On Wednesday, Kamala Harris became the first female, first black, and first South Asian Vice President of the United States. She took the oath of office and wore a prominent Black American designer.
Harris wore Christopher John Rogers purple from head to toe. According to Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times, she’ll transform into a Sergio Hudson look later in the day. (Michelle Obama was endowed by Hudson for the inauguration of the President.) She endowed her signature pearl – a necklace by Wilfredo Rosado. According to rumors, she was styled by Karla Welch.
In the meantime, her husband Doug Emhoff, who was now the country’s first second gentleman, wore a Ralph Lauren suit.
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Prior to the swearing-in ceremony, the President-Elect, Vice-President-Elect, and their partners met with the leaders of the Congress for a service in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Biden and Harris later took over the oath office on the western front of the US Capitol.
The color of their ensemble attracted a lot of attention. On the one hand, purple is seen as a call to unity, as a connection between red and blue. (Hillary Clinton wore purple to deliver her concession speech in 2016.) However, according to CNN’s live broadcast, the meaning has a deeper meaning to the Vice President: During her presidential campaign, Harris chose purple as one of her official colors as a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first black Woman elected to Congress and first black presidential candidate on a big ticket to a political party.
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On Instagram, Rogers won – who won the 2020 CFDA Award for American Aspiring Designer of the Year, after winning the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund the year before – wrote on Instagram: “Thank you very much, Ms. Vice-President. We are honored and humbled to have played a small role in this historic moment.”
Rosado, a New York-based Puerto Rican jeweler, told WWD that the necklace he designed for the vice president is “supposed to represent toughness as well as fashion in some ways. It looks very classy in terms of execution, but when you see it.” . ” Person and the movement, it’s very glamorous but still tough. It’s a bold necklace, not a classic pearl necklace. “
“I love her strength, there is a feminine aspect that made me want to add a bit of glamor to this moment so there is a special movement in the necklace,” he added.
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