March began with one of the year’s biggest events, the President’s State of the Union address.
The Vice President wore a custom ensemble by go-to designer Sergio Hudson.
The look included a round-neck dress topped by a single-breasted coat with notch lapels, one-button closure, and a row of 6 buttons at each cuff.
The coat has design elements seen in the label’s “sculpted blazer,” featuring Mr. Hudson’s curved seams and fabric panels. Below, a Sculpted Blazer as offered at Saks, with the center photo digitally lightened to better show the seams. (The Vice President’s coat did not have the wide peaked lapels seen in these images.)
Another view of the Vice President.
In this red version of the Sculpted Blazer, you can also see the fabric panels and seaming as well as the six buttons at the cuff.
Before the SOTU address, Ms. Harris spent time speaking with NATO leaders from Eastern European countries about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
For those calls she wore Dolce and Gabbana separates.
March the 2nd, Ms. Harris traveled to Durham, North Carolina with Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.
They visited Durham Technical Community College and toured the William G. Ingram Center for Learning and Applied Technology, seeing demonstrations from students taking part in an electrical apprenticeship partnership.
The Vice President spoke directly to students during her remarks:
You are role models — each one of you — of the work that can happen…It’s about tapping into the big brains and skills of folks and to help develop it and to train those skills to do such important work. It’s about growing our country and strengthening our country. We all came to visit you so we can see it firsthand and then go out and talk to folks about it.
She met a young woman named Eleanor. “Eleanor told MVP that when she grows up, she wants to be a pediatrician, and then she told me today was one of the best days of her life!”
Vice President Harris wore her pinstripe suit by Dolce and Gabbana and an unidentified silvery-grey blouse.
On March 4 Ms. Harris met with Bahrain’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Both stressed the “strength of US-Bahrain ties” when speaking with the media.
Vice President Harris was in her black Dolce and Gabbana separates and her Lafayette 148 New York ‘Perla’ top.
Sunday, the 6th, Vice President Harris, Second Gentleman, cabinet members, and other officials traveled to Selma, Alabama. They were there to mark Bloody Sunday, the day in 1965 when Congressman John Lewis and hundreds of voting rights advocates tried to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge. The marchers were brutally attacked and tear-gassed by Alabama State Troopers.
More from this Atlanta Voice story.
The nation’s first female vice president — as well as the first African American and Indian American in the role — spoke of marchers whose “peaceful protest was met with crushing violence. They were kneeling when the state troopers charged. They were praying when the billy clubs struck.”
On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed peaceful demonstrators, including young activist John Lewis, who later became a longtime Georgia congressman. The images of violence at the Edmund Pettus Bridge — originally named for a Confederate general — shocked the nation and helped galvanize support for passage of the Voting Rights Act.
The scene on the bridge this year.
In a social media post, the Vice President said, “Today, I stand with civil rights and community leaders on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Those who marched across this bridge 57 years ago marched for our freedom to vote. If we all continue to work together, to fight together, we will secure our rights.”
She delivered remarks in Selma:
“I stand on the shoulders of giants, who risked everything for our freedoms. The baton has been passed to us to continue the fight to protect our right to vote. Those who marched in Selma, marched for the freedom to vote and all the rights and freedoms that voting unlocks: economic justice, social justice, racial justice. We must do the same.”
Additional thoughts on the day’s significance and the Vice President’s role from this piece by Errin Haines in The 19th.
I was struck that she was speaking to a crowd that included the foot soldiers who were beaten and bloodied in that same spot, establishment members of the movement and younger activists who are new to the fight. Harris herself was a bridge in that moment, connecting the need to be vigilant about protecting democracy for people who are literally worlds apart.
For the day’s events, Ms. Harris wore designs by Michael Kors Collection. Her blazer looks like the Stretch Pebble Crepe Blazer ($567, originally $1890) in a color called ‘wheat.’ The jacket is made of virgin wool with a touch of polyamide and elastane. The single-breasted design features notched lapels, padded shoulders, flap pockets, and single button front closure. I believe the dress worn by Ms. Harris is the Double-Face Stretch Wool Dress (no longer available in this color) seen below. Done in a classic fit and flare silhouette, the sleeveless style incorporates multiple fabric panels, contoured seaming, and a round neck.
Monday, the 7th, the Vice President announced federal actions that “will expand clean public transit and school buses, reduce emissions from dirty diesel trucks, and create good-paying jobs,” per a White House briefing paper. Also taking part in the announcement, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Vice President Harris was in an unidentified checked jacket and trousers she has worn previously.
On March 9 the Vice President traveled to Poland.
She met with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for discussions on the situation in Ukraine.
