Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton

Posted on December 02, 2011

Because of the retail season, we’re seeing an awful lot of celebs at store openings instead of red carpets. This causes problems for us because when we’re talking about red carpets and photocalls, we’re talking about looks that were never paid for and were put together by a well-paid stylist. It’s why we’re such vicious bitches about it. And while these store appearances are all about wearing borrowed clothes too, we get the sense that there’s not a lot of attention paid to the styling outside of “Which dress do you want me to wear for your  store opening? That one? Okay, fine.”

 

Cate Blanchett in Louis VuittonCate Blanchett at the opening of the Louis Vuitton Maison at King and George streets  in Sydney, Australia in Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 CollectionLouis Vuitton Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Chrystal Copland (MARILYN)

Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton

Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton

Simple shoes, no jewelry to speak of and DIY hair and makeup. Not a criticism, just an explanation as to why posts like these are rarely “In or Out” or “WERQ.”

As for the dress, it’s really pretty but we don’t really like that big sheer overlay, which makes it look like it’s still in the garment bag. Also, this is all way too white and wifty for such a pale gal. She looks too washed out.

 

[Photo Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images, elle.com]

    • Lulu Lafurge

      I love Cate in this dress. She looks better in it than the model does. Love the whole look on her.

      • Anonymous

        I like it too, though I wish her hair were a little more done.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, but I can’t fathom anyone wouldn’t look better than the model in that one.

    • Anonymous

      Galadriel stole my grandma’s shower curtain

    • Anonymous

      Fabulousity.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I HATE that overlay thing on her neck. Elizabeth Olsen’s dress has a similar thing, ew.

      • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

        I don’t like it either. It can’t be comfortable, I feel like I’m choking just looking at it.

      • Anonymous

        It looks strange and pointless.

    • Anonymous

      Boy, does that model look pissed! I also hate the overlay, especially at the neckline, but otherwise I think Cate looks pretty.

    • Anonymous

      Bless Queen Blanchett, who once again teaches models how to wear a dress.

      But that dress is really not up to snuff.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. It would be prettier without that weird overlay.
      Still, it’s a little bit too virginal for a grown woman. I could see it on one of the Fannings or on Hailee Steinfeld or somebody in that age bracket.

      This would make a pretty wedding dress for the girl who doesn’t want the traditional marshmallow dress.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        YES!  Adding that the tone of her skin almost matches the dress which is doing weird things to my head – as in *did the dress eat Cate?*

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSGDWPRY6JLBPB43EO6MIAURZI what

          Never mind the color of her skin, why the hell is she so SHINY?
          I want to rip that piece of her chest/throat and blot her face down with it.

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      Yeah, that overlay and high neck line really creep me out.  It’s like a beautifully detailed body bag.  Ew.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I agree about the sheer over the neckline, but otherwise I love it.  And I don’t think it washes her out — I think it’s an interesting ethereal look, specifically BECAUSE she has such pale coloring…

    • http://www.facebook.com/jill.m.woods Jill Woods

      The models feet and ankles are horrible. Besides that I think Cate looks better than the model and very chic.

      • Anonymous

        You’re right! Is it possible for a rail-thin model to have cankles? It looks like that’s what’s going on here.

        • Anonymous

          I was wondering what all the marks on her feet and ankles are.  They look like healing bites.  Yeesh!

          • Sobaika Mirza

            I’m sure Fashion Week wreaks havoc on models’ feet, skin, and hair. Definitely not jealous of THAT.

          • Sara__B

            Those of us who are super fair skinned often broadcast every little mark, blemish, bump, and bruise like a beacon. (That’s why I love hose and wonder why they’re considered dowdy, frumpy, restrictive, and completely out of fashion in the US.)

            • Lulu Lafurge

              Sara__B, I agree about the hose. I never even got the memo that hose was (were?) out of fashion starting several years ago. But, upon observation of the legs of models and especially celebs, I’m wondering why. Maybe they went out when flip-flops (gag) came in.

            • Anonymous

              Agree 100%!

    • Anonymous

      That sheer neck/chest part is dreadful. Garment bag zipper indeed.Too bad as otherwise it’s a pretty dress. I don’t mind the pale on pale effect on KB, but probably a darker-skinned woman would do this dress more justice. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you except for the part of it not suited to her skin color. I think it would look beautiful with any skin tone, but I really like this against her pale skin. It gives a really ethereal feel. She looks like she’s glowing.

