Courtesy Proenza Schouler
Ella Emhoff, stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris and daughter of Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, made a surprise appearance at the Proenza Schouler runway show this morning, marking her New York Fashion Week runway debut.
The 21-year-old walked the runway at the socially-distant presentation wearing three looks from the brand’s fall/winter 2021 collection, the latest offering from New York City–based design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez.
Emhoff appeared second in the model lineup, which also included Lineisy Montero and Meadow Walker (the late actor Paul Walker’s daughter). Her first look consisted of a light gray melange virgin wool slashed waist pants, a black pipe bag, and butter Rondo shearling slipper. Her second ensemble comprised of a yellow, swirl print jersey turtleneck top and a navy leather belted trench coat. And her third was a black wool, long line blazer with matching slashed-waist pants.
The collection was “created to comfort, inspire, and empower the modern-day woman,” the brand said in a statement. Hence, the mix of sharp, structured tailoring with soft, inviting knitwear. The range is now available to pre-order on proenzaschouler.com until March 18. Emhoff also sat down with Hernandez and McCollough for a conversation about the show, exclusively on NYFW.com.
Emhoff, a student at Parsons School of Design, became an unexpected style star at the presidential inauguration last month. Equal parts quirky and fashion-forward, she dressed in a Miu Miu tartan coat with crystal shoulder embellishments and a pilgrim collar, layered over a Batsheva dress.
More than a week later, The New York Times reported that she had signed with IMG Models. “I was pretty surprised when everything with IMG was happening because when I was younger, I never saw that as being part of my timeline,” she told the Times of her new modeling gig.
She added, “As someone who, like a lot of young girls out there, had self-confidence issues, it is intimidating and scary to go into this world that is hyper-focused on you and the body.” Emhoff explained that she changed her mind about modeling when she saw the diverse array of models today and wanted to be “part of that change.”
The world is seeing more of Emhoff now that her stepmother has made history as vice president. She and her older brother, Cole Emhoff, also made occasional appearances on the campaign trail to show their support. In a video message during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, she told Harris, “To my brother and me, you’ll always be Momala, the world’s greatest stepmom.”
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