Cate Blanchett in New York City

Posted on August 18, 2014

This is like a scene out of a Nora Ephron movie, where a crowd of stock-character New Yorkers learn to let down their defenses and love the plucky out-of-town girl with the funny accent and the big dreams.

Y’know, now that we think of it, it’s kind of a shame Cate never got to star in a Nora Ephron rom com. She’d have brought a wry intelligence to the treacly, feel-good material, much in the same way she put a spin on the standard neurotic Woody Allen female lead in Blue Jasmine.


Cate-Blanchett-GOTS-NYC-Gucci-Tods-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Cate Blanchett heading to the theater in New York City, New York wearing her favorite Tod’s sunglasses and Roger Vivier flats paired with a Gucci bag.

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Cate-Blanchett-GOTS-NYC-Gucci-Tods-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Tod’s Fall 2014 Collection

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Cate-Blanchett-GOTS-NYC-Gucci-Tods-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6B)Gucci Fall 2014 Jackie Soft Bag

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Anyway, we’re rambling. She looks chic and she’s clearly reading our advice to her because she finally got rid of that hideous bag and traded it in for something chic and classically “New York rich bitch.” She’s even making the drop crotch pants work for her. And she’s obviously very in love with those sandals and shades, because she’s been wearing them everywhere all month. We’re not in love with either pair, but we’re coming around on them. They certainly work with this outfit.

Congratulations, Cate. You’re a New Yorker.





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  • Lilithcat

    No, that crotch is completely insane. There’s no excuse for it. None.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      Yes there is: emergency poopie. Jk. No to the pants

      • Pennymac

        Poopie Pants. NOPE.

      • enuma

        Or being poor, and needing a place to stash the stuff you are shoplifting.

    • Karen Belgrad

      That crotch is aesthetically not pleasing.

    • J.W.

      I’m with this group.

    • Freynika

      This phrase is why I miss The Dutchess on PR. That crotch is completely ridiculous.

    • cocohall

      The crazy crotch doesn’t work on Justin Bieber and it looks no better on Miss Cate. It just stumpifies her lower half. She looks like my corgi, if my corgi wore pants. But the concept of this look, soft neutrals, is lovely on her. So at least she is heading in the right direction. I want to LIVE IN THE BAG. Gorgeous.

    • ballerinawithagun

      The drop crotch ONLY works with a very soft, drapey fabric and then very fitted at the ankle. These golf pants were not meant for a dropped crotch as they should only be slung under a rotund belly with a beer swilling man who proclaims that he still wears the same waist size as he did in college…

    • demidaemon

      Thank you for saying this. Jesus, I love her, but I am a firm believe that ones anatomical crotch should line up with the crotch in clothing.

    • E. D.

      Agreed. She’s only a couple of inches from Hammer pants.

  • Gatto Nero

    The peach looks fresh on her and that’s a pretty bag, but even the great Cate can’t redeem those drop-crotch pants. They make her legs look stumpy.
    The sandals and sunglasses are working for her.

  • Anna

    I’m really loving the fact that she schleps around large and sometimes multiple bags. Makes me feel like we have something in common.

    In addition to white drop-crotch pants, she’s also making that nude-peach shade (loathe that colour) work.

  • MilaXX

    those sandals must be a lot more comfortable than they look.

    • Vanessa Reyes

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • SugarSnap108

    I will confess to sometimes liking a drop crotch. (I know.) But those pants are hideous.

  • @Biting Panda

    No. Unacceptable. Always. No. Dropped. Crotches. Period.

    ETA- Also, in what circumstances, short of 4+ hours of flight, is a bag of that size needed? I’ve seen that ginormous bags are fully on trend, but they make the carrier look a little delusional.

    • Sophie

      She may be carrying another outfit in it for later on? Things tend to accumulate very quickly when you’ve got space for them in your bag.

      • alyce1213

        We can only hope she has another outfit in that bag.

    • Kitten Mittons

      If your legs get tired, just climb in said bag and let your handler carry you. Cheaper than a cab, more convenient than a bike. Ta-daaa!

      • Glam Dixie

        You just gave me a flashback to tiny Christian Siriano sitting in a bag while cute muscly Jack Mackenroth carried him into the workroom.

