Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors at the “Her” Premiere

Posted on October 14, 2013

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Olivia Wilde attends the premiere of “Her” during the 2013 New York Film Festival in a blouse and pants by Michael Kors paired with an Emm Kuo clutch and Yael Sonia jewelry.

Michael Kors Spring 2014 Collection

Which she has hidden in her gigantic pants.

We don’t know about this one, kittens. We think it makes a great runway look but pants like these are probably not workable in the real world, even if that real world is a step-and-repeat. Besides, that top, nice as it is, just doesn’t strike us as film premiere red carpet-appropriate, even if it is the New York Film Festival. She’s trying like hell, and she’s one of the few stars who might be able to make a look like this work, but it’s just not happening.




[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com, IMAXtree]

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  • Anna Vasquez

    Um, I kind of love this. She is giving Faye Dunaway realness.

    • joancarol

      Or Kate Hepburn.

      • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

        Yeah, it’s working for me as well, though I’d love a skosh less volume and length on the pants.

      • Julie Ree

        Kate would NEVER have left the house with her pants dragging the ground.

        • Little_Olive

          Or without a belt, gawd.

      • I thought this same thing on my own.

      • RussellH88

        They’re Kate Hepburn’s “Eatin’ Pants”

    • Needs a belt. A BELT. Sheesh.

      • Anna Vasquez

        Agree. A belt would have been best. Also agree with Jennifer’s comment, above.

        But I still love it. 🙂

        • With the right belt to give it some focus in the middle, I think it could be fabulous.

      • Renaissance_Man_ATL

        And the pants should be black.

    • BayTampaBay

      Agree but it needs a belt or she needs to remove the belt loops.

    • MoHub

      I like it. Just wish she’d had the pants hemmed.

  • lulukittie

    No. Just…no.

    • TrixieConQueso

      Yes. And The Pants Can Double As Curtains.

  • Emily Smith

    Are they a skirt masquerading as pants? I feel lied to.

    • Lori

      The reason that they work on the runway, but not in the real world/on the red carpet is that on the runway they can pass for a skirt, but on the RC it’s obvious that they’re actually ridiculous pants.

  • Commodious trousers. The usually look horrendous, but oh! The feeling of collecting galaxies in their scooping legs is empowering!

    • I’m going to embroider this on a pillow. That’s great stuff!

  • JDreesen

    what is this i don’t even

    [gets swept away with the pants and remains pinned under Olivia Wilde’s shoes for remainder of the premiere]

  • majorbedhead

    Those pants are awful. I thought we’d beaten into these stars about the pants covering the shoes. Will they never listen? *wanders off muttering about ungrateful celebs*

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    Perhaps if they had been hemmed properly!

  • Synnae

    I like the idea but just a tad of hemming would have helped this outfit so much.
    Generally though, these kind of pants only work on really tall women as they will be the only ones who will not be swamped.

    • Leah Elzinga

      I’m pretty sure Ms. Wilde qualifies, no? I’ve got it in my head that she’s at least 5’8″ or so.

      • cbt22

        5’7″, according to IMDB. Taller than me by far, but I don’t think it qualifies as really tall.

        • Constant Reader

          Olivia Wilde and I are the same height. And there, alas, the similarities end.

          • Olivia Wilde and I are the same height AND the same gender. Practically twins!

          • Constant Reader

            I’m the same gender too. We’re triplets!

        • Sunraya

          Which means she is probably 5’5″ – they always exaggerate!

      • Mary229

        I think this look might work better on someone with super long legs though. Whereas, isn’t Wilde one of those women with a super long torso?

      • Synnae

        She’s 5’7″ and possibly wearing heels. She probably got them off the runway hence them needing 3″-4″ off at least seeing that the model (who is most likely between 5’10” and 6’1″) is wearing them with flats.
        If she had hemmed them correctly, it would have been an ok look -probably- but now she looks like she is being worn by pants.

