Cate Blanchett’s Working Woman Style

Posted on August 13, 2014

The world of celebrity style is a vast wasteland this week, darlings. No one’s stepping out except the kinds of stars that tend to inspire responses of “Who?” And if it’s not that, it’s A-listers going out in something boring or not worth critiquing.

Cate? That’s your cue to prove us wrong.

Cate-Blanchett-Givenchy-Roger-Vivier-GOTSNYC-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (1)Cate Blanchett arrives at the New York City Center for her play “The Maids” in New York City in an Easton Pearson ‘Skalli’ dress from the Fall 2014 collection paired with a Givenchy bag and Roger Vivier sandals.

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Cate-Blanchett-Givenchy-Roger-Vivier-GOTSNYC-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-(2B)Easton Pearson Fall 2014 ‘Skalli’ Dress

Cate-Blanchett-Givenchy-Roger-Vivier-GOTSNYC-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (3)Givenchy Medium Lucrezia Duffel

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This is striking a pretty decent balance for what she has to do here. She’s an Academy Award winning movie star on Broadway, which means her every movement to and from the theater will be documented. To be honest, we think that must suck for her, but dammit, she had to go and put the effort in and that’s like dangling a carrot in front of a couple of starving rabbits.

We tend to think that, even though this was put together because of the likelihood of it being photographed, this probably looks better and more striking in person. In these flatly lit twilight shots, it all looks just a bit too busy. Those sandals and those shades are pretty focus-pulling, after all. And it’s not like the dress needed any help in order to make a statement. Plus the bag doesn’t go at all. But she’s a working woman who is literally on her way onto the job site. On that level, it’s great street style.




[Photo Credit: Darla Khazei/PacificCoastNews, Easton Pearson]

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  • Am mostly puzzled by why she’s wearing shades at night. And God, that bag is hideously boring.

    • Camera flashes.

      • Oh! Excellent insight, thank you. 🙂 Cate does indeed know what happens when she visits Broadway.

      • FibonacciSequins

        It’s also a way to skip the eye makeup and still look good for the cameras.

        • Yeah, considering she’d just have to wipe it off for whatever they’re going to put on her for the play.

      • ljh

        Yes, my thought on seeing how well-lit Cate is in the sea of near-darkness around her was how awful it must feel to be assaulted on the regular by flashes bright enough to find Baby Jessica down the well.

        • Wendi126

          Had to find out and baby Jessica is 28 and married with two kids!

          • Constant Reader

            ::THUD:: I just fainted because that makes mer REALLY old.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            This is what BK’s do for each other-the legwork to answer that question you didn’t even know you wanted answered!

        • Skippymom1

          Best reference of the day!

  • Dany

    If the bag was the color of the package/envelope, this would be a 100% chic look.

    • tallgirl1204

      I think it’s probably a bag she actually likes, full of stuff she actually needs. See how she’s leaning to one side? There’s stuff in that bag.

      • Melissa Brogan

        I’m totally giving her a pass on the bag not going with the rest of it for the sole reason that she looks like she’s actually carrying things to her job instead of parading around an empty bag.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Yes, I think Cate actually has functional things in that bag, maybe a working copy of the play with annotations, too.

    • kimmeister

      I thought the same thing!

  • StellaZafella

    I even wanna ‘dress down’ like Cate…

  • Anna

    That man behind her looks like he wants that Givenchy bag. Don’t care for the sandals, but love everything else.


  • Carrie

    It’s not perfect but still more daring and put together than most of us get.

    So damn jealous of those seeing this play!

    • whaddami

      seriously — can anyone in NYC give us a report? That’s kind of an incredible cast, like Robin W and Steve Martin doing Godot lo these many years ago now…..

  • deltabronze

    “starving rabbits” – is that a diet reference?

    • Seemed to me more like a comment on the perpetually hungry and energetic paparazzi.

      • boweryboy

        Or TLo starved for celebrity outfits worth discusssing.

        • Qitkat

          Along with dieting themselves in preparation for upcoming Fashion Week?

  • FibonacciSequins

    That bag says mini-break, not work-commute. Love the shades.

