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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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'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

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

Scandal's costume designer dressed the characters in 'Grand Theft Auto V'

What do Scandal’s Olivia Pope and the criminals of Grand Theft Auto V have in common? They’re dressed by the same person.

Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo — whose other credits include The West Wing, ER, Southland, and Shameless – created the wardrobe for the animated characters in the fifth chapter of the ultra-violent video game.

How did Paolo go from wardrobing D.C.’s most powerful in Armani and Prada to designing virtual suits, riot gear, and stripper clothes for the residents of the fictional city of Los Santos?  READ FULL STORY

'Scandal': The obsession with all things Olivia Pope

Scandal fans aren’t just obsessed with what’s in Olivia Pope’s closet.

Gladiators want to know every detail of the character’s look and lifestyle — from her signature nail polish color to where she bought those fishbowl wine glasses — and they’re getting it thanks to a slew of as-seen-on-TV blogs and Scandal-inspired fashion and beauty stories.

Read on for the rundown of the best sources for intel on Olivia Pope’s hairstyle, skincare regimen, and even her home decor.

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Style Hunter: Everything Olivia Pope is wearing in the 'Scandal' sneak peek clip

Olivia Pope’s life may be unravelling, but you’d never know it by looking at her threads.

In a sneak peek clip from the season three premiere of Scandal, D.C.’s most fashionable fixer wears a muted outfit that is the perfect contrast to the intensity of the situation she finds herself in.

We got the head-to-toe rundown on Olivia’s look — we warn you, it’s not cheap being Olivia Pope — from Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo, who will help launch a special fashion partnership between the ABC series and retail giant Saks Fifth Avenue next week.  Read on for all the details.

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ABC and Saks Fifth Avenue partner for 'Scandal' fashion promo

Dying to know Olivia Pope’s style secrets? Now’s your chance to shop for clothes and accessories worn by the well-dressed Washington insider.

To celebrate the return of Scandal, Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo, and series creator Shonda Rhimes will appear at a premiere party at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City on Oct. 2, reports Women’s Wear Daily.

The event kicks off a promotional campaign meant to lure the show’s estimated 10 million 18- to 45-year-old viewers into Saks stores across the country. READ FULL STORY

Emmys: Toast the nominees with these TV-inspired cocktails

Nominees like Julie Bowen, Tony Goldwyn, and Anna Chlumsky started warming up for Sunday at Entertainment Weekly‘s pre-Emmy bash in L.A. last night.

“We have a routine,” Gail Simmons told EW of her Emmy night plans with Top Chef co-stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colocchio, insisting that the trio will keep their spirits up even if they don’t get the trophy for Best Reality-Competition Program. “We party whether we win or lose!”

Speaking of spirits, we’ve rounded up five cocktails to help you kick off your Emmy celebration.

Click on to learn how to mix up libations inspired by Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Scandal, and Downton Abbey.

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'People' names Kerry Washington best-dressed star

Scandal star Kerry Washington is the world’s best-dressed woman, according to People magazine.

Washington, 36, has proved a red-carpet risk-taker, wearing up-and-coming designers and making atypical choices — such as a crystal-covered coral Miu Miu gown for the Oscars.

Unlike her character on ABC’s Scandal, Washington says she doesn’t wear many power-broker pantsuits.

Washington, selected by the magazine editors, works with stylist Erin Walsh.

People then tapped other tastemakers to pick their favorites, including Jennifer Lawrence for her high-fashion style, Jessica Chastain specifically for her red-carpet looks, Kate Bosworth for street style, and Zoe Saldana for her denim style.

Photographer Nigel Barker picked It Girl Lily Collins for best up-and-coming style.

Emmy winner Dan Bucatinsky on his 'Scandal' costumes and his naked fight scene

At last night’s Creative Arts Emmys, Dan Bucatinsky won an Emmy for his guest role as James Novak in Scandal. The show’s costume design department can take part of the credit for that win; Bucatinsky said his Scandal wardrobe played a part in helping him get into character.

“I love what I get to wear on that show. [Costume designer Lyn Paolo] has an unbelievable eye and has managed to create an aspirational quality with great clothes,” Bucatinsky — who looked dapper in the Dogtooth Jacquard tuxedo from Alexander McQueen — told EW on the red carpet. “I think we’re the best dressed actors on television.” (EW agrees — the ABC series made our list of the 20 most stylish TV shows of all-time.) READ FULL STORY

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