The ‘Scandal’ look will be hitting the malls this fall as ABC Studios formally unveiled its partnership with The Limited stores for an apparel line inspired by the hit Washington,D.C.-based fixer.
“Scandal” star Kerry Washington and costume designer Lyn Paolo collaborated on designs with Elliot Staples, Limited’s head of design, for a range of items that evoke Olivia Pope’s signature “Gladiator in suit” style. Deal marks an elaborate extension of a hot primetime TV brand in the retail arena.Prices begin at $49 for the collection of tops, pants, jackets and outerwear (see sketch above). The togs will hit shelves on Sept. 22, coinciding with the fourth season launch of the drama series created by Shonda Rhimes. Are you looking forward to the new Scandal collection from the Limited?
“They are allowing an educated, intelligent, powerful, complicated, human, flawed, multidimensional Black woman into their homes. They’re not walking past her on the street, they’re not trying to avoid engaging her, they’re not ignoring her and pretending she’s somebody else’s family and somebody else’s problem…” - Kerry WashingtonShonda Rhimes, the brilliant creator behind it all, says Washington "is truly dedicated to making Olivia a real person. She adds layers and depth and a soul to Olivia." No doubt that's what keeps Washington's 8.5 million die-hard fans, or Gladiators, coming back for more every Thursday at 10pm. But we wanted to know how similar Kerry Washington and Olivia Pope really are. In the Essence Magazine feature "Olivia Vs. Kerry," writer Denene Millner asks the 36-year-old what divides the artist from the muse. Washington says, "Olivia has three [fashion] modes: Work Olivia, Black-Tie Gala Olivia and At Home Olivia... My fashion is more eclectic: There's Going to Work Kerry, which is gym clothes and Nike kicks. That's the Bronx girl. There's also Red Carpet Kerry and Out to Dinner With Friends Kerry." On what a Girls' Night Out for Olivia would be, Washington says "it would involve a lot of wine." For her, "I drink maybe twice a year. I would be with my three best friends from high school or my girlfriends from the show."
ESSENCE’s November issue hits newsstands on October 10th.