Kamala Harris Makes a Statement in Black-Owned Brands for Inauguration Day

Claudia Miller
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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff joined President-elect Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for Mass service this morning in Washington D.C.

Ahead of their eventful day, the future president and vice president took a moment of grounding as they sat in the front pews during today’s service ahead with the inauguration ceremony taking place at 12 p.m. For the event, Kamala opted for a bright blue look courtesy of Christopher John Rogers, a Black-owned fashion brand. Also wearing a Pyer Moss custom coat during events last night, the politician is starting her own style streak by tapping Black designers and independent American labels for her collection of official attire.

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Her signature pearls as well come from a local name, Wilfredo Rosado, a Latino jewelry designer based in New York. She also included an American flag pin from David Yurman for a final finishing touch.

The future first couple, who are practicing Catholics, joined the future second couple in style as well. For the occasion, Jill opted for an all-blue ensemble; her outfit layered a coordinating shimmering tweed coat over a matching dress. The Swarovski crystal-coated pieces come from designer Alexandra O’Neill of New York-based label Markarian; in addition to Jill’s look yesterday from Jonathan Cohen, the first-lady-to-be is starting a streak of supporting independent, smaller brands — today’s look was even hand-finished by O’Neill in her West Village studio.

Joe’s look, a navy suit with a light blue tie that matched his wife’s outfit, tapped a familiar and iconic American designer: Ralph Lauren. The choice pays homage to classic American fashion and alludes to more to come from the label during today’s events. Doug Emhoff is reportedly wearing Ralph Lauren as well for today’s service.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration will make history today for a myriad of reasons. Biden will be the oldest person ever sworn in as president while Harris will become the first-ever female vice president of the United States. The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, she will also be the first Black person and first person of South Asian descent to serve in the second-highest office. She joins President Joe Biden in leading a country left on the edge of its seat following the second impeachment of current President Donald Trump by the House of Representatives last week.

Last week, President Trump also announced that he and Melania will not be in attendance at today’s inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden, making him the first president in modern times to skip his successor’s swearing-in.

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