Cate Blanchett Double Shot

Posted on July 25, 2013

We happened to catch a long interview with Cate the other night, conducted by Charlie Rose. Immediately we sucked in air between our teeth, which is never a good sign. “Ohhhh,” said Tom. “She’s become kind of … pretentious, hasn’t she?” This was upsetting to us, because we want to love her in that creepy way of people who claim to love other people they will never know personally. Fortunately, we sat through the next forty minutes of the interview, and while it’s true she’s adopted some seriously actress-y affectations, it turns out she’s still really charming and extremely intelligent; probably one of the most intellectual of the big screen A-List actresses of the moment. We breathed a sigh of relief, secure in the knowledge that she would, in fact, be our special friend, if only she had a chance to. We’re not weird.

Hit it, Cate:


Cate Blanchett arriving on a flight at LAX in Los Angeles, California in a Stella McCartney outfit paired with Roger Vivier sandals and a Tod’s bag.

We love this so much. It’s just so chic in that way that very few ladies can pull off. Sure, the jacket’s easy-breezy, but those pants would be a challenge for most people. But we adore the idea of finishing the look off with those showy sandals. The whole thing just screams “I’m a sophisticated world traveler who only flies First Class, bitches. Except I would never call you ‘bitches’ because I’m so much more classy than that. Also: I would never say “classy” because no one with class ever does.”

What a chatty little outfit.


Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of “Blue Jasmine” in Los Angeles in an Alexander McQueen dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes, a Roger Vivier clutch, and a Repossi ring.

This almost bored us in comparison. If you’re going to wear McQueen on the red carpet, why would you pick something so boring and pedestrian? She looks okay, but she’s not turning heads in a way one would assume when Cate Blanchett is wearing Alexander McQueen on the red carpet. Great bag and shoes, though. We just wish the dress had a little more oomph to it.


[Photo Credit: BJJ/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Andrew Evans, Izumi Hasegawa/]

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  • Flavia Pantoja

    I know we say it constantly around here, but she really is out of this world.
    In my book, she rocks in both outfits.

    • SuzBald

      I agree. I can’t help but love the sleek black and white with red lip and perfect accessories. I thought I saw her in NYC a few months ago…seeing these pictures makes me sure of it. She’s unique, and hard to miss!

    • misstressofsylar

      that’s the Cat magic. I don’t even mind the crotch-curtain dress.

      • SuzBald


    • Pudgy Possum

      I was surprised, though, to find out that’s a McQueen dress . . .

  • Courtenay P

    Bow down bitches, it’s Cate.

  • Judy_S

    I love both looks, and even the dialogue between them. The first does make me think it might be nice to travel in First Class, though.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Wow, a Stella outfit I can appreciate. That just happened.

    • LuisaNL

      That was my first thought, too.

    • Flavia Pantoja

      Amazing isnt it? i just don’t get her fashion-wise…

    • Nikko Viquiera

      Only Cate could make a Stella work!

    • Rhonda Shore

      I adore the second look and like the first lots, except it looks like those pants are doing something weird around her crotch that’s kind of distracting…

  • Funkykatt

    She’s an actress and a very good one. Pretentious makes me thinks perhaps she was trying to act like Nicholas Cage.

  • Diego!

    I completely disagree! This is a DOUBLE WERQ for sure! Miss Cate looks AMAZING in both outfits! I love love love the first one and the second one fits her like a glove. Galadriel for the win! 😀

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    I guess for a McQueen, it’s on the conventional side, but nonetheless, she looks fantastic in it! I think I like it better than the first one actually

  • LuisaNL

    I hate to disagree with my 2 favorite gay uncles but I think she looks amazing in both outfits. The first outfit is so sophisticated (not too mention, chatty!) and the McQueen is understated and gorgeous. Double WERQ!

  • In regards to the second outfit, the simplicity of it DOES make one focus all their attention on her glorious face, which is just fine too.

    • Little_Olive

      Hey, and being able to pull off that drop waist is no easy task either. I think she is rocking the dress so much she makes it look like an easy garment, when it really isn’t.

