Cate Blanchett Oscars Countdown Style Double Shot

Posted on March 02, 2014

We’re in the homestretch, darlings. And with only a handful of looks left to wear during awards season, Miss Cate saved two of our faves for the end.


Cate-Blanchett-Roksanda-Ilincic-Valentino-Couture-Double-Style-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Blue Jasmine” actress Cate Blanchett attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California in a Roksanda Ilincic dress paired with Nicholas Kirkwood sandals.

Cate-Blanchett-Roksanda-Ilincic-Valentino-Couture-Double-Style-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)

Cate-Blanchett-Roksanda-Ilincic-Valentino-Couture-Double-Style-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2014 Collection

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Love every little bit of this – even the overly complicated shoes, which help to provide some visual balance. So great to see colors like this on the red carpet. You just don’t tend to see these kinds of subtle shades in a world that prefers fire-engine reds and simple blacks and whites above all else. Love the graphic pop of the look combined with the clean face and low-key hair. It all works like crazy for her. A true head-turner – and it’s nice to see she’s heading into Oscars weekend on top of her style game, instead of worn out from it.



Cate-Blanchett-Roksanda-Ilincic-Valentino-Couture-Double-Style-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Cate Blanchett attends The Rodeo Drive Committee And The City Of Beverly Hills Inducts Catherine Martin Into The Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style event in Beverly Hills, California in a Valentino couture dress.

Cate-Blanchett-Roksanda-Ilincic-Valentino-Couture-Double-Style-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (7)

Cate-Blanchett-Roksanda-Ilincic-Valentino-Couture-Double-Style-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (8)Valentino Spring 2014 Couture Collection

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Let’s be clear here: it’s a tablecloth. A very beautiful, high end tablecloth, but still a tablecloth. It takes a Cate to make a dress like this … well… not look like a tablecloth. And she’s up for the challenge, apparently, because she’s making it work. She looks regal and somehow unpretentious at the same time – even with tassles hanging off her boobs.

Also: kudos to her team for finding two perfect uses for those shoes.




[Photo Credit:, David Gabber/PRPhotos, Parisa/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, IMAXtree,]

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  • ChaquitaPhilly

    What a great way to start Oscar Day!
    Thanks, Guys.

  • lbl

    Lol… and I just watched Gone with the Wind for the first time yesterday. What perfect timing. I love the second look and think she’s wearing it better than the model.

    • scoobynacks

      Tell me you’ve also seen Carol Burnett’s spoof of GWTW? Youtube it, I’ll wait. Classic sketch.

  • I’ve come to the conclusion that Cate is a sucker for tactile fabrics. A felted cashmere blanket and raw silk piano shawl must feel so nice. And she’s Cate so she makes them look nice.

    • How does she not make the second one look like Little Prom on the Prairie (not my original joke)?

      • It is a bit Stands With A Fist(full of canapes).

        • Pennymac

          ^^Epic interwebs comment WIN!^^

      • decormaven

        Tassel Me Up! Tassel Me Down!

      • scoobynacks

        I think we’re seeing these looks backwards. If you put the 2nd one first, it tells a story where she’s trying to paint with all the colors of the wind.

    • Evan

      I think the first one looks like a beach towel actually.

      • grasshack

        First dress looks like a craft project to me. Of course, Cate can wear Anything & look great. (Loved her in Blue Jasmine!)

  • lexilexi

    Not crazy about either of these looks… or those shoes. But there’s a lot more to come today… thanks guys for keeping us updated!

  • mommyca

    I watched Blue Jasmine last night and my love for her just grew exponentially…. Luv her!!!! The first dress is gorgeous, it’s so nice to see somebody taking risks, and that’s why we have Cate, to give a jolt to the red carpet… Can’t wait to see what she will wear tonight!

  • First one is a near miss for me. I just don’t like the design itself — the belt and the flower thing just don’t work together. But it’s the right kind of look for the Independent Spirit Awards.

  • Pennymac

    Epic girl crush! I saw her in a film with Bruce willis and Billy Bob Thornton the other day. It was a weird little movie, (name escapes me, anyone?) She was luminous. This first look is especially fantastic. And God bless her for making that fringe sing without looking the least bit hippie. Luv her!

