Monochrome has never looked so good. Today's US Presidential inauguration ceremony served looks that were simply classic and classy all the way. With the exemption of Lady Gaga (of course!), everyone was garbed in monochromatic outfits that were impossible to ignore. Let's break down the best fashion moments from the inauguration.
President Joe Biden has been officially sworn in wearing Ralph Lauren with a blue tie to match the First Lady's dress and tweed coat. Ralph Lauren has worked with both Republican and Democratic administrations over the years and as the New York Times say, Lauren's career has been the epitome of the American Dream. Who better to dress the new president than an American fashion legend?
The First Lady was in a head-to-toe aquamarine ensemble from Markarian, an up and coming brand founded by young designer Alexandra O'Neill. This shade of blue may well be a nod to the traditional Democratic party color and according to E! Online, Markarian says blue is meant to signify "trust, confidence and stability."
As the first Black vice president, Kamala Harris must be perfectly aware that whatever she wears will be scrutinized by fashion insiders. For her historic moment, she wore a stunning ensemble by Black American designer Christopher John Rogers. As Harper's Bazaar observes, the color purple is significant as it's a mix of the political party colors of red and blue. The combination of red and blue represents bipartisanship, solidarity, and unity.
The former First Ladies also wore head-to-toe purple. Obama wore a merlot ensemble which consisted of a fitted turtleneck, palazzo pants and a statement belt, topped with an ankle-skimming overcoat from Sergio Hudson, who Teen Vogue reports, is a Black American designer from South Carolina. He has also outfitted other famous women like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Tracee Ellis Ross. Clinton, on the other hand, was in a brighter grape pantsuit by Ralph Lauren. Both looks sure were standouts and honored the tradition of First Ladies wearing American designers.
Lady Gaga was all about symbolism and it was hard not to notice the oversized gilded brooch by Schiaparelli Haute Couture over her navy jacket. The dove has long been a symbol of peace and something that Gaga has been vocal about on social media. As she posted on her Instagram page, "I pray tomorrow will be a day of peace for all Americans. A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls."
Jennifer Lopez was dressed in an all-white Chanel ensemble. Historically, white is the color of women's suffrage and continues to be a color that symbolizes women's rights.
Vice President Kamala Harris' stepdaughter and now Second Daughter was one of the scene stealers of the inauguration. Her classic plaid and beaded MiuMiu suit was perfectly fitted and was very well-received on social media. Hailed as the next style icon by Twitter users, this Parsons School of Design student was called the inauguration's "breakout fashion star" by CNN Style.
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