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Forget the little black leather dress. Kerry Washington has us sold on the power of the little red leather dress.

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Actress Kerry Washington has a documented history of adding a little (or a lot of) leather to her wardrobe. There was the little black leather dress at 106 & Park, the black leather top at Comic Con 2012, and the head-to-toe leather bustier and pants ensemble at the HFPA Salute to Young Hollywood party back in ’08.

But while her past leather looks were monochromatic, mostly black ensembles, Kerry has switched it up wearing not one, but two different red leather dresses in a matter of days. Though the dresses may be similar, through strategic styling choices, two completely different looks are achieved.

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First up, Kerry paid a visit to ABC Studios in NYC to film a segment of Good Morning America. The Scandal star wore a Miss Wu red leather dress ($865), pairing the frock with a just as red (if not more so) leaf-print gazar jacket from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row ($2990).

Kerry accessorized her look with red highlighted hair, a Jason Wu ‘Daphne’ cross body bag ($1495), and a pair of Christian Louboutin ‘Batignolles’ snake print pumps ($945).

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At the Entertainment Weekly & ABC-TV Upfronts Party, Kerry wore her second red leather dress, this one a long-sleeve, mini number from Marc by Marc Jacobs. For the event she opted for a more sophisticated styling, one that appropriately reflects the change in venue.

Kerry’s sideswept hair, and deep red lip create a classic beauty look. While her Lanvin pumps ($741) and Lanvin minaudière box clutch ($1774) ground the entire look with black accenting.

[ photos: zimbio, nordstrom ]