Cate Blanchett in Antonio Berardi at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Posted on January 07, 2014

We need a little Galadriel in our morning coffee.


Cate Blanchett attends the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Ceremony at The Edison Ballroom in New York City in an Antonio Berardi dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

Antonio Berardi Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

She is totally serving up elven party dress realness. We love everything above the waist, but the hem of the skirt just gets too wonky for us to give her neck rolls and finger snaps. She looks lovely, but we can’t with the bed ruffle.

Doesn’t it feel like she’s staking a claim to Tilda’s side of the street lately? Not that Tilda would wear anything so conventionally feminine, but Cate’s style has gotten more… we don’t know … other-worldly and high-impact recently.





[Photo Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images,]

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  • RussellH88


  • Diego!

    She is serving Queen Elizabeth I!!! She looks stunning! I bow! 🙂

  • Lovely makeup.

  • I mean she’s cate blanchett so this could never be wrong, but the hem ruffle is rubbing me the wrong way.

    • kimmeister

      The ruffle looks absolutely frumpy.

      • snarkmeister

        WTF with the stumpifying skirts?? Cate is a tall, thin drink of water. This skirt makes her look about 5-foot-nothing. I like everything from the waist up, but someone needs to burn that damn skirt.

    • Cz

      It probably looks better when she’s walking. Like the model.

  • Jecca2244

    her skin. that’s all i can focus on. her perfect skin. that looks human and not mussed with.

  • queen b*tch

    Love it, but she should’ve worn the red shoes

    • kimmeister

      That way her feet wouldn’t have disappeared into the carpet.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I like the outfit a lot more on the model with her red lipstick and red shoes.

  • Carleenml

    I was thinking about Tilda as I scrolled. Particularly in the final pose.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Am I wrong for wishing she had worn red shoes like the model? I love this dress on her, including the bed ruffle, and a pop of color would have been the bee’s knees for me!

  • StellaZafella

    In this case, I don’t blame Cate for the miss…I blame the designer. And it’s still our Cate in profile…

  • marlie

    GORGEOUS fabric. I love the jacket, and I sort of love the dress. The asymmetrical hem wouldn’t be bad without the ruffle. But Cate just looks luminous.

  • prettyinmink

    Oh my! That face! I actually gasped when I saw the close-up of her face. She’s just so beautiful!

    • JAW.

    • demidaemon


  • Sobaika

    Oooo, I love the little peaks of red. Fab!

  • Oh no, that hem. Also, the skirt’s too full and heavy.
    It’s a pity, from the waist up she’s perfection.

  • Sarah

    LOVE IT. I forgive the flounce because it gives the opportunity for us to see that delicious red color. And her head looks incredible, as per usual.

    • Janice Bartels

      Yes- that peak of red lining is my favorite part!

  • Vanessa

    No, no no — not the morning I want to see an Ice Queen

  • Deedles

    I love it but wish she would have kept red shoes.

    • Janice Bartels

      Yes, but the shoes and the dress are playing the same game with the sneaky red.

  • MilaXX

    Yeah that hem isn’t working for me. It barely works for the model and that’s only because they matched the shoe to the lining. Cate tried, but even she can’t make fetch happen with that hem.

  • Coleen

    God, I needed this so badly. Bowing the fuck down.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t mind the hem, just this once but never again. This is fabulous.

  • lexilexi

    There’s something weird going on with the shoulders that make her look hunched over in some shots, pulled back in others.

  • Adri Wahl

    What on earth is going on with her posture? It looks like she has sclerosis or something.

    • bellafigura1

      The bodice is too tight, and the jacket armholes are very small, and the shoulders exceedingly narrow. I actually think this detracts from Cate’s fabulousness. She looks harnessed.

      • AnguaVonUberwald

        Yes, I cannot approve of a look that makes Cate Blanchett look hunched and uncomfortable.

  • SugarSnap108

    I agree with everyone who’d prefer the red shoes and red lip ala the model. I’m not in love with the Joan Collins shoulders, either.