  • Sarah

    Is that print composed of tiny Indian Mughal miniature paintings? I love those! I do not love the sandals, but she can do whateva she wants.

    • Qitkat

      Fellow Art Lover, I am intrigued by this insight. Must go off to educate myself! I did not know the name of this style.

      • Sarah

        Cool I hope you like them. So detailed! I saw an exhibit of them at the VMFA here in Richmond last year (?) and I bought a book.

        • Skippymom1

          I am so jealous we moved here too late to see such an exhibit. It isn’t still here, per chance? [Realizing I should just google VMFA, n/m] 🙂

          • Sarah

            No, long gone. It was “Treasures of the Raj” or something to that effect. Indian royalty – their art, their jewelry, their clothing, their history, their furniture, their cars – everything! It was so enlightening and beautiful. No matter, the VMFA is always well-curated and their permanent collection is excellent. Never not worth a visit!

        • Jackie4g

          I think I’ve seen similar at the RMA – Rubin Museum of Art, 7th Ave and 17th Street, where the original Barney’s was located. You’ve got a great eye!

          • Sarah

            Thanks! I’m an art historian, so that makes me feel like my training is worth something 🙂

    • decormaven

      Yes, I thought the same thing on the paintings. I couldn’t have given it the same level of detail as you, but I was in the ballpark. I bow to the Art Maven….

  • Great look, Cate. Not that you care what I think. of course. And bless you for smiling for the cameras. You know where your income comes from.

  • I was so glad when I got to the last photo and saw this was really a dress–for a minute, I thought it was another jumpsuit. Much better as a dress! The bag is kind of a boring color but obviously she needs one of that size. The shoes are very bad.

  • another_laura

    Hate that bag, everything else seems just right for a (very) warm NYC summer evening.

  • Tasha

    I realize that Blanchett understands that she will be photographed and dresses accordingly but I miss the passing of a New York where she could have gone about her business of getting to work without comment – Case in point: a lot of the online comments about Lauren Bacall contain remembrances of spotting her in NY and the commenter usually has some version of “of course I would never bother her… approach her… speak to her… let her know I noticed her, but it was so wonderful seeing her!” Harry Belafonte in the supermarket, Jerry Ohrbach standing on the Broadway bus, Lauren Bacall at my mom’s physio rehab center – all being allowed to lead normal lives….

    • cocohall

      I suspect that Cate on Broadway is too much of a novelty – and the theater district is swamped with tourists and we folks from the hinterlands will lose our shit if we happen to see anyone remotely famous while we spend our week in NYC. Or anywhere really. I was in Budapest at the beginning of the summer and the Melissa McCarthy movie was filming right by our hotel. Miranda Hart (Of Call the Midwife fame) was in the movie and I spotted her filming outside. I consider myself a person who is generally in command of myself in public, but I went all fangirl and it was my sensible children who pulled me back and kept me from rushing her for a photo. Can you imagine what it took to keep myself together when I discovered she and Alison Janney were STAYING at our hotel, and sitting just inches away having afternoon tea? (if “tea” comes in tumbler with ice, if you catch my meaning.) I managed to keep it together, but after that experience, I have been less judgmental about crazy fans.

      • smayper

        I would lose my shit completely at the idea of being in the same room with BOTH of those women.

      • Gatto Nero

        Kudos for keeping your cool and your distance!

        • cocohall

          The funny thing was that there were less well known actors who were part of the cast that were arriving at the hotel and coming over to introduce themselves to the lead actors. There was this unspoken pecking order being observed and watching this little dance take place was enough of a show that I was content to just watch. Also, it is quite clear that part of the appeal of shooting in Budapest is that the cast isn’t being mobbed. There was zero observable security in the hotel. Allison Janey breezed out one afternoon to go shopping all by herself, looking completely at ease.

          • Skippymom1

            I don’t know how I would formulate the sentence in my head, but dang if I wouldn’t try just to stutter something half coherent in Allison Janney’s presence. It would start with “T.J…….!” and then lead to my husband pushing me into the nearest foliage so as to not embarrass myself further. Complete girl crush.

