The moment all the Olivia Pope fans out there were waiting on finally happened last night. The season premiere of Scandal! Fans couldn’t wait to find out who is the real Quinn Perkins, and also see if anything else was going to unfold with Olivia and the President’s secret love affair. The show certainly started off with a bang with plenty of plot twists and surprises, but the real focus of the show is Ms. Pope’s stylish wardrobe!
The lawyer/PR guru/superwoman known as Olivia Pope has become TV’s newest Carrie Bradshaw, with a corporate twist. Mixing soft colors and fierce suit separates, chic overcoats, and signature long necklaces, Olivia Pope is the newest fashion idol for every professional woman out there. The show tries to choose fashion for Olivia that reflect “a balance of strength and femininity,” says actress Kerry Washington who portrays the infamous character of Ms. Pope on the series. Styled by talented wardrobe stylist Lyn Paolo, the character of Olivia Pope operates her own law firm in Washington D.C., and because she works on her own terms, she can often play with colors and is not beholden to the black and navy suits of many of Washington’s political insiders. Paolo is very much in the know of what’s hot in the modeling and fashion industries, and incorporates several top designers in Olivia’s wardrobe; including Escada, Christian Dior, Valentino, and her famed grey Armani jacket from the pilot episode. This nod to high fashion displays the character’s personality and worldly experience.
One of the great things Scandal is bringing to the show this season is that they are returning select pieces of Olivia’s wardrobe from season one, to create the idea that Olivia is a dynamic, real working woman with an authentic closet. The show also fits the color of Olivia’s fashion choices with the mood of the scene, leaning toward whites during lighter scenes, and darker colors during more intense moments.
Want to see what Olivia will be wearing next? Check out Scandal Thursdays @ 10pm on ABC!