Stylebook: The Limited turns to 'Scandal' for new line


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If you crave the kinds of clothes Kerry Washington's character Olivia Pope wears on ABC's "Scandal," you'll soon be able to include some in your closet.

Ms. Washington and costume designer Lyn Paolo have teamed with Elliot Staples, head of design from The Limited, to develop a 42-piece fashion line inspired by the style of the show's protagonist. The collection will be the first such collaboration between a national retailer and a network television program, its costume designer and lead actress.

Expect separates and outerwear infused with the powerful, feminine flavor fans of Ms. Pope's fashions will recognize. Pieces will start at $49 and are expected to be available in stores and online at www.thelimited.com in late September.

More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Inaugural events, programming discussed at latest FGI Pittsburgh meeting: The provisional chapter of Fashion Group International Pittsburgh held its monthly general meeting Thursday at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. The turnout was only about 24 people, the lowest since FGI Pittsburgh started, but the modest attendance was attributed to summer vacations. Stephanie Taylor, the chairwoman of the board, said she is happy with how the chapter has been taking shape and hopes it will gain permanent status from FGI's headquarters in New York City by the end of the year. FGI is a nonprofit that promotes and connects fashion communities.

The agenda included a discussion of membership and the formation of the aspiring fashion professionals committee, which will welcome fashion students and other youths interested in fashion. Also highlighted were plans to hold an event at the Heinz History Center in September when an exhibit featuring the archives of the former Pittsburgh high-end fashion boutique Emphatics is slated to be on display. A mixer might also be organized to introduce the group to a wider audience across the city.

The board also talked about utilizing Style Week Pittsburgh (Aug. 11-17) as a platform for promoting FGI Pittsburgh and recruiting new members. Some other ideas for potential programming included engaging fashion figures from various Pittsburgh neighborhoods, holding panel discussions and professional seminars, and having a mentorship program for those seeking a career in fashion.

The next general meeting will be 6 p.m. July 31 at Macy's, Downtown. For more information, contact fgipittsburgh@gmail.com or visit www.fgi.org.

Mila Sanina contributed to this report. For more from PG style editor Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG'‍s Stylebook blog at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to sbauknecht@post-gazette.com.


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