Kamala Harris’ purple inauguration outfit champions black designers


January 20, 2021 | 11:23am | Up to date January 20, 2021 | 11:39am

For Wednesday’s historic inauguration, Vice President Kamala Harris elected to put on black designers Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson.

On a day that isn’t solely historic for the incoming 56-year-old Vice President — Harris is the primary feminine, the primary lady of shade and the primary lady of Asian-American descent to occupy the vice presidency — this inauguration indicators a monumental second for black trend designers, as properly.

Madame Vice President made her first look Wednesday morning throughout a church service held on the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC wearing a bold-shoulder, two-button purple overcoat (a signature hue in Christopher John Rogers’ collections), a black masks and a low pair of black heels.

She accessorized along with her signature white pearls — an ode to her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha at Howard College — paired with gold bracelets and an American flag pin by David Yurman on her lapel.

Whereas a lot of her signature, polished type selections have been current, Harris is signaling a sartorial flip along with her inaugural wardrobe selections.

At a ceremony Tuesday evening honoring the 400,000 COVID-19 victims, Harris donned a customized camel-colored overcoat by Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Brooklyn-based label Pyer Moss. Final spring, the Haitian-American designer was among the many first to collect PPE, in addition to present $50,000 in grants for small companies affected by the pandemic. It’s not coincidental that Harris selected to put on one thing by Pyer Moss, championing a model that designs with intent and integrity.

Kamala Harris in a coat by Christopher John Rogers at a church service on the morning of the inauguration.
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Christopher John Rogers is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and designs in New York Metropolis. His daring, flair-for-the-dramatic designs have been worn by Zendaya, Lizzo and former first girl Michelle Obama. Launching his model in 2016, he’s a 2019 CFDA/Vogue Style Fund winner.

Sergio Hudson is from South Carolina and launched his LA-based model in 2014. Worn by boldface names like Amal Clooney, Demi Lovato, and in addition, Michelle Obama.


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