Season 5, Episode 9 Scandal Fashion
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Rip our hearts out, Scandal! Last night's winter finale showed no mercy as Tony Goldwyn's President Grant and Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope broke up for good. But before that transpired, Olivia tried to play the role of First Lady by hosting Christmas parties and picking out china.

"This is the Christmas episode, so we wanted everything to be shiny and happy and joyous," costume designer Lyn Paolo tells InStyle about Olivia's red Carolina Herrera dress and Tiffany & Co. jewels (above). "But in reality, Olivia is not happy and joyous so it's a pretty stark juxtaposition."

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SCANDAL - “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” - Olivia is feeling more and more frustrated as she takes on "First Lady" type responsibilities at the White House. Meanwhile, Mellie proves just how powerful she can be and Jake and Huck continue the hunt for Rowan on the winter finale of "Scandal," THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Scott Everett White) KERRY WASHINGTON, GARY RIOTTO
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Even when she's not in her glitzy holiday wardrobe, Olivia must still fill in as the lady of the house. She's used to being the big dog (the gladiator!) so she's been having a rough time adjusting to this new role that was forced upon her. Here, she wears a Carolina Herrera blouse.

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The other ladies of Scandal had standout wardrobe looks last night as well. Thanks to all the holiday parties that the White House staff must attend, Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) and Liz North (Portia de Rossi) ditch their usually workwear and opt for more glam ensembles (above). "It's a lovely holiday time in the West Wing," Paolo says. "How amazing is Abby's sparkly gold Michael Kors dress?" With the dress, she wears Erica Courtney jewels and Jimmy Choo shoes. North wears a matching Dolce & Gabbana shirt and skirt, paired with Manolo Blahnik heels, Brooks Brothers earrings, and an Adriana Orsini bracelet.

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Meanwhile on the Senate floor, Senator Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) stands her ground while filibustering for Planned Parenthood. She's in her signature red but with a few noticeable tweaks. "I wanted her in something really red and vibrant for this scene," Paolo explains. "It's a powerful moment for her. That's why we went with something that has a really strong shoulder. Did you notice those strong shoulder pads?"

For more of the show's fashion, follow @LynPaolo and @ScandalABC on Twitter. Then, tune in to ABC on Feb. 11 for the return of Scandal!