    But those are nitpicks. She is fabulous.

  • In_Stitches

    The Tin Man found a wife! It’s just a bit too stiff and armor like for my taste, with the metallic fabric really hammering home the theme.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    I wish she’d gone with a red shoe similar to how it’s styled in the photo. I’m not normally one for matchy but the black pumps blend in too much with the carpet and I hate to say this about glorious Cate, but it makes her look stumpy.

    Otherwise, I bow at her perfection and thank her for allowing me the privilege of looking upon her.

  • filmcricket

    Nope. She’s doing her best with it and probably making it sing more than just about anyone else could, but I cannot with that skirt.

  • Blair Sylvester

    Poor Lena Dunham to be featured right next to this

  • Hetha Innis

    I’m loving the flamenco vibe of that dress and think the red accents should have been deployed. It’s a perfect winter dress on an impossibly gifted human. Perfection.

  • Lilithcat

    I love the red lining of the dress. I wish she’d worn red shoes like the model did.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I wholeheartedly agree. I was just about to make the same comment when I saw yours.

  • jilly_d

    I don’t care for this dress, but she looks absolutely luminescent. She is not of this earth.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love her face. She’s so beautiful and unique.

  • tallgirl1204

    The skirt is a bridge too far, but the top is spectacular. I think it’s not quite Tilda-esque; Tilda always looks like her clothes are hovering around her frame without quite touching it. This top and jacket here are so beautifully structured and fitted– a much more “I could wear that” look than the other-worldly Tilda, of whom I often think “Only she could wear that.” None of this detracts from Ms. Blanchett’s own fabulousness, just that her style is a little more accessible.

  • formerlyAnon

    Having a weird reaction. I like the dress, I think she’s lovely, but for some reason she looks bobble-headed in this, to me. I haven’t had that reaction to her in other ensembles.

    • sojourneryouth

      I had the same reaction. I think it might be due to the narrow, but built-up shoulders of the jacket, and the fact that it’s so monochromatic. I wish she had worn the jacket the model is wearing to better break up all the silver. And, like everyone else seems to agree, THE RED SHOES!

  • Constant Reader

    I can’t with the dust ruffle hem, either… but the rest, I love.

  • Chaiaiai

    How I would pay to see a walk off between Cate and Tilda!

    • kimmeister

      I think it would be a float-off!

  • Judy_S

    I don’t like those shoulders on her. The hem might work when she’s walking but not so much standing still. I am impressed at how well it all fits her–that gives it a true couture feeling.

  • Cee Layton

    The teeny shoulders of the jacket make her head look enormous.

  • That’s a terribly awkward shape, even for an experienced wearer of clothes like Cate.

  • @Biting Panda

    J’adore! It’s unique, it’s HER dress, the pop of red, the fabric that is screaming out to be touched, her FACE. It’s all working in just the ways I want Cate to work it, and have been missing from her. (little claps of glee)

  • boweryboy

    Initially I read, “She is totally serving up eleven party dresses…” which I was going to agree with – there’s a whole lot of look going on here.

    I kind of like the idea of the skirt alone but paired with everything above the waist it becomes too much. It still a high impact, eye catching look and she’s fierce as always so there’s that.

  • Garcia Loca

    In the first pic, all the proportions are WAY off — it has to be the dress, since I’m sure Miss Cate is a perfectly proportional human/goddess hybrid.

  • KateMaryC

    I actually love the hem – I just prefer it with the strappy red shoes, so that the gorgeous lining shoes. Instead it looks like an accident.

  • jw_ny

    I much prefer the bolero jacket the model is wearing…the contrast. The overall outfit has a matador/senorita-ish feel to me…which is why I kind of like (or understand?) the ruffle. Something is off with it tho. I find those shoulder pads off-putting…makes her look tensed up.

  • LeelaST

    If only the skirt had instead been skinny pants in the same fabric – fierce!

