Inauguration Day style decoded, from Kamala Harris’s pearls to Joe Biden in Ralph Lauren

Harris deepened the symbolism of her historic swearing-in with her choice of jewellery, a pearl necklace designed by Puerto Rican jeweller Wilfredo Rosado. Pearls have become one of Harris’s signatures, and thousands of women in the US and worldwide celebrated the inauguration of the country’s first female vice-president by donning their own pearls at home.

On her feet, Harris wore her favourite BB pumps from Manolo Blahnik (today not being a day for her favourite Converse trainers).

Later, the VP c​hanged into a glamorous black ensemble by Sergio Hudson. The Los Angeles-based designer launched his eponymous label in 2014, after winning Bravo TV’s Styled to Rock docu-series. Since then, his body-conscious dresses and suits have been worn by Tracee Ellis Ross, Katy Perry, Priyanka Chopra Jonas – and Michelle Obama, who wore a purple suit by the designer on her book tour. The former first lady returned to the designer for her Inauguration Day look, a garnet-hued trouser suit and coat ensemble.

Incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, meanwhile, also wore American, choosing an ocean-blue tweed coat and dress by Markarian. The coat features a dark-blue velvet collar and cuffs, and is worn over a tapered dress with a Swarovski pearl- and crystal-embellished chiffon bodice and scalloped skirt. The colour blue was chosen to signify ‘trust, confidence and stability’.