Olivia Wilde in Clover Canyon at the 2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Luncheon

Posted on August 14, 2013

You guys, late-summer air-conditioning head colds are the absolute WORST, amirite? Except for famines and natural disasters and deadly diseases, yes. But still. THE WORST. Your average head cold is a tinkly little player piano in comparison to the late-summer air-conditioning head cold, which, in this comparison, is more akin to a Chinese Opera. We’re dying here.

We need something to distract from our giant dripping heads (and well-cultivated flair for drama) at the moment. This’ll do nicely.


Olivia Wilde attends the 2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California in a Clover Canyon dress paired with Jimmy Choo sandals and clutch.

Clover Canyon Resort 2014 Collection

We love the dress. We are very not sure about the shoes. The bag is definitely a green bridge too far, but we think the shoes are open to discussion. Too big and clunky? That’s what we’re thinking. We could deal with the green if the shoes didn’t look like they weighed ten pounds a piece.

But she’s bright and colorful; full of pattern and visual interest. We’ll definitely take this over yet another boring B&W outfit.



[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com, style.com]

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  • teensmom99

    She is perfection and somehow those shoes look like elegant little pumps on her elegant foot. I don’t know how she does it.

    • kirkyo

      It’s kind of amazing how nice the shoes look from the front and how awkward they look from the back.

  • Victor Beiramar Diniz

    that sort of orchid pattern sitting bellow her nether regions is, to say the least, rather distracting…

    • drdarke

      What I was thinking, @victorbeiramardiniz:disqus , was “Cap’n! I canna keep the pattern buffer straight!”

    • Kristin McNamara

      While reading in my head, I decided it looked like the opening to a portal to her vagina. Or a vortex. Haven’t firmly nailed it down yet.

  • SewingSiren

    The dress is fun. Shoes too big.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I feel like the shoes and the hem length are fighting each other. A little bit shorter dress, and the shoes are better. The dress length and the pattern at the hem pulls your eyes down, and then, BOOM- heavy shoes.

    That said, i love the dress lol. Reminds me of the 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 song from Sesame Street, but in a good way.

    • boweryboy

      The ladybug picnic song or the Pointer Sisters pinball machine song?

      • Jaeda Laurez

        I love the ladybug picnic! But no, I mean the pinball machine, like, at the very end.

    • Amy Wilson

      I just started singing this song out loud without even thinking about it. That was one of my favorite parts of Sesame Street.

      • majorbedhead

        Man, I miss old Sesame Street, back when it was all trippy and weird and Sesame Street was kind of dirty and only Big Bird could see Snuffy and there was no freakin’ Elmo and his annoying World.

        • MartyBellerMask

          I miss Olivia and her fabulous braids.
          I don’t mind Elmo but Baby Bear bugs me.

        • starrika

          Yes! And where Sally could go home with Gordon without lectures of stranger danger, Cookie Monster actually gobbled cookies, and Bert and Oscar were actually grouchy.

        • Do any really old people remember Buddy and Jim? Loved those guys.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think the same about the shoes. While pretty, they look heavy. I think she needed to take it up just a touch on the make up.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Yep – just a skosh more on the make up.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    I like it… And at least this time, the explosion is between her knees and not her who-ha.

    • conniemd

      I was really happy to see that too.

  • I like the shoes with this look, other than the fact that they are clearly 2 sizes too big for her. As for the bag, I would have gone with one that picked up the pale turquoise in the dress. Otherwise? Slammin’!

  • NBG

    The green accessories are focus pulling. The shoes are too big for her and too clunky.. She needed a more delicate shoe that would let the dress be the focus. And she should have saved that purse for fall.

    • 3boysful

      I like that the shoes are green, but the aforementioned clunkiness, ankle straps and detailing are giving me a stripper vibe when you look at the closeup.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I love it. And absolutely love the shoes. And love HER! Did anyone read the article she wrote in Glamour? She is amazing.

    • mshesterp

      I just read it! She is so charming. I dig her AND this look.

  • Tippi123

    I like the dress and the overall look of it. The hem length is perfect and one of the first things I noticed. The shoes she’s wearing definitely look better than the model’s shoes. Yes, they look a bit clunky but I’m more concerned about the material. Is it velour? Reminds me of winter season. Same goes for the handbag. However, I do like the green for both accessories actually. I would suggest a different, stronger lip colour.

