Cate Blanchett in Roksanda Ilincic at the Blue Jasmine Sydney Premiere

Posted on August 20, 2013

To paraphrase the Countess of Trentham, “Difficult color, peach. Very tricky.”


Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of “Blue Jasmine” at the Hayden Cremorne Orpheum in Sydney, Australia in a Roksanda Ilincic dress.

Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2013 Collection

But Miss Cate does have a way of making tricky or underwhelming garments sing when they’re put on her. The current styling vogue is to eschew belts on everything, but this is a dress that could have used a thin little belt to add some contrast and give it a bit more shape. It’s pretty and flowy, but ultimately it looks like a nightgown to us and even Cate Blanchett can’t work a peach effectively. It’s not her color. Actually, it is her color in that she’s pretty close to peach-colored herself, which is why she shouldn’t wear it.

We suppose we’re grateful that this version isn’t half leather.


[Photo Credit: Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images,]

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  • Ginny Ellsworth

    She is stunning, even in peach.

    But what color are her shoes? I can’t tell if it is the reflection of the skirt or what.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      My first thought was that the shoes were a tortoise shell veneer… I’m sure they are not, and the idea of it sounds hiddy…but maybe Cate could make that work?? Only she could!

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Oh, I think you are right. That makes sense.

      • gracedarling

        I thought oxblood satin, but the tortoiseshell theory is convincing…

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Yeah, peach IS ticky. Surprised to see her wear it because it’s so…soft. I dunno. I don’t think of Cate and pastels. I like the flow of the skirt. And that Cate’s version has lost almost all semblance of the horror on the model.

  • MoHub

    It may be my monitor, but I’d call that more apricot than peach. For me, peach is a bit pinker, although not quite coral or salmon, and apricot has more of an orange balance. I can wear both colors—but true pink makes me look jaundiced—and would kill someone for that gown.

    • SewingSiren

      I think the fabric has an iridescence that includes all of the colors you listed.

      • MoHub

        You’re right. I’m seeing blushy bits in the shadows of the folds.

      • Targettaste

        It’s the iridescence that looks odd. I bet it looked better in motion and in person.

      • Little_Olive

        Which is accusing her boobs being so far from her face it’s like they’re angry at her.

  • Clearly, its a change woven textile, considering the under color that picks up now and again. bet it looked far better in person, than under those intense lights.

  • Diego!

    She looks great but she should have worn the shorter version instead. It would have looked better on her than the long one.

  • SewingSiren

    I think she looks lovely. She is amongst the few able to do it. I am also find the original ,which apparently included a dog grooming apron, intriguing.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      Maybe if the leather overlay had been lacy instead of solid?

    • GillianHolroyd

      I’m pretty sure it’s a blacksmith’s apron.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Or she fell down in fresh asphalt.

    • porcupie

      I give her passes for everything because she is gorgeous and talented and lovely.

  • Funkykatt

    Yech, difficult color and awful dress.

  • Just Me

    It strikes me as rather casual, even though it is floor length. Like something a Kate Hepburn character (say Tracey Lord) would put on after getting out of the pool and drying off before going inside for a late lunch. Pretty and functional. I suspect the photos don’t do the dress justice.

    • sagecreek

      Yeah, as I scrolled down I was kind of thinking “track suit”.

    • kimmeister

      It’s like the sportier version of Peaches ‘n’ Cream Barbie.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Peach is tricky. I am very pale with a yellow understone, so I look horribly yellow and ill whenever I wear it. It is slightly better on those with a peach/rosy undertone, like Cate, but as you said it’s too close to her skin color so she looks a bit floaty-head and flushed. It might fare better on those with darker complexions? It certainly is a tricky color; I don’t remember that quote but I love it!

  • Tatiana Luján

    There are some shades of peach that, though they don’t photograph well, make your skin look glowing in person. I think she looks lovely, the only thing I don’t like are the shoes.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    The runway version of this dress reminds me of a Project Runway materials challenge in which the designer made a dress out of enormous strips of sushi nori. It looks crunchy.

    • Qitkat

      With green tea ice cream. And a side of ugly. What a dreadful dress.

    • kimmeister

      Meanwhile, Cate’s dress is the color of sashimi.

      • AnneElliot

        Definitely salmon sashimi. The model’s version is the color of wasabi.

        Now I can’t unsee it and am craving Japanese food.

  • aeb1986

    I think peach only works well on people with darker complections. But her makeup looks beautiful

  • filmcricket

    Bless you for that quote, TLo. Such a fabulous line reading.

    I tend to think white people should stay away from the peach/apricot/coral spectrum, and Cate is not doing much to make me reconsider that guideline. Mostly though I’m appalled by her lack of pedicure.

    • decormaven

      Another vote for a proper pedi. Queen Cate is too fine to sport such sad looking tootsies.

    • kimmeister

      She has neither mani nor pedi! Another current styling vogue seems to be to eschew nail grooming OR have crazy long/pointed/pinterest nails, with little in between.

      • CurbGirl

        Ah, well, I saw this as having a mani and a pedi but eschewing paint.

