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Kerry Washington Vs Olivia Pope: Life Imitates Art At The 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards

January 28th, 2013 by Christen

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Kerry Washington walks the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet cascading in white amidst cloud of bold colored gowns.  Dressed in a two-piece Rodarte gown complete with a split V quilted top and flowing white bottom with a lace hem.  She accessorized with a silver box clutch, diamond earrings, smokey eyes and a nude lip.  Ask any Scandal fan and this look definitely looks familiar…

 

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Kerry described her look as “Olivia Pope white” while talking to E! on tonight’s 2013 SAG Awards red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.

 

Could Kerry be transitioning her look to appear more like Ms. Olivia Pope?  Undoubtedly the most notable Olivia Pope outfit this season was her this ball gown by designer Jean Fares Couture.

 

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Check out more Olivia Pope Style:  Olivia’s Top Scandalicious Looks From ABC’s Scandal

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Could Kerry be conjuring up the spirit of Olivia Pope for her future red carpet appearances?  If so, we’ll definitely need to keep an eye out for Kerry Washington this red carpet season.  She’s sure to have a few more surprises up her sleeves and we’re awaiting every moment of it.

 

 

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What do you think of Kerry Washington’s red carpet look?  Would you like to see more of Olivia Pope’s style infused in Kerry’s real life looks?  Sound off below.

Weekend At The Movies: Django’s Controversy, Love It Or Hate It?

January 4th, 2013 by Lifestyle Staff

The new movie, Django, directed by Quentin Tarantino starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Samuel L Jackson is a story about a freed slave turned bounty hunter who then sets out to free his wife from a plantation. The movie has already been considered quite a controversy of 2012, which comes as no surprise because of the director’s reputation for pushing the envelope- but should we love it or hate it? Here are few reasons as to why the movie created such a controversy and some questions you should ask yourself.

 

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Historical Setting

Django is set before the civil war, thus slavery is the essential element for the plot. For many people, slavery is a sensitive historical period where unresolved racial issues continue to linger among society. In the movie Tarantino exposes a perspective of slavery that magnifies the negative treatment among slaves. When will people ever be happy to see one slave spit on another when the issue is still painful to acknowledge? Director Spike Lee called its depiction of slavery, “disrespectful”. However, some people recognize his perspective as something different and innovative where it is to be appreciated for its creativity.

 

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Comedy and Violence

A romantic drama and gruesome comedy all at the same time; this movie illustrates the diversity of elements a story can have without being one dimensional. One scene was passionate, another gory, while another scene was painfully hilarious. The picture below was captured during a scene where the main character, Django, was allowed an opportunity to choose what he wanted to wear for bounty hunting. Django chooses something so obviously ridiculous which was hilarious, but the irony was that in the same outfit Django killed two people, whipping one prior to their death. Some people find it entertaining while others feel it has no moral relevance, additionally slavery nor murder is a laughing matter. Are these people just too sensitive? Can’t violence and comedy be used to expose the truth of history?

 

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Chained or Unchained?

The character Django was perceived as a super hero in this movie; a black man killing white slave owners. This definitely identifies an obvious difference between the antagonist and protagonist, but was this super hero chained or unchained? Often times in movies, racial issues intensify when it isn’t clear who is helping who and for what reasons. Django became a freed slave turned bounty hunter only with the help of Dr. Schultz played by Christopher Waltz who wanted money and criminals. Is it safe to say that this hero was indeed chained during this movie because his authority was only allowed after the saving grace of a white man?

 

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The Use of the ‘N-Word’

Along with the controversy of the movie, there should be no surprise that Tarantino exposed such enormous use of the N-word due to usage in his movies prior to this one. As this was highly criticized, apparently the relevance doesn’t excuse the use for many people. Should slander be allowed in any Hollywood movies? In an interview with MTV and Trantino, his side of the argument is summarized in one word: History. Check it out here.

 

Whether you loved the movie or not, this is definitely a must-see. So check it out, consider these questions and decide for yourself. Let us know your thoughts on this controversial film below…

 

Olivia’s Top Scandalicious Looks From ABC’s Scandal

December 20th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

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The winter finale of Scandal aired last Thursday on ABC,  leaving fans desperate for January 10th to come. We want to know if Huck will escape his new title as public enemy #1?  Will Fitz survive?  Who is Becky and did she really have to kill Huck’s family… the questions are endless!

Most importantly we will be waiting for more iconic fashion style from Olivia Pope!

