Awards season may have come and gone, but the debut of new movies never ends. Earlier this month, for instance, the latest creations in both film, music and interactive media were showcased at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals. Hosted in Austin, Texas, SXSW fosters creative and professional growth in a variety of industries and attracts stars from all over the world.

Among the many films premiering at the 10-day event was actress Olivia Wilde’s latest endeavor, Booksmart. While the film is a comedy about high school friendships and lifelong bonds, you won’t find Wilde on the silver screen. Instead, she worked behind the camera in a new role – director.

Since SXSW marked her directorial debut, Wilde’s fashions definitely helped her look the part as well.

Western Wilde

One of the many promotional engagements Wilde participated in during the festival was a panel discussion at the SXSW #TwitterHouse. Alongside the cast of Booksmart, Wilde stood out in red and black.

Paying homage to days gone by, Wilde’s red lace collared blouse featured puffed sleeves. Paired with black trousers and shiny red booties, the Western look was completed by her black, wide-brimmed hat. Designed by Los Angeles based milliner Gladys Tamez, the piece fit right in with the Texas landscape.

The Power Suit

Wilde, known for her 70s inspired, hipster look, put her own spin on the popular pant suit. During her keynote address, she wore a blush pink and black three-piece pant suit by Elie Saab. The wide-leg trousers and silk material were an interesting contrast to the typical dominance of a pant suit. However, by combining her laid-back vibe with a statement style, she proved her place as director.

Going along with the Western theme, Wilde completed the look with the same black Gladys Tamez hat. It was the perfect choice for her boho outfit and to handle the Texas sun.

Since Olivia Wilde’s new film doesn’t hit theatres until later this spring, we are left to wonder whether she will continue with the Western theme for the rest of her promotions or if she will try something new? Either way, we hope she wears more hats!

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HATalk Issue 140 (November 2017). Cover hat by Veronica Marucci.