Kamala Harris continues to break barriers in her career. On April 28, she stood behind Joe Biden as he addressed a joint session of Congress at the United States Capitol in Washington DC. Biden acknowledged the vice president and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium,” he said. “No president has ever said those words and it’s about time.” If that is not enough to make women and young girls all over the world feel confident, Harris’s bold stature and elegance in a cream Prabal Gurung pantsuit should help.
Harris chose to support the Singaporean-born Nepali American designer raised in Nepal and India at the most crucial time – when Gurung himself is using his platform to stand up against anti-Asian hate crimes in America and racism in the fashion industry. By working with Gurung on this outfit – complete with a Champagne silk camisole to highlight her Ana Khouri pearls, which she wears to celebrate women – Kamala was backing his efforts, thereby complimenting him on his vision for our future America. “I am so honoured to be part of this historical moment and am humbled by the visibility and re-energised in my mission to advocate for representation and create better paths for the future,” Gurung wrote on Instagram. “Here’s to dreams and manifesting them into reality with the love and support from your community.”
The theme of hope and light was very prominent on the stage, where there were fist and elbow bumps abound. This is not the first time Harris looked to Gurung’s New York-based atelier for a powerful moment. Gurung dressed Harris in a cranberry-colored dress and jacket for her first day in office (Jill Biden matched her that day in Brandon Maxwell). It should be noted that jewelry designer Ana Khouri sourced Harris’s South Sea pearls ethically and responsibly – she too crafts her pieces in New York. In summary, Harris’s ensemble struck all the right chords and spoke not only to the current moment, but to a future where women are uplifted in the spotlight, Asian designers and artists are seen, and the woman in a light-colored pantsuit leading members of the Senate across Statuary Hall looks like the obvious path to follow.