Cate Blanchett in Givenchy at the 2014 SAG Awards

Posted on January 20, 2014

We worked very, very hard, until our backs were sore and our brows were dripping with sweat, but now matter how intense our labors…



“Blue Jasmine” star Cate Blanchett attends the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California in a Givenchy dress accessorized with Roger Vivier sandals and Chopard jewelry.

We simply could not bring ourselves to like this. For one, there are three pinks in this look, if you count the bracelet, and they don’t all necessarily pair well with each other.  And we don’t think the main pink works with her coloring. Plus the shape isn’t so hot. It looks like she’s wearing a lobster bib with delusions of grandeur.

There’s always this point in the awards season nominee poledance where you can tell they’re running out of options and are tuning to their C and D choices, saving their final A for the Oscars. That’s kind of how this feels.



[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock, Peter West/]

Please review our Community Guidelines before posting a comment. Thank you!

  • @Biting Panda

    Cate Blanchett, in Kerry Washington’s dress.

    • alyce1213

      There you go.

    • DesertDweller79

      Ah, yes. Perfect.

    • MilaXX

      Exactly what I thought

    • ballerinawithagun

      Good thing I looked before typing. This made Cate look pregnant. Kerry could have worn this and looked perfect!

    • My friend, you have won. You may take the rest of the day off.

    • marlie

      Maybe this can be a component of TLo’s new Red Carpet Consulting job… in addition to telling ladystars to go home and start over again, maybe they can pull two ladies aside and say “you need to trade dresses NOW.” Not that I think Kerry’s dress would ever be a huge success, but I think Cate could pull it off better.

    • CelandineM

      Think you nailed it, could have been a perfect ” not your dress post.” The color and shape would be great on Kerry right now.

  • snarkykitten

    oooh Lady Galadriel. Tell me, did Radagast help pick this out? it is truly fugly

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It does look as if it could have fetched(very,very hastily) from Radagast’s closet-and then he noticed that the bodice had been chewed by Orcan mice, so he panicked and summoned up a band of ugly sequins.

    • kmk05

      Missing the bird droppings, though!

  • MW

    Ugliest thing she’s ever worn. More than that – one of my least favourite looks of the night.

    • Blair Sylvester

      have you seen the crochet pot holder dress she wore ?

      • MW

        My bad, I don’t think I have. What do I search?

        • Blair Sylvester

          just google Cate Blanchett crochet dress

  • KinoEye

    I expect more than matchy-matchiness out of Cate “All shall love me and despair” Blanchett. Even so, she’s almost making this mess work with her natural poise and presence. It would’ve looked much sillier on a lesser star.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I hate the bib, but LOVE the hair and makeup.

  • MaryMG

    Girl, that is nobody’s dress.

  • charlotte

    The bracelet looks like a special gift from a teen magazine. Nothing works and she looks like she knows it.

    • I actually winced when I got to the bracelet.

  • aahlife

    This would be perfect for one of the pregnant red carpeters.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    What really makes this dress a NOT WERQ is that honkin’ big swath of pink sequins. Cate has done better-I has a minor sad.

    • ailujailuj

      “honking big swath” – I was peeing… looked up and saw cate’s dress on my towel holder.

  • Frank_821

    THis look really sums up the SAG red carpet

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Oh Cate, Cate, Cate. All shall love you, indeed. And all shall despair when looking at this dress.

  • ms_kat

    Is she pregnant suddenly?

    • scoobynacks

      Well, if Laura Linney can do it, why not Cate? Are pregnant women supposed to eat shellfish?

  • ailujailuj

    I can’t imagine that anyone could wear that color.

  • Trickytrisha

    Beautiful face and hair. I was all “oh dear” when I saw this yesterday, “TLo’s gonna hate it”. With good reason.

  • Sarah

    Oh, Cate. Lobster bib is not your friend, but thank goodness you are still werqing the neck-up, lest all my faith be lost.

  • DesertDweller79

    Her hair and makeup look really pretty. Hey, at least she could pronounce Givenchy. Perhaps in thanks they will give her a better dress next time.

  • Lori

    Thank FSM you don’t like it either. I was afraid that I just didn’t get it.

    People should be throwing so many dresses at Cate that she would never even glance at a C or D look, let alone wear it. Which is to say, this lobster bib with delusions of grandeur is beneath her.

  • I don’t mind the drapey bib thing in the front (which is NOT to say that I like it, not one bit) but I really object to the sequined dog collar at her neck. It makes the whole thing look mildly tawdry. Bracelet? Pffft. I’ve seen better ones at Claire’s in the mall.

    • MilaXX

      I’m sure Pinterest has a how to for that bracelet.

      • decormaven

        Nailed it!