      • nyll18

        A drop waist with gathered white material at the hips! That’s a dress no human should be able to wear. Plus I could easily believe the LAX photos are from an ad. Double WERQ for me.

    • Cz

      It’s very fine in a “Galadriel goes to the shareholder’s dinner” kind of way. She’s beautiful. In my heart, I believe Cate is my Spirit Animal.

      And damn, if I never look like that at the airport either.

  • clairellis

    I love the dress. If she was wearing some earrings I would love it even more. I get understated, but no earrings? That’s just crazy.

  • AmeliaEve

    Wonderful style with a consistent message. I do wish the dress were an inch shorter, and I think the black insets on the pants are fussy and unneeded, but she carries both of them with serene confidence. Oddly, one of the touches I really notice is her natural finger- and toenails. A bright pedi would have detracted from those fabulous sandals in the first outfit, though I think a red manicure would work with both looks in a sort of Old Hollywood way.

    • Aurumgirl

      The button cuffs on the pants are not needed, either. The shoes are really making Stella M look a lot better thatn she has a right to. And Cate looks good most days without trying.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, she needs a red pedi, especially for the black and white dress.

  • Heidi Maier

    As someone who lives in Australia and has followed her career since it began, she’s honestly not pretentious. Incredibly articulate? Yes. Incredibly intelligent? Yes. An intellectual? Yes. Erudite? Yes. But pretentious? No, I promise you! 😉

    • I believe you. I would also eat her pretentiousness up like cereal, if she were.

    • madge

      i think charlie rose’s pretentiousness sometimes just rubs off on his guests …

      • librarygrrl64


  • She’s so freakin’ fierce!

  • Heather

    I know its purpose is not necessarily to be functional, but the bag is the 2nd look is so small as to almost defy utility. I don’t think my phone (Android) would fit in there. I guess she could carry a tube of Chapstick and a single tampon, as long as it was OB?

  • MilaXX

    Love the first look in it’s entirety. The second look is okay, but I wish she had worn a pair of earrings.

    • Those pants are living the life I didn’t know I wanted.

  • abish

    the bag in the red carpet outfit looks like a deflated hairbrush– and now i can’t stop thinking about how handy a combo bag/hairbrush would be.

    • insertcleverbit

      Spoke too soon. I thought the same exact thing.

    • Gwyndall

      Running off to patent that before someone beats me to it! 😉

  • decormaven

    Both looks are working for me; that RC dress looks like something that travels well, something she needs as she promotes the movie. Minor quibble: those cute sandals call for polish on the toes. Other than that, she continues to rule the land. Bow down!

  • Just Me

    Love both outfits. The first struck me at modern day Hepburn, with a twist. The second made me think, “Goodness, that is a beautiful woman wearing a beautiful dress.” Both looks are divine in that they both enhance her natural style, looks and accentuate her grace. We should all be so lucky in our choice of clothes.

  • filmcricket

    I love the simplicity of the b&w gown. Unlike dear TLo, that’s a trend I’m happy to see continue for as long as Hollywood stylists desire. I agree that a pair of earrings would have oomphed it up some, and I also wish her make-up gun had been turned to a slightly lower setting.

    The first look is amazeballs and it’s Stella, so clearly it’s Opposite Day.

  • Donna Schmidt

    Her blush looks weird in the second set of pictures.

  • majorbedhead

    I’m trying to get my head around the fact that a hummus company is sponsoring a movie premier.

    I hate the trousers in the first look. The crotch is doing weird things.

    • Qitkat

      But they do make the most delicious hummus! It is funny, next thing we know they’ll get naming rights to a stadium or a championship bowl game.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I agree, those pants make her look like she has boy parts.

    • ballerinawithagun

      She just got off of a plane, so of course the crotch is wrinkly, even first class can’t help that issue!

  • E. D.

    I’m not 100% on the pants, but she is rocking it. The second outfit is a WERQ for me.

