Cannes 2015: Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

Posted on May 21, 2015

Twenty-four hours later and we’re still a little tapped out from that final Mad Style, but the world of red carpetry waits for no queen, so we best get back to the so-called “real world.”

Naah. Let’s stare at a diva for a while.

Cate-Blanchett-Cannes-Film-Festival-2015-Movie-Premiere-Red-Carpet-Fashion-Armani-Prive-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of “Sicario” during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France in an Armani Privé gown from the Spring 2015 collection.

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Cate-Blanchett-Cannes-Film-Festival-2015-Movie-Premiere-Red-Carpet-Fashion-Armani-Prive-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Armani Privé Spring 2015 Collection

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Like we always say, if you’re going to wear a black dress to the red carpet, at least make it an interesting one.

Okay, maybe not “always.” But we’ve said it a lot. A couple of times. Once.

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  • ~Heather

    Amazing! And she wears it better than the runway model.

    • joything

      Agreed! Interesting that the runway version is looser, more like a kimono – and I don’t think it’s because of the difference between the two ladies’ builds.

      • Trent

        The runway version also appears to be shiny satin, while the RC version appears matte (and to my eyes, better). But maybe that’s a trick of the light. It definitely looks great on Cate.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        … the runway model looks like she’s wearing a satin, while cate’s dress is … a knit? jersey? wool? i hope it’s not wool; it makes me itch to think about it. but it’s a knit of some kind, and so fits her much better than the satin fits the model. clever cate. 🙂

    • cocohall

      Partly it is longer on Cate and looks less Mother of the Bride than on the model. But she does have mad RC skills.

    • mdcoon127

      Just what I was going to say!

  • teensmom99

    I wish my late mother were alive to see this. I know that sounds crazy but all I could think is how she would have loved this kind of screen siren glamor dress.

    • Lucía Gavello

      It does not sound crazy at all, wanting to share something beutiful with the right person is a beautiful sentiment 🙂

  • Cranky Boo Sez

    Amazing dress. Disappointing hair.

    • Lilithcat

      Disappointing hair.

      Isn’t it, though? I’ve never understood showing up on the red carpet in a fabulous gown and hair that looks as though it’s never met shampoo or a comb.

    • StrandedFashionista

      Everybody needs to take lessons from the Indian girls. They’ve got amazing hair.

    • KimThore

      agree—almost distracting in its disappointment…

  • Karen B

    Cate shows off her literal black belt in fashion

  • Carly Clement

    Stunning! I adore her!

    • Carly Clement

      Especially the cuff!

  • GemFemme

    A great, dramatic black gown. Underperforming hair.

  • Martha Anderson

    I bet she is wearing flat shoes under that

    that minx

    the belt/obi/ sash grate me; the fabric looks wrong somehow. i do like this long length, the runway version is not a wonderful

  • abishagijh

    Wonder Woman bracelets.

  • V No Privacy

    Why is she PERFECT? <3 <3 <3

  • Sanglots longs

    One bracelet too many. And while I like the idea of the embellishment, it looks kind of tacked on–it’s not quite working with the drape of the fabric in some locations. Come on, Armani! Silhouette is great on her, though.

  • SewingSiren

    Elegance personified.

  • Jessica Peterson

    I just had a physical reaction to this dress that sounded like I had the wind knocked out of me. This is also the first time I’ve ever felt the need to utter, “slaaaaaay.”

  • Your Coccyx

    A pretty dress ruined by a stupid belt, tied stupidly. Again.

  • Sekhmet6

    I really prefer the length on the model. The train takes away from the *kimono* aspects and the cuff on the sleeves needs to be pushed up so they can bell.

  • Nazzzy

    Her ass looks great. The rest of her is lovely too

  • Wink

    The fabric and length of the model’s dress make it too bathrobey. The giant belt bugs… on both versions.

  • Anna


    Especially the icy glare in the third last photo. Gave me chills.

    • Agreed. And I love the fact that she appears to be aging like a normal mortal. (Normal-ish.) No overly pulled or inflated medspa face here. Diva.

  • decormaven

    Love the dress! Wish the hair had been sleeker; perhaps pulled back. Love how she’s working the cameras. That’s a star on parade, for sure.

  • Claire

    Hated it on the mannequin, but it’s a stunner on her.

  • Gorgeous. I was waiting for our regular disagreement on the Wonder Woman cuffs but Mad Style clearly has you too tired to quibble.

  • Tanya Wade

    The belt makes it. This is also Exhibit A for when T and A say, “It needed a cuff or two.”

  • Diane

    This dress is amazing …Is the cuff on her arm too tight, it seems like its hurting her.

  • marlie

    Cate looks gorgeous. And I really like the fact that the dress doesn’t look like a bathrobe on her the way it does on the model. I LOVE the belt.

  • Gatto Nero

    I wonder if she brought a PA with her just to tie the obi so beautifully.

  • muelonil

    LOVE this! I give it 5/5 Lupitas.

  • steph

    Love it again.

  • nanavitsavie

    I cant really tell what shoes she has on (some peep-toe heels?) but I would have loved the model’s shoe with this.

  • Flawless. I don’t even mind the Wonder Woman cuffs.

  • EEKstl

    Stuh-ning. I much prefer the fabric, the slimmer skirt and train version Cate is sporting. I would have gone with one cuff and perhaps small gold earrings, but I quibble.

  • Belle239

    Hate her hair, love the dress. Not keen on both bracelets instead of earrings and/or necklace.

  • Miss wks

    Good Gawd Ghanja she is Gorgeous!

