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Prior to being sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States — making her the first woman, Black, and South Asian American to hold that title in the history of the Republic — Kamala Harris paid tribute to the 400,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. For the occasion, which took place at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Harris wore a coat designed by New York-based brand Pyer Moss. The Instagram photo shows Harris hand-in-hand with her husband Doug Emhoff, with the then-VP-elect wearing the single-breasted camel coat, featuring an asymmetric shape on the back with cascading pleats running down it. Underneath, she wore a black turtleneck sweater, a matching pleated skirt, and a face mask. A pair of black, knee-high boots accompanied the look. “Though we may be physically separated, we, the American people are united in spirit,” said the caption of the post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kamala Harris (@kamalaharris) While reposting Harris’ photo, Pyer Moss tagged its creative director, Kerby Jean-Raymond, and Priscella Shum, the vice president of production and design management. According to The Boston Globe series titled A Beautiful Resistance, which highlights Black joy and Black lives, Shum worked with Jean-Raymond to create the Vice President-elect’s outerwear for the eve of Inauguration Day. She also had a hand in designing Cardi B’s head-to-toe Reebok look when she was the global design manager at Reebok Classic. It was at Reebok that she began working with Jean-Raymond, who, in addition to helming his own brand, is also the global creative director at the U.K.-founded sportswear brand. The choice to wear Pyer Moss to the COVID-19 memorial is significant. In March, following New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that shelter-in-place orders would soon be put into effect, Jean-Raymond was one of the first in fashion to stop production in order to repurpose his studio and offices to donation centres for PPE. The brand also donated $50,000 to support minority- and women-owned small businesses struggling to cover costs due to the pandemic. Jean-Raymond, who is Haitian-American and hails from Brooklyn, is regarded as a symbol of Black success in fashion. He consistently utilises his success to share Black stories and celebrate Black culture through his popular shows during New York Fashion Week and with his long-standing collaboration with Reebok. Despite being a household name in the industry, 2020 brought with it unprecedented wins for the designer. Jean-Raymond’s pieces made it on multiple major magazine covers, including Vanity Fair’s September issue featuring Angela Davis and Zendaya’s InStyle feature that showcased the Euphoria star in only Black designers. In September, he won Harlem’s Fashion Row Designer of the Year award, and the CFDA Award for American Menswear Designer of the Year the very next day. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jonathan Cohen (@jonathancohenstudio) Standing close by Harris and Emhoff at the memorial were then-President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden. For the occasion, the First Lady-to-be wore a purple coat and dress by New York-based label Jonathan Cohen. The look, according to The New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman, is titled “Unity” by the designer, who also made Biden’s mask using recycled materials. The colour purple, which is often regarded in U.S. politics as the symbol of bipartisanship, was often also used during the Women’s Suffrage Movement, along with white and orange. According to the National Park Service, purple is “the colour of loyalty, constancy to purpose, [and] unswerving steadfastness to a cause.” At the time, it also represented freedom and dignity. “Waking up with immense pride and gratitude. Here’s to a new day,” Cohen wrote on Instagram on Wednesday morning. Cohen, an alum of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, focuses much of his attention on sustainability. His namesake brand, which he runs with CEO Sarah Leff and an otherwise small team, does so in part using The Studio, an offset of the brand that repurposes materials from past collections to reduce waste. Their most notable upcycled item — at least for now — is Dr. Biden’s face mask from the memorial, which is available for purchase now at The Studio. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Jill Biden’s Inauguration Day Look Is A TributeHere's Why Kamala Harris Inauguration Look MattersThe Purple Looks Were A Nod To Shirley Chisholm
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (11718774bi) WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Lady Gaga arrives to sing the National Anthem at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Biden Sworn-in as 46th President of the United States, Washington, District of Columbia, USA – 20 Jan 2021 Ahead of her performance of the national anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration, Lady Gaga tweeted that she will “sing to the hearts of all people who live on this land”: “My intention is to acknowledge our past, be healing for our present, and passionate for a future where we work together lovingly.” The singer-actor doubled down on this powerful sentiment with her inauguration look. Ahead of Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, the Oscar winner took the stage in a custom Schiaparelli gown. While the look, designed by creative director Daniel Roseberry and made up of a fitted blue jacket and a voluminous crimson red ruffled skirt, was dramatic enough on its own — and symbolised unity with its use of the Democratic and Republican colours — it was her gold brooch that got most viewers talking. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Lady Gaga arrives to sing the National Anthem at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) The oversized pin, attached to the upper left corner of her bodice, featured a dove, indicating hope and harmony, carrying an olive branch, an emblem of peace. The symbolism wasn’t coincidental. After debuting the look, Lady Gaga tweeted a photo of the pin and wrote, “A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other.” For Roseberry, a U.S. native based in France, Lady Gaga’s look was an homage to his home. “As an American living in Paris, this ensemble is a love letter to the country I miss so dearly and to a performer whose artistry I have so long admired,” he wrote via a statement. “Maison Schiaparelli is honoured to have this chance to dress the iconic Lady Gaga on this historic Inauguration Day. God Bless Lady Gaga and God Bless America.” But while the look was meant to serve as a symbol of hope, some have pointed out that it’s also giving off major Hunger Games’ vibes. For reference, in the post-apocalyptic-set book-turned-film franchise — that sees an oppressive government holding “games” where children fight each other to the death — its protagonist Katniss Everdeen wears a Mockingjay pin in symbol of defiance. Just a day before the inauguration, Lady Gaga showed up in another symbolic look. While inside the Capitol, she wore a Givenchy cape and turtleneck in suffragette white. She captioned the photo on Instagram: “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.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) The day has now come. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Here's Why Kamala Harris Inauguration Look MattersThe Purple Looks Were A Nod To Shirley ChisholmThis Photo Of Lady Gaga & Joe Biden Is A Meme Now
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