  • mommyca

    I have to disagree too because I think she looks amazing in both looks! The first one is so sophisticated but the second one took my breath away because of its simplicity and sleekness…

    What is this magical power of the Cate that makes us love her like this? It’s weird!
    (I so want the Tod’s bag!)

  • GillianHolroyd

    Not sure that ankle pockets are necessary but she looks fantastic in both outfits.

  • Elizabeth Flowers

    Whatever, TLo!! I LOOOOOOVE that dress! She looks fly!

  • Rand Ortega

    Love them both. The 1st outfit is BAMtastic. Every little detail just grabs you immediately. It’s color coordinated perfectly w/ lots of unexpected shots of color to wow the senses. The 2nd is a feast of proportion– the snap of black in the middle shows how surprisingly small waisted she is; the draping is wonderfully subtle; the bodice not giving any skin away but still very sexy. It’s all just so… refined.
    A great big sigh of relief after the “Under The Sea” bridal drag she wore the other day.

  • marlie

    I like both looks, but I don’t “love” either.

  • Poeta Paz

    She always looks great a sophisticate but she needs a mani-pedicure really bad. All that money and your nails look like that, NO!

  • Patrick Cleary

    Someone I know who is from very old wealth once told me that the two words “old money” people never speak are “Classy” and “Fancy.”

    • Fordzo

      In my experience, it’s “Please” and “Thank you” (based upon my experience as a nanny for a family with ‘old money’).

  • joanna dash

    I’m ready to marry the first outfit. I adore it. I would wear different shoes. Some kind of flat or loafer. Maybe leopard. That’s just me though. The dress I love, but it needs to be either higher or lower in the armpit area, it hits at an unflattering area. That clutch is amazing!! I love how so many clutches are really more like jewelry right now. If you have a clutch like that you can go without rings or bracelets.

  • Vanessa

    OK, not that I want to move on but since Cate is part of the holy triumvirate (Swinton, Mirren, Blanchett), could Yael Stone be the next Cate Blanchett? She plays Lorna from Orange is the New Black, she is Aussie and does a brilliant Boston accent/persona.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    The pants in the first look are iffy for me. She still looks chic, but the gathering like that at the ankles looks wonky.
    I really like the second look. That dress actually looks comfortable to wear and I think her hair and makeup look pretty.

  • imakeart

    I covet that Tod’s bag. Big time!

  • Haley Buchanan

    I love both looks. I love a hyper-dramatic McQueen look as much as the next kitten, but I also appreciate the sleekness and low-key beauty of the second look. If every McQueen came with exaggerated proportions and beekeeper hats, it would make the ones that do less special. I like that they, and Cate, can do something thats just simple and pretty now and again.

  • bertkeeter

    The elongated torso w/ hip drape is odd and unflattering w that column skirt…adds up to a big ZZZzzzZZZ.

  • deltabronze

    At first glance, that second bag looks like a scrub brush.

  • housefulofboys

    I love the first outfit and would instantly wear everything. Especially love those sandals which I would be willing to sell my first-born for, any takers? The McQueen is boring; Cate has a long torso as it is, and the dropped waist and extended white over the hips make her look odd. I also don’t think white is the most flattering color (or lack therof) for her.

  • Tom Robinson

    What interview was this?? I must find it!

  • Betsy

    The dress is weirdly proportioned. It looks like she’s a skinny 7-year-old, wearing her mother’s knee-length cocktail dress. NOT a good look.

  • CeeQ

    I am in love with that first outfit, it is so impossible chic I think I’ve died a little inside.
    Oh please don’t say she’s getting all up herself! That would really suck….
    Also: I really love those sandals, just LOVE.

  • Tom Robinson

    Where can I find this interview? I must know!

  • Joey Melliza

    =…………………………………. ( Ms. Cate’s BIPOLAR!

  • YoungSally

    If you are an attractive woman — the only way to deal with Charlie Rose is to be pretentious. I watched an interview he did with Maureen Dowd — I swear they were engaged in foreplay — and probably something else under that big table.

    • Qitkat

      Aww, that’s a bit harsh. How about “flirtatious”?

