Kerry Washington's Mary Katrantzou Look Is a Lesson in Print Mixing

In case you forgot, she is an expert in working the step and repeat.
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In case you forgot, she is an expert in working the step and repeat.
Kerry Washington melting paparazzi cameras with her powerful gaze. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Kerry Washington melting paparazzi cameras with her powerful gaze. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Few grown women pull off bright pastel colors better than Kerry Washington. Not only is it refreshingly different than the the stable of cream pants, blouses and statement-making belted coats she wears as Olivia Pope on "Scandal," but it's the key to her unique personal style — equal parts cute and glamorous.

While promoting her hit show at the the 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Washington wore matching separates from Mary Katrantzou's fall collection in inverted, optical illusion-inducing colors. The bold jacquard pattern looks luxurious, while the pencil skirt and top combination renders it an appropriate choice for a daytime event. She paired it with black peep-toe Christian Louboutin Altressa pumps.

Shiny skin, shiny fabric. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Shiny skin, shiny fabric. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Washington took the bold green and blue a step further with shiny green eye shadow and matte turquoise earrings. On paper, it sounds like way too much for one look but that's the magic of Washington's style — her classic beauty and poise can handle it. 

This may be a promotional panel but Washington treats every red carpet like the Oscars. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

This may be a promotional panel but Washington treats every red carpet like the Oscars. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

All that combined with her steely, confident gaze makes this a win in our book. But then again, Olivia Pope never loses.