Olivia Wilde just keeps adding to her resume, releasing a sized-down messenger bag designed in partnership with Alternative Apparel. Sales of the limited-edition style, dubbed the “Message Bag,” will benefit the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ELLE caught up with her at a release party that she attended in New York City on Monday night to talk summer fashion and guilty pleasures.
ELLE: Has the bag become a constant in your summer wardrobe?
Olivia Wilde: I’ve been carrying it a lot because it’s the perfect summer bag. It’s good for the beach and good for traveling—you can shove everything in there and it fits a lot more than it looks like it can. The collaboration came about because we were working with Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti, which is a very hot place, and every time we were down there, we’d live in Alternative Apparel maxi dresses, short dresses, and tanks.
ELLE: The bag can be worn multiple ways. How have you found yourself carrying it?
OW: I’ve done all of the options, but I really like it as a backpack—especially in New York, because it seems so useful.
ELLE: Have you fallen into any guilty pleasures over the summer?
OW: I recently watched the entire ninth season of Top Chef.
ELLE: Were you a Top Chef fan before that?
OW: Yes, but I’ve never [watched] it in such an extreme way. I was shooting in Chicago and working a lot, so I wasn’t going out at night. I’d go back to my house and just watch it every night. I couldn’t get enough of it.
ELLE: How quickly did you go through it?
OW: There are 22 episodes right? So 22 nights.
ELLE: One per night? You really restrained yourself.
OW: No, no. There were some nights when I was like, “I must know, I must know!” That show is definitely my major guilty pleasure.