    • Sara__B

      Cate on her worst day is still more fabulous than most other celebrities on their best, but this isn’t a great dress for her. She doesn’t strike me as the girlish and ethereal sort, even on a hot summer day in Australia.

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

      That’s a WERQ from me!  Wow.

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      So funny that our reactions are very different to the exact same stimulus! I think she looks ethereal and beautiful. I love the overlay, although having something hit me that high on the neck would cause me to twitch and scratch, but hey, if she can handle it I say go for it! I actively heart this look.

      • Sara__B

        That’s one of the joys and wonders of reading other people’s opinions. I learn new things and often reconsider my own opinion. I love it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      A dress that comes with its own vellum protective layer. I wonder if I can eat lobster in it without a bib?

      • foodycat

        If it were removable that would be very practical for all my spaghetti meals.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSGDWPRY6JLBPB43EO6MIAURZI what

          She needs to use it to blot the shine of her face!…and her arms…and her legs…

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      Flawless Victory.

    • Anonymous

      The sheer overlay is weird, especially how it hits her so high up on the neck.  I imagine it’d be something that bunches up at the chin if she were to sit down…and she’d be pulling and adjusting etc.  Also, it’s not the right color dress for Cate’s pale coloring. 

    • Anonymous

      I love this dress with the sheer overlay, and IMHO Cate looks fantastic. I like blondes in white.

    • Anonymous

      The neckline is horrific. I hate the seams and the way it sits at her neck.  I like the idea of the tulle muting the big lace on the rest of the dress, but it isn’t all that well realized.

    • Anonymous

      Girl, that is not your dress.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      I hate that neckline. It’s a personal thing, but I dislike fabric that high up on my throat.

    • Anonymous

      That neckline looks like it is about to strangle her!!!

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Not really even fair to judge since the lighting is SO bad…

    • Anonymous

      This should be in the dictionary under washed-out. Jiminy Cricket, it hurts to look at her.

    • Kate Pearce

      I love the dress, but not on her. :(

    • Anonymous

      I’m so over her. Pale blonde, beigy/pinky/creamy, monochromatic Big Bore.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Kinda weird, but she looks better in it than the model does.

    • Kyle Crawford

      I was only thinking odd for the season, BUT, they are reversed down there, so … its cool, but .. and gosh, but I love our Cate, but is it a bit twee ?

    • BerlinerNYC

      Cate certainly brings the dress to life in a way that the model doesn’t. The lighting and exposure are strange; the pictures almost look like something from a Terry Richardson shoot.

    • BerlinerNYC

      Cate certainly brings the dress to life in a way that the model doesn’t. The lighting and exposure are strange; the pictures almost look like something from a Terry Richardson shoot.

    • Anonymous

      Somehow the name “Blanchett” isn’t helping mitigate the washed-out effect either.

    • Anonymous

      It looks better on her than it does on the model.  It must need a little curviness to make it hang right.  Agree about the color – too much paleness.

    • foodycat

      I could cope with the overlay if it stopped at the v-neck. Going up that high it looks like a makeup scarf.

    • Anonymous

      lesser mortals would look washed out, she instead looks ethereal. love it

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I’m not crazy about the way the overlay lies at the throat, but I love the idea of this dress.   I do think it deserves more better hair.

    • MilaXX

      I actually like this dress and think Cate is one of the few people who could get away with wearing it.

    • CQAussie

      Ahh King and George Street….this brings back memories of crisp mornings in Sydney on my way to work….late….as usual…..hehe

      Oh yeah…the dress….meh….looks like it’s slowly strangling her with its massive chiffon arms.  Not great.  But love Cate though =D

    • Anonymous

      I’m seeing “ethereal” instead of washed-out.  This reminds me of her as Galadriel, though she could use some more eye makeup, maybe.

    • Anonymous

      Weird neckline. And not in a good way.

    • http://twitter.com/mcglory13 mcglory13

      I really hate this. It looks like a bad Project Runway entry to me. Like, “make a dress out of your grandmother’s curtains” or something. 

    • Anonymous

      supernaturally ugly

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I think I would like it better without the dust cover. :)

      It’s a beautiful dress other than the overlay–but I think with just a hint of color…seafoam, pale lavender, something–it would really sing.

    • Anonymous

      Lovely dress but I loathe the sheer overlay. The shiny face isn’t helping. 

    • Lisa

      Naah.  It looks like a hybrid of a doily/cake topper/toilet paper cover.

