. “Thank you, Madam Vice President. We are so honored and humbled to have played a small part in this historic moment,” the post read.
This isn’t the first Black designer Harris has been spotted in during the inauguration run. On January 19, at a COVID-19 memorial held to honor the 400,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the pandemic so far, she also wore a camel Pyer Moss coat by New York designer Kerby Jean-Raymond. (Dr. Jill Biden and now also First Lady of the United States also chose purple for the occasion.)
Kamala Harris’s inauguration outfit wasn’t the only fashion serve from the family. Twitter users were in awe of her step-daughter Ella Emhoff’s stylish Thom Browne look paired with an embellished houndstooth Miu Miu coat. As Harris steps into her new role, it’s exciting to see her use her wardrobe to uplift up-and-coming designers. Today’s presidential inauguration is a win for diversity in both politics and fashion!
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