        • Kitten Mittons

          One of my favorite seasons. Pocket-Sized Princess Puffy Sleeves (PSPPS).

          • Glam Dixie

            Mine too, sigh, the good old days. Gone, but not forgotten.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Never! It’s amazing, I went to Wikipedia to look up which season that was (4, couldn’t believe it was that long ago!), and it was exactly when Lifetime took over that I really started to feel beat down by the show. There was a season here or there in the Lifetime era that was *okay*, but Seasons 1-5 will always be my favorites.

            I know that’s been said ad nauseum, but I thought at least one of my favorites might have come later on in the series. Nope.

          • demidaemon

            I think the early Lifetime series weren’t terrible. It was really the Anya season where things started to go bad.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I liked the Seth Aaron season, but the Irina season is probably the least memorable to me. They did a challenge (I think in Seth Aaron’s season) where they brought back previous winners/contestants, and I did not remember her at all. It was a total “who the f@&k is that?” moment. And she won! I liked the Gretchen season, except for her win. And yes, it definitely took a turn with the Anya season. Though I liked a lot of the contestants that year, too, I suppose. Just, y’know, Anya won.

            The personalities those first few seasons were just really enjoyable.

          • demidaemon

            Yeah, I have some problems with S6. There was a lot of production drama around it and the judging panel was incredibly inconsistent in attendance, which caused even more unusual eliminations than usual.

          • Kitten Mittons

            It was boring! Looking back at the picture, I vaguely remember about 4-5 people. And from what I remember, Irina was kind of the bitch. Not that I want more producer manipulation, but that is kind of unsatisfying when the bitch is the only one to provide any interest, and she also wins. Bleh.

            I could also be remembering wrong, because I apparently blocked her from memory.

          • demidaemon

            No, you were right. She just wasn’t as obviously bitchy as some other characters on the show ( I mean, she wasn’t Kenley or La pepper, but still bitchy). But, yeah, there weren’t a lot of memorable people from that season.

    • leahpapa

      Unless there is also a shoulder strap that we’re not seeing, that bag is just an example of dumb design: in what world would the weight of the contents of that bag, when filled to capacity, not hurt the hell out of one’s forearm? Let’s hope Tay doesn’t start sporting one – the poor dear would dislocate her elbow.

      • @Biting Panda

        But Tay’s been in Beast Mode at the Gym! — Swanky Bag arm curls in sets of 50 at a time.

        Sure, her bags are always seemingly empty, but that’s just her post work out rest mode.

        • leahpapa

          I think you’ve just cracked the mystery of Taylor Swift and the Case of the Empty Bags!

    • J-Ko

      Every thing in that bag could be carried in the crotch of those pants freeing up her hands entirely.

    • lunchcoma

      I’m a lover of big purses, so there’s always room for my ereader, an extra pair of shoes and a cardigan, but I agree that one’s over the top. It’s especially silly since it doesn’t have a shoulder strap.

      • Grumpy Girl

        I suspect, that if I were carrying it, it would look more normal-large-bag size (laptop, shoes, cardigan, book, something stupid my family insists I carry). Cate is tiny, so it looks way bigger.

        • LLS

          Five feet eight and a half in her bare feet apparently. Not SO tiny. I’m five ten and that bag would be just right on me!

    • Little_Olive

      Yes, I was wondering if they sold it as a weekender. It takes up her entire torso ferchryssake!

  • mcbishop

    Can someone please explain to me the reason for a dropped-crotch pant? It looks horribly uncomfortable. Not to mention that, if you had to leap for a bus or subway, you’d be likely to split your pants. I really hate them.

    • Constant Reader

      I don’t get them either. I think it falls into that special category of unattractive, uncomfortable, impractical, yet fashionable and nobody but Anna Wintour has any idea why but people will wear it anyway because it’s “in.” See also: hoof shoes.

    • Kent Roby

      Sometimes even celebs need some Hammer Time.

    • alyce1213

      See J-Ko’s reply to Biting Panda: “Every thing in that bag could be carried in the crotch of those pants freeing up her hands entirely.”

    • kimmeister

      It’s for people who want to feel the tops of their bare thighs rubbing together, rather than desperately trying to avoid that scenario like the rest of us.

      • mcbishop

        OMG!!!! YES! Ugh.

