Cate Blanchett in Maison Martin Margiela at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on February 03, 2014

Cate Blanchett attends the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival where she was awarded the “Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award” in a Maison Martin Margiela embroidered dress paired with Casadei ‘Barbarella’ pumps.

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2014 Collection





[Photo Credit: Parisa/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Andrew Evans, Jonathan Shensa/, IMAXtree]

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  • Slightly awkward fit here, but it’s still stunning. Luminous and beautiful and just unusual enough to catch the eye. Cate the Great!

  • I really love how she has been sequin-ing it up lately.

    Fingers crossed for a Cate Blanchett SequinPalooza for the Oscars. 🙂 Would love to see some jewel tone sequins on her.

  • jtabz

    I love this–
    Like Gwyneth, she’s working a minimal look while wearing a sparkly, high-impact stunner. The difference is in the details, though — Cate’s hair is simple but polished, and the make-up is “fresh” but still very much there. The pastel of this dress makes the lighter make-up/simple hair easier to pull off, too.

  • I cannot hate anything called “Barbarella”. And usually, those things called “Barbrella” do not let me down. I love these shoes.

    • ewes_urn_aim

      I’d love to see a remake of Barbarella. Re-casting would be a hoot!

      • Rand Ortega

        It’s going to be a series soon on Amazon.

        • ewes_urn_aim

          I hope the series keeps the beefcake-factor the movie had. AND the clothing! I hope someone like Gaultier or Mugler could do the


          • Rand Ortega

            Let’s hope the beefcake is without clothing like the movie (John Phillip Law = Yum) & comic! Gaultier &/or Mugler would be perfect, but far too expensive. Perhaps some intrepid wardrobe supervisor will raid 1 of the costume houses (Paramount’s is amazing. Going in there is like visiting the Sistine Chapel! Everything from the original “Barbarella” to “The 10 Commandments”, the Claudette Colbert “Cleopatra” to every Star Trek movie) & put together something fabulous!

        • boweryboy

          Are you kidding me?

          • Rand Ortega

            Nope. The suits have been trying to remake “Barbarella” since forever. Even did it as a musical about a decade ago. Director Robert Rodriguez was the last attempt before this one, casting his then girlfriend Rose McGowan as the lead. It went nowhere. Now the guys who wrote “Skyfall” are attached to write the pilot. But considering how expensive this could be, depending how much Amazon is willing to expend, seeing how they’re new to the original content game, this might be another failed attempt. That said, Netflix was a rookie who scored huge with “House Of Cards” & so did Hulu with “Alpha House”, so this could be a win. It’s got all the TV food groups for success (Sci Fi, Sex, Satire, T&A, Beefcake).

          • ewes_urn_aim

            I hope they keep it cheeky and fun and not something “serious” like the Lost In Space re-make movie from the 90’s.
            And you can keep John Phillip Law -and I’ll take Ugo Tognazzi! Someone like Joe Manganiello could play Ugo’s role quite nicely!

          • Rand Ortega

            Rough Trade in space! I like your taste!

          • boweryboy

            Wow. Depending on who is involved and the casting choices it could either be as fantastic and campy as the original or a hot, steaming mess. I won’t keep my fingers crossed.

          • Rand Ortega

            The original producer, Dino De Laurentis’ widow, Martha, is 1 of the EP’s. The Prod Co is the same that did NBC’s “Hanibal”, Gaumont International Television. So there is some quality there & I think they’re savvy & smart enough to give it what made the original such a cult classic. No cast or crew announcements yet. But I think Margot Robbie would make an amazing Barbarella. Hell, if they want to be totally 21st century, so would Lupita (but her focus is & absolutely should be film right now). Let’s hope they give Miss Jane a worthy cameo.

          • boweryboy

            I like where this is headed. It remains to be seen how I feel once Barbarella is cast. And I seriously doubt you get Fonda to make a cameo. From what I’ve heard she absolutely loathes that movie and tries to divorce herself from it as much as possible. Which is kind of a bummer, because that movie (and 9 to 5) is part of the reason why she’s such a gay icon.

          • Rand Ortega

            Very true. Let’s hope time has healed that wound (that was a very painful time in her life re: her husband at the time, the director of the film, Roger Vadim), she’s asked & gets into the spirit of the show & knocks everybody’s socks off.

        • Mara Jose Benites

          What????This is like the best news ever. I didn’t know this.

  • Diego!

    This looks so stiff… but looks amazing on Cate! I’m gonna approve though I hate those shoes. IN!

