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Olivia Pope-Inspired Ensembles for Office and Swanky Celebrations

When Notorious B.I.G uttered “all the ladies in the place with style and grace” in the first verse of "Big Poppa," Scandal’s Olivia Pope is the epitome of the woman he was vying for. It’s no secret how much we covet the countless style moments Kerry Washington’s character, courtesy of costume designer Lyn Paolo, has showcased in the office at Pope & Associates and during grand celebrations at The White House. Subtle, refined and elegance come to mind when envisioning Olivia’s sense of style. She’s proof that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

From Jean Fares couture gowns and Michael Kors sequin clutches to her signature saffiano leather Prada purse and a Movado timekeeper, these are just a few hints why we’re dying to shop her wardrobe. In the name of all things fashionable, here’s our guide to channeling Olivia Pope’s style at the office and during swank celebrations.–Kamille Cooper

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The Statement Blazer
In a wardrobe color palette consisting of light hues, pastels and greys, Olivia wears blazers well. Her military-inspired looks, particularly the classy Armani blazer, enforce a sense of power in a male-dominated world. A statement blazer is the perfect match for a pencil skirt or structured trousers at the office.

Our Picks
1. Armani Collezioni Fitted Blazer, $495
2. Ralph Lauren Blazer, $321
3. Donna Karan Military Blazer, $1,342
4. Topshop Structured Blazer, $70
5. Morena Tailored Blazer with Binding, $34
6. Topshop Ponte Jet Pocket Blazer, $70

The Structured Trouser

Pairing the blazer with a pair of trousers is a major must for the chic. Trousers are professional, simple and easy to style with vibrant or pastel toned separates. They may seem masculine, but rocking them with a well-designed blouse that enhances the waistline and physique adds for a perfectly feminine finish.

Our Picks
1. Michael Kors Stretch Wool Skinny-Pants, $348
2. Tibi Wool Skinny Pants, $140
3. Burberry Prorsum Stretch-Crepe Tapered Pants, $440
4. Sierra Trading Post Single Back Pocket Pants, $15
5. Lanvin Crepe Straight-Leg Pants, $498
6. Michael Kors Stretch Wool-Twill Pants, $279

The Show Stopper

Before our minds and social networks were in over-drive with questions of #WhoShotFitz, our eyes were dead set on Olivia’s show-stopping Jean Fares Couture gown that she donned so effortlessly. An ethereal look combined with elegance is the only choice for holiday celebrations or your favorite gladiator gal’s wedding.

Our Picks
1. Veni Infantino Strapless Lace Trumpet Gown, $1,218
2. Alice + Olivia Sophia Maxi Dress, $558
3. Michael Kors Twill Military Dress, $1495
4. Tadashi Shoji Mesh Stripe Jersey Dress, $288
5. BCBG Max Azria Maxine Evening Gown, $448

The Signature Accessory

Every season Olivia sports a gorgeous Prada purse and a Movado watch as her signature it accessory. Last season it was the classic Prada leather tote in wine, this season it’s all about her cameo colored tote. This style lesson teaches us that every ensemble doesn’t call for a new bag. You need one stylish and accessible purse and watch that will be synonymous with your wardrobe picks for the season.

Our Picks
1. Prada Tote, $1,730
2. Movado Bold, $650
3. Michael Kors Rose Gold Mercer Watch, $275
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Hobo, $438
5. Rachel Zoe Zoe Tote Deux, $347
6. Ri2K Leather Croc Tote, $103
7. Fossil Stella Watch, $125

The Striking Outerwear

Let’s talk comfort—Olivia always aims for shy subtle tones that force her to stand out in a crowd. Whether she’s fixing a political crisis in a Tory Burch trench, or styled in her blush toned Salvatore Ferragamo wool coat when the weather calls for it, she styles out well. The perfect peplum jacket, the closet-necessity trench and the ruffled wool coat are major must haves.

Our Picks
1. Salvatore Ferragamo Cream Pearl Cashmere & Wool Blend Coat, $2,422
2. Tory Burch Blair Trench Coat, $347.50
3. Burberry Brit Double-Breasted Wool Blend Coat, $995
4. Top Shop Ribbed Peplum Jacket, $90
5. Giorgio Armani Vintage Ruffle Neck Jacket, $470
6. 3.1 Phillip Lim Ribbed Motorcycle Jacket, $950

The Savvy Separates

Olivia clearly does her blazers the right amount of justice pairing them up with sexy savvy separates. Although the structured trousers she wears may be masculine, her choice blouse reinforces that she is still very much a lady. But is still as good, if not better, than the boys.

Our Picks
1. All Saints Repose Funnel Pullover, $150
2. Helmut Lang Slack Jersey, $230
3. Helmut Lang Draped Modal-Jersey Top, $185
4. See by Chloé Ruffle Neck Blouse, $241
5. Dorothy Perkins Ivory Victoriana Blouse, $35

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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