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  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "When You See the White Coat... It's Time to Gladiate!!!
    Olivia Pope Illustrated by fashion illustrator Veronica Miller (@veronicamarche)." — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Will You Be Signing The 'Scandal' Petition?
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    People will petition anything nowadays, and it looks like "Scandal" is the latest one searching for virtual signatures. The last new episode of the uber-popular show that aired (April 5) had p...
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "The Iconic Tory Burch Trench Coat as worn by Olivia Pope" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
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  • Scandal Fashion Preview
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    Glamazons, I never do this but I’m going to have to jump ahead to episode 305 “More Cattle, Less Bull” (but check back here for more 304 “Say Hello To My Little Friend” fashion later). Why am I all out of order you ask? Because my heart is still palpitating from the sight of Olivia …
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Close-Up" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Olivia... Gladiating & Fixing!
    Olivia Pope’s wearing a Gucci buckle belt coat which she first wore in “The Trail” and she later on wore in “Beltway Unbuckled.” Glad to see this jacket back for this promo!" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Escada Birna- Jacket Spring 2013 from “Molly, You In Danger, Girl”" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Escada Birna" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Scandal Season 2
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    Experiencing Scandal withdrawal? or Just looking to upgrade to a more chic wardrobe? Here are 5 "Olivia Pope Inspired Wardrobe Style Tips" that might help.
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  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Ann Demeulemeester Military Double Breasted Jacket from “One For The Dog.”" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Ann Demeulemeester" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Ann Demeulemeester" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "TV Guide March 18-24 Olivia Pope Style scoop…" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "Christian Dior “Vernissage Jacket” Fall 2012 from “Top of the Hour”" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "10/3/13 - New Season Premiere - Her latest White Coat!
    Olivia Pope wears a white Burberry Spring/Summer 2013 coat (her Gladiator Armor) in the new Scandal Season." — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • "Fifty Is The New Black!"
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    "10/3/13 - New Season Premiere - Her latest White Coat!" — @enjoyzworld
  • Spotlight on Olivia Pope’s White Jacket Scandal Moments
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    "10/3/13 - New Season Premiere - Her latest White Coat!" — @enjoyzworld
     
    When Olivia Pope is seen wearing her signature white jacket, Gladiators everywhere know she's ready to gladiate, handled, and fix things. Lyn Paolo (Scandal's costume designer) has done a great job with signature Olivia Pope Look. (I want to shop in Liv's closet!) (H/T: EW) Lyn Paolo in her words... How do costume choices…
  • The Storm is Coming
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    "10/3/13 - New Season Premiere - Her latest White Coat!" — @enjoyzworld
     
    New promo pics just got released for Scandal season 3 and the cast is in a storm! Being the Gladiator that I am, I had to read into the pics for clues!
  • SCENE IT On: SCANDAL-Olivia Pope Style
    "Season 3 Premiere..." — @enjoyzworld
  • Olivia Pope's Top 10 Looks on Scandal
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    I'm in love with all things Christian Dior! raves Paolo. Truly, the Dior pieces are some of my favorite pieces on the show.
  • Scandal Season 2
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    Experiencing Scandal withdrawal? or Just looking to upgrade to a more chic wardrobe? Here are 5 "Olivia Pope Inspired Wardrobe Style Tips" that might help.
