Dream Inaugural Ball for President Joe Biden Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

COVID-19 has stolen so many red carpets from us. The latest casualty are the traditional inaugural balls following the swearing in of a President of the United States. Now while President Trump didn’t have troves of celebrity following to add more dazzle to the balls, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris do. So I am really disappointed in the fact we aren’t going to see these supporters get up and dazzle in the ballrooms of Washington D.C. Beyonce was relatively silent this election cycle until right before the election where she posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a full Balmain ensemble and a Biden/Harris mask saying “Let’s do this Texas.” I was honestly surprised that we didn’t see Beyonce do more especially with Kamala Harris. Now I still would have loved to see Beyonce give us a dazzling moment had she attended any of the inaugural balls and that is exactly what she would have done wearing this royal blue Nedo by Nedret Taciroğlu Fall 2020 Couture strapless trumpet gown with asymmetrical ruffle details and a hip high split. I did tend to go with American designers for these dream inaugural ball wishes, but I needed a dazzling couture moment for Beyonce. I know she would definitely own this moment and with a sleek retro inspired updo with white roses in her hair, thick wing defined smokey eyes, bold matte red lips, a pair of silver Jimmy Choo pointed toe d’orsay crystal fringe trimmed ankle strap pumps, and a selection of major Lorraine Schwartz jewels including ‘Mesh Collection’ sapphire drop earrings, a round sapphire cocktail ring, and a geometric white diamond cocktail ring it would be retro glamour defined. Darren Criss was a part of the virtual Biden inaugural event “America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers” on Saturday. I would definitely have marked that as a reason why he would have been given a ticket to one of the inaugural balls had there been any. I always love seeing Darren and his style on red carpets and so I feel like this really is a potential major menswear moment stolen from us due to the pandemic. Had he done a look for an inaugural ball I would have loved to see him rep American based designer Virgil Abloh and this ensemble from the Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Resort 2021 collection which features a grey blazer with a half band belt waist and skinny fir black trousers. Now I love this look and it is definitely something that Darren would be drawn to. I would make the look more formal with the styling to make it appropriate for an inaugural ball with a crisp white shirt, black bow tie, and a pair of Thom Browne classic long black leather wingtip brogues with a red, white, and blue striped grosgrain strap. It would be statement making with a nod to patriotism. Demi Lovato will be performing tomorrow night at an event titled “Celebrating America” which will take the place of the traditional inaugural balls. I haven’t always loved Demi’s style and I was uber disappointed in most of her looks from the People’s Choice Awards last year. Demi and her stylist Siena don’t have a lot of pull with major designers so I turned to the resource that they used for most of her PCA’s looks, Albright LA. Albright is a fashion rental library where stars and stylists can rent looks for red carpets and editorials. I went through their virtual racks and found this super glam art deco inspired black and silver beaded Tom Ford sleeveless column gown. It is super simple in silhouette, but it definitely packs some glamour. I think it would go great with the pink high and tight pixie that Demi just debuted on Instagram. I would definitely have gone with a high glam styling with defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a black crystal embellished Judith Leiber ‘Slim Slide’ clutch, a pair of black satin Tom Ford crystal embellished wrap around ankle strap sandals, and a little more sparkle via Messika Paris ‘Desert Bloom’ feather inspired cluster earrings to really make this look absolute perfection. When it comes to country music stars they tend to skew Republican, but Maren Morris made a very passionate plea for people to vote for Joe Biden. She made the plea during an I Will Vote event and said “Coming from a Southern family with a conservative background, throughout my childhood I was always taught to treat people with respect and dignity, no matter their race, their religion, their sexual orientation and, yes, event their political party. But like a lot of us, I’ve been in perpetual shock watching what’s happened to our country these last few years.” Well now America is about to have a new president and I would have loved to see Maren show up and serve up a glamorous look. I don’t always love what Maren wears on the red carpet, but I always give her the benefit of the doubt. I went into the Naeem Archives to find this gorgeous gown with a silver intricately crystal embellished bustier and a lilac silk charmuse wrap style skirt and a thigh high split from the Indian born New York based designer’s Spring 2015 RTW collection. I have gone through a couple brands archives to find amazing looks for these wishes and found many amazing unworn gowns like this one. I feel like with a chic sleek center parted hairstyle slicked behind the ears, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a silver mirror crystal cut L’Afshar acrylic clutch, light purple and silver Grey Mer strappy platform sandals, and some dazzling jewel moments from Paul Morelli including a pair of elongated ‘Triptych’ brilliant cut white diamond, blue sapphire, pink sapphire, and purple sapphire drop earrings and a ‘Moderne’ purple sapphire and white diamond cocktail ring would definitely make this a very chic head to toe moment for Maren. In an opinion article she penned for The New York Times Padma Lakshmi said “when I heard the news of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden’s victory. I felt elated. Then suddenly I felt this heat welling up from my chest into my throat and it burst out of me in tears I could not control. At first I didn’t even know why I was sobbing. Finally, I was thinking. Finally a woman, and a woman of color, takes this office.” During the campaign Padma participated in virtual events to work to elect Biden and Harris, specifically working to get out the vote of members of the South Asian community. Well to celebrate the success of the campaign and to mark this historical moment that means so much to Padma herself I would have been sure that we would have seen her on inauguration night giving us glamour at one of the balls. I had gone through my photo archives and found some designers who show in New York and picked this black and white Greta Constantine Spring 2021 RTW column gown which features a v-neck, puffy sleeves, and a cape almost immediately for Padma. It is statuesque glamour defined and I know that she would be able to really make it a major moment. Now while Greta shows in New York, she is based in Toronto, Canada. So she isn’t really an American designer, but I am still here for it. A sleek side parted low bun updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a black croc leather Judith Leiber Couture ‘Cayman’ crystal embellished clasp clutch, white satin Aquazzura ‘Bow Tie’ crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and a nod to Kamala and her famous pearls with a pair of TASKI Atelier ‘Aurora’ white diamond and akoya pearl drop earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to this extremely glamorous look. Rasario Dawson participated yesterday in the “United We Serve: A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service” and she is the girlfriend of Senator Cory Booker, so yea I definitely would have expected to see her in Washington, D.C. for one of the inaugural balls this year. I’ve always loved that Rosario is an outspoken activist and she is appealing to the better angels after supporting Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary over Joe Biden, but is now throwing her support behind the new president. When it comes to fashion Rosario can be a little hit or miss for me, but when I thought of Rosario wearing this white one shoulder Sergio Hudson Fall 2020 RTW column gown with gold belt buckle details on the shoulder and the waist I thought it could be a really chic moment for her to rock. Sergio Hudson is a black owned luxury women’s ready-to-wear label designed and produced entirely in Los Angeles so checks all the boxes of a Made in America label which Joe is really advocating for in supporting to help us weather the pandemic and job loses. I would have loved to see Rosario give us glamour styling this gown with old Hollywood waves, defined smokey eyes, deep red glossy lips, a gold lizard embossed Tyler Ellis ‘Lily’ clutch, a pair of gold Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Kate’ ankle cuff sandals, and more pearls to honor from another young black designer with a pair of MATEO NY 14k gold baroque pearl trio dangle earrings.

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