    • mcbishop

      Does it follow, necessarily, and given the laws of planned obsolescence, that camel toe is the next big thing?

  • Bridget Smith

    I would’ve loved to see a Nora Ephron rom-com starring Cate Blanchett. I’m also really disappointed we’ll never get one starring Rachel McAdams, who has that instantly lovable charm and deserves a movie that puts it on display (instead of relying on it for any appeal).

    • whaddami

      oh, watch the first season of Slings and Arrows — she’s great in it, and definitely rom com material with a brain.

      • Bridget Smith

        Oh, I agree! LOVE her in that. But it was her first big role, not nearly as widely seen as it should be – and a decade ago!

  • Look at all those happy passersby, blessed by their morning Cate sighting.

    That bag is just barely an improvement. The pants…no.

  • spirit52

    Ugh…those pants

  • Unless you need space for a full nappy, I see no possible excuse for dropped crotch pants.

  • Sophie

    Love the blouse and the bag. I like that she wears some things more than once. But even Cate Blanchett can’t make drop-crotch pants work, sorry.

  • deelup

    The oversized crotch and waist, combined with the rolled cuffs make it seems like she’s wearing a much larger person’s pants.

  • jilly_d

    Boys, no. You will never convince me that these pants could work on anyone. Not even Cate. Big tall glass of nope.

  • The dropped crotch on the pants just make me want to hoik them up.

  • Ashleigh Weatherill

    Sorry. Not on board with the full saggy diaper pants. Never will be.

  • Judy_J

    Droopy drawers look good on no one, not even our beloved Cate.

    • Kate Andrews

      I guarantee they look even worse from behind.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Not a fan of the pants, but I’m not a complete hater of the dropped crotch in general. I think the white was a mistake – it says ‘diaper,’ which is not a statement a gal wants to make.

  • 3boysful

    Perhaps the worst pants ever–insane crotch AND cropped.

    • AmyP

      And blah tan. Not a good color for fair people.

  • drdirection

    No. Those pants are effed up.

  • alyce1213

    Ouch. No. In the realm of dropped crotch pants, these are uniquely ugly. The low waist, high-water length, cuffs, plus the gigantic tote all conspire to make everything disproportionate. You might see some fashion victims shopping Madison Ave in something like this, but I respectfully disagree, this isn’t New York style. One of her worst.

  • Kate Andrews

    Uh uh. Bieber pants are not OK.

  • frannyprof

    Sorry boys. I will never sign off on a drop crotch. But she is channeling some serious Blue Jasmine here, I’ll give her that.

    • therealkuri

      There is no human being on earth who can pull off dropped crotch pants.

  • HeisenbergHattie

    Die drop crotch …. just die already. If you’re not MC Hammer – this is wrong. Don’t do it.

  • sherrietee

    No, she is not making the dropped crotch pants work for her. No one could.

    • BobStPaul

      I wish I could like this a thousand times.

  • BayTampaBay

    Hate the pants BUT Love the Gucci Bag!

  • OffToSeeHim

    How many comments so far have referenced MC Hammer? That crotch is tragic. (Now there’s a sentence you don’t see too often…)

  • elemspbee

    nice pants nice bag

  • Glam Dixie

    That’s a running away from home bag. It’s enormous.

  • HobbitGirl

    I hate the pants, but THE BAG HAS STUFF IN IT! Hallelujah, now somebody sit Taylor Swift down and show her what a purse actually is supposed to do.

  • Mothra

    Hey, at least there appears to be stuff in that bag if it is probably a bunch of shoes and everyone else’s hairbrushes.

  • Emily

    Noooope. Those pants are a travesty.

  • decormaven

    Dear uncles, thanks for ID’ing the maker of those fab sunnies.

  • NWMothra

    Some of you are confusing MC Hammer pants with dropped crotch pants. MC Hammer pants are more harem styling which, I still like. In the right fabric, they work. The trainwreck pants on poor Kate are Bieber pants. Those are never good. I think they came about by some pattern maker that didn’t know how to fit pants and Bieber said, “cool”.

  • mellorcr

    What?????? Working????? Those pants make her looks like she’s sporting a polter-weinie the size of a keilbasa! NO NO NO NO NO!

  • bizarro

    I particularly dislike that square seaming in the crotch. Just horrible.

