Inauguration

Ella Emhoff Is Fashion’s Latest Breakout Star Thanks to an Eclectic Miu Miu Coat & Chunky Boots at the 2021 Inauguration

Among the many fashion statements made at the Capitol during yesterday’s inauguration ceremony, Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, was hands down one of the event’s breakout stars.

Dubbed by the Internet already as “the First Daughter of Bushwick” the 21-year-old design student’s eclectic style is a refreshing take in Washington’s otherwise conservative fashion landscape. Ella, who is the daughter of Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff from his previous marriage to ex-wife Kerstin Emhoff, wore a series of standout outfits during her visit to D.C. this week.

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On Tuesday, during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, the Brooklyn-based textile designer wore a Thom Browne skirt suit and a double-breasted overcoat, complete with a blue oxford and a striped tie. For Wednesday, Emhoff opted for a crystal-embellished Miu Miu coat that was worn over a burgundy prairie dress designed by Batsheva Hay, a Jewish designer based

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Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, and mittens

Second husband Doug Emhoff, Vice-President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, and President Joe Biden wave to the crowd
Second husband Doug Emhoff, Vice-President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, and President Joe Biden wave to the crowd

Politicians in pearls, the colour purple and warm woollen mittens – these are just a few of Washington’s favourite things from the 2021 Inauguration.

With America’s leaders in the spotlight on the inauguration – and world – stage, sometimes what they wear can say more than their speeches.

DC-based fashion consultant Lauren Rothman says Americans have always taken an interest in what political leaders don for inaugural celebrations. And in 2021, with an ongoing pandemic and economic crisis as well as the swearing-in of the first female vice-president, things feel “even more loaded”.

It’s all about optics for the politically fashion-minded, says Ms Rothman, who helps style politicians for events including inaugurations past.

So let’s see how outspoken this year’s inauguration crowd really was, from the Bidens to Bernie Sanders –

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The Power of Fashion: Relive Inauguration Looks That Made a Statement – E! Online

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When it comes to the White House, fashion goes beyond looks.  

“As First Lady, I was slowly watching myself being exposed to the world,” Michelle Obama recalled in her 2020 Netflix documentary, Becoming. “I had to become more strategic in how I presented myself because it had the potential of defining me for the rest of my life.”

“Fashion for a woman still predominates how people view you and that’s not fair, that’s not right, but it’s true,” she pointed out. “That’s when fashion isn’t just fashion. It’s how do you turn it into your tool rather [than] being a victim of it.”

Indeed, before the country’s leaders—particularly women—open their mouth to speak, their clothing has already spoken for them. And, while it can often seem superficial or trivial, fashion can be a powerful, advantageous force in the White House if

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