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We can’t take our eyes off The Fixer’s com­bi­na­tion of se­crets, scan­dal and style.

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Yelling “fake news” or “al­ter­na­tive facts” when­ever a politi­cian messes up cat­a­stroph­i­cally re­ally isn’t fool­ing any­one. It takes an artist to smoothe over a po­lit­i­cal scan­dal with fine­ness. In The Fixer (2012cur­rent – it’s called Scan­dal in the US and was re­cently re­newed for a sev­enth sea­son), that artist is former White House Di­rec­tor Of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who left pol­i­tics to run her cri­sis man­age­ment firm Pope & As­so­ci­ates. Her team of spe­cial­ists in­clude lit­i­ga­tors Har­ri­son Wright (Colum­bus Short) and Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cu­sick), in­ves­ti­ga­tor Abby Whe­lan (Darby Stanch­field), tech ex­pert Huck Muñoz (Guillermo Diaz), and new­comer Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes). The team are ready to help Olivia cover up crises, smear the com­pe­ti­tion and even bury ev­i­dence and bod­ies. Once you bring a cri­sis to Pope & As­so­ci­ates, you can con­sider it dis­cretely “han­dled”.


The Fixer is in­spired by the life of ex White House press aide Judy Smith (mi­nus that af­fair with the pres­i­dent, of course). All it took was a 15-minute meet­ing that turned into a two-hour gab fest to con­vince The Fixer’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Shonda Rhimes that a show about a Judy-style hero­ine would rock TV au­di­ence’s worlds. Now Judy works as a con­sul­tant and co-pro­ducer on the series. “I come up with cri­sis ideas and send them to Shonda. And she will call and say, ‘What do you think about this?’ I read ev­ery script and send them notes. It’s fun,” she says. Judy also ad­vises on pro­to­col for state din­ners and other tech­ni­cal de­tails inside the White House, down to what would hap­pen dur­ing an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on the pres­i­dent.


And it isn’t just Judy’s fan­tas­tic ca­reer the show is draw­ing on. The Fixer fans revel in Olivia’s wardrobe choices. They

make her a stand-out in Washington, which has the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a dreary, frumpy city. Just com­pare re­al­ity show The Real Housewives Of Potomac (2016- cur­rent) with The Real Housewives Of New York (2008cur­rent) if you have any doubts. Judy shares a touch of Olivia’s style. In fact, she was once stand­ing in a bank when a fel­low client looked her over and said, “Oh, that looks like an Olivia Pope coat.” Plus, Judy shares Olivia’s favourite out­fit colour – white.


The Fixer’s cos­tume de­signer Lyn Paolo ex­plains that she dresses Olivia in a lot of white and pale colours be­cause “I would like for her to be a bea­con of light.” She adds, “It started out be­ing just a vis­ual thing and it evolved into be­ing some­thing about fem­i­nin­ity. We didn’t want her to dress like a man, but we also wanted her to wear the pants. She doesn’t wear a skirt un­less it’s in a flash­back be­cause I just thought that was kind of bor­ing. So re­ally, what we played with was the colour, the pal­ette and the soft­ness of the fab­rics. She wears struc­ture but the fab­rics al­ways have an amaz­ing drape to them.”

But we think there’s an­other rea­son for white be­ing Olivia’s go-to colour – it can re­ally trick the eye. Stand­ing out like a light­bulb lets Olivia daz­zle our eyes so that we don’t see those un­savoury se­crets she’s sneak­ing into the dark­ness…

Pope & As­so­ci­ates’ (from left) Finch, Quinn, Huck, Olivia, Har­ri­son and Abby along­side White­house Chief Of Staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) and US Pres­i­dent Fitzger­ald Grant.

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