WERQ: Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

Posted on January 30, 2013

Let us start the morning off with prayer and worship.


Cate Blanchett attends the 2nd Annual AACTA Awards in Sydney, Australia in an Armani Privé gown accessorized with black drop earrings and black shoes.

Armani Privé Spring 2009 Couture Collection/Model: Magdalena Frackowiak (ELITE)

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[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

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  • VioletFem

    She looks AMAZING! Playful, yet still elegant. Glad she got rid of those ridiculous tassels in the front.

    • notterriblybitter

      I agree on all points. The tassels make the model look like she’s wearing a TV cabinet you’d buy at Pier 1.

      • Carrieanno

        They’re there to go with the Pier 1 goblet on her head.

        •  Thank God she didn’t go with the Pier 1 goblet.  (Thx for that – I was going to call it a giant Bed Bath and Beyond candle holder)

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I can imagine her regally directing the Armani team to “Remove those …tassels…..and send the dress to me.”

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, the tassels definitely sent it into the “costume” realm. Absolutely stunning.

    • You have to be freaking REGAL to look so elegant with that much boob on display, good lord this woman is magnificent. A shout out to those fabulous earrings too!

      • It’s because the fit is IMPECCABLE. 

    • ersmom

       I was reminded of windshield wipers when I saw the runway version. Not a good image.

  • *falls at her feet* *begs for mercy*
    I mean GOOD LORD


      •  And we are Sooooooo grateful that we may occasionally bask in her glory.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And grovel at the precisely and correctly hemmed garment she is wearing.

    • omg it’s you

      • Fancy seeing you here 😛

  • drdirection


  • lehen

    Holy smokes, she looks AMAZING!!  Its like if Minnie Mouse was SUPER HOT.  in a good way.

  • The dress is fab and intense. But I do wish she’d dialed her make-up UP to better match the look.

  • RzYoung

    Uh…. !! speh… ama…wah. Wow

  • Nicholas

    She must be part Elvish.


    Better than a Red Bull, better than an electric shot. I’ll print these pictures to make a shrine in my room, so I can pray for fierceness every morning.


  • butter nut

    holy fucking shit she looks incredible.  

  • Holy cow. This is a woman with three kids. So glad she got to this dress before Kate Winslet.

    • Pennymac

      Seriously? THREE KIDS? How’d she get her boobs to do that? 

      • Mexxoo

        Elven Magic, of course!

      •  Force of personality.

  • schoep

    She looks gorgeous but does not she not have amazingly large ears?

    • Those are elvish ears, for she’s a godess, not human.

      • Introspective

        seriously. there is something perfect about a dress that appears to have its own forcefield of light shining around it gracing the goddess form that is Cate. 

        I saw this and woke my sleepy ass up. FIERCE. 

  • lexilexi

    What a bod – what a dress… but I don’t care for her hair… a bit flat or something…

    • Jill Morino

      Agree with you on the hair. The volume of her bangs needs to be better balanced out. Other than that? PERFECTION! And now I’m going to go work out…

    • kimmeister

      In the 2nd-to-last shot you can clearly see that it’s just knotted in an elastic tie in the back.  If that’s not yoga hair, I don’t know what is.

      • I think it works. With a dress like that, you really don’t need hair at all.

    • medijie

      I think the dress is absolutely stunning.  However, I agree about the hair.  I am not getting the comb-over bang looks that have been popping up on the RC.

  • Fordzo


    I’m glad she ix-nayed the tassels.  And I’m not sold on the hem.  It’s a little Judy Jetson for me.  

  • LaSylphide

    I can’t think of another being in this segment of the universe who could pull this off. Way to go, Cate. Blastoff!

    • MoHub

       Maybe The Swinton.

      • Anne At Large

        I feel contractually obligated to add La Saldana to this list. They are my top three Dress-Wearers Without Bing Bing In Their Name.

      • There was some Swintonian vibes when I scrollwed through. They must be from the same alternate dimension. 

  • GorgeousThings

    Now THAT’s the kind of mermaid hem I can get behind.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I was missing her. Didn’t she go to any Hollywood awards ceremony?

  • My jaw dropped, she is that stunning. The dropping of the tassel was completely the right call.

  • alyce1213

    So glad she declined the frogs and tassels and did a long earring.  What a spectacular garment, worthy of Cate.
    (The shoes, meh.)

    • fursa_saida

      Yeah, I wish they were matte and pointy. Then I’d be happy. (Happier.)

  • hmariec19

    I am not worthy.

  • antheapena

    a werq to start the day and WHAT a werq

  • Jessica Rigden

    When she got to the stage to present her award she said it had taken her 15 minutes to get up the stairs and she had tried to get an escalator put in, then complained about being unfit – gotta love her!

  • afabulous50

    I’m not even worthy to VIEW these photos!  Bow the Fuck down…bow down…I mean it…do it..

  • thecitysleeps


  • filmcricket

    Not totally sold on this. I don’t think the shoulders are doing her any favours, and I really don’t like either her hair or her make-up. Nor am I sure that’s her colour. But her bod is fantastic, and she is working that dress like it owes her back rent, so well done there. 

  • SapphoPoet


    That is one fierce dress. Glad she removed the geegaws from the middle.

  • I do not like the shoes or length of gown. Other than that, yes.

  • CPK1

    OMG, i love everything about this (except maybe the shoes). She looks stunning, the hair and make-up are perfect. She should give a master-class to aspiring starlets

  • Holy suffering CATS!
    (bowing low before the awesome that is Cate)

  • B_C_J

    Fashion and art blended effortlessly and perfectly together. PERFECTION!

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Flaw free.  She’s putting the model to SHAME.  

  • Little_Olive

    Oh. Wow. 

    That is a wee bit more boob than I would like to see but really, she does it with such class. 

    I bow to thee.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Wow–what a way to wake up the morning.  Fabulous!

  • One tiny quibble: is that really a covered rubber band holding back her hair at the nape of her neck? The kind that comes in the 15 for $1 pack?

    A little extra pop to the makeup would not have overdone this look. Earrings are perfect, the dress is spectacular, and she has the regal bearing of self-assurance. Brava, Queen Cate!

    • IamstillAnonymous

      I don’t think it’s such a “tiny quibble.”  There’s more to being well put-together than just looking good in an expensive gown that was probably handed to you.  Her lack of effort to finish the look makes it half-assed, and, therefore, not “werq” worthy in my book.  

  • SewingSiren

    She can really rock a difficult dress. With over done hair and make-up this dress could have veered very quickly into cheap and tacky. The way she has styled it, it’s damn near perfect. I do think the neckline would look much better if it were closed  enough to not reveal the under part of her breast.

  • Kyle Crawford

    I love our Church.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Serving up regal fierceness.  Perfection on a plate.

  • MilaXX


  • Exquisite. Glad she opted out on the stupid bow-type thingy.

  • nannypoo

    This is an interesting and beautiful choice. No one else could wear it as well. I wish I could feel that fabric. It’s strange and looks like a product of recycling, but it makes a spectacular dress.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Ave, Ave Cate….

  • Monabel

    Wonderful! She temporarily redeems the inner-boob-display.

  • Targettaste

    She’s drop-dead gorgeous, but the hem and shoulders look cartoonish, and I wish her hair wasn’t such a harsh style.

  • Ms. Schmidt

    My god, she looks beyond amazing.

  • She DID that. Everything is right, including getting rid of that ugly embellishment in the front. It is me, or have the last few Armani Prive’ collections been hella shiny?

    • bookish

       It reminds me of the blue Armani Prive dress Anne Hathaway wore while hosting the Oscars.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    She looks amazing! I like that the earrings sort of reference the tassels that were on the dress previously.  The alteration made it all the better. 

  • Monabel

    Wonderful! Temporarily redeems inner-boob-display.

  • She is indeed a goddess. AMEN.

  • bookish

    Usually I don’t care for that much cleavage, but she’s pulling it off really well. I love that shiny look and the flair at the bottom.

  • Tatiana Luján

    On any other person, this dress would have looked as a dress that came out of a Project Runway unconventional materials challenge. On her, it is a WERQ.
    I love that the visible little wrinkles on her face are the ones caused by smiling.

  • thesevenendless

    Wow, Cate deserves all of the WERQs in the land. 

    Um, just one comment about the dress; is it just me or do the materials and the stiff construction make it look like an arts and crafts project?  Either way, Cate still looks fantastic.

    • Kimbolina

      The dress itself, the stiffness plus shininess, makes me think of the duct tape prom dresses girls make to enter the duct tape scholarship contest…

      And yet Cate looks AMAZING.  It’s magical, really.

  • Unkempt

    Glad the curtain tiebacks were moved to her shell-like ears, where they belong.  What a nice way to start the day.

  • teensmom99

    & no illusion netting.

  • Janet B

    Brava. The earrings reference the tassels nicely. 
    The original tassels take the dress into cartoon land.

  • Holy Jesus – this is an unbelievable dress and woman!

  • appliquer

    Absolutely stunning. 90% of the women on the red carpet should bow down and take lessons from her.

  • Judy_J

    So glad she ditched the bow!   She looks amazing!

  • twocee


    That is all.

  • Amazing.

  • She looks amazing, truly, but I really hate the hem length.  I wish it went to the floor.

    • Agreed, for some reason it seems a little bit cartoon-ish. Different, but I’m not so sure I like it. 

  • PastryGoddess


    All Hail Goddess Cate

  • PeggyOC

    Bowing the fuck down.  And the removal of the tassels was a great call.

  • tereliz

    What an amazing dress! She is killing it so hard I had to do a double take when I saw the runway version. So much more modern without those frog-clasp/tassels/whatever. Somehow that baroque, overdone, opulent look that was all over the runways last year just does not translate to real life without looking kitch and old-fashioned. 

  • sweetlilvoice


  • bertkeeter

    It’s a bit ” Tea House of the August Moon” …..but SHE looks beautiful! 

  • BrooklynBomber

    Yowza! Plus: give me those earrings, Blanch!

  • Annabelle Archer

    I hate the hair. 
    I love, adore and worship the rest.  Welcome back Cate, please come to the Oscars!

  • Merneith

    This is Cate Blanchett’s Super Hero dress. She wears this dress under all her other outfits and then, when the Cate Signal goes up, she rips off her Every Day disguise and this is what she’s wearing underneath before she sales off to rescue.

    Nicole Kidman should really put up the signal, next time.

  • anne.landre

    Shazam! especially digging the hemline treatment.

  • LadyCelia

    Is it just me, or is it reminiscent of the Mars Attacks dress?

  • Lilithcat

    Love the dress.  At first I wasn’t sure about removing the tasseled frogs, but then I saw that she put them on her ears.  Brilliant!

    Her face, on the other hand, looks as tight and shiny as the dress.  Not good.

  • Anne At Large

    The first words that came to mind were all swear words. Ho Lee Shit, Woman. 

  • f_yeah_marie

    YES!  I saw these photos earlier today and I simply knew they would wind up in a T Lo post.  I am not worthy, Queen Cate

  • quiltrx

    Wow.  BOW DOWN, BITCHES!!!  That is one hell of a dress, and she is definitely WERQing the shit out of it.

  • that. is fabulous.

  • SugarSnap108

    Well hot damn, she looks gorgeous.  Normally, I think shoulders like that would bug me, but she somehow commands them.

    And so glad she removed the crotch washers the model is sporting (the tassels and the way they swing side-to-side remind me of a car wash).

  • poggi

    Wow.  Color, shiny, sexy.  She looks great.

  • Eva_baby

    To.  Die!

  • AuntieAnonny

    Holy. Shit.

  • BAM! Stunning. So stunning I can’t form words.

  • mjude

    i am bowing the fuck down!

  • DAYUM. Gorgeous. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Leaving off the tassels was brilliant. This is AWESOME.

  • jw_ny

    WOW! Lady in red is sexy…this is how a woman with class does it!

    This is a case of boobs and cleavage on display that I’m ok with…they’re well contained, well supported, not smashed, and no baby heads. 

  • Call me Bee

    Fabulous!  I wonder if that fabric is comfortable… Can she sit? 
    I just wonder these kinds of things when a dress is so perfectly form-fitting…

  • this woman is Dean of the FASHIONWITHACAPITALF Department at Style U.  jesus christ.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Bow down. SHE who must be adored is in the house.

  • snarkykitten

    she looks like she’s wearing a fruit roll-up

    a fabulous looking fruit roll-up

    • j_anson


  • marilyn

    It is all great from the neck down.  Her face and hair fade out.  She is too pale and fair to wear this dress, unless she seriously ramps up the makeup.

  • Le_Sigh


  • TropiCarla

    “Instead of a Dark Lord, you shall have A QUEEN! … LOVE ME AND DESPAIR!”

  • Wowie! I’m too speechless to say anything else.
    Ok, I can muster a ‘thank god they got rid of the tassle.’

  • stubbornthoughts

    Holy fuck. This deserves a special WERQ award, because that shiny dress shouldn’t work, but on Queen Cate it’s an absolute masterpiece.

  • prettybigkitty

    She is a goddess well deserving of our prayer and worship!  Amen!!

  • ccm800

    Cheese and crackers!!!!!!!! Voila!!!

  • mhleta

    I realize I’m going to stand alone in this, but, God, NO! This is just wayyyy too much look for her. There’s a huge disconnect between the dress and her face. This is not to say she doesn’t have a great face. It just doesn’t go with this comic book heroine dress. 

  • UglyTalents

    And God said “Let there be no more tassles.” And there were no more tassles. And it was good. 

    • UglyTalents

      (I’m with you guys on this: Total choirs of angels.)

  • beebee10

    I lay prostrate before her. Be merciful, oh queen.  

  • Jecca2244

    Someone please send this photo of how to make your boobs NOT look like pancakes to Alicia Keys. 

  • Kate4queen

    That is a fierce dress being worn with all the necessary confidence in the world!

  • I saw this elsewhere this morning and all I could think was, “PLEASE LET THIS BE ON TOM AND LORENZO THIS MORNING.” 

    I’m satisfied, both with the dress and with this blog.

  • Nancy Dunn

    I do love her, but I don’t love to see so much of her boobs. I think the neckline is better on the model, although I am very glad she lost the tassels!!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Love it but I want stronger makeup.  Like a red lip.  But otherwise, I bow.   I love her.

  • Zippypie

    Thank you, TLo!  I bow, I worship, I scrape the ground.  THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE.

  • She can do things mere human beings cannot do

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    Glory Hallelujah! I bow down to her glory. 

  • Dear Nicole,  this is how a star dresses.  And no plastic face, bonus.

  • lalahartma


  • CeeQ

    Thank you Jesus for giving Cate the divine vision to get rid of the belly tassels from the runway version.

  • Airkisses

    She is so stunning. She, Rachel Weisz, and Marillon Cotillard never fail to make me gasp in awe and jealous rage 🙂


    Wow, Nicole Kidman was WAAAY off the mark in her dress if the event was this formal.  Cate Blanchett has it so together!  

    Even when she wears something that isn’t quite right, she has such confidence or humor to make it work!  She is one of the few celebs that I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be friends with!  Imagine hanging out drinking wine and chatting! Would be AMAZING fun!

  • Stubenville

    Wow! That’s tight and shiny! I guess Heidi passed because it’s not short?

  • l_c_ann

    I love the look. 

    Can anyone explain how the fluffy bottom of the skirt was constructed?

    • alyce1213

      Wire, or something like it – stiff and slightly bendy

    • Corsetmaker

      It could also be horsehair braid. That combined with the sequins could give that effect. Especially if the fabric is interfaced.

  • Warrior89

    Beyond fabulous.  Lovelovelove.

  • kschwarting

    I really don’t like that dress, so it is a sign of Cate’s fabulousness that she is making it WERQ. 

  • Leslie Kim

    “In the place of a Dark Lord you would have a Queen! Not dark but beautiful and terrible as the Morn! Treacherous as the Seas! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!”  ayup.

  • AMAZING. I literally gasped when I saw this picture.

  • God DAMN. Now that is what I call fabulous. I worship at the altar of Cate.

  • Corsetmaker

    Exemplary! And I love her so much for having a real face, with laughter lines and mobility and all the things that make a person really deep down beautiful.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    LOVE the dress.  Hate the curling iron bang.

  • MzzPants

    Praise the Lord!

  • kikisayshi

    Oh My Goddess!

  • mommyca

    The sound of a choir of angels is the best way to honor this outfit…. Words cannot describe it…. 


  • WOWZA.

  • For once the actress’s changes actually improve the garment. She looks a bit like Olive Oyl out on the town, but in a hot way!

  • e jerry powell

    Part of me kind of wants to see this look on Christina Hendricks.  I don’t know why.

  • EEKstl

    The Great Cate doesn’t typically do a lot of boobiage so may I say: VA-VOOM.  Kudos for her not wearing the dress with those silly tassels, and perfect earring choice.  WERQ?  Of course!

  • Cheri Lee


  • decormaven

    Rockin’ that look! Happy sigh.

  • thesixthbeatle

    Wow, just wow. I hate the hair though.

  • Trisha26

    The gown is striking but the shoes, hair and makeup are not doing a thing for me. Quite the opposite.

  • Mary229

    Cate Blanchett is a queen and the rest of us are just her subjects.

  • oh, mine, Red Goldfish in West Lake, Hangzhou, China.

  • Armani Prive always has a sort of sci-fi appeal to me for some reason. It just feels futuristic, often. This is perfection. 

  • I would’ve liked the black accent on the dress MINUS the tassels to break up the expanse of what looks like red scales.  She looks great; one of the few who can pull off this look.

  • calimon

    My God, she outdoes the model on the runway! …and it was a good move to ditch the tummy-tassels.

  • She makes the dress look better than when it was on the model. I always love that.

  • Fabulous!  This bitch is bowing,

  • libraangel

    I do see what you mean in your WERQ, and thank the Lord she took off those hideous tassels, but something seems wrong anyway. I don’t know what it is. Hair? Face? Too shiny? I don’t know; help me, fellow bitter kittens!

    • Lilak

      Gotta agree with your notions. (1) The hair, which I appreciate in theory (it does sorta resonate with the design of the gown) but not in the execution; and (2) What got my attention first-and-worst: those two giant shiny blobs of color (matching her lipstick?!) on her cheeks.

  • Laylalola


  • guest2visits

    Removing the elaborate headpiece and closure for this dress made a huge difference of course; 
    but I still don’t think there are many besides Cate who could wear this successfully.

  • LittleKarnak


  • spooki C

    It looks almost liquid, such a cool dress


  • Sweetpea176

    My first thought was that this is who January Jones keeps trying to be.  That said, I’m with a couple of others that something is just a bit off for me.  And yet, she does exude fabulousness, even though I think it’s off, which has me sort of … confused.  So that’s good?  Hmm.

  • The ponytail nub seems weird and unfinished.

  • this is freaking GORGEOUS!!!!

  • neofashionista

    One of her Personal Bests!!

  • Frank Lithium

    Absolutely ridiculous body.

  • DeTrop

    Did someone get a boob job recently?  

  • wow.  just… amazing.

  • amaranth16

    Excuse me while I BOW DOWN.

  • Ahh. My day has now been given meaning.

  • I knew this was a WERQ from the title, but when I scrolled down I literally said “Ooh, BAM!” to my computer screen. 

  • SophieCollier

    Gah, her body is unbelievable.  She looks better than the model, for sure.  

  • Seriously.  Choirs.

  • CarolinLA

    That’s one of the most perfect outfits I have ever seen.

  • Nimble27

    Hate it. Shiny plastic boobular distorted torso.

  • gg80302

    Pretty damn fun, The bangs are a weird choice.

  • She is one of the few that can show boobs and still look classy. One of the few that can actually carry off the shape of the dress.

  • PeaceBang

    Now that’s church.

  • I’m worried for the two bald men who must be suffocating in there.

  • jetpackdino

    *gasp*  I love this.  Cate Blanchett is stunning.