Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) isn’t the only one with designer duds on ABC’s hit D.C. drama, Scandal! Co-star Darby Stanchfield, who plays Abby on the show, steps up her style this week in a super-slim Vince leather jacket and blue silk blouse paired with a Diane von Furstenberg pencil skirt and envy-inducing Tom Ford handbag. Costume designer Lyn Paolo clued us in on Abby’s fashion evolution: “In this episode Abby is investigating for Olivia, so I liked the idea of her looking very private investigator on the job,” Paolo told InStyle.com. But as last week’s episoide hinted, Abby’s romantic entanglement with Pope & Associates foe David (Joshua Malina) will complicate things. Could love be in the air? If her wardrobe is any indication, we think so. “Because of [Abby’s] relationship with David, I am using a lot of softer silks and less pants than we have in the past,” Paolo said. Tune in to ABC tonight at 10 p.m. EST and judge for yourself.

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