  • cmb92191


  • She wins life. Just perfection. I finally saw Blue Jasmine over the weekend. This woman is incredible, and she dresses like a woman who knows she is. I love this dress.

  • boweryboy

    I think it’s a bit too close to her skin tone for my liking.

    • Evan

      Same here

    • jif

      Was about to post the same thing. It’s lovely, it has interesting detailing, the fit’s terrific, but – on her – I would have liked to have seen it done in a different palette.

    • 3boysful

      whew. Thought I was the only one not wowed by this.

      • boweryboy

        You are not alone.

  • Evan

    I hope they don’t snub her at the Oscars because of the whole Woody Allen thing. That would be unfortunate, to say the least.

    • Rand Ortega

      The Oscars love her & Allen too much. She’s still going to win Best Actress.

    • @Biting Panda

      I think when you chose to work with certain people, there can be ramifications of those choices. I’ll never see her performance in Blue Jasmine, which is a shame, I’m sure she is brilliant.

      That said, Hollywood just honored the man, I doubt the Academy voters will punish her, when they don’t seem to have a problem with him.

      • She is brilliant.. however I did not love the movie, especially the ending. I found it kind of frustrating to be honest.

        Out of everything I have seen her in, this was not my favourite movie she has done. I’m not sure the story was enough for someone as brilliant as Cate. She made the most out of what was there, that is for sure. 🙂

        • boweryboy

          I thought she knocked it out of the park in Blue Jasmine. I’ve seen all the Best Actress movies and by far she is the best. Also, I think I’m the only person who thought the ending was perfect. It was a fitting conclusion to someone so self absorbed and out of touch with reality as Jasmine.

          • Mara Jose Benites

            I also loved the ending. It make the movie a tad more realistic, even if cruel.

          • AnneElliot

            I agree. The ending made me sad, but it’s completely realistic. I thought it was perfect, and she was amazing. Sally Hawkins was also great — there were so many great performances in that movie.

          • boweryboy

            Sally Hawkins steals every scene she’s in. I so want her to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

      • DarcSwan

        It would be nice if there were ramifications, but his career has continued without consequence. I feel it is entirely trivialising to reduce Dylan’s public statement to jeopardising a shiny gold statue for Cate.

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  • Anna

    I don’t know, I want to like this. I’m usually a lover of sparkles and sequins (hey, I liked Gwyneth’s dress even though the styling overall was shit) but I’m getting table runner and linens from the skirt :-S.

    Face, hair and makeup are glorious as usual though and I love the shoes.

    • That would be some spectacular table. 🙂

      • Anna

        I used to work in event planning and something about this dress reminds me of fabric swatches I’ve seen from the linen supplier.

    • leahpapa

      Agreed, though I’m getting Mermaid Who Lunches more than table linen. It’s odd, because I can see the style on the model – which is high-contrast and unexpected – working like gangbusters for her. It’s not a bad dress, but it’s weirdly sedate and prosaic for her.

    • kimmeister

      The shoes are matchy but still awesome.

  • decormaven

    Love how the lip picks up the pale pink in the dress. She’s working this look well.

  • @Biting Panda

    Love it.

  • BobStPaul

    Don’t like the dress (it’s too close to her skin tone, among other things), don’t like the hair, and don’t like the make-up. It’s not terrible but it’s not up to her usual standard.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Maybe she’s leading the charge for lip color!?!?! The dress is beautiful, but I’m not 100% sure she should be the wearer. That said, she still looks stunning.

  • OrigamiRose

    Ugh, I know this isn’t an open post but is anyone just completely heartbroken over PSH? I haven’t cried over a celebrity passing away since Audrey Hepburn. I’m so very sad for him, he was one of “us” – an addict who made it :/

  • acevedob

    I’m not in love with Cate right now. What is going on with her? She seems to have lost the aura around her.

    • alyce1213

      She’s got to be completely wrung out. This is the most attention and biggest publicity extravaganza she’s ever had, and it’s been a long pole dance — Blue Jasmine opened months ago.

  • mjude

    finally made it to the TLO blog. whew…anyway I like this on cate.

  • Kelly

    Love the shoes. The dress is bland with her skin tone; it works somewhat better on the model, but only because of the contrast with the black (and even then, I don’t love it). Can’t wait for this no-style hairstyle trend to end. In short — not one of Cate’s best.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    The sequined shoes are a bridge too far, but she is serving ice princess realness and I love it.

  • I prefer it worn as a coat/vest, to be honest. I don’t think the shape works very well as a dress.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Agreed. Love the sleeveless coat! Especially the way the opening creates those perfect geometric shapes. Will have to look at the collection to see the details.