        BTW I’m 6’2″ myself – when I say really tall, I mean 5″11″ and over 😉

  • Blair Sylvester

    in honor of the duchess the pleats on those pants are insane! and no woman wants pants that make her legs look like tree trunks

  • Leah Elzinga

    I think part of the problem is that she’s treating them like pants, from the posing, to the button up. I’m picturing this with a sleek white bustier, a better hem, and WAY better hair, even just smoothed back into a low chignon. In my mind it’s working like gangbusters. Here? not so much.

  • Feet. She should have some. Hair. She should have done it. The attitude is there, but she failed to follow through.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    That Gumby For Marshall’s fashion line must be really lucrative.

  • Belvane

    I’m getting more of an “I had a farm in Africa” feel about this outfit. Needs a rifle.

    • shirab

      So glad I scrolled down as I was just about to say that with a bit of tailoring and a pith helmet with mosquito netting, she would have been very Karen Blixenesque.

    • Anna Vasquez

      Okay. I snorted. Tee hee.

    • DuBey2

      Needs Robert Redford.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    I actually LOVE this look for her; it suits her cat-eyed 70’s looks to a T; but, like you said, it doesn’t really suit a film premiere.

  • decormaven

    The pants aren’t properly fitted or hemmed. Too bad! I do like the clutch, though.

    • MilaXX

      The accessories, (necklace/bag/bracelets) are the only thing I do like.

      • Daisy Walker

        Me too.

      • DuBey2

        That necklace is the coolest I’ve ever seen with a white button down.

  • bellafigura1

    I absolutely love it, although with that much pants, i think it would have been improved dramatically by unbuttoning a couple of buttons of the blouse. And I was surprised (and impressed) that it was Michael Kors, who usually makes me yawn.

  • sagecreek

    Wow, that hair just screams “I’m growing out a bad cut”.

    Trust me, Liv, I’m right there with ya.

  • tereliz

    What? I used to have the same pants in denim…

  • Billie_Dawn

    Serious question: do any lady celebrities just wear regular pants? Like, with a straight leg, or even a slight flare? It seems like most of the time, they’re wearing either ultra-skinny pants or GINORMOUS elephant-leg trousers.

    Are in-between pants (the only thing I can think of to call them) not considered fashion-forward enough for the red carpet? Like I said, I’m really asking these questions. I’m probably hopelessly unfashionable myself, so that’s why I thought I’d check with the BKs.

  • OldPandaDayz

    Doesn’t look great on her but the runway version isn’t terrible. To me it says: Ridley Scott’s remake of “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade”

  • luluransom

    Oh, please. Every single solitary woman in the world* knows they cannot wear these pants. C’mon Olivia, you know it too.

    *who is not a model

  • amanda siegelson

    this screams 1973 cosmopolitan magazine – and i happen to love it.

    still hate her hair tho.

  • hughman

    The return of the Skant.

  • MilaXX

    Dull outfit compounded by too long pants.

  • kirkyo

    It’s too bad that this particular outfit was chosen b/c she’s a good match for MK.

  • frumpybiscuits

    Too much collar. Too much pant. Not enough lippie.

  • Trisha26

    “We are Michael Kors. We are loaning you an outfit. Hemming & unbuttoning are not permitted. But you may wear it without the belt.” Ghastly.

  • Charles

    if she wore this with a black top – something more disco fabulous – a bit more oomph in her hair, and had night-time makeup, I would love this look.

  • giddypony

    Why are the pants so long?

  • What do you mean those pants don’t work in the real world? They do… if you’re filming a period piece in Japan. She’s a samurai business lady!

  • random_poster

    Change out the shirt collar, tailor the pants to flatter, add a belt and she’d be perfectly acceptable…in HR. She’ll be the HR Rep responsible for having the talk with Amy Adams about being inappropriately dressed in her low-cut suit for the office (same movie premiere, right?).

  • formerlyAnon

    I like big-legged pants, I like the Katherine Hepburn upscaled-sportswear vibe and color palette, but I have to say those pants legs are a bit too much, and also too long. Mr. Kors, I admire the ’70s vibe as you so obviously do, but this was not the way to update it.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    For a second I thought this was Rashida Jones… yikes.

