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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.

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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

Michelle Obama's bangs were a 'midlife crisis' moment

Much has been said about Michelle Obama’s bangs and she finally took a break from the busy demands of being FLOTUS to address the inspiration behind the buzz-worthy style.

“This is my mid-life crisis, the bangs,” Obama joked with Rachel Ray during a Skype interview that will air Wednesday, People reports. “I couldn’t get a sports car. They won’t let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.” READ FULL STORY

Bill Cosby's sweaters explained, Charlie Sheen's dress deal with Lindsay Lohan and more

Bill Cosby muses on the fashion phenomenon that is the “Cosby sweater.” [Collectors Weekly]

Stylist Phillip Bloch says that Charlie Sheen offered to “go halfsies” on the gown that Lindsay Lohan wore the amfAR’s New York City gala last week. [Us Weekly]

Style of the Union: Michelle Obama wore a Jason Wu dress to watch the President’s State of the Union address last night. [Huffington Post]

Shoemaker Steve Madden has a minor role in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. [WWD]

Carrying a boombox on your shoulder is out, Rebecca Minkoff’s portable speaker/clutch purse is in. [Rebecca Minkoff]

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Inauguration 2013: What everyone wore

When First Lady Michelle Obama sashayed onto the dance floor with the Commander-in-Chief at last night’s Inaugural Ball, she commanded most of the attention, at least for style watchers.

After much speculation, CNN reports that Mrs. O reportedly chose the ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu — the same designer she wore for her first dance as First Lady at the Inauguration in 2009 — from a selection of 15 designer dresses. Wu Tweeted  that he was “in shock.”

Now that the inaugural festivities are over, FLOTUS’ outfit and accompanying accessories — which included Jimmy Choo heels, Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark diamond bangles set in 18K gold as well as a diamond embellished ring by the jewelry designer —  will be preserved at the National Archives.

Thanks to all of the celebrity guests, there were plenty more headline-making outfits in DC this weekend. Click on to see what Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Matt Bomer, Ke$ha and more stars wore to celebrate the President’s second term. SEE THE PHOTOS

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Historical hair for sale, mag cover features transgender model as Michelle Obama and more

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Locks of hair from historical figures like Edgar Allan Poe and George Washington is the latest thing in “celebrity” collectibles. Case in point; On Saturday, a few strands plucked from Abraham Lincoln’s scalp sold for $38,837 at an auction in Dallas. [New York Times]

Transgender model Connie Fleming poses as Michelle Obama on the latest cover of Candy magazine. [The Huffington Post]

Prada has tapped “leading men” Benicio Del Toro, Harvey Keitel, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Dane DeHaan to star in the label’s spring/summer 2013 menswear campaign. [WWD]

Speaking of male models, 10-year-old Romeo Beckham (son of David and Victoria) is the new face of Burberry Kids. [Vogue UK]

In case there was any doubt that J.R.R. Tolkien still has a serious following, check out these (permanent!) tattoos inspired by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. [Flavorwire]

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Michelle Obama's Election Night style, YSL biopic taps Chanel model for leading role and more

A victory for President Barack Obama cements four more years of Mrs. O’s style! First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated reelection on stage last night in a Michael Kors dress she’s worn twice before. [People Style Watch]

A forthcoming biopic about designer Yves Saint Laurent  snags French actor and Chanel model Gaspard Ullied to play the lead. [WWD]

Your next bed could have been sketched by Brad Pitt: the actor is creating a range of designs alongside furniture maker Frank Pollaro. [Architectural Digest]

Tonight: Snooki’s hawking a new perfume and a 3-piece nail polish set, which appropriately includes a shade called “Orange You Tan,” on HSN. [Huffington Post]

She may be all about The Voice, but Christina Aguilera’s plaits and pink extensions left parts of the Internet speechless. [Daily Mail]

These 10 ‘high tech’ gadgets were once the stuff of James Bond films; now they’re readily available. [A.V. Club]

Celebrity photographer duo Markus+Indrani are releasing a 200-plus page book, Icons: The Celebrity Exposures of Markus and Indrani. The cover features an anime-eyed Lady Gaga. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Tracy Reese: 'Seeing the First Lady in one of my designs was a truly extraordinary moment'

First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech and made a fashion statement at last night’s Democratic National Convention — and both were equally well received.

“I found out Mrs. Obama was wearing one of our designs when she stepped out on stage to make her beautiful speech,” designer Tracy Reese tells EW. “In the midst of [New York Fashion Week] preparations, seeing [her] in one of my designs was a truly extraordinary moment.”

While fans of the FLOTUS’ style can buy the J. Crew “Evelyn” kitten heels ($245) she wore last night, Reese, a Detroit native who launched her NY-based collection in the ‘90s, says the dress is a one-of-a-kind. “This particular fabric is a rich Italian silk jacquard in a great formal design,” the designer says of the frock. READ FULL STORY

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