  • Oh this is a bad colour on her. 🙁 I wish this were a jewel tone..

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Yes, a very bad color. Why don’t fair-skinned blondes (I’m one, so I know) ever learn that silver/grey metallic is not their friend. Cate is fabulous and a world-class dress wearer, but no amount of attitude is going to make that dress look good with her coloring.

      • Would it not have been absolutely glorious in the red colour we can see little pops of? If only this dress were reversed for Cate. 😉

      • jabes

        How funny — my comment was going to be the exact opposite! I still remember her at the Oscars in 2007 — another dark silver metallic gown. She looked otherworldly. I recall seeing s snippet of a video where there were all these camera flashes going off and reflecting off of her dress and her face, and she was beautiful to the extent of being terrifying — very much a Galadriel moment (“beautiful and terrible as the sun”).

  • ballerinawithagun

    I was enthralled until the horrible mullet bed ruffle! A mullet with an A-line shape would have been stunning showing off that red lining! Then add the red shoes and it would have been perfection. Lusting for that jacket. Cate’s jacket is so much more interesting than the model’s, which just looks like a homemade bolero in beautiful fabric.

  • SewingSiren

    Neck rolls and finger snaps coming directly from Casa Sirena. Loves the wonky hem and all.

  • mjude

    I feel the need to bow because its at least pleasing to the eyes to see cate.

  • jif

    She is so stunning, but I don’t like the cut of the dress at all.

  • Tracey Magyar

    Love the dress. Agree with everyone else here that she should have worn the red shoes with it. Love a red shoe!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, this is just… I love this. I just can’t even think of a word that does it justice, I love it so much.

    Plus, we should totally sell tickets to a street rumble between Cate and Tilda.

    • demidaemon

      Reminds me of Celebrity Death Match :).

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    LOVE IT!!!
    The peekaboo red inside the dress and inside the shoes! Has to be on purpose. She looks great.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Cate and Tilda seem like they might’ve been fraternal twins separated at birth. I wish this were true, although the world might implode from its fabulosity.

  • tereliz

    Not really a fan of the dress, but she’s pulling it off. She could have worn the jacket with black separates and still come out looking fab. But not quite as Swinton as she’s been reaching for lately, that’s true.

  • elemspbee

    Hmmm. Not sure I’m loving this yet. Have to keep looking at it. the hunched shoulders (gollum-like) with the chin protruding doesn’t look art-like to me. Just looks awkward. I’ll give it until the end of the day.

  • Shawn EH

    Bed ruffle is awful, but her face is like a special effect; natural glowy elven halo.

  • Carla_Charlton

    The jacket on the model, with the single color fabric, was better — the piecing on Kate’s version is distracting and is too much for her (she’s actually tiny, right?) I also think the jacket’s fit on the model was a bit better. I don’t hate the skirt — and I usually can’t stand uneven skirt lengths — but only because I like the red lining.

  • I get it that the stylist thought it would be subtly wonderful to complement the red lining of the dress with the red soles of the Louboutins, but I think it’s a little TOO subtle. The red shoes work better. For once the mullet hem isn’t bothering me, although the “dust ruffle” (perfect characterization, Uncles!) is rather unnecessary. Cate looks amazing here.

  • decormaven

    That’s style on parade when you can sell a frock with an overly-complicated hem ruffle. And I’ll take a little Kahlua in my coffee, danke schoen.

  • Paula Pertile


  • ThesisMonkey

    Scrolldown nooo. Love the top, but I’m biased against asymmetric hems to start with, plus the skirt looks stiff. This belongs in a magazine … i.e. on someone who’s not standing up.

  • jspark

    Here is the cause of the Polar vortex right here. That dress makes her look like she owns winter, the polar forces can’t help but be drawn her way.

  • Imasewsure

    Don’t like this at all but I do respect it

  • Cheryl

    Damn, if it wasn’t for the bed ruffle and the too full skirt, I’d absolutely love it. I love the idea of seeing the contrasting lining, but it didn’t work. On the plus side, she actually looks like Cate here, unlike that horrible W cover.