  • Chickadeep

    Ms. Wilde, let me introduce you to a tailor and a belt. Hemming is your friend.

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  • Scot Meacham Wood

    well . . . let me wander out all on a limb practically by myself here . . . ’cause I kinda love this. Maybe if the top had been sleeve-less . . or back-less . . . so that she could trot out a little skin? But, LOVE the trousers. If only I could find my way-back machine – and capture her a moment before hitting the RC and give the poor gal a belt. Seriously.

  • J. Preposterice

    anyone else getting mary tyler moore?

  • Constant Reader

    I like the idea of the pants — it’s the fabric and khaki color, teamed with a dull blouse, that screams “mildly deranged office worker.”

  • blondie707

    I like the look from the waist up. I think it wouldn’t have looked as drab with different colored pants.

  • H2olovngrl

    I like this. It is 1940’s fabulous.

  • Trickytrisha

    So bloody boring, plus omg pants. You know in the Nutcracker ballet, where Mother Ginger hides all those little kiddies under her skirt? This is the trouser version.

  • lobsterlen

    Olivia google images of Katherine Hepburn owning the wide pant look. My dear that is how it is done.The pants looked so much better on the runway with a belt and hemmed properly.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love her accessories. But she’s too short for those pants.

  • judybrowni

    Give me a fucking break — how does anyone, ever, wear pants that long without breaking an ankle?

    So breaking an ankle is now fashionable for celebs?

    Or do their publicists carry them off in a sedan chair?

    I shudder to think this terrible fashion may sift down to actual humans, who don’t have slave/publicists at their beck and call.

    • BrooklynBomber

      “sedan chair.” hee hee. not something you see that often.

  • I love the pants, but they need a hem desperately. In fact, I love this look, but she should have worn a chunky glam metallic necklace. That dinky necklace does not hold up to the 70s Annie Hall fab.

    • formerlyAnon

      The pants are just a smidge too wide for me, but you are dead on about the necklace.

      • I’m partial to elephant bell-bottom trousers. It’s a lotta look, I’ll admit.

  • quiltrx

    I think the trousers are kind of fab if they were hemmed a bit. Needs a more attention-getting top to go with them, though.

  • marlie

    Honestly, if those pants didn’t seem a little too big, I might be ok with them.

  • bertkeeter

    NOT a Katherine Hepburn moment! With the huge leg…the crotch (MK’s fav topic on PR) could have been loosened up…looks oddly tight when the leg is so fluid!

  • jmorino08

    With her coloring, she needs color! I like this in theory. Just not on her.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Those pants make me sad.

  • Michelle Wilson

    I wish people would stop trying to make palazzo pants happen. They only look good when they look like a skirt, in which case, why not just wear the skirt? It’s much easier to deal with on bathroom breaks.

    • You’ll have to pry my palazzo pants from my COLD DEAD HANDS.

  • SorayaS

    I will say she has accessorised perfectly. I am 99% sure those pants don’t work in the real world but I wish I could see them hemmed to be positive. Though even the runway pic doesn’t exactly make them look wearable.

  • I love these colors that you see on Diane Keaton and Woody Allen. Do the actors know what color their step and repeat will be? Wearing a light shirt isn’t the best idea standing in front of the light background.

    I kinda like her styling, something that Katherine Hepburn might wear during her movie career.

    • Tanya Wade

      I agree. Even the the pants are too long, this is totally working for me styling wise. And I love the clutch.

  • DesertDweller79

    If only the pants weren’t dragging on the ground. If they hit just above the ground, then I could totally go for them as a red carpet look. The blouse not so much.

  • tixilyttik

    I just hear Michael Koors yelling at some poor Project Runway contestant “SAM YOU MADE THE PANTS TOO LONG!” and the contestant not knowing what it meant.
    Didn’t that really happen?

