Pratishtha Rana
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, marked the beginning of a new presidential term in the US. In a star-studded inauguration ceremony, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th Presidents of the United States of America alongside Kamala Harris, the first female and first Asian-American Vice President.
The prominent guests, who walked the red carpet at the US Capitol, Washington, D.C., included Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
As much as a politically momentous day it was for the world, it was also a power-packed event for the fashion industry. Exquisite, discerning and colourful looks were served – many from small-business designers in the US.
Here’s a lowdown on who wore what.
President Joe Biden in Ralph Lauren
Biden wore a classic navy blue suit and an outer coat by the American luxury fashion house Ralph Lauren. He touched up the look with a light blue satin tie, which matched with the First Lady, Jill Biden’s all-blue outfit. Town&Country reported, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, too, wore blue ties in their times. Biden’s outfit’s palette, navy blue, symbolises the colour of the US Democratic Party.
Markarian – Instagram
First Lady of the United States Jill Biden in Markarian
Jill Biden wore all-blue dress, a woolen tweed long-coat, hand gloves and a mask from a young, New-York based luxury label Markarian by Alexandra O’Neill. According to reports, the choice of the colour blue signifies stability and trust. O’Neill said to WWD, “We’ve been working in this straight since late December. We’re a very small team – six people in total. It was all hands on deck.”
Vice President Kamala Harris
All eyes were on Kamala Harris when she arrived for her swearing-in at the US Capitol. Dressed in an electric purple outfit by Black designer label Christopher John Rogers and a delicate pearl neck piece. A mix of red and blue, is a symbol of unity.
Christopher John Rogers – Instagram
Michelle Obama in Sergio Hudson
The former First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama, walked the red carpet in a bright, tonal outfit by Los Angeles based Black designer Sergio Hudson. Obama’s look was layered with a maroon turtleneck, a lengthy coat and flared, high-waisted trousers. However, what caught the Internet’s eye the most was her carefully done hair, voluminous, glossy and wavy!
Stylist Meredith Koop – Instagram
Lady Gaga in Schiaparelli
Every day is a red carpet day for Lady Gaga or so it seems. The award-winning, American singer mesmerised the audience with her performance of the US National Anthem. She was dolled up in a custom-made, blue and red gown designed by Daniel Roseberry, Creative Director of Schiaparelli.

Jennifer Lopez in Chanel
American actress and singer, Jennifer Lopez too made a powerful statement in an all-white ensemble by Chanel. The white palette was a strong symbol of the women’s suffrage movement. JLO’s wore a tweed coat, a flimsy ruffle blouse, a beret cap, straight textured pants and high heels.

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