I’ve been on a break from writing for a while. It was a very busy and emotional holiday season and start to the new year. It has actually made me very grateful that awards season was postponed this year due to COVID-19. With all that being said, I am very excited to be back writing again and what better event to kick things back off with than the Inauguration of President Joe Biden. I am a huge political nerd and so of course I’ve been paying very close attention to what has been happening in the United States. I’ve been wondering what Inauguration Day is going to look like since last summer. We have learned that there a public ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Festivities will be limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The live audience will be limited to members of the 117th United States Congress and, for each, one guest of their choosing. Public health measures such as mandatory face coverings, testing, temperature checks, and social distancing will be used to protect participants of the ceremony. So the looks below are for those members who are invited, plus Michelle Obama who may attend as the wife of a former President should any of them attend. Just like for what the events of the inauguration I have been thinking a lot about what our future First Lady Dr. Jill Biden would wear. I’ve said that I believe that Dr. Biden is secretly a fashion girl. Over the course of the campaign we saw Dr. Biden wear looks from brands like Dolce & Gabbana (which I never want to see her wear again) and Oscar de la Renta. I would love to see her wear an ensemble from a label Michelle Obama made famous, Jason Wu, with a deep peacock blue quilted silk coat from the Jason Wu Collection Fall 2020 RTW show and a blue and ivory silk chiffon floral long sleeve midi dress. The coat will most definitely keep Dr. Biden warm in the balmy 43° weather expected in Washington on Inauguration Day. The dress on the other hand is not something I see as warm whatsoever. But sometimes I do go with something that is fashion over function. Both of these items would in fact be wonderful additions to Dr. Biden’s wardrobe. Styling this look with her signature flared waves, defined eyes, a soft grey-ish blue silk mask, grey Malone Souliers ‘Maureen’ strappy pointed toe pumps, a pair of Barney’s Originals real leather gloves in light grey, and a bit of sparkle via Swarovski ‘Vintage Drop’ clear and dark teal crystal teardrop earrings would definitely make this an absolutely phenomenal moment for Dr. Biden to kick off her tenure as First Lady of the United States. I will be so excited to watch Kamala Harris take the oath of office to be the first female Vice President of the United States. Now while I really want to see Kamala bring some superb fashion moments to the political arena over the course of her tenure as Vice President, but I also know that isn’t going to be the case most likely. She loves herself a pantsuit and they don’t often fit very well. When I was thinking of the perfect designer to dress her for the occasion of the inauguration really the only designer who came to mind was Joseph Altuzarra. He is known for his sharp tailoring and so I went shopping on the runways. I found an amazing grey speckled wool trench coat and a grey wool double breasted pantsuit with a batteau neckline from the Altuzarra Fall 2020 RTW collection which I feel would be phenomenal on Kamala. This suit isn’t exactly anything we expect to see from Kamala, but I do believe that the fit and neckline would be incredibly flattering and strong. Now while personally I would have her go bare chested as the suit as presented on the runway that isn’t really Kamala’s sensibility, so I would style the look with a dark heather grey turtleneck sweater to keep her warm and protect her modesty. Now the rest of the styling to really make this look super sharp would include her signature waves, defined eyes, berry lips under a grey silk mask, a pair of grey snake effect Le Silla ‘Sharon’ ankle strap pumps, and her signature gold rope trimmed pearl button earrings.Regular readers will know I LOVE a Michelle Obama sighting. I don’t think we’ve had such an iconic fashion first lady since Jackie Kennedy (though Nancy Reagan’s formal looks were pretty phenomenal) and I have really loved seeing how Michelle’s style has evolved since leaving the White House four years ago. Should we see her on the inaugural platform for the swearing in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris I would love to see her give us a LOOK which is why I turned to one of my favorite New York based labels, Proenza Schouler. I went through lots of options from all of the typical labels we saw Michelle wear in the White House including Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs, but I really fell in love with this major grey peppered wool asymmetrical double breasted coat from the label’s Pre-Fall 2020 collection. I love the contrasting statement lapel and cuffs and I definitely could see MObama being drawn to it. Now underneath it I would love to see her wear this black Proenza Schouler asymmetric spiral button detailed long sleeve matte crepe dress from the retail collection inspired by