  • ‘Scandal’ costume designer on Olivia Pope’s style
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    Kerry Washington brings a welcome dose of designer fashion to the (albeit fictional) political scene in D.C. as Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal.” Silk blouses and luxurious coats dominate the closet of the White House communications director-turned crisis management specialist. (ABC/VIVIAN ZINK). As season two of the show draws fans deeper into the emotionally and politically tangled world, we spoke with “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo about Pope’s feminine, but professional style and her thoughts on dressing powerful women. What type of research did you do to prepare for the show? I did the show “The West Wing” for seven years. I’m British; I’m not American. So that was my introduction to Washington because we would be filming that quite a lot in D.C., and we had amazing access at the time. How do costume choices for “Scandal” differ from your work on “The West Wing”? Kerry [Washington]‘s character is not in the West Wing, she’s not in politics directly. I had a broader range. She still has to be professional. But I had a little bit more leeway in the look and the palette. That intrigued me even more. If we are going to have this great female lead, I wanted her to look female in a man’s world. That is where the idea of the light colors and silhouettes came from. I really wanted to create a uniform for Kerry’s character — this is what I wear every day, but it is beautiful and works for my environment. It is appropriate for the situation and blends in to the situation, but still makes her stand out. In the show, Olivia Pope wears a lot of light colors and pastels, but a lot of times the image of a powerful woman is Hillary Clinton-type primary shades. Was that deliberate? (ABC/DANNY FELD) I’m very interested in American politics in general. I feel it refreshing to not stick to the tried and true. The power dressing of the 70s and 80s, why are we still doing it? Why does every single woman wear red and navy? I think the American public is smarter than that, and they would like you to be how you are. Why can’t these woman in power dress like themselves, not sticking to some old rules? Same for the men. I don’t see it as being patriotic, I see it as being without any ingenuity of your own. I think that would be so endearing to the American public. Somebody different who bucks against all the trends. How do you think this plays into the recent discussions about women pushing forward in the workplace and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book? I think that the women in power should be representing women in a different light and be more innovative. (ABC/RANDY HOLMES) Regarding Sheryl’s book and the “leaning in,” I think there were a couple of interviews she gave that resonated with me. When people ask me about success, I tend to respond with the female platitudes of, “I was really lucky, and I met the right people and worked hard.” Whereas men say “I deserved it. I worked for it, and I deserved it.” I don’t think we have to be so self-absorbed, but I think there is a fine line in how we present ourselves. There is a constant worry about not being too pushy, but I think Olivia Pope can be quite pushy. But because she represents herself in a feminine way, I think it works. I don’t think if she was in more of a masculine suit and stomping her feet — I don’t know if it would work as well. How much do you think the show reflects how women in Washington really dress? I will say fashion wise, I think Mellie [first lady Millicent Grant, played by Bellamy Young] is the template of more true to Washington than Olivia. That was a conscious choice. We definitely play that with the pearls and the prime colors. But Mellie is old D.C. and Olivia is new D.C. Both in great ways. Mellie looks amazing. I think she is quite a stylish first lady, but we do harken back to the more typical D.C. dressing. Olivia wears pieces from some amazing designers. Who tends to be your favorite? We do shop really great designers. But it’s really more about color and silhouette. We are loyal to some pieces because they work so often for us. Max Mara and a lot of Christian
  • Strolling the City in Heels
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    Olivia is a fixer, a gladiator and a Washington insider with the heart and ear of the POTUS. She must never sleep, judging by the crazy s#$% she has to deal with, yet she is always totally put together. She dresses in crisp elegant neutrals, most often in white. I could never be this polished [...]
  • Stamped Fall 2013 TV Shows SCANDAL Style Stamped
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    I have watched a lot of television in my day. I have been into fashion my entire life. I have also worked in the DC Government arena for almost 4 years. Needless to say, SCANDAL embodies everythi...
  • ‘Scandal’ costume designer on Olivia Pope’s style
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    Kerry Washington brings a welcome dose of designer fashion to the (albeit fictional) political scene in D.C. as Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal.” Silk blouses and luxurious coats dominate the closet of the White House communications director-turned crisis management specialist. (ABC/VIVIAN ZINK). As season two of the show draws fans deeper into the emotionally and politically tangled world, we spoke with “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo about Pope’s feminine, but professional style and her thoughts on dressing powerful women. What type of research did you do to prepare for the show? I did the show “The West Wing” for seven years. I’m British; I’m not American. So that was my introduction to Washington because we would be filming that quite a lot in D.C., and we had amazing access at the time. How do costume choices for “Scandal” differ from your work on “The West Wing”? Kerry [Washington]‘s character is not in the West Wing, she’s not in politics directly. I had a broader range. She still has to be professional. But I had a little bit more leeway in the look and the palette. That intrigued me even more. If we are going to have this great female lead, I wanted her to look female in a man’s world. That is