T LOunge for January 21, 2021

Posted on January 21, 2021

La Borda del Mentidero Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Madrid, Spain

Its a day for sky, and sunlight, greenery and comfy seats. Oh, and an all-day open bar, of course. That probably goes without saying. Pick what part of the view makes you happiest and plop yourself down right there to enjoy it. Someone will beautiful will be along to serve you nibblies shortly.

Today is THURSDAY. Oh frabjous day.

After a day of covering inaugu-fashion to an extremely fraught social media audience (more on that later), we’re going to be spending today … still talking about some inaugu-stuff! We’ll be dropping a podcast with more of our thoughts on the day, what the extended family members wore, and why covering political fashion can be such a nightmare later today and we’ve rustled up a few more distractions for you as well. We’re off to work! Drinks are on us!


A Fashionable History of First Ladies on Inauguration Day
“People have been watching the first lady and what she wears since Martha Washington,” says Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of American political history, reform movements, and women’s political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. For more than a hundred years, the institution has worked to conserve and restore fashions worn by the first ladies. The National Museum of American History has lured museumgoers with its display of inaugural gowns since the galleries were set up in 1912.


Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman on Her Career-Defining Address and Paying Homage to Maya Angelou
“The difficult thing about writing a poem like this is that you want to write it for a country, but you also want it to be accessible. You want it to be representative of all the colors and characters of people who might be watching it. Preparing for that [involved] reading the previous inaugural poems and trying to focus on what they do well. I’ve also looked to Abraham Lincoln or Frederick Douglass, who I love as a writer, or Martin Luther King, and the ways in which they used words to communicate the ideals of the nation in elegant rhetoric that [never] felt as if it was locked away in an ivory tower.”


How Ella Emhoff and Batsheva Hay Came Up With an Inauguration-Worthy Dress
Inauguration Day always ushers in change, but perhaps never more so than this year, when President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will finally wrest control of the White House away from the Trump administration. Biden and Harris’s families were, of course, on hand at the swearing-in ceremony on January 20, and preparations for the day began well in advance; for Ella Emhoff, Harris’s 21-year-old stepdaughter, that meant collaborating with designer Batsheva Hay to come up with a truly one-of-a-kind fit for the occasion.


Representative Barbara Lee Wore Shirley Chisholm’s Pearls to Inauguration Day
Inauguration Day was full of intentional fashion statements, but few were as poignant as Representative Barbara Lee’s. The congresswoman from California’s Ninth District wore pearls previously owned by Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to U.S. Congress and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Twitter, Lee wrote, “On this historic day, I’m wearing Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s pearls, given to me by her goddaughter, who said that her godmother ‘would not want it any other way.’ Because of Shirley Chisholm, I am. Because of Shirley Chisholm, Vice President Harris is.”


Bernie Sanders Rewears Mittens by a Vermont Teacher to the Inauguration
Ready for the brisk temperature in the low 40s, he opted for a light brown jacket from the Vermont-based company Burton, with his black suit jacket poking out from under the coat. But the best part of the look was Sanders’s mittens. The large brown-and-cream knit pair had a vague nod to a Fair Isle pattern, while the palms boasted blue and white hues. There is a sweet story behind them too: They were created by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Vermont, who noted on Twitter that she made them from repurposed wool from sweaters and later lined them with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.


Why Wearing Purple on Inauguration Day Is So Significant
Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama all chose purple.

Happy Inauguration Day! In honor of this great—and historic—day, three of the most influential women in the country chose to wear the same, very significant color: purple. Soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are all wearing the historically important hue. Even Senator Elizabeth Warren chose a purple scarf!
So why is purple so significant? For one, it represents bipartisanship: the literal mix of red, for the Republican party, and blue, for the Democratic party. This could be interpreted as a symbol of Harris’s point of view as she starts this next chapter, and perhaps her desire to unite both sides of the aisle.


Kamala Harris’s Great-Nieces Recreated One of Her Outfits on Inauguration Day
The little ones paid homage to Vice President Kamala Harris in adorable leopard-print coats.

The daughters of Harris’s niece, author and entrepreneur Meena Harris, wore matching faux-fur leopard-print coats, custom made by the female-founded childrenswear start-up iloveplum. The precious coats, according to Meena, were a sartorial ode to their great-aunt, who just made history as the nation’s first woman vice president, as well as the highest Black and South Asian woman to ever hold public office in the United States. The pint-sized outerwear was also stitched and sewn in Oakland, California, the vice president’s hometown.


The designers of choice behind the inauguration outfits and what they might signal
From famous American names to up-and-coming design talent, Kamala Harris and Jill Biden are sending a message
Although there are of course far more important matters to be discussed around today’s historic US inauguration, what politicians, and their spouses, wear, matters.
As Michelle Obama eloquently said on her Becoming book tour: “Fashion for a woman predominates how people view you. That’s not right, but it’s true.”
“That’s when fashion isn’t just fashion, it’s how you turn it into your tool rather than being a victim of it. So it was, OK, let’s embrace the fact people are looking at my shoes and not just highlight me and the clothes but who we wanted to be as an administration — forward-thinking, embracing youth, embracing diversity.”


Sergio Hudson on Designing Kamala Harris’s Inauguration Dress: “She Shines So We Can all Shine.”
The Black American designer created a liquid sequin cocktail dress with a floor-length silk tuxedo overcoat for the evening’s festivities.

The dress went through several iterations, including a full-on Inaugural Ball gown, before evolving into a riff on Hudson’s signature silhouette—“a pencil dress, long sleeves, with a strong shoulder”—to reflect the new administration’s unfussy, forward-moving tone.
“We kept the silhouette very structured and tailored, because that’s who the Vice President is,” Hudson says. “But the liquid sequins give her glamour and shine, because her influence and the way she’s broken barriers is a light for so many of us. She shines so we can all shine.”

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