It’s hard to believe that the day has finally come, but at 12 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, the 46th president of the United States was sworn into office. While live footage from Washington, D.C. showed Donald and Melania Trump and their family boarding Air Force One and lifting off from the White House lawn for the last time, political heavyweights simultaneously filed into the Capitol Building for the inauguration. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden were among the first to arrive, (the President in a navy suit and navy overcoat, both by Ralph Lauren, and the First Lady in a tweed coat and dress by Alexandra O’Neill of Markarian), while Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband (who will henceforth be known as the first “Second Gentleman,”) appeared shortly thereafter. Harris wore Christopher John Rogers, the beloved, emerging American designer from Baton Rouge. When Barack and Michelle Obama’s arrival caused what can only be described as a tizzy on Twitter, where people posted meme after meme freaking out about her Sergio Hudson Collection 7 monochrome look: a magenta, floor-length coat with matching turtleneck, wide-leg pants and statement leather belt. Some trends instantly emerged: purple was an overwhelmingly popular shade, (both Harris and Hillary Clinton, in Ralph Lauren, opted for the color) and democratic members of the house and senate wore aviator sunglasses to pay tribute to the President, while others wore strands of pearls as a nod to the Vice President. Even Laura Bush, who appeared in a gray-blue coat, wore pearls to match—a sign of respect with the other side of the aisle. But the prevailing message from today’s inauguration fashion was heard loud and clear: American, independent labels with an emphasis on women and BIPOC designers signified a new day. And then there was Bernie Sanders, who showed up in his now-famed “I am once again asking you” jacket and a pair of mittens made by a teacher named Jen Ellis from Essex Junction, Vermont, who gifted them to him more than two years ago. They are said to be crafted from repurposed wool sweaters, with fleece lining made from recycled plastic bottles.