where the idea of the light colors and silhouettes came from. I really wanted to create a uniform for Kerry’s character — this is what I wear every day, but it is beautiful and works for my environment. It is appropriate for the situation and blends in to the situation, but still makes her stand out. In the show, Olivia Pope wears a lot of light colors and pastels, but a lot of times the image of a powerful woman is Hillary Clinton-type primary shades. Was that deliberate? (ABC/DANNY FELD) I’m very interested in American politics in general. I feel it refreshing to not stick to the tried and true. The power dressing of the 70s and 80s, why are we still doing it? Why does every single woman wear red and navy? I think the American public is smarter than that, and they would like you to be how you are. Why can’t these woman in power dress like themselves, not sticking to some old rules? Same for the men. I don’t see it as being patriotic, I see it as being without any ingenuity of your own. I think that would be so endearing to the American public. Somebody different who bucks against all the trends. How do you think this plays into the recent discussions about women pushing forward in the workplace and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book? I think that the women in power should be representing women in a different light and be more innovative. (ABC/RANDY HOLMES) Regarding Sheryl’s book and the “leaning in,” I think there were a couple of interviews she gave that resonated with me. When people ask me about success, I tend to respond with the female platitudes of, “I was really lucky, and I met the right people and worked hard.” Whereas men say “I deserved it. I worked for it, and I deserved it.” I don’t think we have to be so self-absorbed, but I think there is a fine line in how we present ourselves. There is a constant worry about not being too pushy, but I think Olivia Pope can be quite pushy. But because she represents herself in a feminine way, I think it works. I don’t think if she was in more of a masculine suit and stomping her feet — I don’t know if it would work as well. How much do you think the show reflects how women in Washington really dress? I will say fashion wise, I think Mellie [first lady Millicent Grant, played by Bellamy Young] is the template of more true to Washington than Olivia. That was a conscious choice. We definitely play that with the pearls and the prime colors. But Mellie is old D.C. and Olivia is new D.C. Both in great ways. Mellie looks amazing. I think she is quite a stylish first lady, but we do harken back to the more typical D.C. dressing. Olivia wears pieces from some amazing designers. Who tends to be your favorite? We do shop really great designers. But it’s really more about color and silhouette. We are loyal to some pieces because they work so often for us. Max Mara and a lot of Christian
  • Scandal Season 2
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    Experiencing Scandal withdrawal? or Just looking to upgrade to a more chic wardrobe? Here are 5 "Olivia Pope Inspired Wardrobe Style Tips" that might help.
  • GET The LOOK and GET POPED!!!!
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  • ‘Scandal’ costume designer on Olivia Pope’s style
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    Kerry Washington brings a welcome dose of designer fashion to the (albeit fictional) political scene in D.C. as Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal.” Silk blouses and luxurious coats dominate the closet of the White House communications director-turned crisis management specialist. (ABC/VIVIAN ZINK). As season two of the show draws fans deeper into the emotionally and politically tangled world, we spoke with “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo about Pope’s feminine, but professional style and her thoughts on dressing powerful women. What type of research did you do to prepare for the show? I did the show “The West Wing” for seven years. I’m British; I’m not American. So that was my introduction to Washington because we would be filming that quite a lot in D.C., and we had amazing access at the time. How do costume choices for “Scandal” differ from your work on “The West Wing”? Kerry [Washington]‘s character is not in the West Wing, she’s not in politics directly. I had a broader range. She still has to be professional. But I had a little bit more leeway in the look and the palette. That intrigued me even more. If we are going to have this great female lead, I wanted her to look female in a man’s world. That is where the idea of the light colors and silhouettes came from. I really wanted to create a uniform for Kerry’s character — this is what I wear every day, but it is beautiful and works for my environment. It is appropriate for the situation and blends in to the situation, but still makes her stand out. In the show, Olivia Pope wears a lot of light colors and pastels, but a lot of times the image of a powerful woman is Hillary Clinton-type primary shades. Was that deliberate? (ABC/DANNY FELD) I’m very interested in American politics in general. I feel it refreshing to not stick to the tried and true. The power dressing of the 70s and 80s, why are we still doing it? Why does every single woman wear red and navy? I think the American public is smarter than that, and they would like you to be how you are. Why can’t these woman in power dress like themselves, not sticking to some old rules? Same for the men. I don’t see it as being patriotic, I see it as being without any ingenuity of your own. I think that would be so endearing to the American public. Somebody different who bucks against all the trends. How do you think this plays into the recent discussions about women pushing forward in the workplace and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book? I think that the women in power should be representing women in a different light and be more innovative. (ABC/RANDY HOLMES) Regarding Sheryl’s book and the “leaning in,” I think there were a couple of interviews she gave that resonated with me. When people ask me about success, I tend to respond with the female platitudes of, “I was really lucky, and I met the right people and worked hard.” Whereas men say “I deserved it. I worked for it, and I deserved it.” I don’t think