    • I actually love those pink sequins directly against her skin tone, I just hate the material spewing out of it. Especially in that first pic, you can see how beautiful that shade of pink would be on her without all the wickety wack pink fabric. 🙂

      I would dead people to see her in an all pink sequinned version of JLaw’s dress at the SAGs. That would be gorgeous on her.

  • lunchcoma

    That shade of pink is not for someone with fair skin. Not at all.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    It looks like curtains from Anthropologie bred with a napkin folding class.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like the bracelet, but I liked this dress. In fact when I saw it I wished Kerry Washington had worn it instead.

  • decormaven

    What? Is that the LA version of the built in muff? This is bad, so bad.

  • kimmeister

    The shape is almost passable when viewed head on, but from the side, quel horreur!

    • Sarah

      One benefit of this dress (only benefit?) is that it requires zero bra, I’m thinking. Maybe she just wanted to let it all hang out, for a day.

  • Glam Dixie

    I wish I could look that good in a dress that bad.

  • Tanya Wade

    Bracelet is purty? That’s all I got on this one.

  • cocohall

    Relief. I’m feeling relief. Because I kept thinking “What am I missing here? Why would she, much less anyone else, wear this? But it is Givenchy. It’s Cate Blanchett. Squint. Maybe it is good? Nope. Not good.” But I will give her credit. Even if she knows its a fail, she is selling it hard.

  • StellaZafella

    Without the sequins I would be on board with this. She’s worn this color before…it’s not her best effort but it’s not that bad.

    • SRQkitten

      Yes! The sequins were what threw this off for me, otherwise it might have been passable.

  • Dandesun

    She needs to bring this look to the Madonna Inn.

    • H2olovngrl

      California humor?

  • conniemd

    I actually like the color and the dress. It’s sort of Grecian goddess flowy. It would have looked much, much better on Kerry Washington though as others have noted. I don’t hate it and Cate looks beautiful and glowing.

  • Shawn EH

    Most definitely saving the good stuff for the big show. Grace Kelly for the GGs, so Hepburn for the Oscars?

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t hate it. I feel like I should, but she looks too pretty for me to hate it.

  • Wendi126

    Rainbow fish

    • Dana

      Ooh, I loved that book as a kid. But yeah, the sequins totally give off that vibe.

  • LaSylphide

    Well, I kind of liked it until I read the lobster bib comment. How are we supposed to take this seriously after that? Especially now that I’ve embarrassed myself on the bus with a loud snort while trying to suppress a burst of laughter.

    • quiltrx

      Fashion that makes us snort is one of the best things about being a Bitter Kitten! Don’t be embarrassed, give ’em your best Suck It face and go on!

  • jilly_d

    At least you boys TRIED to like it, which is one step further than I got.

  • MaggieMae

    It’s a little Star Trek.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It does bring back memories of Yeoman Rand and any number of the exotic females Capt. Kirk got to romance in the original Star Trek

  • Raymond Dnomyar

    I would trade several years of my life to be her [best friend] but I hate everything happening south of the neck. Her hair and makeup look beautiful and ethereal. It’s okay, Cate. Near-Perfects are allowed their missteps.

  • Lisa Hager

    I just keep thinking that this is what Jem of Jem and the Holograms would wear on the red carpet, except with more glam.

  • Pennymac

    Well, on the plus side, it doesn’t look like one would have to “suck it in” through out the award show.
    On the minus side, sequinned lobster bib.
    I love her so much, I won’t hold this against her. And I’m kind of digging that bracelet.

  • DeTrop

    I love the way she looks. Her hair and makeup are fab. I even like the dress………..crawls away slowly.

  • YoungSally

    There was a clip on some gossip show where CB bent over to sign something and her nipple cover fell out…she simply turned away from the camera…stuck it back in place and went on with her business.

    • demidaemon

      That’s kind of awesome.

  • MissMariRose

    I’m pretty sure this dress is the reason the person running the teleprompter told her to wrap it up the minute she hit the stage.

  • quiltrx

    The funny thing is, she’s so damned regal she *almost* pulls it off. “BOW DOWN TO MY ASCOT, BITCHES.”
    And come on guys, she spent weeks scouring Pinterest to learn how to make that bracelet!

  • Joey Melliza

    Well it’s a super chic lobster bib with delusions of grandeur!

  • Anna

    There was an all-you-can eat lobster and shrimp buffet at the SAG awards afterparty. I hear you, Cate, I like to wear dresses where I can enjoy my food but not look bloated in too. Bonus: built-in lobster bib.

  • boweryboy

    What the hell…

  • SorayaS

    I like it even though it screams “maternity”. And I have to disagree with my uncles and say I think the main pink does work with Cate’s colouring. She can surprisingly (considering we think of her as an icy blonde) pull off warm tones like apricot and in these photos the main pink certainly has peach tones. I think her makeup is to die for.