  • In_Stitches

    She looks like a rainbow trout. I wish the colors were a bit richer and darker.

  • SewingSiren

    Cate getting her mermaid on.

  • hughman

    Ren-faire mermaid. Wish it had more shape.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Yes, a little washed out, but overall beautiful. And I think she looks exceptionally youthful in these photos.

    • Judy_S

      I noticed that too–how young she looks. I have no idea how she can look good in this odd dress, but she not only looks good, she looks like a happy kid.

  • I love it — what I don’t love is that horrid “Ugg”ly backdrop that makes subtle colours so hard to see.

  • Louisxvi

    Her and all the people who worked with Woody Allen are disgusting!

    • I’m conflicted about this comment. This concept makes me uncomfortable.

      Is it up to people who work to investigate and judge the personal lives of their employers and or coworkers, regardless of the industry?

      Does one ever know everything about every interaction someone one works with has with other people?

      If it is our job to find these things out and then judge people on them, I think we all might have to quit, firstly from the amount of time these investigations would take, we would not have time for work. Secondly because we are all human and any reasonable sized workplace is going to have people who did things they should never have done.

      I can’t blame Cate for something someone she worked with might – or might not – have done. We will never know the truth of it. And frankly it is not up to us to know the truth of it.

      • Evan

        Well said. My mom worked in politics and her boss ended up getting in trouble for bribery and other ethics violations, even though he seemed like a nice person. Should she be considered bad just by association, even though she had no knowledge of his misgivings? Definitely not. Unfortunately, when she applied for other jobs, even though she took his name off her resume, places could easily find out who she worked for and decide they didn’t want to hire her just because of association.

      • martha

        I agree that while most working people can’t be expected to know everything about employers & coworkers, or even have the financial option to refuse work, someone like Cate Blanchet does have that freedom. It also seems naive to believe she had no knowledge of the allegations against Allen. I lose respect for anyone who works with him. The daughter who accused him of molesting her has never wavered from her claim. She was too emotionally fragile to testify against him. NO amount of cinematic talent could ever negate the emotional harm a sexual assault causes a person, especially a child.

        • As I said in a later comment, Cate was in Australia at NIDA when this happened, and seeing as I am also Australian and I had no idea of the accusations until the recent letter from Dylan, it is entirely possible she had never heard of the allegations.

          All of us tend to forget what life was like back in the days before the internet, social networking, Facebook etc. We had to rely on newspapers, radio, tv news. Allegations of sexual abuse against an American director would probably not have been big news in Australia.

          It was over 20 years ago, and quite a number of years passed with Cate working in Australia and the UK before she headed to the US.

          My point is, we don’t know whether she knew of the allegations before she worked with Woody Allen. Now, we *all* know she knows, so why not wait and see if she works with him again before making a judgment against her on this?

          • martha

            I understand that most people in other countries would not have heard about the allegations, however, Cate Blanchet is in the same industry as Woody Allen. I’m pretty sure most, if not all, people in this country working in film have heard something about this. I have a hard time believing that from the time she was approached to work in the film and when she actually signed a contract no one said anything about this.

          • We can discuss this forever, but the truth is we don’t know what she knew or when she knew it.

            I think Cate is entitled to the benefit of the doubt on this one. But that is just my opinion. 🙂

    • Mara Jose Benites

      Please, what Woody might or not might have done has nothing to do with her at all.

      • Louisxvi

        She worked with him, she knows the allegations very well as she has been in the industry for long enough, she is promoting his work. I hope she looses the Oscar.

        • boweryboy

          Allegations is the key word here.

          Personally, regardless of how you feel about Allen (or Polanski for that matter if we’re going that route), there’s no denying his talent.

          • Louisxvi

            His art? You mean watered down European (french) style cinema? If I wanted that I would watch the real thing, I have the pleasure of speaking French and Spanish, so I don’t need to watch his films to feel superior. And btw talent is not a shield that should protect pedophiles. People like you are enablers to great evil. Why has he not sued for defamation yet?

          • You best knock this off right now. You’re free to discuss this topic here but you’re not free to lash out at anyone who disagrees with you. Get it under control.

          • boweryboy

            Wow. I’m going to leave you to sort out whatever issues you have, but to be fair you don’t know me (nor I you) so your allegations of who I am is unfounded.
            See what I did there?

