#Scandal at the Inaugural Stylemakers Event by WWD and Variety, 19Nov15




Stylemakers: Lyn Paolo, Power Wardrober

Paolo’s work on White House drama “The West Wing” afforded her familiarity with presidential attire, and caught the eye of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes. Of Washington’s character Olivia Pope, she says: “I loved the idea of dressing this amazingly powerful, strong woman who could also be feminine.” Paolo lent Washington her own Prada purse for the pilot, and had a bold color idea, after “West Wing.” “There were so many men in dark suits. … But never white,” she muses. Paolo uses color as a storytelling device more on “Scandal” than she has on any other project. “When [Olivia’s] gladiating, she’s in white. And [when] she was so conflicted about Fitz [Tony Goldwyn’s President Grant], we did brown on her, which we never do.” The designer — who collaborates with the Limited on “Scandal” lines — also has a clear penchant for outerwear. “When a woman walks into a room [with a coat], it just feels powerful!”