the Proenza Schouler Fall 2020 RTW collection. It would make for a really super chic fashion moment for Michelle. A sleek side parted hairstyle, casual smokey eyes, a custom black Proenza Schouler mask detailed with one of the gold buttons on one side (we stan fashion continuity here), a pair of hot black suede Balmain ‘Raven’ thigh high hold heeled boots, and MATEO NY 14k gold small pearl dot hoops would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. Last up for the ceremony is Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While she wasn’t a huge Joe Biden supporter I know she knows that it’s better to work together than fight each other. I definitely feel like she will serve a look should she attend the swearing in ceremony. “You can also thrift and buy second hand online, which helped me get higher quality, longer-lasting things that would normally be out of budget,” Ocasio-Cortez just said to new Congresswoman Cori Bush about how to start shopping for a wardrobe worthy of a US Representative. So instead of going to super high fashion off the runway route for AOC I went to the online sale racks and resale stores to put together a chic look. The look is centered around a navy Cinq a Sept ‘Lorena’ wool blend cape. AOC loves a good cape look and I feel this coat would be something she would work into her regular wardrobe. I found it on the virtual sale rack of Saks Fifth Avenue for $591 (15% off it’s original $695 price) which is steeper than what I feel she would normally go for but a good coat is a staple. For the perfect suit I went to the online re-sale racks of The Real Real and found this incredibly chic vintage Christian Dior navy blue pin striped wool skirt suit which features a cropped double breasted jacket and a pencil skirt which is new with tags and looks like something from the Galliano era of Dior. Best thing about it? This suit was probably $1,000 plus when purchased by its original owner and is available through The Real Real for $385. Again on the slightly more expensive side, but something she could wear to work over and over and over. To style this look I would finish it with a sleek high ponytail, thick defined eyes, bold red lips under a navy silk mask, her signature gold hoops, and a pair of black and navy Marc Ellis strappy ankle cuff pointed toe d’Orsay pumps. It would be the epitome of chic glamour.Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem at the Inauguration Ceremony. Now I do not know if she will be there in person on the capitol steps or if her appearance will be virtual. Either way I would love to see her serve up a very chic and sophisticated moment by digging into the Brandon Maxwell runway archives. As I was going through Brandon’s past runways I was shocked by how many great moments still sit unworn including this ivory intricately pebble beaded print caped dress from the Brandon Maxwell Spring 2018 RTW collection. The intricacy of the beading in this ensemble is phenomenal and I feel like it would be a beautiful moment for Gaga to bring to the Inaugural platform. Now should she be there in person she would need to keep warm so I would style the look with white Italian leather opera length gloves from Ines Gloves to add some warmth to this look. A sleek side parted bouffant inspired updo, thick defined eyes, a crystal and pearl embellished Rinaldy Yunardi “Masker” couture mask (worn over a protective cloth mask), a pair of white glitter Christian Louboutin ‘Kate’ pointed toe pumps would make this look come together in a manner that meshes perfectly the sophistication of Washington and the extra of Gaga. In addition to Gaga the incomparable Jennifer Lopez is also been tapped to perform at the Inaugural Ceremony. Her performance has been billed only as a “musical performance.” With the theme of the Inauguration being “America United” I would love to see Jennifer perform “This Land Is Your Land” or “America The Beautiful” in both English and Spanish and do so while serving a LOOK. I first started going down the suit route for Jennifer, but when I was looking at Elie Saab’s collections for a suiting possibility I saw this electric blue sequin one sleeve pleated gown with a scarf tie neck, a defined waste, and an a-line skirt and fell in love with the idea of it on Jennifer. It would definitely be a very major moment and one that would add a lot of dazzle to the inauguration platform. Now while I would like to see Jennifer perform in the gown alone, I know that keeping her warm while out on the platform is important. So I found this major blue, black, and white geometric print mink Frame fur coat and thought it would definitely be right up JLo’s ally. I would love to see her make this look come to life with a chic soft wavy high ponytail, defined eyes, red lips, electric blue satin Casadei crystal strap pointed toe pumps, a selection of David Morris jewels inducing oval cabochon sapphire, faceted rock crystal, and brilliant-cut white diamond ‘Twilight’ drop earrings and a ‘Twilight Crossover’ fluted rock crystal and brilliant-cut white diamond cocktail ring, and a black crystal embellished face mask.
The Inauguration of Joe Biden & Kamala Harris will take place on Wednesday January 20, 2021.