Some of the Duchess of Sussex’s style staples were beautifully reflected on Inauguration Day
The fashion-forward coats! The monochromatic looks! Everywhere we looked at Wednesday’s Inauguration here in the U.S., we got glimpses of Meghan’s style from Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, former First Lady Michelle Obama, First Daughter Ashley Biden, and more. See for yourself!
The night before the Inauguration, now Vice President Harris wore a camel coat – one of Meghan’s favorite shades to incorporate into her coat game – at a candlelight vigil at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to honor the more than 400,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the U.S. alone. The coat was by Pyer Moss (pronounced Pierre), a New York label; as she would do throughout the celebrations, the Vice President wore Black designers, this one by Pyer Moss founder Kerby Jean-Raymond, the son of Haitian immigrants. Harper’s BAZAAR reports that he turned his studio into a PPE donation center and also provided emergency grants for women- and minority-owned small businesses affected by the pandemic.
Kamala in a Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean-Raymond coat and Manolo Blahnik boots, January 19, 2021, at the Reflection Pool, Washington, DC.
Below, Meghan in similar style coats to that of the Vice President. From Left to Right —The Duchess in a Reiss coat – the brand’s sabel wool blend overcoat in camel ($645) back in January 2020 when the couple visited Canada House in London. Wearing Givenchy for a visit to Smart Works, January 2019. She wore the MaxMara ‘Manuela’ wrap coat ($2950) in March 2015 while out with Olivia Palmero and signing autographs for Suits fans.
Photo credit: James Whatling / Splash News / Meghan Markle Instagram
Vice President Harris in Christopher John Rogers for Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021. The bright purple coat is symbolic of the U.S. suffrage movement as well as a nod to bipartisanship (red and blue).
Kamala’s coat and dress immediately reminded us of Meghan’s Aritzia’s Babaton ‘Maxwell’ dress in a beautiful shade of purple worn for One Young World, October 2019.
At her father’s swearing-in ceremony, Ashley Biden wore a look reminiscent of Meghan at her first royal engagement in Nottingham, UK. Ashley’s navy double-breasted Gabriela Hearst ‘Cantwell’ coat ($4900) was paired with coordinating leather gloves and the designer’s ‘Pat’ boot ($1450), a favorite of her mother, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Meghan in the Mackage ‘Elodie’ navy coat ($890) for her first royal engagement in Nottingham, UK, December 2017. For Christmas in Sandringham, December 2018, she wore a Victoria Beckham navy wool coat.
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Vice President Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff – a textile design student at Parsons School of Design in New York City – wowed in a Meghan-loved label at the noontime ceremony yesterday. Ella wore a Miu Miu Shetland Pied De Poule bore a collar in the label’s signature style, with yellow and orange embellishments. Hidden under her embellished coat was a burgundy moiré dress by Batsheva. Her headband is by Loeffler Randall, the Bobby Sahara headband ($75). If Twitter is any indication, the daughter of the Second Gentleman (how cool is that to say) is a burgeoning fashion icon and will be one to watch.
Miu Miu is an Italian high fashion women’s clothing and accessory brand and a fully owned subsidiary of Prada. It is headed by Miuccia Prada and headquartered in Paris, France. Meghan has worn Miu Miu previously as seen below at the 2014 Miu Miu Women’s Tales 7th Edition event in New York.
Amanda’s earrings and ring were a gift from Oprah Winfrey. The hoop earrings are by Nikos Koulis from the designer’s Energy Collection. The ring is by Of Rare Origin, the Aviary Classic Ring ($1,290), shaped like a caged bird as a tribute to Maya Angelou’s ionic poem, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Michelle in monochrome is a win for us! Mrs. Obama also chose to honor a Black designer yesterday, Sergio Hudson, in a burgundy coat and jumpsuit cinched with a gold belt. Hudson made his debut at New York Fashion Week less than a year ago in February 2020, and dressed not only the former First Lady but also the first female Vice President (see below). Burgundy monochromatic looks are a trend we’ve seen Meghan in before, looking stunning, just like Mrs. Obama.
Michelle Obama’s Sergio Hudson wool alpaca turtleneck, ($635) is available for pre-order on the site ($635).
The Duchess of Sussex’s many appearances in burgundy.
QCT Panel Discussion, October 2019 / Hubb Community Kitchen visit, November 2018 / SplashNews – at the Invictus Games Toronto, 2017
Later that evening, Madam Vice President (who wore Manolo Blahnik shoes with her Christopher John Rodgers outfit to the noontime events) stepped out in an all-black look from Sergio Hudson herself, a liquid sequin cocktail dress with a floor-length silk tuxedo overcoat that reminded us of Meghan’s Brandon Maxwell coat from Remembrance Day 2020. Of the first female Vice President, Hudson said “The way she’s broken barriers is a light for so many of us. She shines so we can all shine.”
Meghan with Harry in Los Angeles for Remembrance Day, November 2020 wearing Brandon Maxwell.
Finally, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden – clad in Gabriela Hearst – wore an ivory double-breasted cashmere coat, which she paired with a silk dress with embroidery on the neckline and hemline reflecting the flowers from every state and territory of the U.S. This touching gesture, of course, reminded us of Meghan’s veil at her 2018 wedding to Harry, where there was a flower representing each of the countries of the Commonwealth sewn in. Chills.
More on Dr. Jill Biden’s outfit from Gabriel Hearst’s Instagram —
Meghan’s wedding veil details, May 2018.
credit: Crown Copyright MOD 2018/Owen Cooban / Splash News
Meghan has also worn Gabriela Heart on a number of occasions, including at a reception in New Zealand, October 2018 and as her character, Rachel Zane on Suits.
credit: Pool/i-Images October 2018 in a Gabriela Heart dress / USA Network – Suits, Season 7 Episode 5 wearing Gabriela Hearst’s ‘Gunnersbury’ Cardigan.
Ashley Biden’s tuxedo look (reportedly designed by Ralph Lauren) for the family’s evening appearance is also reminiscent of Meghan’s style. She wore a pair of Chloe Gosselin ‘Nicole’ pumps ($745), a brand we recently saw Meghan wearing on an outing in LA.
credit: Twitter Jennifer Epstein / Instagram Chloe Gosselin
Meghan in Alexander McQueen at the 2018 Endeavour Awards and in September 2018 at the Wellchild Awards.
Other notable looks from Inauguration Day were President Biden’s granddaughters. We are loving Natalie Biden (Beau Biden’s daughter) in a bright pink cashmere coat from Lafayette 148 New York, the Dawson’ coat, paired with high camel suede boots.
That evening, the Biden women were dressed to the nines. Naomi wore a purple midi dress with a statement bow and matching stilettos; Finnegan opted for a sequined Markarian gown with black satin straps; Maisy paired a statement gown from Rodarte with another pair of Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid “Sisterhood” sneakers; and Natalie also chose a sequined Markarian dress, hers in a light gold. Markarian was also the label behind Jill Biden’s dress and coat at the ceremony.
Howard Krein (Ashley’s husband), Natalie, Maisy, Ashley, President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Finnegan, Naomi and Robert “Hunter” Biden II.
Markarian Paoloma Gold Sequin Bias Corset Midi Dress and the Mars Iridescent Coral Sequin Bias Corset Dress / Rodarte FW20 Heart and Rose Printed Dress with Organza Collar (also available here)
We look forward to the fashion of all of the above women over the coming years! Brava, ladies.
We leave you with this verse from Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb” —
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside“