Though the show’s name implies all that is risqué, Scandal heroine Olivia Pope is study in sophistication—and her style savvy has garnered as much attention as the show’s twisty plotlines. No surprise then, that Saks teamed up with the show’s cast, crew and a host of bold-faced names to celebrate the new season on Wednesday night in New York.
Kerry Washington says that it’s not just about her character looking good. “Olivia literally and figuratively wears the pants, yet her clothes have a softness about them.” Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo agrees. “I didn’t want another female victim character on TV. I wanted to dress a strong woman.”
As part of the Saks x Scandal celebration, Washington and Paolo collaborated on the windows of our New York store. “We had a blast curating them,” says Washington. She was so enamored by the results that she dipped inside the windows to strike poses for fans during the party.
As Season 3 debuts, an expert source was willing to a reveal a style spoiler: “There will be a lot more gloves and a lot more capes,” says Paolo. It’s a fashion-forward development for the always-elegant Olivia, but forgive us for taking our own small bow: “It’s really hard to find clothes in L.A. that are appropriate for our show,” says Paolo, “so Saks is one of my go-to spots.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Scandal premieres October 3 at 10/9c on ABC.