      • YoungSally

        Is that you, Charlie? Okay it was flirtatious — like sexting….at least for me.

        • Qitkat

          In all fairness, I haven’t seen the interviews, either with MD or CB. It just bugs me when someone who is intellectual is called pretentious. But he does like to banter and flirt.

    • librarygrrl64

      Dowd is a notorious flirt.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I love her & have to say in her defense that anyone talking to Charlie Rose can’t help but sound a little bit douche-y b/c he is the king of pretentiousness.

  • kimmeister

    Look #1: love the top half of the look as equally as I loathe the bottom half.

    Look #2: The proportions are all wrong for her, visually splitting her exactly in half vertically. That dress can only be worn by someone extremely tall who does not naturally have a long waist.

  • Imasewsure

    I love the second look… maybe not the lipstick but otherwise love the simplicity.

  • Adriana_Paula

    I love her, whether it makes me weird or not…and I saw that interview too, which mostly made me want to punch Charlie for his RELENTLESS INTERRUPTING of everything the poor woman was trying to say. I know he does it all the time (I’ve seen him barely let Martin Scorsese get a word in edgewise for Pete’s sake) but Jesus. I would put on my pretentious armor too if I knew I had to survive an hour of him essentially interviewing himself.

    • librarygrrl64

      Ugh, he is the WORST interviewer, no? He needs to go to Terry Gross Camp for a summer and learn how it’s supposed to be done.

  • msdamselfly

    I saw that interview and had to tune out after a couple of minutes. She can be strident, n’est pas? I felt sorry for Charlie as he had to work hard to keep up with her over intellectualizing every moment.

  • a_liking

    ab-fucking-HOR those sandals. sorry, scabby blobs on your toes are not cute. everything else is good.

  • insertcleverbit

    I can’t with that bag in the second look, it looks like my $5 Conair hairbrush.

  • River

    Love both outfits deeply. She is just so damn elegant.

  • Michelle Wilson

    I don’t like the proportions of that second look at all. Makes her look short.

  • Sunraya

    Love Cate – hate the Joker lipstick.

  • ChelseaNH

    “I would never say “classy” because no one with class ever does.” — I’ve noticed that, to the point of wincing when someone does say it, because it ruins the effect of what they’re trying to say.

  • Lilyana_F

    That jacket is divine!

  • librarygrrl64

    “Ohhhh,” said Tom. “She’s become kind of … pretentious, hasn’t she?”

    I suspect that’s the Charlie Rose Effect. He seems to bring out the pretentiousness in everyone.

  • demidaemon

    I almost like the first outfit, if not for two aspects: 1) It;s Stella McCartney and 2) It gives her polterwang. I actually prefer the elegance of the second look.

  • guest2visits

    The pants are too odd for me to like; but that doesn’t mean Kate isn’t looking fantastic in them.
    But I disagree with TLo – I love the dress and the cool shoes and clutch; beautiful. There are pics with her and Peter Skaarsgard walking together and the top of the gown appears more ivory. And she is just gorgeous.

  • Gwyndall

    I might be in the minority here, but I REALLY dislike her hair and makeup in the red carpet pics. That makeup is doing her no favors.

  • kimiakay

    I don’t know when it happened, but Blanchett is on my irrational extreme dislike list. She gets on my last nerve. The last few outfits she’s worn have been pretentious, and that little smirk on her face annoys me a lot. Not to mention that those last few outfits looked horrible on her, and horrible, period. She acts like because it’s her anything she wears is automatically fine. Not for me, sorry.

  • lrhoff

    Hmmm, I’m going to disagree on the McQueen. I think it looks very understatingly (is that a word?) chic. The drapery effect on the bottom of the white top is lovely and elegant. Very classy, in my opinion.

  • Fannie Wolston

    Notice the lack of adornments, nothing on her fingers, ears, no pithy sayings tatted on her skin, and plain nails! She is effortelss in her look, all that’s left to do is add fragrance and call it good…

  • Pterodactyl111


  • I think the McQueen dress is amazing.