By Jill Brooke
What roots us all together? Flowers of course and that’s why Dr. Jill Biden chose to have her “Celebrating America” dress adorned with all 50 state flowers.
Her Gabriela Hearst coat was also adorned with flowers- as was the matching mask. There was soft glittering embroidery of the peach blossom representing Delaware, the home state where she raised her family with husband Joseph Biden as well as the violet, which is the state flower of New Jersey, where she was born and the flower that represents the United States and that of the world, the rose.
The gesture was of an emphasis on “unity” that she wanted to convey in her fashion choice. Hearst is also known for sustainable fashion.
You may remember that when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, her veil also had lace flowers representing all of the flowers of the Commonwealth.
Therefore as a fun fact, Jill and Meghan’s outfit both had embroidery of the California poppy subtly stitched into their ensembles.
Flowers root us all together with both symbolism and beauty.
Lady Gaga used a floral flourish in a very fashion-forward way. Along with her large dove of peace pin placed on her Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Daniel Roseberry outfit consisting of a blue collarless jacket and big billowy red silk skirt, she created a headpiece that had a red poppy at the back. The poppy is a significant color for military remembrance.
Both the dove and the red poppy were symbols of unity that this Inauguration was trying to convey as its message.
Furthermore, floral headpieces and flourishes are expected to be the rage this spring. In fact, Ellen Mirojnik, the costume designer behind Netflix’s smash hit “Bridgerton,” hopes so too. “I do think the beauty of flowers in the hair in new ways will definitely be seen in the coming days,” she says.
“Daisies in the hair at Rodarte, gigantic mum-centered headwraps at Dolce & Gabbana, and Lady Gaga’s pinning red poppies to her platinum braid to sing at the Inauguration, donning flowers tells the world we can dream,” says Joyce Corrigan, Style Editor, Bedford New Caanan Magazine. “It’s not only one of the hottest accessory trends of spring ’21 but signals a generation full of hope.”
Flowers after all make people happy and are such pretty embellishments. That’s also a reason one sees Dr. Jill Biden often in floral ensembles to bring cheer and light through fashion.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.