Forget red and blue (states). The theme of the inauguration at Biden was “America United,” and the color of the day appeared to be purple – the shade that bridges the gap by bringing both colors together (not to mention one of the original signature colors of the suffragists whose dreams are becoming now realized with the first female vice-president).
“Purple is the color of loyalty, steadfastness to purpose, and unwavering steadfastness towards a cause,” said the National Women’s Party wrote in a newsletter in 1913.
Although Dr. Jill Biden coordinated her blue Markarian overcoat with her husband’s blue Ralph Lauren tie, Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a bipartisan message in a light single-breasted coat and dress by Christopher John Rodgers, as did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a Ralph Lauren grape pantsuit . And Michelle Obama, the former first lady, wore wine pants with a coordinated turtleneck and long coat by Sergio Hudson, a young black designer.
Masks were also part of the material culture of this initiation. Dr. Biden wore a sky blue mask that matched her coat, and other members of her family chose a similar monochromatic theme. Ms. Harris opted for a glossy black number to match her purple outfit, one of her signature mask looks.
Many men opted for medical paper masks, but some opted for solid shades or face coverings with badges. Former President George W. Bush wore a mask made by Rhoback, a company founded by former Capitol Hill employee.
Despite the very high fashion content of President Joe Biden’s swearing-in, which included Lady Gaga in a true Schiaparelli ball gown, Ella Emhoff wore a crystal-dusted tweed Miu-Miu coat with a large white collar. and Jennifer Lopez in winter white Chanel, it was Senator Bernie Sanders who isn’t usually known for his style statements and whose selection of accessories may have been the most influential. In particular, Mr. Sanders’ woolen gloves in a kind of brown and cream Himalayan sweater pattern that seemed to have charmed practically half the social media world started where they could buy a pair.
They quickly got their own hashtag: #Berniesmittens. Even Vogue took note. Jen Ellis, a Vermont school teacher, claimed ownership of one Tweet.
“I gave Bernie’s mittens as a gift a few years ago,” she wrote, posting a photo of other similar creations. “They’re made from recycled wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles).”
In response, a friend remarked, “You better buy some titanium knitting needles, lol, you’re going to need them, you’ve just become the most famous” mittens knitter in the world. ” And so the new government seems to be keeping its vow to get small businesses going.