    I would burn that hideously tacky bracelet though.

  • Love the hair so much — wish it looked like this at the Golden Globes.

  • scoobynacks

    Oh thank the Lord. I feel like I’ve been given permission to stop trying so hard to think a giant bib from Roman times is chic. That side view wasn’t one I’d seen previously. I would’ve stopped trying to like it a long time ago if I’d caught that.

  • Maryanne525


  • susan6

    From certain angles (like straight on) it looks good. The shape of her hair mimics the shape of the dress and it’s an OK shade of pink for her complexion. And I’m a sucker for sequins. But from the side, it looks like a bib. So….I don’t know how to grade this. Swing and a miss?

  • SewingSiren

    Not a dress for your ordinary “look at me , look at my body” actress. It is sculptural and refined, with a touch of whimsy. I love it on her.

    • Murtada

      you got it… exactly…

  • AnneElliot

    “Lobster bib with delusions of grandeur” — brilliant! It’s kinda scrolldown meh.

  • bertkeeter

    Shame she’s not pregnant…then it could pass!

  • AnneElliot

    Sweet Jesus on a breadstick, THAT’S AWFUL. The article mentioned she’d had a head injury during a performance of Streetcar Named Desire. Can we blame amnesia? Temporary insanity?

  • Lilak

    Nope, not a win ,,,, and yet I’ll take this over Miss Roberts’s abomination any day..

  • LeelaST

    Very disappointing.

  • Akemi

    I don’t understand why she has a giant sequined napkin hanging off of her dress. *sadface*

  • H2olovngrl

    As usual, I am the cheese that stands alone. I like it. There. I said it. It doesn’t bother me that it isn’t form fitting. I like the unusual shape. I like the color on her, and I think she looks pretty.

  • Qitkat

    This might have looked awesome on Kerry Washington.

  • I weirdly really, really like it from the front. Perhaps it would’ve made a killer pregnancy dress, but she looks rather unique and stylish here.

  • Imasewsure

    I actually like the pink on her… but not the dress… so ugly

  • They actually do, do that to the guys. 🙂 I have seen it many times.

    But I have yet to see them ask one guy to use the Mani-cam. This makes me kind of sad, that mens nails are so neglected.

  • housefulofboys

    Lobster bib aside (horrible!) I can’t imagine why the designer put those two shades of pink in the dress together. They clash horribly, the fabric tends warm (which looks nice against her skin), but the sequins tend lavender. I can only hope that it looked better in person. I looked at the bracelet and remembered making similar items as a teenager with my little bead-stringing kit. Does Cate have a daughter?

  • Diego!

    Cate Blanchett, how disapointing my dear… It’s OK to miss it once in a while, but not in award season. You throw that ugly blanket-dress away ASAP!

  • This would be a lovely pregnancy look… in a different colour.

  • CT14

    I want to see the dress that lets her pull off that pink bracelet.

    This is not that dress.

  • marlie

    On the plus side, Cate’s hair and makeup look beautiful. I also love the shade of pink on the sequinned bottom of her bib. As for the rest: I can’t NOT see a bib, no matter how hard I try. And her bracelet looks like it came from Claire’s.

  • Kent Roby

    I love that our Uncles Dearest uncharacteristically typed “now” instead of the intended “no” in the opening line above, which just emphasizes how they have worked themselves beyond exhaustion to bring important fashion hits and misses to us poor starving minions. Yet they still came up with “lobster bib with delusions of grandeur”. Genius duly noted. Now please try to schedule a nap; I worry.

  • Jecca2244

    her skin, her arms. perfection. very interested to see what dresses make it from couture to oscars….

  • E. D.

    She looked so uncomfortable in it and pulled up the top at least twice while accepting her award.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Four shades of pink, if you include the lipstick. I will never hate a pink sequin, though, mark my words. I got married in pink sequins.

  • HobbitGirl

    It’s making her look like she’s slumping, and Cate always has perfect posture. Tsk tsk tsk. Bad dress.

  • Gatto Nero

    Normally I’d say she can do no wrong, but I have to agree with the uncles (*weeping*).
    But she’ll slay us at the Oscars, right??

  • Betsy

    Did you see the clip where she called out the E! “Glam Cam” for scanning her up from the toes? She said “Do you do this to the guys?” Check it out on Upworthy! Thanks, Cate, for being a true feminist, and proving that feminism is still needed.

  • Suse

    “lobster bib with delusions of grandeur” ~ I just choked on my pinot grigio!

  • I guess if I were Cate Blanchett, I’d occasionally see fit to troll the red carpet by dressing like an eighties Barbie.