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Robin Wright’s Shoe Secrets on “House of Cards” Set + Stylist Kemal Harris Tells All

Claire Underwood is one powerful woman. Robin Wright’s character on the Netflix drama, with enough political scandal to last a lifetime, is adjusting to life as First Lady after her husband, President Francis Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey), took the presidency with one of his classic Machiavellian schemes. Naturally, the show’s fashion and footwear are stepping up, too. Here, Spy catches up with Kemal Harris, Wright’s stylist on- and off-screen.

What are some of your favorite shoe brands and moments from this season?
KH: My favorite Manolo Blahnik ankle-strap style is [featured] during a scene where Claire is having a face-off with Francis on Air Force One. There is also a purple suede Manolo style that wasn’t quite the right shade of eggplant, so we had it hand-dyed.

How does Claire Underwood’s style this season compare with past episodes?
KH: We have a 1940s vibe for Season Three. In the past, Claire has been really sharp and structured and has had almost no personality in her wardrobe because her character was on a shark-like mission. Now, she has a moment to breathe in the White House, so she can [convey a softer side]. I opted for a round-toe Prada look, a T-strap spectator pump in charcoal from Ferragamo, a Michael Kors black-and-white T-strap style and a beautiful brown suede pump from Gucci. And she always has her pair of Louboutins. Every lady does.

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What about Robin’s style off-set?
KH: Robin is very different from Claire, which is a testament to how good her acting is. One thing she has in common with Claire is that they both prefer a clean style. On the red carpet, you see Robin in Ralph Lauren,
Reem Acra, Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung and Armani.

Any set secrets to share?
KH: As beautiful as all the shoes are, we have to put ugly foam padding on the soles. When an actor walks, the click-clack noise is picked up on-camera — and the White House has vast marble hallways.

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