Meet Ella Emhoff, the US presidential inauguration’s breakout fashion star

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Standing out next to established style icons like Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga was always going to be a tough gig. But on a day of block colors and monochromatic looks, Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, stole the fashion limelight at Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. Her outfit — and […]

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Michelle Obama wows US presidential inauguration in head-to-toe plum and burgundy

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Given her eight years at the White House, it was little surprise that Michelle Obama knew precisely how to dress for the occasion. Continuing her long tradition of championing emerging labels and young Black designers, the former first lady wowed at Wednesday’s inauguration in a head-to-toe plum and burgundy ensemble […]

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Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman’s jewelry carried powerful significance

Written by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez may have been the headline acts of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, but it was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, who delivered the event’s true standout performance. Gorman, who became the youngest poet to read at an inauguration ceremony, moved dignitaries in […]

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American fashion designers take center stage at the US presidential inauguration

Written by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN Contributors Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNNTawanda Scott, CNN America’s fashion industry was given a boost of confidence on inauguration day as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden attended the day’s events wearing looks from the country’s designers. Harris stepped out in a purple dress and […]

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The Black cowboys and cowgirls of American cities — in photos

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN As a child, while visiting family in Texas, photographer Kennedi Carter remembers Black cowboys riding their horses on the side of the highway. That image stayed with her over the years, as the North Carolina native began her career taking emotive photographs of Black life as well as striking editorial […]

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Could Kamala Harris invoke her Indian heritage by wearing a sari on inauguration day?

Written by Zinnia Bukhari, CNN With Donald Trump’s boycott, fears over Covid-19, the threat of armed protests and calls for violence following the siege of the Capitol, next week’s presidential inauguration is already set to be like no other. In light of the myriad security challenges and logistical uncertainties, the question of what Kamala Harris […]

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Challenging reductive stereotypes of rural Appalachian life — in photos

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN In the coal-mining towns of southeastern Ohio, nestled in the Appalachian mountains, photographer Rich-Joseph Facun has worked on a visual study of a region that has been stereotyped for decades. Appalachia has often been viewed one-dimensionally, saddled in associations related to poverty and opioid use, and deemed “Trump Country” during […]

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6 ingenious designs for our ‘age of crisis’

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN A global callout for innovative new designs has attracted over 500 entries addressing the great challenges of our time, from flooding and traffic congestion to aging societies and remote working. The initiative, dubbed “Design in an Age of Crisis,” welcomed a range of proposals — including pop-up gardens and musical […]

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A seesaw for kids on the US-Mexico border wins Beazley Design of the Year

Written by Leah Dolan, CNN “Teeter-Totter Wall,” a temporary interactive installation designed by California-based architects Ronald Rael and Virigina San Fratello, has won the 2020 Beazley Design of the Year, an annual award and exhibition run by London’s Design Museum. The installation, which took place in July 2019, consisted of three bright pink teeter-totters — […]

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Here’s How to Celebrate This Year’s Most Exciting Virtual Events and Experiences in Style

I remember reading MIT professor, Sherry Turkle’s book Alone Together in college and being struck by her argument that our increasingly technological lives are leading to decreased emotional ones. In 2013, I found Turkle’s argument poignant and still I find it true, but in 2020, with the rise of the pandemic, technology really did serve […]

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