September 3 2014

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Scandal At Saks Fifth Avenue


Kerry WashingtonYesterday evening, Saks Fifth Avenue threw a party celebrating the third season of the hit show Scandal and also unveiled window displays modeled after Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope. Apparently the actress and Scandal‘s costume designer, Lyn Paolo, were up late Tuesday night adding some finishing touches to the windows. “My flight landed in New York at 1 a.m., and I hopped in the car and told my driver, ‘Take me to Saks!’” Washington told “It’s closed,’ he told me, and I said, ‘I know, but we need to go there right now!’ We were running all over Fifth Avenue comparing our window to other windows.” Although they admitted the Saks visuals team was phenomenal, both Washington and Paolo said they just had a much more particular vision of how Pope dresses, hence the middle-of-the-night switcheroo.

It was an anecdote that the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, found particularly humorous, although she confessed that she’s not quite as type A as Washington and Paolo when it comes to fashion sense. “I’m a person who would be wearing pajamas every day if you let me. I knew when we were doing Washington, D.C., that I wanted to make [the city] a bit more fashionable than it actually is. That’s why I hired Lyn—she is just so good at what she does.”

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