  • DTLAFamilies

    The model version looks like Baskin & Robbins mint chocolate chip ice cream.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I think Cate looks quite lovely in this and I don’t think that could be said about many others who might try to wear this colour or this dress. It’s definitely not my favourite Cate look, but I like it on her enough. Her face always looks so beautiful.

  • Qitkat

    If she were barefoot, and wearing no lipstick, this dress would be appropriate for a young woman dying of consumption being painted for her last portrait ever, seen from far away, say almost over the nearest hill, or crawling through the grass as in Christina’s World.

  • rage_on_the_page

    Ha! I love that I get the Trentham reference. Watched Gosford Park this weekend 🙂

  • mjude

    i still must bow down.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Whoever is doing her hair and makeup is a genius. She looks gorgeous.

    The dress, no doubt better looking in the flesh (heh), has a limp collar and tacky flutter sleeves; the version the model is wearing is even worse, if that’s possible.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I like her version better, and I think the shape of the dress is nice, but it’s still not great. The green looks like somebody spread tar on the front of the dress.

  • joancarol

    I think she looks lovely, even though it’s a disappointment to see that she has mere mortal feet.
    On a side note, I call my 3 month old granddaughter The Angry Peach. For she is a fuzzy strident ginger.

    • Qitkat

      I like for the granddaughter comment. I’m sure you look forward to bringing her up in bitterkittenland 😉

  • wisdomy

    That dress looks like it should have “Juicy” printed across the ass.

  • Judy_S

    She would have rocked the leather-and green. The peach looks like hostess pajamas (that’s a category that existed once, right, or am I imagining it?). Comfy though.

  • fringebenefit

    A belt would have made all the difference…even helped with the peach factor.

  • WintryMix

    Meh about the dress, but her face looks positively radiant. As ever.

    And, I LIKE the tortoise-shell shoes. Wish we could see more of them.

  • Constant Reader

    Difficult color, nightgown-y dress, and yet somehow she looks great.

  • aahlife

    It looks comfy, a no fuss dress. She can wear it all night without tugging and adjusting.

    On the neg side, it makes her look short waisted.

  • MilaXX

    Not her best look, but not exactly horrible either. A belt could have tipped this in her favor.

  • My mom was very into peach. This makes me think of her, which in turn makes me happy/sad. Which adds another layer of confusion to being elated to see Cate, but disappointed that she’s in something not great. I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t be this emotional about a dress that I am not wearing.

  • Winter_White

    Huh. Anytime I see Cate’s face I can’t help but think of Judy Dench’s character’s description of her beauty in Notes on a Scandal — “complexion like a white peach.”

  • ballerinawithagun

    Pedicure, please.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Not her color, the original might actually have looked better if worn in an appropriate season (though the eye-searing jade portion could be switched to a nice ice blue for best effect).

    Luv huh.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I love it! The change from the original to her version is a huge improvement.

  • Shawn EH

    Summery! Very pretty, with a little edge in the shoes.

  • bertkeeter

    Should be wearing fluffy slippers, holding a mug of tea and the sunday paper!

  • CeeQ

    Yeah definitely high degree of difficulty here. I think she’s pulling it off though but the lip colour is distracting…

  • Imasewsure

    Yes much better in peach than half leather half ugly green. Still not working though but not awful

  • flamingoNW

    I think I might have liked this if it weren’t for those shoes. It looks super comfortable in an elegant loungy way. The shoes tell a different story, though.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She looks so comfortable in this flowy dress, but peach is hard to pull off for those of us who are peach colored to begin with. This fabric looks like it might be beautiful in person but it photographs oddly. I’m sure this dress would look fabulous on a dark-skinned woman.

  • Glam Dixie

    It looks comfy? That’s all I’ve got.

  • sugarkane105

    The model looks like she’s about to lose her cookies all over the runway.

  • Mazenderan

    I think that her height and colouring pretty much makes this work for her.

  • alyce1213

    This dress is all about the fabric, which is more than just peach, and the nice line, which she wears well.
    I’d love to see it in person.

  • conniemd

    The peach is, however, a perfect fit for the white black drop and ocean blue carpet. It think they give it more of the beachy type feel as well. But the peach and blue look beautiful together.

  • marlie

    This dress belongs on a ladystar with a darker skin tone. And the version on the runway is HIDDY.

    Cate’s face is stunning, as usual, though.

  • majorbedhead

    When I was a college student, my roommate and I got kind of high and painted our living room peach. I’ve had, um, issues with that color ever since. This dress isn’t doing anything to alleviate my issues.

  • Anniebet

    Hmm, I’m in the minority here… I like this a lot, especially the neckline and sleeves. The (fairly) close up of her is awesome. I dunno, she just glows here and it makes me happy.

  • PeaceBang

    I’m so glad she was able to bring her own wind machine with her, though. And she transcends the peche.

  • María José Benites Peralta

    I think she kind of pull it off quite nicely. And as always she looks beautiful.

  • While it’s tons better than the runway version, I still have to give my style goddess a “No,” It looks more like an expensive house dress, and the color washes her out. Pretty hair and makeup, though.

  • how can i say this to a fashion icon: with open toed shoes, pedicures are a must.

  • guest2visits

    The only thing wrong about this is the backdrop. This is a pretty summertime peach, easy & breezy.