we have to be so self-absorbed, but I think there is a fine line in how we present ourselves. There is a constant worry about not being too pushy, but I think Olivia Pope can be quite pushy. But because she represents herself in a feminine way, I think it works. I don’t think if she was in more of a masculine suit and stomping her feet — I don’t know if it would work as well. How much do you think the show reflects how women in Washington really dress? I will say fashion wise, I think Mellie [first lady Millicent Grant, played by Bellamy Young] is the template of more true to Washington than Olivia. That was a conscious choice. We definitely play that with the pearls and the prime colors. But Mellie is old D.C. and Olivia is new D.C. Both in great ways. Mellie looks amazing. I think she is quite a stylish first lady, but we do harken back to the more typical D.C. dressing. Olivia wears pieces from some amazing designers. Who tends to be your favorite? We do shop really great designers. But it’s really more about color and silhouette. We are loyal to some pieces because they work so often for us. Max Mara and a lot of Christian
  • ‘Scandal’ costume designer on Olivia Pope’s style
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    Kerry Washington brings a welcome dose of designer fashion to the (albeit fictional) political scene in D.C. as Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal.” Silk blouses and luxurious coats dominate the closet of the White House communications director-turned crisis management specialist. (ABC/VIVIAN ZINK). As season two of the show draws fans deeper into the emotionally and politically tangled world, we spoke with “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo about Pope’s feminine, but professional style and her thoughts on dressing powerful women. What type of research did you do to prepare for the show? I did the show “The West Wing” for seven years. I’m British; I’m not American. So that was my introduction to Washington because we would be filming that quite a lot in D.C., and we had amazing access at the time. How do costume choices for “Scandal” differ from your work on “The West Wing”? Kerry [Washington]‘s character is not in the West Wing, she’s not in politics directly. I had a broader range. She still has to be professional. But I had a little bit more leeway in the look and the palette. That intrigued me even more. If we are going to have this great female lead, I wanted her to look female in a man’s world. That is where the idea of the light colors and silhouettes came from. I really wanted to create a uniform for Kerry’s character — this is what I wear every day, but it is beautiful and works for my environment. It is appropriate for the situation and blends in to the situation, but still makes her stand out. In the show, Olivia Pope wears a lot of light colors and pastels, but a lot of times the image of a powerful woman is Hillary Clinton-type primary shades. Was that deliberate? (ABC/DANNY FELD) I’m very interested in American politics in general. I feel it refreshing to not stick to the tried and true. The power dressing of the 70s and 80s, why are we still doing it? Why does every single woman wear red and navy? I think the American public is smarter than that, and they would like you to be how you are. Why can’t these woman in power dress like themselves, not sticking to some old rules? Same for the men. I don’t see it as being patriotic, I see it as being without any ingenuity of your own. I think that would be so endearing to the American public. Somebody different who bucks against all the trends. How do you think this plays into the recent discussions about women pushing forward in the workplace and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book? I think that the women in power should be representing women in a different light and be more innovative. (ABC/RANDY HOLMES) Regarding Sheryl’s book and the “leaning in,” I think there were a couple of interviews she gave that resonated with me. When people ask me about success, I tend to respond with the female platitudes of, “I was really lucky, and I met the right people and worked hard.” Whereas men say “I deserved it. I worked for it, and I deserved it.” I don’t think we have to be so self-absorbed, but I think there is a fine line in how we present ourselves. There is a constant worry about not being too pushy, but I think Olivia Pope can be quite pushy. But because she represents herself in a feminine way, I think it works. I don’t think if she was in more of a masculine suit and stomping her feet — I don’t know if it would work as well. How much do you think the show reflects how women in Washington really dress? I will say fashion wise, I think Mellie [first lady Millicent Grant, played by Bellamy Young] is the template of more true to Washington than Olivia. That was a conscious choice. We definitely play that with the pearls and the prime colors. But Mellie is old D.C. and Olivia is new D.C. Both in great ways. Mellie looks amazing. I think she is quite a stylish first lady, but we do harken back to the more typical D.C. dressing. Olivia wears pieces from some amazing designers. Who tends to be your favorite? We do shop really great designers. But it’s really more about color and silhouette. We are loyal to some pieces because they work so often for us. Max Mara and a lot of Christian
  • Scandal Season 2
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    Experiencing Scandal withdrawal? or Just looking to upgrade to a more chic wardrobe? Here are 5 "Olivia Pope Inspired Wardrobe Style Tips" that might help.
  • Akris Punto Jacket, Armani Pants
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    Olivia's looks are never a suit. We never buy a complete suit, explains Lyn. We usually are mixing and matching. We're trying to create our own look.
  • Scandal Season 2
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    Experiencing Scandal withdrawal? or Just looking to upgrade to a more chic wardrobe? Here are 5 "Olivia Pope Inspired Wardrobe Style Tips" that might help.
  • Olivia Pope's Top 10 Looks on Scandal
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    I'm in love with all things Christian Dior! raves Paolo. Truly, the Dior pieces are some of my favorite pieces on the show.