    • Anonymous

      it’s a beautiful dress, one of the better ones from that collection. that collection is so strange, it had a great deal of potential [oh heavens, havent heard that since junior high] but it was totally unrealized. it looked like he ran out of time after working for a bit on each item, then in the last few hours threw junk at all of them in various variations of misguidedness to get them all done.

      same kind of goes here, only she forgot to throw the stuff on at the end. she looks like she forgot to throw anything other than the dress on at the end. too bad too cos it wouldve taken maybe fifteen minutes to take it from passable to beautiful.

      edited to add:
      one thing about the dress, however, worn by anyone in any variation is that that fancyshmancy double or triple seam down the front only serves to make the wearer look like she’s wearing an old fashioned body cast designed to straighten the spine.

    • http://twitter.com/BeantownMrs Praggya R. Barretto

      Cate the Friendly Ghost.

      • Anonymous

        Lol

    • Now I am The Bee

      Adorable dress and adorable Cate.  Love the shoes! 

    • Judy Raddue

      I really like it.  A sheer deep red gloss, similar to her nails, would have been perfection.

    • Anonymous

      She looks hiddy.  That netting over the top is just awful, and the seam up the middle makes it even worse, if possible.  OUT.

    • Anonymous

      The overlay is what prevents it from looking like a sundress.

    • Aly Light

      I think she looks ethereal and beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      the christmas angel.  she looks like an apparition, in a good way.  too bad about her hair.  it seems like she’s growing it out, and it’s at an awkward length.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCARAOJSL553GBBPQSLRYD5REE L.

      OUT.  Like the dress, just not on her.

    • Anonymous

      I think she actually looks much better than the photo indicates. The lighting is awful and the background is worse. I’d like to see her as well lit as the Vuitton model is in the other photo. I bet she actually looked quite lovely.

    • Pam Winters

      Exactly what you guys said. The sheer cloth at the neck looks like a mistake (at least in the one close-up photo), she looks “underdone” (though she’s a lovely woman), and the color washes her out. That said, I love her and I love the dress.

    • Anonymous

      How is it possible to make CATE BLANCHETT look that bad?

    • Anonymous

      The big sheer overlay would be o.k. if it had a neckline instead of climbing up her neck like, well, like a garment bag on a hanger.

      Nice dress. She looks good. I think the display wall she was photographed against holds back the washed-out effect sufficiently, if, perhaps, temporarily.

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      I like the dress a lot, except for the neckline. But it’s a little too Galadriel for Blanchett to wear around town.

    • bloodshothalfblind

      terrible choice, considering that shed be photographed under harsh lights.  had it been in black, it could have been a stunner.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care.  I love her.  I know she needs a different dress – but could she help that, if they picked it?  I love her anyway.  Now, if you put Gwenn-ick Paltrow in that dress, I’d say OUT but as it is Cate, IN.  (I recognize no one is asking In or Out, but I’m saying it anyway.)

    • Anonymous

      At first I thought it was just a bad angle for the photo (the first one) and then I saw the dress again on the model and realized the dress is strange. I HATE that phyllo dough bib at the top and it looks stiff in general. Cute but stiff. Cate is also too shiny. But she’s not out or anything because she’s CATE.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=675517274 Nora Halcyonov Lynnenko Naught

      Cate looks SO much better in that dress than the model did!  …maybe it’s because she didn’t look miserable while wearing it.  Maybe some sparkles would help keep this dress from looking like an informal sun dress.  

    • Jessica O’Connell

      She looks super washed out and whatever that sheer mess is up by her neck should have been cut off before it was taken off the hanger…

    • Anonymous

      Maybe because I’ve actually had open heart surgery, but that line up her sternum makes it look like she just had it, too, and that is the tape covering up the stitches. Even without that I don’t like the look, she looks like a ghost.

    • Anonymous

      Great little wedding dress possibly although the sheer over the v-neck would drive me nuts.  I’m all about the v-neck as I hate stuff clutching my neck.  Beautiful dress.

    • Anonymous

      Intensely disliking the overlay.  But I also have to acknowledge that without it, it’s rather blah

    • Anonymous

      I like the dress and don’t mind the minimal makeup. It suits her. But the hair could have been glammed up to balance out the look. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Ann-Youngs-Bialoglow/1428726578 Mary Ann Youngs Bialoglow

      I like Cate Blanchett so much better with the darker, honey-brown hair. I wish she’d lose this ultra-blonde look.