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'Modern Family': A behind-the-scenes tour of the Dunphys' kitchen

Flaming toasters, flying pancakes, family squabbles: the Dunphy’s kitchen has seen it all — and now the walls are talking. 

In EW’s annual Hollywood Design Report (on newsstands now) production designer Claire Bennett and set designer Brian Kasch walk us through Modern Family‘s little slice of suburbia to explain the thinking behind the bold color choices and artfully cluttered workspaces and reveal hidden gems like the family growth chart and baby photos.

Click through the gallery for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the set.


There's a 'Twin Peaks' inspired clothing collection and it's almost sold out

Indie designer label Suckers Apparel has launched a clothing line inspired by the short-lived but stylish 1990 series Twin Peaks and it’s flying off the shelves.

The Twin Peaks Collection pays homage to the David Lynch created drama with pieces like the “Fire Walk With Me” dress and the “Smoking in the Girls Room” capelet. Most of the garments, which range in price from $64.99 to $189.99, are currently sold out, but the “Welcome to Twin Peaks” velvet skater dress and three styles of graphic-printed leggings — “Log Lady,” “8Bit Lodge,” and “Who Killed Laura?” —  are still available.

Costume designer Patricia Norris (Scarface, Blue Velvet, 12 Years a Slave), who collaborated with Lynch on a number of film and television projects in the ’80s and ’90s, took home the Emmy for the pilot episode of Twin Peaks.

More than 20 years later, Norris’ Twin Peaks throwback wardrobe seems to be back in fashion.  READ FULL STORY

How Michelle Obama inspires the costume design on 'Scandal,' 'Veep,' and 'House of Cards'

Forget about those drab, boxy business suits, the powerful female characters on today’s D.C.-set TV shows are wearing figure-flattering dresses, experimenting with bold colors and patterns, and even (gasp!) going sleeveless. And they all have Michelle Obama to thank.

The first lady hasn’t just changed the fashion landscape in our nation’s capital, she’s changed the way fictional Washingtonians look on the small screen.

“[Mrs. Obama] has made D.C. a little more feminine and much more modern,” explains Veep wardrobe designer Kathleen Felix Hager, who dresses Vice President Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on the HBO series. “She took risks.”

“She did inspire us. There’s no doubt about that,” says Scandal designer Lyn Paolo, who pitched her vision of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to ABC execs with an “anti-inspiration” vision board featuring practically every real-life D.C. power woman except Obama. “No disrespect, but I don’t think there are that many women in politics today that dress like Olivia Pope. They all wear red, white, and blue—all the time. Thank God Mrs. Obama is changing that.”

After taking over the wardrobe department on the Netflix series House of Cards, Johanna Argan also realized that when it comes to everyday dressing in Washington, unless you’re talking about FLOTUS, real-life inspirations are hard to come by. “I looked [at] women in power positions — in corporate America and in D.C., [but] there weren’t any specific women that stood out,” says Argan, who is responsible for Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) closet. “I used Mrs. Obama [as a reference] because she’s the most fashion-forward example of what we see right now.”

Read on for more on how Michelle Obama has influenced the costume design on Veep, House of Cards, and Scandal.


'Veep': Selina Meyer gets a Presidential makeover for season 3

Thanks to a new costume designer on the HBO comedy series Veep, Vice President Selina Meyer has gotten a wardrobe makeover just in time for season 3.

“She was a little bit more conservative last season. We’re trying to move her a little more [fashion] forward,” says wardrobe designer Kathleen Felix Hager, who has incorporated pieces from edgier designers like L’Wren Scott, Bottega Veneta, and Alexander McQueen into the character’s closet. “The [term] we keep using in fittings is ‘chic and sleek.’ That’s our goal — to keep her modern yet timeless.”

In an exclusive sneak peek photo from season 3 (above, right), Meyer rocks a Victoria Beckham dress, Gucci T-strap heels, and a Céline handbag. “Selena and her entourage have traveled to California to go to a Google-esque company. This is her attempt to look a little California and a little younger, because she’s going to meet this company that’s run by a 25-year-old kid,” hints Felix Hager, who says that Michelle Obama — specifically her toned arms and willingness to wear color — has had a major fashion influence on the character. “This is her attempt to be a little more fashion forward.”

The First Lady inspired her updated style, but is Meyer’s new look a sign that she’s gearing up for a presidential run? READ FULL STORY

'Scandal': How (and why) Olivia Pope's style has changed

As things get messier for Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) in season three, Scandal viewers may have noticed that she’s dressing differently.

But costume designer Lyn Paolo says it’s the true Gladiators who have figured out that the wardrobe changes are as well thought-out as the show’s many plot twists.

“I’m intrigued by our Gladiators because they now understand these tiny little clues that we give through the clothes [that provide insight into] her mental state,” says Paolo, who points out that as her life has gotten more complicated, Pope has moved from wearing a mostly neutral, tone-on-tone wardrobe in silks and other light fabrics to bundling up in more textured pieces and bolder prints. “It’s all minimalistic changes, but what’s really fascinating is that the audience gets it.”