  • dash1211

    I just can’t with the pants–they look so uncomfortable and awkward. But they’re being worn by Cate, so….

  • Deedles


  • IMNAngryLiberal

    With all due respect, no one can make those drop crotch pants work. They are hideous.

  • luludexter

    Pants — no, they just look ill fitting. But I’ll go on record as loving the sandals and liking the shades.

  • papillon

    My goodness, that bag is humongous. And her pants look like they’re sliding off. Drop crotch pants are no one’s friends, not even Cate Blanchett’s.

  • Lily

    Praise Uncles, the armadillo roadkill bag is gone.

  • flamingoNW

    Wow, really? Those pants are bizarre, and the bag somehow makes it worse… No can do. LOVE Cate, but no thanks…

  • Bonnie Blue

    As someone who is 5’1″ there are few things worse in clothing than wearing pants sized for a taller person that have a hanging crotch, so whenever I see those dropped-crotch pants, that’s all I think of – how uncomfortable it is to be wearing pants with a ginormous rise that doesn’t fit. I can’t imagine the dropped-crotch pants feel any differently, maybe they do.

  • Gail

    No way that crotch is chic!!

  • suzq

    Nope. Not a fan of either dropped waists (even though I’m wearing one today–you try finding a natural waist in anything right now) or dropped crotches. I’m going to start sewing my own clothes if this dropped trend continues.

  • JauntyJohn

    Remember that scene in “Mary Poppins” after they’ve jumped through the sidewalk chalk drawing and Bert and Mary have tea, served by penguins? And
    Bert stretches out his pants so his crotch comes down to his knees so he can soft shoe with the animated penguin waiters?
    Yeah. Like that.
    Though I’ll probably never be a fan of the look, I might mind it less if it didn’t appear to pull at her with every stride. God, that would BUG.
    LOVE your bag though, CB.

    • kimmeister

      HAHAHAHA that is a perfect reference!

  • James


  • unbornfawn

    You couldn’t pay me to wear those dropped crotched things.

  • evave2

    Is she wearing a dark blue or black bra underneath her blouse? The blouse looks nice (I hate the pants, how is she walking) but I see a dark shadow underneath where her bosom is and don’t know if it is just ME or is it HER.

  • DeniseSchipani

    Dropped crotch pants is a thing? HATE.

  • KT

    THOSE. PANTS. Aghhhhhhhhh!!!

  • amanda siegelson

    those pants = gross. i can’t unsee and i’m the poorer for it.

  • SewingSiren

    Loves the sunglasses and the sandals. But the CROTCH!!! To call it insane would be a kindness.

  • Good Lord, is she smuggling a small child in that bag?

  • Gerry Coleman

    I think the ugly bag might be inside the new bag.

  • susan6

    Yes, her accessories are gorgeous. But all of that goes out the window as soon as you look at the dropped crotch. Madness. Complete and utter ridiculously ugly madness.

  • Janet B

    Great sunglasses.

  • vitaminC

    Ideally, purse size should be < body size. Still, tres chic.

  • aurumgirl

    If those were a great pair of white pants, she’d look fantastically chic. But no one looks chic in pants that look like an amateur made them.

  • appliquer

    Ugh, those pants are awful.

  • EditKitten

    As someone who works in New York, that bag is perfection (especially the size) and I must have it right now. Well, I mean, I would if it wouldn’t mean my mortgage payment.

  • nannypoo

    Those pants would work for no one, not even her.

  • understateddiva

    Those sandals belong poolside, not on NYC sidewalks.

  • AndieJay

    You know…if you want to wear a skirt, wear a skirt. If you want to wear pants, accept that pants have crotches. Those pants make her bottom half look like a deflated lawn-balloon sculpture.

  • marlie

    I kind of love the fact that she’s wearing the shoes and shades over and over again, as in, this is what I packed with me, so this is what I’m wearing.

  • Mr. J.

    Are those pants COMFORTABLE? There must be some reason…..

  • kim bunchalastnames

    nooooo! not the drop crotch, cate! YOU’RE TOO GOOD FOR THE DROP CROTCH! p.s. everything else, including you? love.

  • conniemd

    I’m crushed to see Cate in the dropped crotch. It just looks like a sewing mistake to me.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Nope, not loving that drop crotch one bit. It’s looking verrry strange.