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      Bandits, I think? Such a funny movie.

      • Pennymac


  • Judy_J

    Two thumbs up!

  • filmcricket

    Hate the shoes, and pretty much everything about the 2nd look (except her hair, which is great). Good luck tonight, Uncles! Hope you’re well-rested and hydrated for the epic tweet-a-thon that lies ahead.

    • Chickadeep

      Yeah, these aren’t working for me either. When I scrolled down, expecting to be wowed, all I could come up with was “…well, at least the hair is good.”

  • Laura Abrahamsen

    I always think that Bordeaux color in the first dress belongs to brunettes, but it does something wonderful to a pale blue-eyed blonde like Cate. It’s so rich.

  • mkt-rex

    She looks like Tilda in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in that second look.

  • The first dress is amazing. I want it own it.

    She is keeping the second dress from going to costume through sheer force of will.

  • shirab

    Love the colors in the first dress, but the combo of the hem length and the scalloped top of the bootie make her ankles/calves look on the thick side, which they can’t possibly be.

  • @Biting Panda

    Oh bless you. Bless Cate.

  • PastryGoddess

    2 more amazing entries into Cate’s fashion pantheon. Love these

  • MilaXX

    LOVE the first dress but I’m not cray about the shoes being paired with it. The second look seems to work solely because Cate is wearing it. The whole thing looks a bit fancy Pocahontas.

    • kmk05

      We should be happy the designer didn’t render it in camel.

      • Skippymom1

        I love you for this comment.

  • Spreecord

    Honestly, I think both these looks are examples of Carte Blanchett. Not that I’m complaining. As I’ve said before, so long as she’s not wearing a Jennifer Lawrence skindress, she gets a pass from me.

  • Skippymom1

    Please keep in mind I admire Ms. Blanchett for her work. After SJP’s “let’s get back in the mainstream media” opine about mean girls, I don’t want to imply I am, in any way, dissing the actress shown here. Just the clothing.
    The first dress is horrible. Seriously? It looks like a 3rd grader’s felt project for ….I don’t know….. for what holiday? Perhaps something festive with brown and blue? The belt belongs somewhere else. Star Wars?It doesn’t fit in this look or anything I can think of outside of Sci Fi. And the shoes don’t add anything visually to the whole look except to give a scroller a relief sigh, as in “Well, at least something wasn’t made construtcted by the prepubescent set.”
    I may go to TLO hell for disagreeing but I honestly heaved a bit when I saw her wearing things.

    • Skippymom1

      *this*…not things. sigh.

    • golden_valley

      Well I’ll see you there Skippymom1. That first one is stiff, ugly and the belt makes it worse looking. The second one was good at first glance, but the more I looked at the fringes and tassels, the stranger it looked. Even Cate couldn’t save them.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She can make anything look good. That second dress shouldn’t look good on anyone, ever, but Queen Cate is werqing it.

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  • shaziz

    the BEST!! WANT SHOES.

  • SophieCollier

    Both dresses are fun and look great on her. I want to ask, though, is that top dress made of felt? It sure looks like felt in the photos.

  • DaringMiss

    The first dress looks like a bath towel. The colors, the texture — fashion by Wamsutta!

  • Janet B

    Cate, always on point.

  • kmk05


    Both dresses are nuts: the first one looks like felt, and the second one like high-end straw. AND YET! She makes both work like woah, and they are definitely head-turning looks. Love the belt in the first one especially, and the fact that she styles her hair differently.

    • I read that as “second one like high-end straw. AND YETI” and thought “Yes! It DOES look like yeti fur!”. But what you actually said is true too.

      • kmk05

        A female yeti, obviously, as any designer would tell you a male one would have these things hanging all over.

        It does look ridiculous the more you look at it.

  • Daisy Walker

    I love her expression in the first picture. That may be my favorite image of her evah. Love these looks, the shoes…not so much.

  • TigerLaverada

    For me, she’s top of the heap. Just wow, both looks. Don’t like the clunky shoes, but she makes even them work.

  • I love both dresses and she is working them like the champ she is, but goodgawdawmighty, I hate those shoes. I hate them less paired with the second dress, since the tassels obscure them to a certain extent, but I think they are DEATH with that gorgeous Ilincic. How about a pair of relatively simple white sandals, with a gold metal ankle strap instead?

