WERQ: Cate Blanchett in Valentino at the Dubai International Film Festival

Posted on December 06, 2013

Darlings, Cate Blanchett, our Style Priestess, is here to  see us to the end of the week with a closing prayer.


Cate Blanchett attends the Opening Night Gala of the 10th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in a Valentino dress paired with Christian Louboutin heels and an Hervé Van Der Straeten necklace.

Valentino Spring 2014 Collection

Hervé Van Der Straeten Hammered Gold-plated Bib Necklace

Amen to that, bitches. Bow down while your priestess WERQs the shit outta her vestments.





[Photo Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images, IMAXtree, net-a-porter.com]

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  • hughman

    I, Fabulous.

    • filmcricket

      Slow clap.

  • Nicholas

    Can I get a prescription for more photos for these?

  • charlotte

    And this is how you do modest, Marion Cotillard.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    That necklace bumps it up from “minimalist queen” to “bow down motherucking bitches.” And so here I am, bowing down.

  • Belvane

    She has a garland of golden mallorn leaves from Lothlorien around her neck. Gorgeous.

    • Nicholas

      “Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen.”

      I almost refuse to believe it was accidental.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I don’t even like this dress that much – but it IS a werq because she wills it to be so. The right attitude, swagger and cheekbones can rule the world!!

    • Let it out

      Is it the color? For me it’s the color. A little dowdy. I think the shape is magical tho’.

      • Amber J

        Yeah. If it were either a more saturated purple, or red, it’d be a knockout.

  • alyce1213

    99.5% of women would look dreary and monastic in this. And then, there’s Cate — completely owning it.
    Love the necklace and the watch. She appears to be wearing metallic shoes, just the right thing.

  • She’s going on top of the tree this year.

    • imspinningaround

      Ha! The angel or star debate!

      I did the tree this year and I stopped all discussion by using a gold bird at the top of my tree.

      • That sounds outstandingly gorgeous! My topper last year was a star adorned with five Neil Diamond heads in Santa hats. (It was a theme tree…)

  • Sarah

    OOH necklacedresscuteearsniceshoes OOH!

  • Erica_Vuitton

    For the oddest reason I wish I could make the font smaller… like her eyes are daring you to form words when viewing such perfection. I bow with silent snaps of awe.

  • marcia miller

    oh goodness. I know y’all are fans, but dang, that is one ugly dress. I think I could sew it. She has the regal bearing to carry off the weirdest stuff… but ugh, really?!?!

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s not feeling it. I think it’s meant to be seen in motion because I like it better on the model, and that’s a rarity with Miss Cate. The hair is lazy and her makeup is bland. Not my cup of tea at all.

  • Yassssss!

  • lynnlee

    Yuk. That dress looks like a monk costume from a school play. If it were even a different color it might be okay, but the way it is is just ugly.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Actually, I’m really loving the lady in the red hat off to the left in the last picture.

    • GeoDiva

      That’s the uniform for Emirates Airlines.

  • nyazgirl


  • Jumpingjacks

    just wish the dress was a tad bit longer

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I’m awash with reverence over here.

  • Glam Dixie

    Only Cate could make that ugly dress sing. Snaps in Z formation.

  • Aidan B

    If you’ve gotta cover up (this is Dubai, after all), this is the way to do it. WERQ indeed!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Triple overhead Snaps of Worship. That is sheer perfection and talk about venue appropriate! She looks like a Hareem Manager for the richest Sheikh in all of Persia.

  • MilaXX

    WERQ! Love that necklace!

  • fiddlecub

    That watch. That watch makes it for me.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    What if Galadriel was an Arabian princess.

  • boweryboy

    She gets it. She gets that this dress was a blank canvas that called for a statement piece of jewelry and she brings it. A lesser ladystar would go for cocker spaniel hair, Pinterest nails, a bold lip and call it a day.

    It boggles my mind I’ve never noticed how stylish and fashionable she is.

    • conniemd

      You never noticed? I first noticed at the academy awards for the year of ROTK where she wore that gorgeous yellow gown with the brown trim. I was in awe.

      You are so right about the statement jewelry. That necklace is perfect and exactly what was called for. Brilliant.

      • boweryboy

        I only began to notice back in July when she wore that gorgeously weird pink Balenciaga dress. Up until then, clueless.

        • Belvane

          For the root of all Cate-fashion-watching, Google “cate blanchett 1999 john galliano”. It is to die.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    You WERQ that shit, Lady Galadriel!

  • valerie747

    Makes total sense in an Arab state.

  • Janet B

    Interesting dress.
    Fabulous Cate!

  • That close up says, ‘you’re welcome little people.’
    And I am just thankful for her acknowledgement.

  • Lily-Rygh

    Somebody pass the knee pads!

  • Ashleigh

    It’s so cool when it looks better than on the model!

  • Tracy_Flick

    I’ll bow down, but I’ll be giving a teeny tiny side eye to those roots and fly-aways.

