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 factor that is to be key for 2021 fashion, but also to symbolise hope. Her overcoat features two slanted pockets and two matching buttons situated close together for the fastening. The silhouette of the coat slightly flares out from the waist, all small details which together, create a strong look to show that Kamala Harris is ready to take on her new vice-presidential 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 looking like it glistened in the light, the contrast of velvet on the shawl collar, cuffs, vertical pockets and buttons adding 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.
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 just the one 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.
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