          • cocohall

            Well, just so you can feel totally justified in your fan-girling, Miss Janney was stylishly dressed, was clearly charming the pants off of everyone (male and female) in their little movie family, and had a radiant smile. She looked like exactly the person you’d want to spend time with on location in a far away Eastern European capital.

          • Skippymom1

            ::great sigh:: Thank you cocohall. I am pretty sure my week has been made – hard to find a smile this week in the world of fandom, but thank you so much for sharing your experience. 🙂

          • cocohall

            My pleasure. She is one of my favorites too. I had just finished a marathon of Call the Midwife, so I was unglued seeing Miranda Hart, but really, it was too much to see them together. If Melissa McCarthy had been there too, I would have required medical attention. She had been at the hotel earlier, I understand. I hope the movie (Spy) is as good as its cast.

    • marlie

      The stars of Bacall’s and Belafonte’s generation may be used to not being accosted by fans or paparazzi when they’re going about their day-to-day life, because that’s not how it was done back in the day. I appreciate that paps haven’t really aggressively stalked the stars of old Hollywood, but it could also be that they’re not as interesting to the fans, tabloids aren’t going to pay for the photos, and their fan base isn’t clamoring to know what kind of yogurt they buy at the supermarket.

      If I saw one of my film idols, I don’t think I’d pass up the opportunity to approach them or say hello, provided that it was an appropriate time and place. That’s a distinction that a lot of people seem to have trouble with nowadays (mostly because they lack common sense).

    • Gatto Nero

      I agree. I also think that being stalked by paparazzi is a different thing altogether. Jackie Onassis, for example, lived a reasonably normal life in New York for many years; the citizenry left her largely alone, but the papparazzi never stopped hounding her. (Ron Galella was notorious for this. Marlon Brando once broke his jaw.)

  • Emily Giovanni

    Her fabulousness cannot be tarnished, but those sandals are giving it a real college try.

  • hughman

    No love for the sunglasses? I think they really add some retro edge to the dress.

    • Ruby_Wednesday

      Yes, I like them too.

    • Gatto Nero

      They’re fabulous and really suit her.

  • MilaXX

    This isn’t working for me. I like all the individual pieces, but on Cate they seem to be fighting each other for attention.

  • nannypoo

    I love the dress but it reads a little frumpy, even on the model. I think it’s too long and needs different shoes. That is a seriously ugly bag.

    • It’s a difficult length to pull off, even for the model and Cate.

  • JasmineAM

    That bag looks like it was made by Buffalo Bill.

    • kimmeister

      I was thing it looked like it was broken off of the Michelin Man and painted.

  • kimmeister

    I love the dress and the shades. The length of the dress is hard to pull off anyway, but it looks even more awkward paired with flats (and ugly ones, at that). That bag may cost $2325 but I wouldn’t even use it if it were given to me for free.

    • DuBey2


  • Kent Roby

    I like the sandals, I really love the sunglasses.

  • Jennifer Schiller

    I agree it looks a little flat on camera, but I love it for its I’m going to be putting on a ton of makeup and likely heavy clothing under hot stage lights for hours breeziness while still managing to be chic. And I even kind of like the sunglasses with it in a Euro way, but I can’t for the life of me find one nice thing to say about those shoes.

  • smh4748

    I have a dumb question, so apologies in advance. Where do TLo get all of their photos? I know they probably do the crops and close-ups themselves, but how do they know what is out there on a given day?

    Sorry, I know that’s dumb, but this is the only celeb-ish site I’m regularly on, because it’s 10000% better than any other option out there, so I don’t know how these things work.


    • We subscribe to several celebrity photo agencies (meaning we pay to have the rights to use those photos on our site) and we check their sites every day – sometimes several times a day – looking for new street/event/red carpet photos. Those sites are constantly updated. Hope that answers your question : )

      • smh4748

        Yes! It does–thank you! I’ve wondered for awhile now. Thanks for answering and for the great site!

      • whaddami

        I’d wondered this too — thanks for the insight, Uncles!