  • Knightley

    Is that a flight attendant from the 1950s behind her in that last photo? Just curious…

    Edited::Holy smokes! It is one! LOLOLOLOL!

    • Cz

      No, that fabulous creature is an Emirates flight attendant. They dress like that today.

  • Trickytrisha

    I’m so in awe. Where do we build the shrine? I suppose Sydney would be the appropriate place… but maybe we could have branch temples in the US and UK as well.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    and THAT is how to work the shit out of couture while being respectful and downright awesome… the end

  • The model must have been watching “The Sound of Music” last night, because she stole Maria’s/Carrie Underwood’s circlet of braids. That necklace is pretty damn amazing.

  • SewingSiren

    Am bowing as instructed.

  • Call me Bee

    So awesome. And that necklace is to DIE! Will dream about it tonight.

  • pugluv

    Beautiful…she puts the model to shame! She wears it sooooo much better!!

  • Imasewsure

    Brava but dare I say I actually prefer it on the model? I like the boxiness of it there although that doesn’t take away from the WERQ

  • marlie

    Cate is OWNING this look. That color is amazing, and the necklace was a perfect accent.

  • filmcricket

    My one tiny quibble is with the make-up, I don’t think it’s that flattering. Otherwise: worship.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Neither flattering, nor well executed. She is so beautiful, the bad makeup isn’t very noticeable.

  • maria jose benites peralta

    showstopper! Not an ounce of this gown’s potential was wasted – she’s like a walking showcase of beauty and grace. It’s all so effortless.

  • GorgeousThings

    Angel choirs are singing.

  • msdamselfly

    I am sorry but I dont agree. That dress looks fantastic on the model and like a large tablecloth on Kate. And her hair looks like straw

  • E. D.


  • CeeRich

    YASSSSSSS! *Life giving*

  • Mona_Visa

    I believe.

    I love her so much.

  • jw_ny

    oh boy, I guess I’m not seein’ what all y’alls are seein’…

  • teensmom99

    Imagine if the Mother Superior had worn a version of this.

  • EEKstl

    I am simultaneously bowing down at Miz Cate’s perfection while drooling over that necklace. Must. Have.

  • UGH, FLAWLESS! I’m dead.

  • My teensiest persnickety quibble is that I don’t think the gold of the necklace works with the colour of her hair.

  • bertkeeter

    LUV necklace but not when worn w that gown! Shades of Palm Beach old lady when done like that!

  • Kathy

    I’m in the minority here. That dress looks like a tent, and the color isn’t working on our Cate. The gold necklace doesn’t work with the color of the dress either.

    • 909girl601world

      Agreed. She looks good, but that outfit is horrid.

  • Fred Vaughn

    The necklace gives this look back many more points than the dreary color takes away.

  • Monabel

    Elegant dress, almost spoiled by that cheap-ass looking necklace. I wonder if that ensemble is meant to allude to Near Eastern clothing and ornament traditions? Could have been done better.

  • Pterodactyl111

    She is my elf queen, always and forever.

  • MaggieMae

    I’m on the fence with the necklace. Great statement piece, really elevates a relatively simple dress. But, what is it? Is the gold too harsh? It’s a quibble.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I was wondering if I would like it better in silver…

      • Gatto Nero

        I quite like the yellow gold against the violet — complementary colors.

  • we used to wear choir vestments that color. not my favorite but of course she’s werking it. a necklace of hannukah gelt. how festive.

  • ashtangajunkie

    All hail. She is magnificent.

  • Cate is wearing this better than the model or most mortals for that matter, and she is one of my style icons, but the dress reminds me more of a Simplicity pattern than Valentino. The necklace does help matters, but it’s not a WERQ.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Her makeup is SO perfect. She has to let that necklace WEEERRQQQ so the minimal face is so genius. She is so oddly beautiful.

  • Carleenml

    apropos of nothing, there was an entire crew of flight attendants wearing the outfit seen on the woman standing behind her in our nyc hotel this weekend. and they were werqing them fiercely.

  • PeaceBang

    Exquisite. This from someone who wears real vestments on a weekly basis. OT, but I wantedto let my gay uncles know that half of the comments (the righthand margin) are covered by ads in this latest re-design when viewed on my iPad. I hate Apple because it does not allow an OS 6 software upgrade by download, as it obviously wants to force me to buy another overpriced device. This one is only three years old and crashes constantly. Booooo, hiss. I must not miss a word uttered by any of my fellow BK’s!

  • stubbornthoughts

    AND she’s sporting a watch??? HALLE-FUCKIN-LUJAH.

  • bukker

    “This sh*t craze!” *Kanye Voice*

  • lifeisastory

    I like the dress. I like the necklace. But I do not like them together with Cate’s skin tone. That necklace seems to glow with a life of it’s own. She looks to pale and invisible by comparison.

  • Presumptuous Insect


  • DeTrop

    Not sure about this gown. Looks too much like a religious order garment. Order of the Nightshade Veggies. Of course, CB can make almost anything look good.

  • Akemi

    P E R F E C T