Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

Posted on March 03, 2014

Kittens, what do we all think of this? For real. We’re finding it hard to form strong opinions.


Cate Blanchett  attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby theater in Hollywood, California in an Armani Privé couture gown paired with Chopard jewelry.

Armani Privé Fall 2013 Collection

Of course she looks beautiful. We’re not denying that. And it’s why we’re not opening this up to an “IN or OUT” vote, since we’d think it crazy to call this look an OUT. But there were some lovely – and very welcome colors on the red carpet last night, from Lupita’s “Nairobi Blue” to Sandy and Amy’s navy-to-midnight blues, to June’s gorgeous Kelly green. We know that shimmery Champagne gowns never really go out of style for awards season – and it’s a style that suits Miss Cate well – but don’t you wish this had a little more color to it? And is the applique not just a little bit overdone? We shouldn’t mind, since the dress needs the visual interest, but this is just a shade shy of “scaley.”

Again: pretty. She looks pretty. We’re just walking our way through a vague – and slight – sense of letdown.

We’ll tell you what: Those earrings make the look, as far as we’re concerned. We suspect we’d be bitching a lot louder if she wore something demure on her lobes. And the hair and makeup are very pretty, of course. We guess it just comes down to a slight wish for less scales and more color.

But here’s a question: Will this become anywhere near as iconic as Halle Berry’s Oscar gown? Or Julia Roberts’? Or Jennifer Lawrence’s? Or even Anne Hathaway’s nipple-rama?

It’s pretty, but is it memorable?






And if you’re loving our Oscars red carpet bitchery, you might consider checking out our new book, darling! “A hilarious critique of celebrity culture,” they called it! We’re proud. And shameless. 





[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, ER/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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