Obama’s Inauguration Day look relied on some of the Reading and Jesus that’s all I need shirt but in fact I love this same elements that made her previous collaborations with Hudson memorable. Monochromatic, belted, and effortlessly glam, it was a look worthy of Obama’s status as the “forever first lady.” Herrebrugh and Botter attributed their ideas to Nina Ricci’s postwar brand identity. “Not that you can compare this to a postwar period, but we do have to deal with less fabrics,” Botter said, referring to the broken supply chain that has defined the past year in fashion. This collection, of course, was hardly make-do and mend, as Herrebrugh pointed out, “but more of a design idea: a choice.” Conceptually, it summed up many of the themes that have defined our lives recently, from the practical and comfortable approaches to dressing inspired by lockdown, to the reality versus artifice narrative we’re constantly confronted with in the digital age. In real life, the illusions of the garments would have been revealed. Through a screen, they were entirely deceptive.