  • allieboo

    I like it better on the model (but Cate does look good). She should have worn it that way.

  • sagecreek

    I wish she’d gone with the red shoes, but still, this is Real Cateness here. Kudos!

  • traceyishere

    I think the dress comes off as armor, not something a person would want to wear.

    • demidaemon

      A friend of mine actually made a steel dress for one of her art shows. The dress Cate is in is infinitely more flattering.

  • Aidan B

    Oh my god, this is fantastic. Blessed be!

  • MannahattaMamma

    I love that she always looks like she’s thinking really smart things while she plays Movie Star. Like she’s reciting Heidegger or chanting in Tibetan or something.

  • Lilak

    Oh dear. A bit of a scrolldown…well, not fug…just kind of ‘oh phooey.’ Unhappy about the sorta gnarly tops of her feet, anklebones, and toe cleavage. Like several others here, would’ve preferred red shoes — but a better style (for foot display purposes) of black shoe would’ve been an improvement.

    Otherwise …. gorgeousity! (And that face: the star atop the tree!)

  • e jerry powell

    But the drape of that fabulous jacket on Cate is making me itch a little bit. Maybe it’s the camera angles, because the jacket itself is sickening, but looking at how it sits on the model is confusing me.

  • LaSylphide

    I like this, but the shoulders look odd. The model’s shoulders look normal, but Cate’s look too big or too small or too something. Can’t put my finger on it. I like the red on the skirt, but NOT the ruffle.

  • OH SNAPS. And I think I actually can with the ruffle and no one is more shocked than me.

  • Trickytrisha

    Radiant woman, unusual dress. She has the presence to pull this off – almost. Just a few too many quirks in the design make it a hard dress to wear. Her face is sublime.

  • KT

    Well she looks fabulous as always, but I do think there could be some tweaking here. I LOVE the jacket but wish it was the same color as the one on the model, which would give the look a bit of contrast. The ruffle hem isn’t as noticeable from the front, but I agree, from the side it looks a bit weird and distracting. Still, overall effect is great, and that head of hers continues to impress.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Agree, the contrast with the jacket and dress is NOT enough!

  • scrolldown fug with that hemline. sorry.

  • Sunraya

    Sorry, guys, I LOVE this!! I love the red peeking out underneath, I love the weirdness, and how gorgeous her face looks. She is pretty gorgeous in this!!

    • J. Preposterice

      I think if she had different shoes — ones that didn’t blend into the carpet — I would love this. The disappearing shoes combined with the hem look odd. The shoes she has are the right height, they just vanish.

  • Aurumgirl

    I love the fabric of the dress, but the ruffle is so off putting. I can’t agree that Cate is looking like Tilda. They’re too different. One isn’t better than the other, they just shouldn’t be compared because each woman looks so completely like her own self in what they wear.

  • And the award for Most Awkward Ruffle goes to…

    What the hell is that on the reverse of the ruffle, anyway? Bandanna print?

  • Pterodactyl111


  • ankali

    Waist up is sublime. Waist down is bullshit.

  • quiltrx

    Man, I was SOOOO on board with this until we got to the ruffle. I like the *idea* of the skirt….if the hem had been smooth and nicely draped, this could have been a knockout.

  • Dorothy_on_the_yellow_brick_rd

    Everything above the waist is perfection. The “bed ruffle” makes her look frumpy–only below the waist, though!–but does give her an elegant silhouette when viewed at a side angle, like as seen in the last photo. Or it could be that La Blanchett is so fabulously out of this world that her naturally elegant poise can shine through any designer’s mess of a creation.

  • bertkeeter

    Awesome jacket…Skirt n shoes…NO!

  • EEKstl

    LOVE the shoes and love how the pop of Louboutin red sole works with the lining of the skirt. But other than that I’m with the majority – works best from waist up.