Politicians’ children are becoming the new fashion celebrities, with thousands of adults racing to buy whatever Urban Outfitters sweater Sasha Obama wears. Chiara de Blasio has only been the daughter of the Mayor of New York for a day, but she’s already making a big impression. At Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s swearing-in ceremony at midnight on January 1, Chiara wore a tall, pointy witch hat, and it was amazing.
Chiara, a 19-year-old Environmental Studies major, paired the black traffic cone with a leopard-print coat by Nanette Lepore. According to The Cut, Nanette Lepore sent Chiara five coat options to choose from. Chiara’s mother, Chirlane McCray, also wore Nanette Lepore for the ceremony, and while they both looked great, their choice of garments could well be more than just aesthetic. Nanette Lepore is a vocal proponent of New York’s Save The Garment Center campaign, which is dedicated to preserving jobs and clothing production in New York’s garment district.
Chirlane McCray said she and her daughter were ”proud to wear this beautiful clothing that was made right here in New York City. This city needs more creative entrepreneurs like Nanette Lepore who are committed to keeping our city’s garment industry thriving.”
Chiara is no stranger to dramatic headgear. This summer she made several fearless appearances in her signature flower headbands. We fully expect her to rock a tiara at some point, and look forward to that with bated breath.
Lepore told WWD she is excited that Chiara and her mother wore her clothes for the swearing-in ceremony, and for de Blasio as mayor.
“I think he will celebrate the New York that we all miss,” she said. “The New York that we moved here for, the New York of diversity and craftsmanship. Hopefully, he will be about supporting more industries and not a few.”