  • I disagree about making the drop crotch work. If Cate can’t do it, no one can. WHY DOES ANYONE BUY PANTS WITH A DROP CROTCH? If no one bought them, they would go away!

  • Shawn EH

    Bag is to die for! She should use it to pound some sense into Taylor Swift!

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    Drop Crotch pants should only be worn by hip hop dancers….currently dancing. Not before, after, or anything in between. They look good on no one. And I love her but….she just shouldn’t wear things so….soooo pale.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, I have a feeling that there’s still some unproduced Ephron material out there somewhere…

  • kategs

    No to the pants, no no NO!

  • I hate those pants! There, I said it. Who thinks that is a good look for anyone?

  • DesertDweller79

    Bless you, Michael Kors, for giving us, “The crotch on those pants is insane”. Because I can now say to the glorious Cate: That crotch is insane.

  • librarygrrl64

    “She’s even making the drop crotch pants work for her.” I hate to disagree with you but no. HELL to the no. I don’t know why ANY woman would purposely do this to her body. She is not making them work because no one could make them work.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    “See the lumps in my bag? It’s because there’s actually shit in it, because that’s the purpose. Take notes, Swifty.”

    • crashtestbonnie

      “Take notes, Swifty.” ROTFLMAO Well played. ;p

  • Mrs. O

    No to the pants. Just. No. Not even on her. They look like something M.C. Hammer left in the closet and Cate said, “Oh, hell. We can tailor these a little and they will look tres moderne.” But, no.

  • gitchygitchymama

    those sandals says she’s hiding some fugs feet.

  • prisma

    I really appreciate that she wears the same sandals and sunglasses a lot. There’s no crime in wearing something more than once. It’s what the little people do.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think you’re supposed to pull those pants up so that the waist band is under your boobs. They’re empire pants, don’tcha know….;)

  • ktr33

    She is not making those ridiculous drop crop pants work for, and neither is anyone else. They’re even weirder as “chinos” than they are in the jersey material you usually see the made out of. It looks like she’s wearing Ed Grimley’s pants except they’re too big so they’re not staying up around her armpits like Ed’s.

  • irielle

    No, sorry, even Cate cannot overcome that terrible crotch.

  • livesarah

    Thank god, a different bag. But you are dead wrong about the dropped-crotch pants. They don’t work on *anyone*. I don’t care if she’s Cate Blanchett, in those pants she is Cate Blanchett Pooped Her Pants.

  • Columbinia

    Another vote against the “dropped crotch” pants. Also, with a bag the size of a suitcase, why not tuck the mini shopping bag in it and free up the hands?

  • MartyBellerMask

    Nope. Nope, nope nope to the capris. Sandals are extra-fug as well. Blouse is a big nothing. I like the bag and the sunglasses are fun, but NOPE.

  • formerlyAnon

    Nice bag, though I’m married to use of a shoulder strap myself. Not loving the pants, though I understand the dropped crotch has been in and out of vogue in the last few years, more often in among an internationally cosmopolitan set than in my own set.

    (I am irrationally entertained by the notion of calling my rag-tag friends, peers and relations a “set.”)

  • yllas

    Those hideous hideous pants bring tears of distress to my eyes so I can hardly focus on the stupid sandals. I feel all chafe-y now. I do love the fabrics and colors, so summery! Though I thought there was a law one must wear black 24/7, 365 days a year, in old New York.

  • LibKat

    And Cate proves that nobody can make dropped crotch pants work. Even the most chic of women looks like she has a load in her diaper.

  • FibonacciSequins

    The pants almost look good in the first shot, because they look like harem pants. This look would have worked so much better if they had been.

    Love the bag!

  • Dropped crotch pants will never work for me.

  • amanda lynn

    love the glasses and shoes.

  • Monica

    Channelling Michael Kors: “That crotch is every woman’s nightmare!”

  • Dreamwr8tr

    NO. Sorry, uncles, that drop crotch is HIDEOUS. It makes her look stumpy along with with having an abnormally long torso.
    Seriously, fuck a trend that reminds me of rises in pants which are too long for me forcing me to buy petite sizes in reduced color selections and full prices in shorts. Throw it in the trashcan and set it on fire.

    The shirt and accessories work very well, but I cannot cosign this.