Cate Blanchett Awards Season Style Double Shot

Posted on January 12, 2014

We think Cate and Lupita just might be neck and neck in the awards season style race. They’re certainly providing us with the most discussable outfits. We kind of love that it comes down to these two, racing around the style track looking more and more breathtaking at each turn, all the other runners lagging far behind.



Cate Blanchett attends the 2014 BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea Party in Michael Kors.

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

The lady does know how to do bold when she wants to, yes? What’s great about this is that it’s so simple at the same time. We think the belt may be over-knotted (although like we said earlier today, we appreciate that she is sporting one) and we tend to think, given the up ‘do, she might have looked better with the top button undone, since she’s skirting close to schoolmarm, despite the color scheme. The shoes are kind of awesome in their boldness. Sometimes, especially with such a simple dress as this, over-saturating the colors actually works. We’d never have thought to pick those shoes for this look, but we love the boldness of them.

And speaking of bold…


Cate Blanchett attends the 2014 G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala in Prabal Gurung.

Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

You can’t fault the lady for lacking a sense of adventure in her style. We’re going to have to say that we really don’t like the way the lipstick and earring match the dress exactly. That’s a bridge too far for these queens. We like the dress a lot – and LOVE her for bringing it to the red carpet (literally and figuratively) – but we’d love it a lot more without that distracting strip of fabric at the waist. It might have been helped if she’d worn the belt that the model is sporting, proving once again that belts are not to be dismissed, no matter what the latest trend is.

Still, it’s one hell of a head-turning look. We can’t help thinking it would’ve looked better on Lupita.









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  • Not loving the Prabal Garung except in terms of color. The first dress is a slam dunk for me. Brava Cate!

    • Yeah, there is something 80s about those pastels on the second dress.

      • snarkmeister

        Yeah, it looks like an 80’s living room couch exploded all over her.

  • charlotte

    I’m not on board with the first one, it is a little too “school marm goes to Fashion Week” for my taste.

    • kimmeister

      At least she’s not wearing those hideous Michael Kors shoes with it.

  • Verascity

    That first dress is a wonderfully bold choice and happens to also be giving me life. I agree the belt is overknotted but otherwise, BAM.

  • jw_ny

    I imagine in a sea of black tuxedos, the 2nd look really was a stand-out and head-turner as she floated about the room. Love her hair…actually, love her hair in each.

  • ilovecupkates

    I’d love the second dress to be in my closet in blouse form. For all the times I need to wear something that beautiful in grad school…. 😀

  • Dan_In_NYC

    OK, So she’s otherworldy in her beauty and style. That second look is amazing, and 10 points to Gryffendor because it matches her eyes. I don’t mind the matchy lip, but agree a darker blue stone for the earring would have been lovely.And the shine of the belt on the model does add a nice something that would have elevated this.

    Still, she’s amazing. As for the red, agree about opening up a couple buttons near the neck. Hate that belt, but love that she did go with a contrasting shoe.

  • MilaXX

    Love that first look. The second one I’m not 100% sold on. Maybe it is the missing belt, but something feels off about it. Still, this is the Cate we know and love. I can just imagine her and Lupita meeting somewhere to kick back and laugh at how hard they are slaying all the other lady celebs.

    • Evan

      See, I’m the opposite. The second look is a Werq for me, but the first look is too “Amish Gone Wild” (cause you know color is about a wild as they get lol). She needed to undo a few of the top buttons.

    • marlie

      And maybe Michelle Dockery. I saw a pic on the interwebs somewhere with Michelle and Lupita together, and they were fashionably perfect, and had genuine smiles, to boot.

      • Little_Olive

        I’m in! It’d be like a Bennetton ad, but a good one.

      • Bridget Smith

        They’ve been popping up at a lot of events both wearing Prada or Miu Miu with matching sunglasses. I suspect they’re being auditioned for spokeswoman contracts – as they should be! And fortunately, their faces look good together. You know how sometimes you get two gorgeous people whose faces don’t complement each other and they both wind up looking worse? Not a problem here.

  • Little_Olive

    See, the first one could have been bland (design-wise) and matronly, but she is absolutely making it sing. The very closed high collar punctuates the idea perfectly and showcases her natural elegance, IMO, so I differ with TLo on that. Stunning.

    I don’t adore the second one, but man can this woman wear clothes.

  • There’s something about the second one that gives me Agnetha Faltskog realness. Love the first one – that is the way to do afternoon tea.

  • Mara Jose Benites

    I love both dresses but the Prabal Gurung one is a WERK for me, is just perfect for her in every way (and it is actually an strapless dress with a crop top which is very cool). I also like the red one for it is simple but striking at the same time and those shoes are all kinds of amazing (the color is gorgeous and complements the dress)

  • ailujailuj

    I just love the thumbnails that follow the presentation… yay
    I like the clunky shoes on the model but not fit for the event I spose… and after reading Mms. Uncles’s query about the asian watercolor on Lipita, I couldn’t look at it on Kate anymore. now THAT would be a spread.

  • ThesisMonkey

    I’m surprised the buttoned-up collar hasn’t played out yet.

  • cocohall

    I’m normally on board for whatever Miss Cate wants to throw at us fashion wise, but not these two looks. The first one is doing some weird Alice-in-Wonderland shit to her proportions – the second one is an interesting dress, but it just doesn’t seem to be HER interesting dress. ALthough her hair and makeup are lovely in those shots.

  • sagecreek

    Love the color of the red dress but puff sleeves? Really? If you’re over 13, I think you have to say no.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Ah, a faceoff between Ms. Blanchett and Ms. N’yongo for the RC crown! We cannot lose, BK’s!

  • @Biting Panda

    I’m halfway through a six hour road trip. This is just what I needed with my leg stretch and coffee refill. I am refreshed!