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    I think the outfit is ok…I think the styling is off. The accessories are very office-y and the pants look a little too long, maybe some heels would have helped?

  • Jessica Freeman

    I made a gag face when I saw this. I hate it all.

  • Those trousers are laughable. I do like the necklace, and how it and the clutch are working the same angular theme.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Crazy pants, but I think I would like them if they were properly hemmed, paired with something other than a basic white blouse, and worn with a belt.

  • crash1212

    If ever there was a pair of pants crying out – indeed beseechingly in need of – a belt, it’s these. Also…hem them please. I want to like this outfit, but I don’t. She should’ve stuck to this weeks dress code – a black dress would’ve been better.

  • As much as I love these colors, and the style too, there’s something odd about the fit. Yes, the pants should be hemmed. But also, Olivia’s figure looks boxy. She has a tummy situation, and I think this is the fit and not problems with her figure. And even if she has figure imperfections, her clothes should fit to flatter her and to hide imperfections.

    • Synnae

      She actually has a ruler body type with only a slightly curved waist. She’s usually quite good on the red carpet with picking outfits that give her more of a waist. If she had worn these pants with a tight top it would have given the illusion of a more hour-glass shape. It looks boxy on the model too.

      But to be fair to her, those huge pants with a slightly loose blouse give just about anybody a boxy body shape, unless you are an extreme hourglass or pear.

  • valerie747

    An interesting belt and an interesting up-do would greatly improve matters. Is she barefoot?

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    The pants are way too huge!

  • Jennifer McGuire

    Katharine Hepburn would have made this a WERQ. Mind you, she would probably also have had the pants hemmed.

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  • NOLA_gal

    Glorified clown pants. They’re too long because she’s not wearing stylish pumps, but clown shoes under there.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    The pants might work if they weren’t so long and paired with a sexier top and maybe a sparkly belt.

  • ChelseaNH

    Maybe if the giant pants were made of opulently embroidered velvet instead of corporate khaki.

  • Danielle

    I would be tripping over the hem all night long.

  • ItAin’tMe

    I love it on the runway with the leather belt and shoes. Needs bigger jewelry, I think. Millicent Rogers turquoise type pieces maybe?

  • hmatz

    I actually quite like the pants, though I do wish that they were slightly shorter so as to avoid the puddle around her feet. I think if she wanted to glam it up, she could’ve gone with a simple black top and more life in the hair. As is, this look may not be red carpet appropriate; however, if she were walking down the street in this, I’d love it.

  • Sunraya

    I actually love this. And I love the necklace – it takes the whole thing up many, many notches!!!

  • Not applicable

    OMG- I totally had this outfit. 1989. Pants were more crepe (I KNOW) and they were burnt sienna (I KNOW!) but totally had the button down rayon shirt (from the Limited) and wore the shit out of this outfit when I worked for the Gas & Electric company… in the records department. #Stylin! It was my internship- I thought I looked sooooohooo profresh.

  • On a sidenote – anyone else unable to read the title of this movie without thinking, Arrested Development style – “Her?”

  • on the runway it leans toward lady rancher in the great wild west.

  • Cathy S

    I love her gigantic pants but they seem a skosh too long. I’m digging the whole thing.

  • DuBey2

    TLo nailed it, as usual. Like she’s hiding her looks in order to break through the glass ceiling. I personally think she is SO much prettier than this hair/makeup is skewing her.

  • macwell

    Those are some gigantor pants! LOL!! 😉

  • Pudgy Possum

    Wrong venue, but everything else is sooo right. She’s giving mad face.

  • DeTrop

    These pants are from Michael Kors, who snickers and derides the PR designers for making women look big on the bottom. Physician heal thyself. I generally like wide-legged pants but these are too wide. Love the blouse but this is no red carpet attire. This is lunch with the executives at best.

  • Alloy Jane

    That top and necklace are pure society matron. Which means I love ’em because I’ve always loved old lady button down shirts. But those pants are pants Katherine Hepburn would wear if she was dressing as a clown.