Can you imagine if they showed up at the same party wearing the same outfit?
Vanity Fair compares the stylings of two Popes, Olivia and Francis:
It is customary both in real and reel life for a pope to meet with the president, but it’s a delicious coincidence that both the pontiff and Scandal’s high priestess of the podium chose heroic capelets for their respective encounters. Olivia Pope sports her endless collection of luxe coats like impenetrable breastplates, usually in a color telegraphing her level of inner turmoil; here she is offering herself up as a peace-making angel, ergo pure snowy white, with the cape on coat even providing a vaguely winged look—and an extra layer of armor between her own noble intentions and the roving hands of her bratty bureaucratic lover, President Fitzgerald Grant III.
It’s hard to compete with a guy whose vestments were chosen for him both by the Lord above and a trippy plume of (matching) white smoke. But Pope Francis also bests Pope-Comma-Olivia with a less uptight feel, which is saying something given that he has the more rigid dress code. His capelet is swingy; his garments fitted but not snug. And not for nothing, he’s got some bravura accessories. So with all due respect to Olivia’s chicness, we’re hailing the Lord’s gladiator for pulling off the tougher trick of making formal robes look light and groovy. Can we get an “amen”?