  • Karen Belgrad

    The last time I wore shoes that were that big on me was when I played dress-up in my mommy’s closet. I understand these are designer samples, but how well is their brand really represented when the starlet looks like she’s going to walk out of them or squish her toes to death?

  • homespunner

    Nothing is glummer, than a cold in the summer. A summer cold Is to have and to hold. – Ogden Nash

    About the footwear…
    The Valley of the Jolly (HO HO HO) Green Giant called..they want their shoes back.

  • Amy Wilson

    I love the shoes! Something about them reminds me of the 90s (and were probably a 70s rehash even then)- I had this awesome pair of shoes that had a similar heel but with a closed toe and they were black patent leather. Oh how I miss my shoes from the 90s.

  • joanna dash

    I like the black and white digital V (formed by the bottom of the steps meeting the flourish below) right smack dab over her family jewels.

    • out for a walk

      If her family jewels are that low she has bigger problems than the print of her dress. That V is mid-thigh at most.

      • joanna dash

        Why does everyone here take everything so literally?? My goodness. It’s just fun.

  • Nancer

    I am loving all of this. And I think that matching accessories have been out for so long that maybe it’s time to revisit them – it seems like some stylists agree, because I am seeing this more frequently on the red carpet. As to the shoes, if you look at the model photo she’s wearing some fairly heavy shoes with this dress also, so I say go with it! That dress is fab!

    • Tatiana Luján

      Yes, the mandatory avoiding of matching shoes and purse is as silly as demanding matching shoes and purse.

  • majorbedhead

    The shoes pull focus. I love the dress, and the shoes might look good with something else, but with this, they just draw the eye down from the very cool dress.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I would rather wear some boring black pumps I own than lended shoes that are 3 sizes too big. I really don’t understand why do they agree to wearing those shoes.

  • Heather

    I have eyebrow envy.

  • sandradee

    Have you ever wondered what their kids’ jaws would look like is she and Ian Somerhalder were to have kids?

    • Kristin McNamara

      So sharp I’d worry for her safety when she gave birth to them…

  • Laurie Landry

    Love the look! The color of the shoes is great but they are a tad clunky looking.

  • CPK1

    love love the dress. The print is to die for. the shoes are too much although the color is cool. But bad choice on the matchy bag and I would have liked to see a bit more make-up on her beautiful face

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love this dress, I love her makeup. I’m not mad at the shoes, but I wish the bag didn’t match them exactly. I also wish that they fit. Shoes that fit are such a wonderful thing.

  • MartyBellerMask

    What? NO. The dress could be cute but it loses me with the middle part. Crop it out and we have a winner.
    I do not understand the match accessories. I hate suede and the shoes are too big.
    I don’t have a headache but I’m cranky nonetheless.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    OH, the green matches the green in the dress. Groundbreaking styling.

  • Oh, now see, I really, really love this. In fact, matching purse and all, I’m saying WERQ. The make up, the perfect hair, the dress is amazing, I love the shoes, and matching can be fun. J’adore!

  • marlie

    The dress is cute, but it makes her (and the model) look like they have no shape. The shoes *could* work, but I’m too distracted by the huge gap in the back. And she most certainly needed to go with a different bag.

  • nannypoo

    Fabulous dress.

  • DominoEstella

    I love the shoes and the bag and the dress and couldn’t help thinking how beautiful she is.. her skin, eyes and what pretty hands and feet. I would wear this from head to toe. Love the whole thing.

  • Catiline

    Not a fan of the shoes, but the rest of the look is so awesome they’re easy to overlook.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Yeah, if those were regular sized heels, they’d work. And a yellow bag might have worked better.

  • GorgeousThings

    I was all set to hate the dress until I saw it on her. On the model it looks like a modern Irish step dance costume. I like the shoes, and the 40s vibe they bring to the whole look. I hate the bag. Even if it wasn’t a green bridge too far, there’s something about the suede/handle/Pantone-color-of-the-year combo that makes my eye twitch.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    what a happy dress! 🙂

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Love, love, love that dress on her. Kudos for keeping the hair and makeup light. I’m thinking the clutch or the shoes, not both.

