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Janelle Grodsky
May 06, 2016 @ 7:15 am

Scandal's one step closer to electing a president! Last night's episode saw several of the nominee hopefuls drop out, including--spoiler alert!--Edison Davis, Hollis Doyle, and Susan Ross. Each campaign fought dirty, but it's Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) and Frankie Vargas who land on top as the Republican and Democratic nominees respectively.

Aside from seeing the opponents dig up dirt on one another during the entire hour-long episode, we also noticed quite a bit of something else: the color blue. Costume designer Lyn Paolo explains: "We've had to move our color palette around a bit. Olivia's in Mellie's world and Abby's in Olivia's world right now. That's why you'll see Abby in pantsuits now and Olivia wears a lot of Mellie blue. They're all transitioning."

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In the beginning of the episode, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) wears a royal blue Giorgio Armani kimono-wrap coat with black pants (also by Armani), a Proenza Schouler shell, and Jimmy Choo shoes. "We usually reserve this color for Mellie," Paolo tells InStyle. "But Olivia is in Mellie's world now so we have to shift the colors a bit."

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Even her wine and popcorn look this week is in the striking shade. She wears a Margaret O'Leary wrap cardigan, a St. John shell, Armani pants, and Manolo Blahnik pumps. "She's not in her usual creams and grays at home either," Paolo says. "We still have her in Mellie blue. Not only are we juxtaposing her and Mellie, but also her and Abby in this scene as well."

In Episode 20, Olivia wears every shade of blue for Mellie, including this striped Escada blazer. "We used all different grades of blue for this look," Paolo says. "It shows that she's transitioning. She's in Mellie's world but she's also still trying to be a gladiator."

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Olivia later wears a striped Escada blazer to the Senate. "We used all different grades of blue for this look," Paolo says. "It shows that she's transitioning. She's in Mellie's world but she's also still trying to be a gladiator."

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For more of the show's fashion, follow @LynPaolo and @ScandalABC on Twitter. Then tune in to ABC next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for the season finale of Scandal.

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