Every episode eyes are glued to see what Lyn Paolo, Chief Costume Designer in Command, will put Olivia in next. Thanks to Lyn Paolo, actress Kerry Washington has solidified herself as a small screen style icon and beyond.  We want to know what color her next Prada bag will be, what coat she will pair with her business suit? Here are D&Ds Top Five Scandalicious looks so far from Season 2.

 

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Olivia has been seen rocking this camel Armani peplum jacket a few times this season. She’s worn it both as outerwear and in the form of a suite jacket. Peplum is one of the hottest trends this fall and finding ways to wears to incorporate it into your outfit are endless as shown here.

When meeting with clients Olivia needs to should solidary and strength. Her strength is often portrayed through her outfit choices and this Armani suit is the perfect combination to achieve that look. This grey ridged jacket is both feminine and structured enough to emanate “don’t play with me!”

 
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Whether Liv is dressed up or down, she always makes it work. Here she is laid back chatting with Cyrus and somehow makes this white All Saints cable knit sweater look glamorous. It’s simple and chic and provides warmth in such a heartfelt scene.

 

 

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Olivia’s military inspired Gucci jacket turned tons of heads. The gold zipper provides the perfect contrast to bring to life the otherwise dull color. Under the jacket she rocked a pink, roll neck cardigan by Escada that provided simplicity that again emanated strength.

 

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Undoubtedly, the most notable outfit this season was her ball ground to Fitz birthday party in the Defiance episode by designer Jean Fares Couture. Lyn Paolo said she knew she wanted to go vintage, but was having a hard time finding something that would be functional yes beautiful.

 

What’s your favorite Olivia Pope look from this season’s first half of Scandal?  ABC’s Scandal returns with all new episodes on January 10th, until then – how do you plan on feeding your scandalous itch?

 

 

 

Oprah’s Next Chapter With Kerry Washington & Shonda Rhimes

December 10th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

Kerry Washington, exquisite as Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal, has brought fierceness and fashion back to prime time. “Washington made history as the first African American woman to play the lead in a prime time drama in 38 years. Her character has been criticized by some, but many laud Pope’s sense of independence, poise, professional success and even her vulnerability.” Find out you too can exert these same characteristics as prime time’s favorite Olivia Pope through your fashion and home decor.

Over the past four decades, cable has seen Jada Pinkett Smith as HawthoRNe (TNT) and Jill Scott on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (HBO), but not since Diahann Carroll as Julia, a widowed nurse and single mother, has there been a well known leading Black actress on network TV. The onscreen power and success of both Pinkett-Smith and Scott, two bold, outspoken and extremely talented actresses paved the way for another prime time series featuring a leading Black actress. Each show brought in 3-4 million viewers on average, clearly there was an audience waiting to be tapped into.

 

Speed to Oprah’s Next Chapter aired on Sunday, December 9, 2012: Enter Shonda Rhimes, network TV’s most successful African-American writer and producer with Washington and Judy Smith, DC’s infamous political fixer for inspiration. Three of the most powerful women in television. Each with an individual, yet similar look of power, professionalism, and femininity.

Millions tune in weekly to follow the intense pace, political chess games, tormented love triangle, and to peep Pope’s style. Operating within a male-dominated political landscape, Lyn Paolo (Scandal costume designer) dresses Washington in soft silhouettes using “whites, pinks, peaches, and creams” to exude professionalism, femininity, power and leadership. As a political fixer, Pope often gives hard nosed advice under difficult circumstances; it’s important that others immediately feel comfortable and safe with her—soft, warm colors help make that happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viewers also love Pope’s home décor. Bedding from West Elm and delicate, long-stemmed wine glasses from Crate and Barrel pop off the screen in her home. Your bedroom can add to or take away from the femininity and power you display daily.

As the second season came to an end, Gladiators—nickname for staff at Olivia Pope & Associates and for fans of the show—have many questions left to ponder:

  • Why, Huck? Was Huck the actual shooter?
  • Who’s behind it all? Mellie? Hollis? Sally?
  • Will President Grant survive?
  • How will Olivia and OPA be implicated?
  • What will happen to the love triangle now?
  • Can Olivia fix this?

Amid the steamy love scenes, high-powered career moves, and glamorous Diva style, the only other woman to rival Pope in running for best year ever is none other than Beyonce herself.  In case you missed last night’s Next Chapter episode, check out the best moments below…

Exclusive Webisode: Olivia Pope’s Fabulous, Feminine Fashion

According to Scandal star Kerry Washington, powerful women in Washington, D.C., don’t have to wear manly power suits anymore. Watch as she describes her favorite part about playing high-powered fixer Olivia Pope—the clothes! Find out how she and the costume designer came up with Olivia’s feminine approach to fashion.