  • B_C_J

    I’m a little underwhelmed by this. It’s elegant & flattering but too understated for Cannes.

  • somedaysunday

    Bowing down!

  • Loreto Bazo Márquez

    wow. And its only a black dress but oh my…

  • Alyssa

    I wonder what her instructor would say if I tie my daughter’s karate belt like this tonight…I’m guessing he would not be amused.

  • numenah

    If this dress were white, it would sing on her. Although it fits her beautifully, that matte black is much too harsh for her delicate coloring. It drains her, imo. She looks tired.

  • Tiff79

    This is a welcome shot of elegance in my day. That sideways glance in the second photo is everything. I think I’ll practice that on my office mate today.

  • MilaXX

    Nice. I’m not 100% sold on the gold cuffs. I think I prefer either black like the model or a smooth finish instead of the hammered finish she is wearing, but minor quibbles. She looks lovely.

    • CPK1

      Agreed. That would be my tiny quibble too. But I think the dress itself – it fits spectacularly- looks fab

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Serving Lauren Bacall/Joan Crawford realness. Get it girl!

    (I never recognized the physical similarities between her and Lauren Bacall until now.)

    • VCR1

      Didn’t she play Bacall in a movie once? I agree the resemblance is striking.

  • boweryboy

    I love everything about this except that it’s black. Just a little pop of color in the sash or embroidery or accessories would really make this a stunner. And I’m not loving her hair. And I’ve learned from TLo that two cuffs is a no-no unless you’re Wonder Woman.

  • Diane Bellora

    IMO fab absolutely fab.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love the dress and dislike the hair. I think a nice chignon would have finished it.

  • quiltrx

    I’m loving this…the changes from the runway version are MAJOR improvements.
    And in a completely random ‘it’s all about me’ moment LOL…I’ve been working on a quilt design with a bamboo silhouette in it on and off…and I think this gown has just given me the answer to why mine doesn’t look quite right! 🙂

  • VCR1

    Best black dress I’ve seen in a long time. Looks much better than the runway version!
    Like others have mentioned, I’m kinda disappointed about the hair. It looks limp.

  • shopgirl716

    Breathtaking. Except I would have worn earrings. Other than that, perfection.

  • Judih1

    I thnk a navy blue would have been better with her skin tone

  • 60Gal

    I hope she gives me her cheekbones when she’s done with them.

  • LibKat

    I agree with all the good gown/bad hair/questionable jewelry comments. But it takes true style to take the runway version shiny-puffy-sleeved bathrobe and turn it into something so chic.

  • Ashleigh


    • Dea

      My God, yes! The runway looks like a poolside robe. On Blanchet, it’s pure Hollywood glamor circa 1938.

  • Pennymac

    OMG—I Heart this soo much! She is making that dress sing! Viewing the dress n the runway model, I would have given this a big MEH. But Ms Cate dazzles in this!

  • Paula Pertile

    That shouldn’t work, but it does.
    You guys definitely deserve some time off!

  • Gail

    okay – had to click back and forth. The runway dress is a different fabric and skirt. No trailing tail on the runway version. i like the Cate version better … dramatic in black jersey fabric.

    • conniemd

      looks a lot less like a dressing gown that the runway version.

  • GillianHolroyd

    huh, I much prefer the fabric that the model is wearing, it is **lustrous** and has a nice hand although I wish it were floor-length. Cate’s jersey? looks a bit cheaper. In any case, another color, navy as suggested, would be less… mattifying.

  • Loladog10

    God! She catapults to a new height of awesome. And is it the events of this week or is she throwing her shoulders back and hips out just like Christina Hendrix on Mad Man????

  • Lilyana_F


  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She looks great. Love the “Wonder Woman” cuffs … could have used some small earrings and the hair is sad looking.

  • How come nobody mentions her Wonder Woman gauntlets? They look amazing with this dress. It’s almost a WERQ to me had she worn the right hair-do 🙁

  • DrMomLovesLife

    Without the belt, this would have been amazing.

  • Danae

    Wiithout the train is by far, the best option.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Love this. Would have made a perfect entry at the Met Gala event, I think.

  • MannahattaMamma

    hope she’s wearing heels… : )

  • Kate Andrews

    Those cuffs, too! Wonder Woman wants them.

  • Kimberlini

    Miss Cate is fab but I like the slicked back hair and dramatic earrings on the model and wish Cate’s styling was similar.

  • Sophie

    I prefer the sleeves on the catwalk and the length on the red carpet. She looks great in this kind of silhouette.

  • That is a great black dress. Not sure about her hair, though. It seems a little casual for the dress.

  • Pollynation

    Yeah, the hair is sad… you’d think she’d touch up the color for Cannes, but she looks regal in that dress.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Oh, God, YES. Sooooo loving Cate in this number.

  • James

    Gorgeous. It’s sort of drab on the model and then she put it on and whoa. Gorgeous woman.

  • veronica lake realness

  • Candice Booth

    STUNNING. I even like her dress more than the model’s. It’s so dramatic and flatters her perfectly.

  • FibonacciSequins

    It looks so much better than her than on the model. Gorgeous.

  • Boobs Radley

    Is the fabric in Cate’s dress more matte than that of the version on the model? The model’s looks like a satin robe.

    Cate looks stunning, period.

  • ktr33

    clapclapclap! well done, well-posed, well-WERQed

    • FridaStaire

      Nah, can we talk? Can her nose fit into the picture after her Pinocchio performance on the ‘sexual relationships with women’ stunt? Pants on fire, Cate!

  • bj

    love this