On the 20th January 2021, many of us turned to our screens as we watched a more subdued Inauguration Day, with Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. As the ceremony took part on a cold winter's day with glorious sunshine, we at A Hand Tailored Suit took awe at the fashions worn by some noticeable female figures. They all wore monochromatic pieces which, as is forecast to be a big trend this year, they all wore as a powerful statement for the country's new era.
As she was sworn in as the next Vice President of the United States, she made history by becoming the first female in her role in the country's history, and she looked a statement too. Her purple overcoat and dress were designed by Christopher John Rogers, CFDA American Emerging Designer of the Year 2020, being very on trend with the monochrome but also to symbolise hope. Her overcoat features two slanted pockets, two matching buttons situated close together for the fastening and six buttons on each sleeve cuff that slightly overlap. The silhouette has a slight flare from the waist and the notch lapels have a subtle stitching detail, all small elements which together, create a powerful look to show that Kamala Harris, the first female Vice President, is ready to take on her new role.
Dr. Jill Biden is now the new official First Lady of the United States, and she made a statement for sure. Her turquoise tweed coat and matching dress were designed by Markarian, showcasing the ever-strong monochrome trend. With the tweed glistening and sparkling in the light, the contrast of velvet on the shawl collar, cuffs, vertical pockets and buttons added another level of elegance to her look as she prepares for her new role of First Lady.
When the former First Lady arrived, it's safe to say she made an impact on her monochrome ensemble consisting of a plum long overcoat and suit with a gold belt buckle breaking up the look. Provided by designer Sergio Hudson, Michelle Obama wore the coat open. It features a single button fastening with a soft, structured shoulders with a low single vent at the back, and a lovely shawl collar to complete the look. The trousers of her suit were wide legged, all simply showcasing the statement Michelle Obama continues to make in the world.
Another former First Lady in attendance was Laura Bush, wearing a muted grey/blue two-button coat with a darker grey dress underneath as she too conveys the monochrome theme that was across the fashions on this day. Her coat was knee-length, featuring two slanted flapped pockets and a contrasting black lapels as the statement of the outfit, but a lovely subtle look for herself. At the memorial service, we see the coat's collar standing upright, creating a lovely neckline on the coat which enhances the soft silhouette further.
Similar to Kamala Harris, former First Lady Hillary Clinton also wore a purple suit with a much darker shade for her overcoat from Ralph Lauren. The shoulders are more relaxed with the length falling just under the knee. With large patch pockets on the sides, the coat look to have more drape which nicely contrasts the sharp tailored lines of the short notch lapels and collar. With two button to fasten it up, more focus goes to the suit and the colour she wears on this ceremonious day.
At only 22 years old, Amanda Gorman is the first to be named as National Youth Poet Laureate, and who so beautifully recited her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration. She too conveyed a symbol and message of hope whilst wearing the perfect ensemble to deliver such a message. Her yellow double-breasted Prada coat included beautiful silver and yellow buttons, soft curved patch pockets on the sides and notch lapels. Gorman's sleeves were turned up slightly at the cuffs, as she was ready to deliver a message of hope and optimism both visually and through her delivery of her poem.
Invited as one of the performers to sing at the ceremony, Jennifer Lopez looked statement chic in her all-white Chanel ensemble, a colour chosen as a tribute to the Suffragettes. Her slightly oversized tweed coat has a wide notch lapel and collar which almost matches the shoulder seam. The array of silver buttons down the front and on her patch pockets too add distinction to the outfit. The soft drape of the coat as it falls just shy of being floor-length is mirrored perfectly with the message the monochrome outfit delivers. Here she is also wearing stunning houndstooth trousers with a matching oversized houndstooth coat for celebrations.
For what was a memorable ceremony, the looks these important female figures wore are also memorable and full of impact. Are you feeling inspired by what you've seen here? Get in contact with the team at A Hand Tailored Suit today to see how we can create the perfect bespoke item for you.