Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel
I recently read a Cosmo interview with “Scandal" Costume Designer Lyn Paolo in which she offered hints about what my shero Olivia Pope will be wearing in Season 3:
"I’m madly in love with Dior right now. They’re bringing back capes and I’m mad about capes. There are going to be a lot of cape and glove moments."
I read that and I was like, “Shut. Up." Because guess who got this cape for her birthday last year?
I saw it at The Limited and fell in love. I have a soft spot for military details, especially on outerwear.
But it gets better.
I was so inspired by the opera-length gloves Liv wore last season
that I bought a pair for myself. And apparently I wasn’t the only one under the influence of gloves. Lyn told Cosmo:
"At the CFDAs, a bunch of designers told us they’re incorporating gloves this year because they just loved how the gloves looked on the show."
Wow, what a compliment to Lyn! I’m very interested to see exactly which designers were bitten by the glove bug. (Yes, that makes two plays on the word “glove.” Yes, I’m done.)
How do you feel about capes and gloves? Yay or nay?
Olivia Pope is one of the most stylish characters on television, hands down. But don’t take my word for it.
Vulture writer Margaret Lyons has actually taken the time to create a slideshow of every outfit Liv wore during Season 2. Lyons’s commentary is pretty funny. Below are a couple pics from the slideshow, her quips, and my responses.
Olivia’s pajama wardrobe is better than Quinn’s everything wardrobe.
This is by far the frilliest thing in Olivia’s wardrobe. She wears it out with Edison, so read into that what you will. (How about that she’s not her real self with him. Just a guess.)
I like this guess!
Hi, it’s me, Kerry Washington, the world’s most beautiful human, somehow making high-waisted wide-legged trousers look amazing.
I see no lies here.
Thunk. We are dead. We died from perfection overload, on account of this being the most perfect dress ever.
Tell it. My mom still talks about that dress. And the episode originally aired in November.
To see the entire slideshow, click here.
A fantastic supercut of my favorite fixer doling out advice− solicited and otherwise.
Could they be more beautiful?
Not watching “Scandal”? Well you’re missing out on some epic political and romantic drama, and some seriously fabulous clothes.
Case in point:
Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) helped get an underdog elected president, worked as his White House communications director, then left to start her own crisis management firm.
In other words, Liv’s a BAWSE. And her clothes (and shoes and bags) never let you forget it.
Doesn’t she just look someone who has their act together?
Well −spoiler alert− her life’s kind of a hot mess right now. But she always looks fantastic, and that’s all that matters.
The tweed coat. The winter white opera-length leather gloves (that match her short-sleeve sweater). It’s a look that’s stayed on my mind since this episode aired, but I wasn’t preoccupied with recreating it. It’s beautiful, but a little too feminine for me.
And I thought, “Three-quarter sleeves? I just found my Olivia coat.” (Yep, I really went there.)
Plus, the oversize houndstooth plaid is right up my alley. And the price was right.
It had originally been $115, but was marked down to $46. And Tulle is offering free shipping this month.
Much cheaper than Liv’s Piazza Sempione coat (which retails for $1,180).
Since I live in the Midwest, wearing a 3/4-sleeve coat in the winter without gloves isn’t really an option, so I set out to find some. I decided black would look best.
Thankfully, it didn’t take long to find a pair I like.
Aren’t they fun? The color blocking adds just enough interest.
They’re Lauren Ralph Lauren leather gloves. They originally cost $98, but were marked down to $49− a good deal. But they’re more expensive than the coat.
However, I didn’t have many options since most of the opera-length leather gloves I found had triple-digit price tags. And I’m not prostituting myself for winter accessories
this year. In comparison, these were a steal.
I did good, right?
(Screenshots via ILuvOlitz)
I ask myself this question every day…
That title? It’s a “Scandal” thing. Get hip, people.
Anyway, I never pass up an opportunity to write about two of my favorite things: "Scandal" and fashion. So when I read this “People” story about the gown Olivia wears in episode 208, I knew I had to post a little somethin’ here.
The dress is vintage. And beautiful, right?
The show’s costume designer, Lyn Paolo, told “People”:
"There were a lot of needs for this dress: I wanted it to be white to echo [an episode from] last year, and she had to be able to move in it, too— she had to run down a hallway in one scene, and withstand wind effects in another. So I needed something that flowed."
Run down a hallway?! Withstand wind?!
Fitz is totally going to get shot.
Jesus, be a fence.