Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Posted on July 23, 2012

Darlings, when it comes to celebrities making red carpet appearances, we tend to grade on a scale; meaning, we take into account where they are and what they’re promoting. A big budget movie premiere is not a store opening is not an industry party is not an awards show, etc.

So while Cate isn’t quite setting the room on fire with her fierceness here, that’s perfectly okay. She’s in serious theater actress/artistic director mode here, after all. And she’s wearing the dress to prove it.

Cate Blanchett attends the ‘Uncle Vanya’ cast photocall in New York City in a Givenchy dress paired with Roger Vivier sandals. 

Givenchy Resort 2013 Collection

Roger Vivier Velvet Cloud Sandal


This was not going to be an instance where a McQueen dress and killer makeup would be called for. She needs to look just glamorous enough without going over a line. The dress is interesting and photographs well. Or at least it would have been if it didn’t have a paisley tit flap. We suppose we should be upset by the paisley tit flap and spend some time railing against it but frankly, we’re just so grateful we’ve been given the opportunity to coin and use repeatedly the phrase “paisley tit flap,” that we’re finding it difficult to work up the bile. Suffice it to say, without said paisley tit flap, this dress would be just about perfect for what she’s trying to do here: project an image of a chic artist.

In other, non-paisley tit flap news, the semi-bare face is fine, but we can’t say we’re in love with the attempt at Swinton hair. Also, the shoes are interesting, but they’re way too heavy for the outfit and for this time of year.

[Photo Credit: Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images,,]

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