  • Scandal Star Kerry Washington speaks on her Secret Wedding to Nigerian-American NFL Player in Glamour Magazine
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    Kerry never ever looks wrong in my eyes. Scandal star Kerry Washington covers the October 2013 issue of Glamour Magazine US. The American movie star who
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    As we mentioned last week, almost anything Shonda Rhimes creates turns to gold, and by the looks of last week’s Scandal premiere, she’s done it again. Series star, Kerry Washington, who plays Washington, D.C. crisis manager Olivia Pope with a...
  • GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS... GLADIATING TIME!!!
    "Like Fine Wine..." — @enjoyzworld
  • ‘Scandal’ costume designer on Olivia Pope’s style
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    Kerry Washington brings a welcome dose of designer fashion to the (albeit fictional) political scene in D.C. as Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal.” Silk blouses and luxurious coats dominate the closet of the White House communications director-turned crisis management specialist. (ABC/VIVIAN ZINK). As season two of the show draws fans deeper into the emotionally and politically tangled world, we spoke with “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo about Pope’s feminine, but professional style and her thoughts on dressing powerful women. What type of research did you do to prepare for the show? I did the show “The West Wing” for seven years. I’m British; I’m not American. So that was my introduction to Washington because we would be filming that quite a lot in D.C., and we had amazing access at the time. How do costume choices for “Scandal” differ from your work on “The West Wing”? Kerry [Washington]‘s character is not in the West Wing, she’s not in politics directly. I had a broader range. She still has to be professional. But I had a little bit more leeway in the look and the palette. That intrigued me even more. If we are going to have this great female lead, I wanted her to look female in a man’s world. That is where the idea of the light colors and silhouettes came from. I really wanted to create a uniform for Kerry’s character — this is what I wear every day, but it is beautiful and works for my environment. It is appropriate for the situation and blends in to the situation, but still makes her stand out. In the show, Olivia Pope wears a lot of light colors and pastels, but a lot of times the image of a powerful woman is Hillary Clinton-type primary shades. Was that deliberate? (ABC/DANNY FELD) I’m very interested in American politics in general. I feel it refreshing to not stick to the tried and true. The power dressing of the 70s and 80s, why are we still doing it? Why does every single woman wear red and navy? I think the American public is smarter than that, and they would like you to be how you are. Why can’t these woman in power dress like themselves, not sticking to some old rules? Same for the men. I don’t see it as being patriotic, I see it as being without any ingenuity of your own. I think that would be so endearing to the American public. Somebody different who bucks against all the trends. How do you think this plays into the recent discussions about women pushing forward in the workplace and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book? I think that the women in power should be representing women in a different light and be more innovative. (ABC/RANDY HOLMES) Regarding Sheryl’s book and the “leaning in,” I think there were a couple of interviews she gave that resonated with me. When people ask me about success, I tend to respond with the female platitudes of, “I was really lucky, and I met the right people and worked hard.” Whereas men say “I deserved it. I worked for it, and I deserved it.” I don’t think we have to be so self-absorbed, but I think there is a fine line in how we present ourselves. There is a constant worry about not being too pushy, but I think Olivia Pope can be quite pushy. But because she represents herself in a feminine way, I think it works. I don’t think if she was in more of a masculine suit and stomping her feet — I don’t know if it would work as well. How much do you think the show reflects how women in Washington really dress? I will say fashion wise, I think Mellie [first lady Millicent Grant, played by Bellamy Young] is the template of more true to Washington than Olivia. That was a conscious choice. We definitely play that with the pearls and the prime colors. But Mellie is old D.C. and Olivia is new D.C. Both in great ways. Mellie looks amazing. I think she is quite a stylish first lady, but we do harken back to the more typical D.C. dressing. Olivia wears pieces from some amazing designers. Who tends to be your favorite? We do shop really great designers. But it’s really more about color and silhouette. We are loyal to some pieces because they work so often for us. Max Mara and a lot of Christian
  • SCANDAL: Winter Season Finale
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  • Exclusive Video Kerry Washington Opens Up Her Wardrobe on the Set of 'Scandal'
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    Kerry Washington, who plays high-powered Washington, D.C. PR wiz Olivia Pope in the ABC show Scandal, has opened up her character's wardrobe for Bluefly's latest Closet Confessions video—and ELLE.com has an exclusive first look.
  • Scandal Style Breakdown Olivia Pope's Black and White Jacket, Mellie's Gown, and More from We Do Not Touch the First Ladies
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    Find out where to get Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) jacket and Mellie's (Bellamy Young) orange gown from the Scandal episode "We Do Not Touch the First Ladies"
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fassionista
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Best OP collection EVER!!! Thanks so much for sharing, darling!!!

stashafashion
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Great! <3

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