Kerry Washington just might be having the best year ever. Not only is she the star of ABC’s hit show ‘Scandal,’ Washington played opposite Oscar winners Jaime Foxx and Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained.’ She has come full circle into the spotlight on the screen and on the red carpet.
One of the catalysts for her becoming a style icon would be her character Olivia Pope who has a very sleek and sophisticated wardrobe that is the envy of many. On a weekly basis you will see Washington’s character, Olivia, donned in power suits and gowns from the hottest designers. Olivia’s closet is packed with beautiful designs by Giorgio Armani, Jean Fares, Valentino, Prada, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and the list goes on. The pieces we typically see her in are pulled from a very neutral palette. When Bluefly raided the ‘Scandal’ wardrobe closet for Kerry Washington’s character there were a number of crème, tans, and greys colored ensembles. I’ve heard it mentioned before that this muted palette was intentional in an effort to mirror the character’s moods.
I love everything about what this character wears. There is always a balance of classiness with Olivia’s sassiness. Washington explains, “I think one of the things that women really love about Olivia’s version of a power-suit is that it’s so feminine. I think a power suit used to be that you had to kind of reject your identity as a woman in order to be successful and now women are really bringing all of themselves into whatever powerful room they’re in.”
Kerry Washington’s personal style is completely fearless. Kerry isn’t afraid of bold colors and unique shapes and patterns. She truly has the best of both worlds. One of my favorite personal style moments for Kerry was when she attended the ‘Philadelphia Style Magazine’ After Party for the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival Premiere of “Night Catches Us.” She wore a beautiful terra-cotta/orange draped Costello Tagliapietra dress. She decided to forgo the gold belt that was seen on the runway. Kerry completed her look with a nude nail, updo, minimal jewelry and suede Brian Atwood taupe pumps.
Another look I absolutely loved was the gown Kerry wore to the premiere of Django Unchained in London. This dramatic white Giles Deacon design demanded attention with the blue, grey, and sepia print of a horse that swept across the skirt.
So much can be learned from Kerry Washington’s style on and off the screen. If you want to demand attention for the right reasons, learn from the best. That would be Miss Kerry baby!