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They already knew she seemed good in a coat.

So the designers at Proenza Schouler determined to decorate Ella Emhoff — artwork pupil, knitwear designer, fledgling mannequin and stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris — in a few coats (plus a pantsuit) for her modeling debut of their new assortment, unveiled Thursday for New York Fashion Week.

Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough mentioned the style world took fast discover when 21-year-old Emhoff appeared on the inauguration in January, wearing a unusual Miu Miu coat with bejeweled shoulders together with a starchy white collar. Social media took discover, too.

Soon after, the designers had been planning their February present — really a digital brief, for pandemic causes — and the casting director talked about Emhoff. “And we said, ‘We were just talking about Ella.’ Seemed like everyone was kind of talking about her,” McCollough mentioned in an interview.

As it seems, Emhoff, a senior and artwork main at Parsons School of Design (the place Hernandez and McCollough met and commenced their partnership), had simply signed with IMG Models, becoming a member of a good greater breakout star of the inauguration: poet Amanda Gorman.

The outside shoot passed off not too long ago on a blustery weekend on the Parrish Museum in Water Mill, New York. It was the primary time Emhoff had walked a runway.

“I have to say I was a little nervous,” Emhoff, daughter of Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff, mentioned later in a streamed speak with the designers, additionally launched Thursday. “I definitely lost a little sleep the night before. I’m walking for the first time, I’m in this professional environment for the first time … the anticipation was really high.” She spoke of her love for knitting and textiles, and her dream of her personal knitwear model.

“She kind of reminded us of of our friends and ourselves in a lot of ways back when we were at Parsons,” McCollough mentioned. He and Hernandez launched their very own model from their senior thesis assortment.

For Emhoff, the designers selected a protracted grey wool coat with fluffy gildings on the shoulders, then a midnight navy leather-based trench-type coat, and eventually a black pantsuit. Also strolling within the digital runway present is Meadow Walker, daughter of the late actor Paul Walker.

Emhoff additionally wears among the label’s sometimes distinctive footwear — leather-based socks topped by a strappy sandal.

“We very much believe this moment is about the elimination of anything superfluous, the elimination of excess,” Hernandez mentioned, explaining the ethos of the gathering at a time when vogue itself can really feel, effectively, superfluous. “Just reducing things to their most essential basic forms. All the buttons are invisible buttons. The pockets are just internal.”

Hernandez mentioned he noticed Emhoff representing “this idea of a new beginning, a whole new chapter in American life, in American culture.”

“She’s a nice sort of ambassador of the new moment,” he mentioned, earlier than shifting artfully away from any political implications. “You know, via the filter of fashion and art and craft and the world that we all inhabit. She’s sort of the ambassador of that.”


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