The Best Outerwear on TV
I consume television much in the same way as I imagine one would if she were in the grip of a full-blown eating disorder. I starve myself for months, existing on intermittent episodes of staples like Homeland and Downton Abbey, and then, when I have a little extra time, I succumb to an all-consuming media binge that pretty much sees me glued to the laptop, wearing the same yoga pants from start to finish, however long it takes. Yep. That's me. The people at iTunes love me.
I have just emerged from such a state, having binge-watched the entire first, second, and what's available (to date) of the third season of ABC's hit show Scandal. To say that I am hooked is a gross understatement.
This is not going to be a post about the groundbreaking role the talented Kerry Washington is playing in the series, nor is it a manifesto about how very lucky she is to get to make out with both Tony Goldwyn and Scott Foley (well-played Shonda Rhimes). I am also not going to dwell on the fact that this television version of the White House is a moderate Republican administration with an openly gay Chief of Staff (take that Senator Ted Cruz!), and has a cast that is so full of talent it is a joy to behold. This is not about how very Kennedy Tony Goldwyn's President Grant looks (That hair! Those suits!). And I am most certainly not going to spend a lot of time pointing-out the fact that this well-written show has about the best display of depth and layering to their female characters as you will find anywhere on television.
Not going to go there.
I am choosing instead to tackle this from another angle altogether. People, we have an outerwear situation.
Costume designer Lyn Paolo has really outdone herself in the outerwear department with Washington's character, providing a very on-trend display of light and pastel coats with sharp tailoring, outsized collars, and an overall luxe appeal that is also very believable. Washington looks both feminine and in charge, without so much as a whiff of the overly-sexified Hollywood touch that tends to leak into Hollywood portrayals of female characters. Conversely, there is also not the merest hint of the wardrobe masculinisation that sometimes happens when strong female characters are being portrayed; that whole dressing mannishly to convey a sense of strength thing. Nope, the balance here is spot-on, and very appropriate for a more style-conservative city like Washington D.C. In fact, I would say that in her use of more tailored silhouettes and expensive fabrics to cover her leading lady, Paolo has actually amped-up the sexiness factor. I mean, look at those gloves. I am seriously thinking about selling a kidney on the internet for a pair of those gloves, which let's face it, look quite literally like a million bucks. I'm also now thinking pretty hard about a luxe, light-coloured wool coat (there goes my other kidney), although there is no way I would dare carry a latte (as she does in the photo) in a coat like that. Three seconds and it would be down my front. Seriously. Ask my husband. I spill.
What say you readers? Light coloured coats. And gloves. Are you in or are you out? Discuss.
Make it happen.