Last week Vice President Harris traveled to Southeast Asia, visiting Singapore and Vietnam. Below, the Vice President as she boards Air Force Two for the long flight to Singapore.
Ms. Harris as she is welcomed to Singapore.
She was greeted by the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan (C), and other dignitaries.
The Vice President was in her navy Sergio Hudson suit and an unidentified white top for both the US departure and her arrival in Singapore. Below, a better look at the suit when worn to the US Naval Academy in May.
It appeared she wore her Manolo Blahnik Newcio pumps.
And her go-to Irene Neuwirth gold and pearl necklace (we show the single strand version) and unidentified mabé pearl earrings, seen when worn on previous occasions.
Monday, August 23, the Vice President had a busy schedule. Here you see her being welcomed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
She also met with President Halimah Yacob, Singapore’s first female President.
The Vice President and Prime Minister held a joint news conference.
From the Vice President’s remarks: “Thank you, Prime Minister, for welcoming me to the Istana, and for a productive meeting. Over the years, the U.S.-Singapore partnership has enhanced the security and prosperity of both our nations. Today, we committed to strengthening that enduring partnership.”
Ms. Harris then traveled to the USS Tulsa, docked at the Changi Naval Base. Here you see her with Mr. Balakrishnan again(C) and Senior Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Zaqy Mohamad (R).
The Navy reports the Vice President spent time with the crew talking about “their skillsets and the ship’s missions. Officers and Sailors discussed naval integration, surface warfare, mine countermeasures, flight operations, and underway replenishment.”
Here you see Lt. Jonathan Stewart (R) showing the Vice President being shown some of the equipment on the bridge.
In this photo, I believe Ms. Harris is being escorted off the ship after her visit.
Her jewelry was the same as the preceding day. For the day’s earlier engagements, her heels looked like the Manolo Blahnik Lisa Pumps; when she wore her Prada ankle boots on the Tulsa.
The next day the Vice President delivered a speech at Gardens by the Bay. In her remarks, the Vice President announced the US offer to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in 2023.
She also took part in a roundtable discussion that included Phil Gordon, Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President, Edgard Kagan, Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania at the National Security Council, and Kin Moy, Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department.
Vice President Harris said, “I met with private sector leaders to discuss strengthening supply chains and ending semiconductor chip shortages, so that businesses in both countries can grow.”
Ms. Harris also toured the Flower Dome at the iconic garden attraction. In these photos, she is accompanied by Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh.
The Straits Times reports she looked at “the Singapore-grown hybrid orchid named after former US president Barack Obama and his wife, which was displayed alongside the new hybrid named after the Vice-President…”.
The Vice President was first shown the orchid in a ceremony yesterday. More from Channel News Asia.
Ms Harris joins a long line of visiting heads of state and distinguished guests who have had orchids named after them in what Singapore has called “orchid diplomacy”.
It features purplish pink petals and sepals, which are adorned with prominent pink spots and tessellations, and are each complemented with a magenta lip, NParks added.
“It’s beautiful and I’m honoured to receive it,” Ms Harris said at the ceremony.
Then it was time to head for Vietnam. Below, posing for a selfie with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan before her departure.
Ms. Harris also posed for a photo with her advance team for the trip.
Her departure was delayed more than three hours. More from the Associated Press.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip from Singapore to Vietnam was delayed several hours Tuesday by an investigation into two possible cases of the so-called Havana Syndrome in Hanoi, administration officials said.
U.S. officials had not yet confirmed the latest reported case, and it did not involve anyone traveling with Harris, Psaki said. In light of the reports, “there was an assessment done of the safety of the vice president, and there was a decision made that she could continue travel along with her staff,” Psaki said.
Below, the Vice President as she arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
A video of the arrival.
Wednesday, August 25, started with a meeting at the Presidential Palace.
Vice President Harris was welcomed by Vietnam’s Vice President, Vo Thi Anh Xuan.
This was followed by a meeting with the President, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, also at the Presidential Palace. ““I’m honored to be the first Vice President to visit Vietnam,” VP Harris tells President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as she walks into their bilateral meeting,” per the Wall Street Journal’s Alexandra Jaffe.
After those talks, the Vice President met with Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh.
A wide shot of the meeting.
Later that afternoon, Vice President Harris launched the US Centers for Disease Control Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi.
She delivered remarks at the CDC regional office launch.
Also, on the 25th, the Vice President visited the spot in Vietnam where Senator John McCain’s plane was shot down in 1967. Wednesday was the three-year anniversary of his death. Ms. Harris posted on social media, “Today, on the three-year anniversary of his passing, I paid my respects to an American hero, Senator John McCain. At this site in 1967, then-Lieutenant Commander McCain was shot down. We honor his sacrifice in Vietnam, and the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform.”
Vice President Harris wore Altuzarra separates, her Kenton Jacket, and what looked like the Zeke Pant ($795). The blazer has a slim fit, structured shoulders, notched lapels, one-button front closure, four buttons at the cuff, and pick stitching detail throughout. Below, photos that better show the cuff, pocket detailing, and pick stitching on the lapel.
The Vice President also appeared to be wearing her Cory Tee ($85) by L’Agence; she repeated her Manolo Blahnik ‘Lisa’ pumps.
Thursday, August 26, the Vice President took part in a roundtable at the US Chief of Mission’s Hanoi residence. The panel included representatives of “social advocacy organizations, change makers who work on LGBT, transgender, and disability rights and climate change” per Alexandra Jaffe’s AP story.
She also delivered remarks and took questions from the media.
Ms. Harris then visited the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE). Jenny Leonard of Bloomberg News reports, “Harris made a quick stop at Vietnam’s NIHE where 270,000 of the 1m Pfizer vaccine doses just arrived. The U.S. delivered 500,000 doses to Ho Chi Minh City and the final 270,000 doses will be delivered to Hanoi on Friday. Harris says ‘this is obviously what’s morally right to do.’”
Below, the Vice President and her advance team for this portion of the trip as they prepare to head home.
Ms., Harris was in a suit we’ve not previously seen. It features a two-button jacket similar to the Prabal Gurung suits she has worn, split and slightly flared cuffs, and double back vent. The trousers are a straight cut. Beneath the jacket, she wore a navy top I haven’t yet identified.
Below, a look at the Vice President’s ensembles for the trip.
She was attired much as I expected, wearing her standard uniform of a tailored suit and minimal accessories. Thoughts on her wardrobe from Vanessa Friedman’s story in the NY Times.
…as a pioneer and one of the rare women helping to lead a country on the world stage (at a time when one of the most famous, Angela Merkel of Germany, is about to step down), every statement and choice she makes carries with it the symbolism of the trailblazer. Her decisions impact not just herself, but those who come after her and will learn from her example.
Consider: From the evening of Aug. 20, when she left Washington to fly to Singapore, through her time in Vietnam, she wore only dark pantsuits in navy, gray and black, with a small flag pin on the lapel, plain white or light blue shells beneath and her signature simple strand of pearls.
Against the backdrop of the messy evacuation from Afghanistan and the need to reaffirm America’s commitment to its allies, with the Delta variant and other forms of the virus casting a cloud of fear over the world’s efforts to combat the pandemic, her somber wardrobe served to reflect the somber state of the world.
You may read Ms. Friedman’s entire piece here.
Vice President Harris flew to Hawaii with an intermediate stop in Guam for refueling. Here you see her as she arrived in Hawaii.
Originally she was scheduled to spend time in California before returning to Washington, but that trip was canceled because of the Afghanistan crisis, and she traveled directly to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where she arrived shortly before 8 am on Friday, the 27th. Here you see the VP and Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff, as they exited the plane. (Mr. Emhoff joined Ms. Emhoff in Hawaii as he returned from the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.)
The Vice President was in jeans, loafers, and what looked like the unidentified black blazer worn in Vietnam and the VP’s Cory Tee by L’Agence. She went to the White House for a national security meeting.
Below, the Vice President and President as they met with their national security team on Saturday, August 28.
The Vice President wore the UFO (unidentified Fashion Object) checked navy blazer most recently seen August 7 on Capitol Hill.
The only other item that is identifiable in the photos is her Irene Neuwirth Medium Classic Link Necklace ($10,140).