Kamala Harris is making history as vice president. How will her style reflect that?

As Kamala Harris makes history as the first Black, South Asian and female vice president, fashion leaders hope her style choices will make a statement — especially one that promotes American designers.

“I think she has a duty to uplift American fashion because by doing so, she adds value to it,” said Antoine Gregory, founder of Black Fashion Fair, an online platform that aims to bolster Black designers who have often been ignored or erased from history. “People who are in fashion place a higher value on European design. A lot of American designers don’t get the same acknowledgment, the same type of press or the same type of visibility.”

And unlike multibillion dollar conglomerates in Europe, many American designers are small business owners who have been struck hard by COVID-19, Gregory points out. The fashion stylist and nine-year industry veteran said he hopes to see Harris’ style reflect

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Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ Husband, Already Has a #DougHive of Fans

Last year, before stopping at a campaign rally in Iowa, Kamala Harris—then a 2020 presidential candidate—met up with a drumline. Pure bliss ensued. As shown in a video that has since gone viral, Harris boogied alongside a group of young girls, manifesting the image she has curated for herself as a candidate full of exuberance and gusto, the rare politician who actually has moves.

Midway through the 30-second clip, you can see a man wearing dad jeans and a blazer jump in and out of frame. His dancing isn’t entirely on beat, but he is nonetheless a great sport.

Meet Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband. His blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in that video shows just about everything you need to know about America’s first-ever second gentleman. The 64-year-old attorney has been by her side for the entire election cycle, but quietly. He never seems to bask in the spotlight, though he looks extremely

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How Kamala Harris uses style to tell her story

How the candidates for president and vice president communicate nonverbally—from their facial expressions, to how often they wear masks, to the way that they dress—is a critical component of their campaigns. This is not to suggest that the colour of a blazer or the print on a tie is of a piece with a candidate’s policy positions. But, as Vanessa Friedman persuasively argues in The New York Times, “Substance doesn’t exist entirely independent of style.” Style, when wielded most effectively, can often reinforce message, substance, and character.

Look no further than VP candidate Kamala Harris’s now-viral plane exits.

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When she’s not in heels, as she was for the vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Harris is

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How AOC and Kamala Harris became 2020’s fashion influencers

It seems like several lifetimes ago that Michelle Obama shocked a public steeped in couture-clad First Ladies by rotating through a kaleidoscope of young designers—Thakoon and Jason Wu among them. In her Netflix documentary Becoming, Obama addresses the pressures that caused her to embrace clothing as part of her messaging. “Fashion for a woman still predominates how people view you, and that’s not fair, that’s not right. But it’s true,”she says. With her choices, Obama moved the needle, proving it’s possible to be a woman of substance and intelligence and still love style.

kamala harris at san francisco pride in 2019
Kamala Harris at San Francisco Pride in 2019.

Justin Sullivan

Now we have a vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, who wields fashion choices like weapons in her arsenal. There was her denim jacket of rainbow colours, worn to celebrate Pride in 2019, with symbolism so clear she needn’t have uttered a word. She signals she’s down-to-earth with

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