There are some TV shows that are made even better by the amazing wardrobe. Scandal is one of those shows and main character Olivia Pope has become a style icon in her own right. Fans of the show and it's star Kerry Washington will soon be able to dress like their favourite no-nonsense television character, thanks to a new collection from The Limited.
“Her character represents a confident, powerful, but real and kind of vulnerable woman. Our sophisticated professional can really relate to that. She’s dealing with crisis, scandal and a life that is very complex and challenging, not maybe to the extent [as Olivia]," said The Limited's CEO, Diane Ellis. "I don’t think our typical client is having a relationship with the president. But she’s dealing with her own version of complexity and juggling a young family at home and perhaps a career. The appeal is at the same time she always looks fabulous.”
Washington herself played a big role in the new clothing line, alongside Scandal's costume designer Lyn Paolo. As a fashionista, Washington is very involved with her character's signature look, which often involves neutral colours, wide-leg pants and statement coats.
“People who love the look of the show can now step into this world in a way that is affordable and accessible because not everybody can afford to have the clothes they see on the show," Washington said of the collection. “We weren’t inspired by any designers in particular because they are all original pieces that are authentic to the character and the world of the show. Personally, I have tons of favorite designers. I don’t gravitate toward any one designer because I think of fashion as the costume of the everyday woman. The Armani house was one of the first ones to dress me. Jason Wu is a dear friend of mine, as is Tory Burch. I am a big fan of Alexander Wang.”
The 42-piece Scandal collection will start appearing in The Limited stores and online in late September. Prices will range from $49 to $250.