    • Sarah

      Oh, hugs to you. I hope the weekend is not proving too difficult, and can’t wait until we can all tear up the Golden Globes together!

  • marlie

    Brava. Both of these are lovely. I sort of covet the red Michael Kors for myself. I like the way the belt is done, but I’m not crazy about those shoes with the outfit. And I LOVE the second look. Agree that she should have kept the belt that the model was wearing. I don’t mind the pink lipstick, but she definitely should have gone with different earrings.

  • Sarah

    Personally, I don’t really care for either dress, but it is a testament to CB’s utter beauty and poise that I can’t really say she looks bad in either one.

  • I like the second look very much but I desperately want different earrings for her.

  • alyce1213

    She’s so elegant. I love both looks. Seems that Kors is into belts this season, and a lot of his dresses are being worn.

  • Lilyana_F

    I actually really love the second look on her. The shoes on the first look… I don’t know, they don’t work in my opinion.

  • Laura F.

    Ugh. OK, here’s the thing. I don’t even care what she wears anymore, because I can’t see past her self-importance and Serious Actor posing. The difference between Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton is that Cate Blanchett obviously takes herself SO SERIOUSLY. Get over yourself, starlet.

    • alyce1213

      I won’t use the anonymous downtick, but will state my disagreement. I get serious from Cate Blanchett, but not at all self-important — elegant and reserved is more like it. On this site, we may envision Cate and Tilda together on a fashion pedestal, side-by-side for comparison, and they are really quite different in many more ways than one taking herself “too seriously.”

      • ailujailuj

        have to agree w/ alyce.
        and – as a statement more than a counterpoint: all superactors have one thing in common…

        • alyce1213

          That’s a given.

    • Trickytrisha

      Starlet? This woman has proven her acting chops in a myriad of film roles. Calling her a starlet is insulting.

      • Laura F.

        I’m sure she’s very hurt that a middle american hausfrau thinks she takes her craft unduly seriously. But thanks for caring about the 1%.

      • Not to mention her body of work in the theatre. I also feel that calling a woman in her mid 40s a starlet is a bit off the mark. I get the impression that she takes her work very seriously, but never felt that she takes herself particularly seriously.

  • Spicytomato1

    Love both looks. The second one works for me, I think, only because it’s Cate. I’m beginning to think she can do no wrong.

  • Lilak

    #1 is one of those that needs to be on a woman with long legs and a long lean torso in order to work (or at least to minimize objections).
    Really enjoy #2 on Miss Blanchett, though I agree she shouldn’t have ditched the black belt (my, how mission critical a little accessory can be!).

  • decormaven

    Both looks elicit happy sighs from me. The colors in both are great, and she is working each look masterfully. If it’s this good pre-Globes, she’ll be a stunner for sure tonight.

  • Lilithcat

    That Kors dress is godawful, other than the color.

    I like the concept of the Prabal Gurung, but is it too big? The top looks sloppy.

  • Wow. J’adore the deployment of the royal blue pump with the red dress, especially with that Louboutin red sole for visual unity. The belt fights the color of the dress for me a bit, I would have liked a richer brown. The Prabal Gurung is sigh-worthy in its loveliness, but white is not Cate’s most flattering color. It might have been improved with a stronger face of makeup, drawing on the strong dark forms in the dress rather than the pastel petals. Still, a sigh for her loveliness.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the second look even the matchy matchy. Do not like the first look at all though

    • I am with you on the 2nd look. to my eye the earring just zings with that color.
      Thank you T and Lo for working hard during award season! We appreciate it!

  • LaSylphide

    Nothing, nothing flatters like a shirtdress, even one with puffy sleeves.

    As for the Prabal Gurung – a designer I don’t always understand – this works beautifully, even though I’m generally not crazy about blondes (even one of the great blondes) in white.

  • Really? I LOVE the colors of the Prabal Gurung on Kate!!! I can’t really imagine it on Lupita…

  • The second dress reminds me of the Miu Miu dress that Lupita wore so perfectly (well, except the shoes, as usual) on October 16th. I unabashedly love both dresses on Cate though.

  • Diego!

    She always seem a step forward than the rest of humans… It’s a double WERQ for me. Snaps all over the house!

  • I love the hell out of the second look – I honestly think the first one is only working because she’s wearing it.

  • French_Swede

    Please, can I be Cate in my next life?

  • murt

    I normally like tea length dresses, but I think the first dress here would have looked better a few inches shorter.

  • Judy_S

    She looks exquisite in both of these, and the contrast is as great as in Lupita’s looks. But what I like about both of these is that they look to me more comfortable than edgy–even though neither would actually be comfortable to wear, the one being so tight and the other likely to lose its impact with the first wrinkle or stain. But I am fantasizing that she is wearing flats or no shoes under the Prabal Gurung.

  • Danielle

    I like the first one a lot more than the second. It’s close to washing her out.

  • Kent Roby

    The first dress is too “Laura Ingalls For Mayor” for me.

  • ErmengardeGreen

    The Prabal Gurung team sure is bringing the hustle this award season, huh?

  • lifeisastory

    Never been a fan of her style and still am not.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Nope, not loving either of these. Lupita wins hands down.

  • pop_top

    I think she looks amazing in the second look, if only the backdrop were different…

  • Has she lost a bunch of weight for a role perhaps? Especially in the red, she looks painfully thin.

  • Adriana_Paula

    Those are some Katharine Hepburn sleeves on that red dress; I love it.

  • demidaemon

    I adore her hair in the second look.

  • Pterodactyl111

    I was like, “oh that’s nice”, and then I got to the blue shoes and was like, “I LOVE IT”.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Ugh, pastel pink and blue with black on shiny white satin? That is a hideous print. And the first one is a house dress. She’ll selling it though.