Ella Emhoff, the stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, attended the inauguration yesterday, and her style was the source of a great deal of praise. A budding designer herself, 21-year-old Emhoff is currently a senior at New York’s Parson’s School of Design.
Emhoff arrived at the inauguration to watch her stepmother take the oath of office in an embellished houndstooth Miu Miu coat with a bold Peter Pan style white collar. Underneath, she wore an ankle length Batsheva gown. The gown featured an empire waist, a puffed sleeve, and a jewel-toned burgundy hue. The gown perfectly matched the unofficial fashion theme of the event. Emhoff collaborated with the designer to create the one of a kind piece.
Emhoff told Vogue in a joint interview with Batsheva, “My mood board was very “little girl,” in a sense, a lot of scalloped collars and big silhouette shoulders and small buttons. I was going for something girlier, to embrace my feminine side—especially after that suit that I felt so great in—because, like, how many times do you prepare yourself to attend an inauguration? This momentous of an event deserves a momentous outfit.”
Lots of observers lauded Emhoff as a style icon in the making. Commenters on Twitter noted her artsy-girl style and praised her expressive eyebrows.
The 2021 inauguration was, predictably, a defining moment for the Biden-Harris administration’s fashion. Emhoff, Harris, and Dr. Biden set the stage for a high-fashion administration, something that Emhoff acknowledged.
Emhoff’s Instagram also shows off her unique style and her own design creations. Emhoff specializes in knitwear, and you can find photos of her work all over her social media pages.
When Vogue asked if we can expect a knitwear collaboration between Emhoff and Batsheva in the future, the pair responded “Yes!” in unison. So it looks like we have a lot to look forward to when it comes to everyone’s favorite new fashion icon Ella Emhoff.