Character Study: Empire’s Cookie Lyon

Color, prints, and tight fits do a ballsy ex-wife well

With the record-breaking success of Fox’s new show Empire, leading lady Cookie Lyon is a fashion force to be reckoned with. The show follows the family of Empire Entertainment C.E.O. Luscious after he discovers he has A.L.S. and only three years to live. His ex-wife Cookie has been away doing time for drug dealing, but her style doesn’t look a minute outdated for a woman who spent 17 years in prison.

Ballsy enough to walk into her ex-husband’s company and demand half of it, Cookie wears her fearlessness with lots of colors, prints, and tight fits. Balmain’s statement Tribal Jacquard Mini Dress would fit right into her wardrobe (which you can see at The long sleeves and high neckline keeps the mini classy on top with some sass below—perfect for the H.B.I.C. who wants it all.