  • Qitkat

    This is much better deployment of an overall, large, striking print than the post just prior. Very, very cute. Love everything about this working woman look.

  • marlie

    Cate’s dress is really interesting and suits her, and I LOVE her shades. I’m not a fan of the shoes, though, and the bag is a little boring.

  • Yoshio

    It’s very Australian mum going out to dinner whilst on a tropical holiday – except for the bag.

  • carrie

    Love the dress, hate everything else.

  • frannyprof

    I want that dress so bad.

  • crowgirl

    Love the dress, partly because I am pretty sure my Dad had a polyester print shirt in that exact same pattern as her dress, back in the 70’s.

  • E. D.

    The skirt length is too awkward.

  • Belvane

    I’m sorry, are there clothes we’re supposed to be looking at? Because all I can see is THAT SKIN.

  • Gatto Nero

    Given the setting, she looks all kinds of fabulous.
    And that smile.

  • sk8tfan

    Love the dress. Extra credit for being weather appropriate. I think I had those glasses when I was 8 except mine had little plastic swans on them. Um, and maybe there’s a price difference between mine and these.

  • Imasewsure

    Ooh it’s awesome print day… love this one too…. not in love with the dress itself but it’s cute. No to the shoes but then again, she’s a working woman on the go so no room for real criticism here.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I don’t like the shoes or bag with the dress but I would love them with other outfits. I do think the dress is pretty though.

  • drdirection

    At least she holds her bag like a normal person

  • alyce1213

    Well, she hasn’t gone into Serious Broadway Actress mode (read: black), and that’s fresh. It’s a nice print, a little shiny maybe. I don’t like the sandals or the bag much. She look great though, and I love that she has a smile on her face.

  • Sally3000

    Love those sunglasses. Need those sunglasses.

  • shopgirl716

    Love the flattering, feminine silhouette.

  • evave2

    I think the print is lovely. Actually I like everything she’s wearing. The dress makes me think she’s a woman and almost everybody else covered today are GIRLS. Little GIRLS.

  • numenah

    I lurve the dress and the shades. The bag doesn’t go, but how many of us have that indispensible bag that we grab first and stuff with everything?

  • fromanotherplanet

    Cate doesn’t give a fudge anymore.

  • Peeve

    Sorry. I love Cate, but I think everything else is pretty awful–the fugly print and shininess of the fabric of the dress, the sandals don’t go with anything, neither does the purse.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    This is exactly the kind of print I gravitate towards to in the store, and then lament that I managed to pick up the most expensive dress in Nordstrom Rack

  • gracedarling

    Love love love that Cate supports Aussie labels. Easton Pearson is an institution, so nice to see it popping up here!

    • Ali2044

      And EP really is a more mature/sophisticated womens brand. It really doesn’t work on a lot of the young models you see it shown on.

  • livesarah

    That dress is great. The model doesn’t seem to have the maturity or poise to carry it off, but it shines on Cate. Maybe this is one of those instances where a more mature-aged model would have worked really well. I strongly dislike that bag. So aggressively beige.

  • stacey

    I love the easy breezy look but that bag is fugly and the color looks like something died.

  • Joey Melliza

    luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhv how the sandals just makes the whole look sing

  • Kikishua

    The extreme flatmess of the sandals make her feet look ungainly, and as if she’s sole to pavement (yuk). Low wedge (for the comfort) and slightly more covered by the design instead?

  • GillianHolroyd

    I love the sandals but the black & white clashes with the neutral beige background of the dress. Bag is hiddy as well.

  • DeTrop

    Your unabashed love for Cate has clouded your vision on this one TLO. We all love her but this is not a great look. Maybe if the dress were shorter???The bag is bad. I like the sandals. Her skin is flawless.

  • Many “working women” across USA are scratching their heads at TnL calling her just that… True she is… but…. c’mon!

  • EEKstl

    I pretty much need those sandals. Now.

  • Judy_J

    This dress has a real 1940’s vibe to it. I’m kinda digging it.

  • futurenicole

    Has anyone figured out what brand the sunglasses are?!