She also met with President Andrzej Duda.
The two leaders held a joint news conference.
The Vice President said, “We stand with the people of Ukraine, we admire their courage, and we are aligned in our support of their sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
She spent time with representatives of the Ukraine refugee community and also announced an additional $50 million in humanitarian assistance to be distributed through US Aid.
Ms. Harris also met with US and Polish service members in Warsaw.
The next day, March 11, the Vice President was in Bucharest for meetings with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. Below, the two during a welcome ceremony at Cotroceni Palace.
The Vice President said they both “reaffirmed that the United States and Romania, along with our allies and partners, stand together in opposing Russian aggression in Ukraine.”
Ms. Harris delivered remarks to the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting on Saturday, the 12th.
The Vice President wore her Tom Ford suit seen several times in the last few years. The pieces are done in a classic Prince of Wales check, with a fitted blazer and straight cut on the pants (unlike those seen below).
On March 15 Vice President Harris took part in White House Equal Pay Day events. Below, watching President Biden sign an executive order that “encourages — but does not order — the government to consider banning federal contractors from seeking information about job applicants’ prior salary history, ” per this PBS report.
Also on the 15th, an Equal Pay Day discussion with current and former US Women’s Soccer players, Kelley O’Hara, Margaret Purce, Briana Scurry, Julie Foudy, and Cindy Parlow Cone. Also taking part virtually were Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. Ms. Harris noted that “women are paid less than men in America. On average, women working full time, make just 83 cents for every dollar made by a man. For many women of color, the gap is even wider.”
We return to the PBS story.
….players from the U.S. women’s soccer team…. recently won a $24 million settlement with U.S. Soccer in a discrimination dispute.
The settlement includes a commitment to equalize pay and bonuses to match the men’s team.
The Vice President wore an unidentified dark grey suit with a black blouse. In this photo released on March 16th, but shot on the 15th, you have a better view of the jacket.
On March 16 Vice President Harris delivered remarks about a new initiative from the administration, Project SERV.
More background comes from this Murjani Rawls story in The Root.
Historically Black colleges and universities around the United States have been operating under a continuous cycle of hate. Since January of 2022, 36 HBCUs have been targets of bomb threats. On the first day of Black History Month alone, 18 HBCUs had to suspend operations and go on lockdown. Thankfully, there were no devices found, but this is a coordinated attack on the psyche of Black students.
The program provides short-term immediate funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have experienced a violent or traumatic incident to assist in restoring a safe environment conducive to learning.
Thursday, March 17, the Vice President administered a swearing-in ceremony with Shalanda Young, the first Black woman to lead the White House budget office. In this photo, you also see Ms. Young’s father, Ronald Smith (2nd from right), and I believe that is Ms. Young’s husband with their daughter, Charlie.
Vice President Harris wore her black Dolce and Gabbana separates and an Akris top we’ve not seen for some time. Below, the Akris Punto Yucca & Agave Stripe Wool Ribbed T-Shirt (sold out).
The Vice President traveled to Louisiana on the 21st. She was there to talk about a $30 million grant to boost broadband access. Below, during a visit to a community library in Sunset, LA.
The funding will be used to connect more than 20,000 households and 3,000 small businesses. The Vice President noted in a social media post, “When we have students sitting in cars in fast-food parking lots doing their homework over public Wi-Fi, and seniors seeing doctors online in local public libraries—we have a problem. Our $65 billion investment in high-speed internet will impact millions.”
The Vice President wore her Altuzarra Kenton Jacket and Serge Pants.
On March 25 the Vice president addressed members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators during a meeting in her Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Vice President Harris was in the khaki-olive suit believed to be by Dolce and Gabbana and a black top.
Tuesday, March 29 Vice President Harris took part in the White House ceremony for the signing of the landmark Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act.
To the right of the President (soft green coat), you see Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of pioneering investigative journalist Ida B. Wells. Ms. Wells led an anti-lynching movement in the 1890s. More from FreeSpeech.org, “Michelle Duster…said at Tuesday’s bill signing, ‘Finally, in 2022, we have justice. We have laws that were fought for so long ago,’ says Duster, who thinks the law is ‘better late than never.'”
Below, the Vice President with (left to right) Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Senator Ralph Warnock (D-GA), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). The Vice President, Sen Booker, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) co-sponsored the original legislation.
Also on the 29th, the Vice President met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
She wore her black Dolce and Gabbana separates again and the UFO chocolate brown blouse first seen in February of this year.
Vice President Harris wrapped up the month on the 30th with a meeting and news conference with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
The Vice President wore her Altuzarra Kenton blazer and Serge trousers, along with her Michael Kors Collection Pleated Blouse.
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