FN Spy: Lyn Paolo Suits Up Scandal

Lyn Paolo has done for the power suit what “Mad Men” did for retro: She made it modern. She made it feminine. She made it a fashion statement.

The British-born costume designer on “Scandal” — who has helped to transform the show into one of the most trend-led on TV — is now teaming up with The Limited and Gaspar Gloves on an exclusive collection to give women the chance to get their own dose of Olivia Pope style.

Did we mention she’s also the creative mind behind “Shameless,” “E.R.” and “The West Wing”?

Here, Footwear News gets the scoop on what it’s like to pick the perfect shoes for Kerry Washington.

How will the styling this season on “Scandal” be different from past ones?
LP:
As always, it is difficult for me to answer questions because I am always concerned about giving away spoilers! But as you have already seen, Abby has a new job and therefore a new look, which we all love here at “Scandal.” Also, poor Mellie is struggling with the loss of her son, and of course we are trying to reflect that change in personality through her new, less-put-together look.

When designing for the show, who are your go-to shoe designers? Do you have any favorite shoe moments?
LP:
Gosh, that is such a difficult question to answer — loving accessories as I do, I am always looking for new shoes for all of our characters. What I love about [the show], though, is that one moment I am buying Christian Dior pumps for Olivia Pope, and the next I am buying combat boots for Huck. I love that this show has such a wonderful range of characters.

What were some of the biggest challenges and successes with The Limited and Scandal apparel line?
LP:
Kerry [Washington], Elliot [Staples] and I had an amazing time together working on the line. It was a true pleasure, and we all worked diligently and in cohesion to make the most aspirational and affordable line that we could.

The only trick throughout the whole process was that we were all in different parts of the world: NYC, LA and London — this made things tricky. Thank goodness for Skype!

What was your design inspiration for your new collaboration with Gaspar Gloves?
LP:
I have a passion for accessories, and gloves are a natural extension of that passion. Dorothy Gaspar is such an unsung talent within the film and glove industry, and she herself inspires me often with her creativity. Working with her on a line of gloves was so much fun.

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