Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff makes magazine cover


Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff is taking the fashion world by storm.

A day after making her runway debut for Proenza Schouler at New York Fashion Week, the 21-year-old added another accomplishment to her resume: She landed her first magazine cover.

The fledgling model featured on the cover of the Spring 2021 issue of European fashion magazine Dust. The art student and knitwear designer dons one of her own designs, a pastel-colored knit sweater with a teddy bear among other designs.

Emhoff is the daughter of Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff, from a previous marriage to Kerstin Emhoff. Emhoff and his brother, Cole Emhoff, 26, are named after jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Cole Porter.

Meet the Kamala Harris Family, from Doug Emhoff to Meena Harris and Ella Emhoff

Emhoff made her modeling debut Thursday in Proenza Schouler’s new collection, unveiled for New York Fashion Week. She was dressed in a few coats (plus a pantsuit), as the creators of Proenza Schouler knew she looked great in a coat.

Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough said the fashion world quickly noticed that Emhoff appeared at the opening in January, wearing an original Miu Miu coat with jeweled shoulders and a starchy white collar. Social networks have also taken note.

Shortly after, the designers were planning their February show – actually a digital short, for pandemic reasons – and the casting director mentioned Emhoff. “And we said, ‘We were just talking about Ella.’ It looked like everyone was talking about her, ”McCollough said in an interview.

As it turns out, Emhoff, an art graduate at Parsons School of Design (where Hernandez and McCollough met and started their partnership), had just signed with IMG Models, joining an even bigger star at the inauguration: poet Amanda Gorman.

The location shoot recently took place on a windy weekend at the Parrish Museum in Water Mill, New York. It was the first time Emhoff had walked on a track.

“I have to say I was a little nervous,” Emhoff said later in a streaming conversation with the designers, also posted Thursday.

Fashion house Proenza Schouler presents its fall collection in a runway show featuring the modeling debut of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris' stepdaughter Ella Emhoff.  (February 18)

“I definitely lost some sleep the night before. I am walking for the first time, I am in this professional environment for the first time … the expectation was really great. She spoke of her love for knitting and textiles, and her dream of creating her own brand of knitwear.

“She kind of reminded us of our friends and ourselves in so many ways when we were at Parsons,” McCollough said. He and Hernandez launched their own brand from their senior thesis collection.

This image courtesy of Proenza Schouler shows Ella Emhoff during her fashion debut for the Proenza Schoulers Fall / Winter 2021 collection, on February 18, 2021 in New York City.

For Emhoff, the designers chose a long gray wool coat with fluffy embellishments on the shoulders, then a midnight navy blue leather trench coat and finally a black pantsuit. Meadow Walker, daughter of the late actor Paul Walker, also walks in the virtual parade.

Emhoff also wears some of the brand’s distinctively unique footwear – leather socks topped with a strappy sandal.

“We really think this moment is about eliminating the superfluous, eliminating excess,” Hernandez said, explaining the philosophy of the collection at a time when fashion itself may seem, eh well, superfluous. “Just reducing things to their most basic basic shapes. All buttons are invisible buttons. The pockets are just internal.

Hernandez said he saw Emhoff represent “this idea of ​​a new beginning, a whole new chapter in American life, American culture.”

“She’s a nice kind of new moment ambassador,” he said, before shrewdly stepping away from any political involvement. “You know, through the filter of fashion, arts and crafts and the world we all live in. She’s kind of an ambassador for that.

Contribution: Cydney Henderson



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