 

 

Exclusive Webisode: Shonda Rhimes Takes on the Twitterverse

Every week, passionate fans of the television series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal log on to Twitter to voice their opinions about what creator Shonda Rhimes should—and shouldn’t—do next. Watch as Shonda explains why she loves the fans’ passion…but tries not to let them influence creative decisions.

 

Exclusive Webisode: Kerry Washington’s Aha! Moments

Like Oprah, actress Kerry Washington occasionally tweets her aha! moments while watching Oprah’s Lifeclass and “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN. Watch as Kerry shares what she learned from Pastor Joel Osteen about dreaming big and having bold prayers.

 

 

Tell us some of your Scandal predictions below… What will become of Olivia and Fitz? 

American Music Awards 2012 – 40th Anniversary Fashion Winners (and Losers)

November 19th, 2012 by Christen

The 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards aired Sunday night on ABC with memorable performances, award wins, fashion wins and notable fashion losses.  Here’s a rundown of the winners with a few fashion winners and losers below… (you be the judge…)

 

 

Jordin Sparks hits the red carpet at the 40th annual American Music Awards showing off her killer bod in a sexy, skin-baring printed dress layered over black fishnet. Paired with a slick ponytail, Sparks is giving a majorly sleek, just-vampy-enough look.

 

Kerry Washington arrives on the 2012 American Music Awards red carpet.  Gladiators REJOICE!  ‘Scandal’s Olivia Pope, looked gorgeous on the red carpet wearing a yellow lace dress from Stella McCartney.  What do you think of her look?

 

 

Golden delight or Not Quite Right?  R&B Songstress Brandy and Pop’s Provocateur Pink arrive dazzling in gold, but something is missing with both looks.  Brandy’s look is far from “gold star” rating while Pink’s look is giving some sort of modern day Roman-esqe soldier.

 

 

Maybe Pink coordinated her look from an unlikely source….like Kim Kardashian?  After all, Kim did debut a similar Kardashian look in blue earlier this year…

 

 

Who do you think rocked this stylish, floor length frock better?  Pink or Kim Kardashian?

 

 

Nicki Minaj has the internet buzzing over this neon green gown.  This look is a bit more mature for Nicki who’s known for donning multicolored hair and hot pink chicken wing necklaces.  But alas, it is the American Music Awards.  What do you think?

 

 

 

Taylor Swift arrives wearing a long-sleeved Zuhair Murad mini featured a seriously sexy open back and gorgeous gold detailing. While the star may have stayed away from her signature, (a shimmering, strapless gown silhouette), she still opted for a little gold sparkle, giving us a hint of Taylor in a whole new sexy style.

 

Carrie Underwood opted for a wine colored Abed Mahfouz frock for the red carpet and walked away looking stunning…

 

“Call Me Maybe” singer Carlie Rae Jepson opted for more all-over shimmer in a halter dress by Gomez Gracia. With a floor-skimming length and a body-hugging silhouette, she manages to work the formal number without making it look like she’s on her way to prom.

 

 

 

Kelly Rowland went for a subtile icy look with Naeem Kahn on the red carpet.  The “Ice” singer went for an overall sleek look to combat the graphic detail dress.

 

photos via Jason Marritt, Kevork Djansezian/AMA2012/Getty Images

Kerry Washington’s Scandalous Style At The Hollywood Premier of “The Details”

November 1st, 2012 by Christen

 

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!!! ABC has ordered a full season of its hit political drama Scandal. This means we get to see more Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope!  Kerry shared “It’s so exciting. I found out on Twitter. I went on Twitter and I saw all these congratulations on the pickup.” “Then I got an email from Shonda and then I got one from ABC. We all cheered. It’s very exciting.”

In anticipation to next week’s new episode we caught Kerry on the red carpet in Hollywood for the premiere of her new movie “The Details“!

 

 

 

Kerry broke out the bold prints and bold spikes for her red carpet appearance on Monday.  Dressed in a colorful bird print halterneck dress, the Kerry hit the red carpet wearing a brand new design from the Mary Katrantzou Spring 2013 collection–which debuted during London Fashion Week last month.

 

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Kerry completed her premiere look with a sleek high ponytail, silver hoop earrings, a glossy light pink lip, black clutch and badass spike-embellished black “Pigalle” pumps by Christian Louboutin.

Catch up on all things Scandalous by watching full episodes of this season of SCANDAL on Abc.com now…

What do you think of Kerry’s look?  Do you love it or hate it?

 

 

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