There’s even one costume detail that might hold the key to a major secret about Olivia.  READ FULL STORY

On the scene: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show rehearsals

It’s always been a dream of mine to attend the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I watch it on TV every year, and have always wanted to experience it first-hand. You know, instead of watching it on my couch while consuming a pint of ice cream.

Yesterday, I came close to realizing that dream when I covered rehearsals for the annual event. The actual show — which will be filmed for the annual CBS special that will air Dec. 10 at 10 p.m — takes place tonight, but for those of you who don’t have tickets, here’s some behind-the-scenes intel on what the Angels have planned for this year’s lingerie extravaganza.  READ FULL STORY

Baby North West's stylist, Kate Moss' Playboy photos, and more

Does baby North West already have a stylist? Will Ben Affleck’s Batman have nipples? What would a Kate Moss Playboy pictorial look like?

Read on for the answers to these questions and more of today’s top style and design headlines. READ FULL STORY

Stars hit the launch party for the Crush by ABC Family clothing line

The Crush by ABC Family collection recently received the fashion week treatment with a runway show held at West Hollywood’s The London Hotel. Actresses Vanessa Marano, Chelsea Kane, Maia Mitchell and Kylie Bunbury–who each have outfits in the collection based on their on-screen alter egos–stepped out to celebrate with friends and co-stars.

Available exclusively through retailer Wet Seal, the collection includes apparel and accessories (priced from $9.90 to $32.90) inspired by characters from The Fosters, Twisted, Switched at Birth, and Baby Daddy.

Other ABC Family stars who showed their support at the event included Maddie Hasson, Cierra Ramirez, Taylor Spreitler, Lindsey Harding, Katie Leclerc, Lindsey Shaw, Lucas Grabeel, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, and Sterling Knight. (Maybe they were vying for a spot in next season’s collection?)

See photos from the party after the jump…


'Face Off' finale interviews: 'I feel like I tripped at the finish line'

The newbies came prepared to conquer, but it was the vets who ultimately battled it out in Tuesday night’s season finale of Face Off. Tate Steinsiek (season one), Laura Tyler (season three), and Roy Wooley (season three) were the last three standing… each one seeking redemption.

Host McKenzie Westmore introduced the finalists to dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet who proceeded to perform a routine from Swan Lake. Naturally, their performance was the inspiration for this season’s final challenge. The trio learned they were to create a swan princess and evil sorcerer… and that their make-up better be sweat proof. From there, each artist was paired with a different era–from the Industrial Revolution, Ming Dynasty, or Italian Renaissance–and with a team of familiar assistants.

Because the project was a huge undertaking, the final three were reunited with this season’s previous contestants. The group broke apart and got straight to work.

Wooley acknowledged he felt outside of his comfort zone, but Frank Ippolito and Scott Ramp helped him along. Tyler had a few concepts–and with Eddie Holecko and Miranda Jory on her team–the trio moved quickly forward. Meanwhile, Steinsiek worked with Alana Schiro and Lyma Millot on his avian sculpture, but it didn’t initially turn out quite as he’d hoped and the trio lost some time backtracking. Each team was forced to troubleshoot one minor crisis after another until judgement day finally arrived.

Only one last live ballet performance stood between the artists and the series outcome. The Los Angeles Ballet routine went swimmingly, but, of course, it was the judges who would have the final word. After carefully reviewing each contestant’s work, the judges made their–admittedly very difficult–decision.

Ultimately, Tyler was declared winner for her Italian renaissance-inspired swan-sorcerer while Steinsiek and Wooley–ever the good sports–hugged and congratulated her.

EW spoke with Tyler, Steinsiek, and Wooley about the show’s big finish and what they’ve been working on since filming wrapped. Read more after the jump.


Kerry Washington wore The First Lady's dress on 'Saturday Night Live'

Kerry Washington played a range of characters on Saturday Night Live, but none were more memorable than her portrayal of Michelle Obama for the show’s cold open. To channel FLOTUS, Washington donned the same dress Obama wore to the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington, a sartorial move that hardly surprised Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo.

“She looked amazing, didn’t she?” Paolo told EW.com of Washington’s appearance in the floral Tracy Reese dress — which can be yours for $498. “If you’re mimicking somebody, [wearing an authentic garment] is be quite the obvious thing to do to sell the character.”

Though Paolo wasn’t involved in planning Washington’s SNL wardrobe — that’s a job for resident costume designer Tom Broecker — she has firsthand experience dressing actors for live broadcasts. “I’ve done live TV three times in my career — on ER and on The West Wing -- and it’s hard,” she remembered. “They do an amazing job on Saturday Night Live. Kerry changed clothes so many times, they must have been dragging her from one rack of clothes to another!”

Washington’s Scandal character is known for wearing designer labels like Armani, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren, but can audiences expect to see Olivia Pope in Tracy Reese anytime soon? READ FULL STORY

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