President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden started off their inauguration day festivities with a visit to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for Mass service this morning in Washington D.C.
The future first couple, who are practicing Catholics, sat in the front pew during today’s service, prepping for a busy and monumental day ahead with the inauguration ceremony taking place at 12 p.m. ET. For the occasion, Jill opted for an all-blue ensemble; her outfit layered a coordinating shimmering tweed coat over a matching dress. The Swarovski crystal-coated pieces come from designer Alexandra O’Neill of New York-based label Markarian; in addition to Jill’s look yesterday from Jonathan Cohen, the first-lady-to-be is starting a streak of supporting independent, smaller brands — today’s look was even hand-finished by O’Neill in her West Village studio.
Joe’s look, a navy suit with a light blue tie that matched his wife’s outfit, tapped a familiar and iconic American designer: Ralph Lauren. The choice pays homage to classic American fashion and alludes to more to come from the label during today’s events.
While her shoes couldn’t be seen in images from the event, the former educator has always been a fan of slingback silhouettes, which are known for their ease of wear thanks to straps around the bank of the ankle. Her go-to brands include Dior, Jimmy Choo and Prada. She also is known for her love of running and in the past has preferred workout-ready footwear from running brand On as well as her newfound love for Stuart Weitzman’s standout Vote boots.
Vice President-elect Kamla Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff also were in attendance during the service. Kamala opted for a blue look as well courtesy of Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson, both Black-owned fashion brands. Also wearing a Pyer Moss custom coat during events last night, Kamala is starting her own style streak by tapping Black designers and independent brands for her collection of official attire.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration will make history today for a myriad of reasons. Biden will be the oldest person ever sworn in as president while Harris will become the first-ever female vice president of the United States. The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, she will also be the first Black person and first person of South Asian descent to serve in the second-highest office. She joins President Joe Biden in leading a country left on the edge of its seat following the second impeachment of current President Donald Trump by the House of Representatives last week.
Last week, President Trump also announced that he and Melania will not be in attendance at today’s inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden, making him the first president in modern times to skip his successor’s swearing-in.