        • Mara Jose Benites

          I see where you are coming from and I respect it. But the academy is recognizing her professional work, not Allen’s conduct (notice that for much we may think he did something despicable and abhorrent, legally speaking he was not even prosecuted at all and that is a fact). She gave a great performance that has been lauded by every single award body who found it the best of the year, so I think she deserves that award as it i for excellency in film. Notthing else, nothing more.
          This is a very delicate matter that I don’t want to tribalize by talking about awards prospects, but Blanchett is not the one to blame about this.

          • Louisxvi

            By continuing to work with him, actors including Cate continue to show that there is no shred of morality in Hollywood and that advancing their careers is above all. Cate is a great actress, she does not need Woody to get an Oscar.

        • How do you know what she knows?

          She is from Australia, as am I. I was *not* aware of the allegations re Woody Allen and Dylan until the letter published this week. I do not know that these allegations were big news here in Australia. Nor do I know that it is something people gossip about in the industry. Nor do I know that before someone works with someone else, they are sat down and filled in on every piece of gossip that has ever been said about that person.

          You can’t ever know what someone else knows. You can’t know their knowledge.

          Cate was at NIDA in 1992 which is the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. I would suggest she was somewhat busy with that. Also back in those days, the internet was nowhere near as prevalent as it is now, so if this was not reported in the media here, it is unlikely people would have heard about it.

          The world is a big place. Don’t assume that because you know something, everyone else in the world must know it too.

  • Cheryl

    The dress is fine, not crazy about it, but not disliking it either. But GIANT shoes!

  • LeelaST

    Love this when she’s posing, not crazy about the lines when she’s walking. Would have been a killer gown. Lovely overall look for this event, casual elegance.

  • MilaXX

    Love the face & hair. Love the shoe. I’m on the fence with the dress. I think the gaps down the front of the top or the pleats on the bottom, but not both. She’s making it work in that way that only Cate can but it still reads a bit off to me

  • I love this. So interesting and pretty. Perfectly put together.

  • numenah

    I love this gorgeous dress but it’s shortwaisted on her.

  • Patrick Cleary

    It looks fantastic, and (I was going to say “but,” but it doesn’t detract from this at all) the pattern reminds me of the granny squares my Nana used to make quilts out of.

  • alyce1213

    Very interesting garment — beautiful work, I’ve never seen anything like it.
    But I think I like what the model’s wearing better.

  • Danielle

    She looks like the ice queen mermaid of my dreams.

  • mlle

    She looks like the rainbow sherbert I used to have as a kid. Those shoes are covetable.

  • I feel like this is Emilia Clarke’s dress. Very mother of dragons.

    • procrastinatrice

      Yes! This would work very well with her coloring–better than it is working for Cate.

      • AnneElliot

        If Emilia was wearing it as an icy blonde like her Daenerys look, it would be stunning. Not sure if it work with her natural dark hair.

  • d4divine

    She is probably the ONLY star thatcan even come close to getting away with that dress…simply because, no matter what, Cate owns it.

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  • marlie

    It’s a beautiful dress! I love this on Cate! Really interesting colors and details, and an interestingly shaped dress.

  • Joanna

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen her smile like in that last picture . . . I know she’s one of the Giving Face royalty, but I like that smile and wish she’d do that more often!

  • Edwina3

    Game of Thrones meets the red carpet?

  • River


  • ShaoLinKitten

    This is gorgeous. Forget about Beyonce– this is the woman I bow down to.

  • J. Preposterice

    I prefer the runway version, I think…

  • Trickytrisha

    Fabulous dress, and Miss Cate is glorious.

  • demidaemon

    Seriously not loving the skirt. Those weird pleats (at least I think that’s what they are) in the alternate fabric just bring down the whole dress.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Easter chain mail. But I like her head especially her smile.

  • Carly Clement


  • KT

    I really like this dress actually, and LOVE how unique it looks. I do kind of wish the dress were rendered in a different color palette however — maybe in shades of blue and green. Still quite pretty though, and I LOVE the shoes! More people need to wear gunmetal grey shoes.

  • Joey Melliza

    This is like a beautifully made Rodarte dress… if Rodarte made pretty clothes — there’s something awkwardly Sophia Coppola about it… hmmmmmmm

  • sienna elm

    I love it! But I would prefer to have the open tunic version for myself. 🙂

  • MannahattaMamma

    so fantastically beautiful – dress, shoes, person

  • colorjunky

    I like!

  • Gorgeous dress, hate the shoes, SHOCKED how much I love it as a coat.

  • littlemac8

    i just love this dress! I think her hair is a fright – totally undone

  • Gatto Nero

    I love this on her. She looks like a pale goddess in magic armor.