  • Love the first dress and love the fact that she’s owning the second one, which shouldn’t work on anyone. I love fashion super bowl!

  • pookiesmom

    I don’t know…I kind of love the second dress, weirdly, but the first one looks like a repurposed dog pillow to me. With, like, a shiny sheet metal belt.

  • boweryboy

    I would like the first look if it didn’t have the beige section. I hate the second look.

  • Sarah

    Oh, man. I’d like to go out with Cate, have her whip off that tablecloth for a cute cocktail number underneath, and spread us a high-end picnic (waited on by handsome handlers) before we hit the town. I’m pretty sure she could do it.

  • cwade1211

    The first one looks pretty except that the fabric looks kind of fuzzy, like felt or fleece.

  • Akemi

    The first dress is AWESOME. Even if it is made of felt.

  • Oh yes.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE the first dress (ESPECIALLY THAT BELT), but I only like the shoes when viewed from the side. From the front they make her feet look a bit bloated (on the first full shot). I do LOVE them with the second look, which kind of looks like she’s wearing a Komondor (dog)!

  • Tee

    Dress one has to be a felted wool. Surprisingly chic. And how refresfing to see someone unabashedly wear the same pair of shoes in two completely different looks. Too bad we have to hate on tablecloths instead of recognizing an interesting twist to traditional sewing methods.

  • SewingSiren

    Dress #1 is Adrian realness, but the belt bugs.
    2nd dress is perfect, probably for Cate alone, but mores the better.

  • what not

    60s carpet and table runner, with terrible shoes. But to be honest, she pulls both off better than anyone else could. I’m conflicted.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I am totally in love with that first dress-the color combo, the cut, that belt is fab. As for Valentino, yes, it is a couture table cover, and it takes someone of Cate’s caliber to make it work. Well done.

  • Clash D

    She looks like Kylie Minogue in that second photo.

  • NinjaCate

    LOVE the first look, hate the length. The second look is flawless.

  • susan6

    I disagree about the shoes. With dresses that busy, I would go for a toned down, minimalist shoe. Love the first dress. The second…I would think it was OK if it were a different color….it’s too similar to her hair.

  • SugarSnap108

    I was so excited when I saw the first shot of the ‘felt’ dress, and then I scrolled down to the awkward hemline and shoes. Still, I like it. The second look works only because of her.

  • Tracy_Flick

    First look: I just can’t see how that belt got put with that dress. Love the dress though, it has that Marimekko vibe, and the colors and cut are beatiful.
    Second look: Looks like it was woven out of her own hair.

  • Kelly

    *She* looks beautiful. The clothes, though. . . I hate the belt with the first dress; it just doesn’t seem to go at all. I mean, there’s “edgy and cleverly unexpected,” and then there’s “WTF?” Guess where I think this cigar band belongs? And that second outfit — sorry, but I’m getting trauma flashbacks to Sasheen Littlefeather.

  • marlie

    I hate the shoes, but I like both dresses – especially the first. That one is just gorgeous.

  • Judih1

    the first look is too casual and too springlike. The second one is not only just a tablecloth, but a horrible color on her

  • Gatto Nero

    The first dress is great on her — but the ankle-high sandals shorten her legs.
    In the second look, she’s a quirky golden goddess.

  • First look: WOW
    Second look: pretty great from the waist up, not really sold on the skirt.

  • Aurumgirl

    Well, my husband kept hinting at it with menace, but this clinches it: Macrame is officially back.

  • Pablo

    I like the shoes better with the second look, for me it clashes with the first dress

  • Sally Spannagle

    I’m dying over these looks. They are absolutely perfect. I wish a less fussier shoe was worn in the 1st look. But I can’t complain, I may have to make these photos my desktop background just to get through the day.

  • Lilithcat

    I disagree with you about the second look. It is not a tablecloth. It is upholstery. It’s true. I know someone whose sofas are covered with that material. Fortunately, the sofas do not have fringe.

  • EEKstl

    The first look = WERQ. The second, well, I would have preferred it with just the top fringe and a simpler skirt. Love the shoes.