The Best Fashion Moments from Joe Biden’s Inauguration
If you’re going down in history, you may as well do so in style.
Joe Biden was sworn into office today as the 46th President of the United States, making history with his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris, the first female VP in office.
After four years under 45 and a politically divided week following the Capitol riots in protest of Biden’s election, the transfer of power was made official—with a sigh of relief and a healthy dose of fashionable moments coming from the White House today, the nation officially swears Biden and Harris into office.
Politicians and performers showed up to the inauguration ceremony dressed to the nines, donning sophisticated, stylish looks fit for the historic moment.
President Joe Biden wore a navy Ralph Lauren suit, complete with a topcoat for the swearing-in ceremony. As one of the most iconic American designers, Ralph Lauren makes for the perfect patriotic look for Biden, and the look (created in upstate NY) was seamlessly symbolic for the decorum of the nation and the Democratic blue of Biden’s party.
First Lady Jill Biden also sported blue today, wearing a tweet coat with a plush velvet collar and cuffs designed by Colorado-born Alexandra O’Neill. Matched with an Swarovski-crystal embellished dress and face mask by American brand Markarian, Dr. Biden was polished and regal.
Vice President Kamala Harris wore a purple dress and coat by Louisiana-based Christopher John Rogers, an emerging Black designer who won the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. With a sleek silhouette in a bold yet sensible shade, Harris was serving her usual put-together look with an elegant, patriotic flair.
Also present at the inauguration was former First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore a custom look by Sergio Hudson, a Black American designer who has also dressed Rihanna and Beyoncé. She sported a chic and savvy magenta look, pairing wide-legged pants with a matching turtleneck top, finishing off the monochrome look with a floor-length overcoat and statement gold belt.
Performing at the ceremony was Lady Gaga, dressed in a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture suit designed by Daniel Roseberry. A fitted navy cashmere jacket was paired with a matching skirt in red silk, alongside a gilded brooch signifying the dove of peace.
Jennifer Lopez also performed at the inauguration, wearing white Chanel sequins in an all-white fit combining a ruffled blouse, wide-legged sequin pants and a long tweed coat. J-Lo’s earrings, bracelet and belt were also Chanel, bringing the poise and refinement of the brand right to the stage.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was also present at the inauguration, and while the Internet adored his tidy, sensible parka and mask ensemble, his beige, patterned mittens were the star of the show. Staying true to American roots, the mittens were reportedly designed by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Vermont, and gifted to Sanders over two years ago while he was on the campaign trail. The mittens are made from fleece from recycled plastic bottles and repurposed wool sweaters.
Ella Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’s stepdaughter wore a sophisticated and stylish embellished MiuMiu coat and the look was just too good.
Along with other trending fashion moments, this one was a top contender. The piece in black is currently available on Farfetch, but after her debut, we doubt it will last long on shelves.
Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who literally took our breath away, also donned a most cheerful look in Miuccia Prada. As she recited her poem, “The Hill we Climb” its symbolism also conveniently embodied the hope of the dawning of a new day. As the youngest poet to recite at the Inauguration, she follows famous poets before such as Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander