Of All Of Ella Emhoff's Looks - This Stands Above The Rest

It's hard to believe that Ella Emhoff is a relative newcomer to the fashion world. She first broke into the public consciousness in 2021 at President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in January alongside her step-mother, Vice President Kamala Harris, aka "Momala" to Ella and her brother Cole (via Elle). At the time, she was enrolled at Parsons School of Design in New York, studying fine arts with an emphasis on textiles (per The New York Times) and sharing her ventures into sustainable fashion via Instagram. Since the inauguration, Emhoff has become a bonafide style icon and is bringing her unique charm to the world of fashion where she is serving up some seriously incredible looks.


The intention behind clothing matters just as much to this young trendsetter as the looks themselves, and her physical expression consistently reflects her values. In a 2021 interview with Elle she asked, "Can we make clothes out of recycled plastics and deadstock fabric, and turn them into things that actually remove some of the damage that the fashion world initially created?" Emhoff emphasized that the new and hopefully lasting trend in fashion is holding brands accountable for their waste.

Emhoff is also looking forward to working with designers, writers, and creators while promoting activism and sustainability in the process. And her stunning looks have only gotten better since her debut.


The presidential inauguration was Ella Emhoff's first iconic look

Many will remember how Ella Emhoff's first standout look blew up on Twitter days after images surfaced of her at the 2021 presidential inauguration — she wore a daring jacket from Miu Miu, which featured a white pilgrim-style collar and gold sequins on the padded shoulders, plus her curly mullet, a simple headband, and wire-rimmed glasses. In stark contrast to other buttoned-up looks at the event, Ella's quirky ensemble spoke to a younger generation, and the internet was abuzz about the new art-school-chic second daughter.


While Emhoff was already modeling with a small agency before the inauguration, her look at the event helped her attract the notice of larger agencies and she ultimately chose to sign with IMG Models. Its president, Ivan Bart, had apparently been eyeing the young trendsetter since 2020. "Ella communicates this moment in time," Bart told The New York Times. "There's a cheekiness and a joy she exudes."

Since signing with IMG, Ella has continued to serve up look after look, walking for Fashion Week in New York and Paris and releasing a capsule collection of her knitted works with Batsheva Hay (via Vanity Fair).

In the wake of her success, Ella Emhoff remains committed to using her newfound platform to promote sustainable fashion choices and ethical consumerism. And her best look yet confirms that the young trendsetter's futuristic fashion sense is one to watch.


The 2021 Met Gala was the model's time to shine with her best look yet

In September 2021, Ella Emhoff rocked her best outfit yet in a look that stands above the rest. Emhoff partnered with Stella McCartney for Adidas, representing the designer at the Met Gala. Despite the overflow of celebrities and style icons at the event, Emhoff stole the show once again in McCartney's mesh bodysuit, hot red plastic pants, and bejeweled platform sneakers, which utilized recycled materials.


Emhoff told The New York Times that the outfit was "definitely something I would wear in my own day-to-day life" and that "Even though this is the Met, everyone is allowed to still feel comfortable in their own skin, their own style." 

Concerning her own style, Emhoff told Elle in 2021 that it was "sporty" but didn't box herself into a specific aesthetic, sharing that "it's not the actual clothes you're wearing." Rather, "It's the confidence you have, and the ability to live your life, in those clothes." And that's just what her Met Gala look achieved — a confident look that made a huge splash, while still meeting her standards for comfort.