  • Judy_S

    I love this except the shoes look too big (size-wise; I don’t mind the weightiness) to me. But I love it anyway. The dress looks as if nobody else could wear it so well.

  • prettybigkitty

    Shoes are definitely too big. I will take them off of her hands (or feet rather) so she can wear something more approvingly delicate. Love.

  • paintedfish

    love it love it. and i love the cha cha heels too.

  • flamingoNW

    I like the shoes and the bag, except the shoes are so damn big on her. Not the clunky part, the fit part. LOVE the dress on her.

  • StelledelMare

    Do not like the shoes and they are too big. But I love, love the dress so that overshadows the shoes by a mile.

  • MilaXX

    Don’t like the bag, wouldn’t mind the chunky heels if the shoe was also noticeably too big. It males the shoes stand out in a bad way.I think I would have gone for the blue color instead of the green, but that’s a matter of preferences.

  • Denise Alden

    Oh-oh: in the minority here. This is a ‘good on paper’ dress to me: I love pattern/print/Katrantzou, but I really don’t like anything here.

  • RuthGo

    Are there classes that starlets take in how to walk in borrowed shoes? Those shoes look crazy hard to walk in if they were molded to her foot, much less a size and a half too big, like hers.

    Love the dress and I’m cool on the green accessories.

  • quiltrx

    I love the dress! The pattern gives you lots to look at, and the white sides give your eye a place to rest. And the simple shape really works (I think overworked design is where a lot of these “tons of pattern” dresses mess up.).
    I am unable to sign off on the shoes–because my Barbie had them in the late 70s/early 80s.

  • Shawn EH

    Yikes. Only pretty from the neck up. I just don’t see why someone would want a whole building on their body.

  • CatherineRhodes

    LOVE this dress, but prefer it on the model rather than Olivia. ie: the pattern on the dress needs to be the star rather than focus-pulling green accessories.

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  • kimmeister

    The dress needed to be 3″ shorter, and possibly belted to break up the long-waistedness. I adore the shoes (if they had been in her size), but then again, I’m a sucker for green.

  • KingCrazy

    She’s slowly (quickly?) climbing up on my best-dressed female celebrities list.
    Nicely done, Olivia.

  • sagecreek

    I like the shoes, but they are two sizes too big for her. I don’t understand this…loaners only come in one size or something?

  • love the dress and the color green but it’s way too long,n and the matchy accessories are way too burbank high school 1963. except we wore shoes that fit. that purse is too cute!

  • Sarah

    I think she looks great. And, I forgive anything green. That dress is really setting off her eyes!
    TLO – I had that “cold.” I almost died (or, more correctly, spent the weekend in bed with fever and Kleenex and bitter resentment.) Go get antibiotics! It’s worse than you think. My dr. said it’s sweeping the Eastern Seaboard, whatever it is.

  • Meredith

    Girl WHERE is your lipstick.

  • Amy909

    She looks different? Maybe it’s because the shape of her hair styling doesn’t really suit her face shape??

  • alyce1213

    I love this. Okay, the shoes are a bit clunky but the color is gorgeous.
    I appreciate her face with minimal makeup — just perfection.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    I like the dress, but the white panels on the side tend to slim the body to the central rectangle – and then the head feels outsized. It’s a minor problem on the model, but a major one on Olivia, who has a relatively large head and a really strong jawline. I keep wanting to shrink her head down a size for every shot – not a comfortable sensation. She’s slipping into uncanny valley, and a dress should never do that to you.

  • neonseattle

    i like the shoes, but why are they so big? this would look a bit better if the skirt were a few inches higher.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    There’s a lot going on with this dress, so I can appreciate that the shoes and the bag match and kind of neutralize each other.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the dress but not the shoes. Color wasn’t needed here and the green shoes and bag are just distracting.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The bag looks like a (bad) granny purse shrunk down to clutch size. The heel portion of that shoe is just a TAD too chunky, but I will forgive that because this dress is SO cool. Anything that makes Olivia Wilde look less like a mean bitch (clarification: I don’t really think she is) is an A++ in my book!

  • This dress is way too busy for Olivia. The bright. Too much going on. She needs help dressing herself.

  • Guest

    I think that if the heal of the shoe was skinnier, then the shoes would cease to be an issue.