This is, as the fashion folks say, a lot of look.
Like, a LOT of look.
Give yourselves a moment to take it all in. God knows we needed more than a few.
We think we have to take the approach of looking at this in a somewhat editorial sort of way. There’s no denying that Cate’s understanding of fashion and its possibilities is at an unusually high level for an actress. While there are times when she sticks to fairly basic high-glam movie star looks, there are other times where she steps out looking like something from a Vogue editorial. She’s not trying to look like a movie star and she’s certainly not trying to look like anyone else here. As a member of the jury for one of the more (if not most) woman-focused Cannes Film Festivals in memory, she’s making a strong statement about who she is and how she tries to set herself apart from the expectations of her profession. She’s not just a movie star; she’s an artist working on an international scale; a public intellectual and spokesperson and an advocate for art and expression. THAT’s what she’s saying here.
Do we love this? Kind of, but not in a real-world way or even in a typically red carpet way. It’s over-the-top and we’re fairly sure it’s overdesigned, but it’s like nothing you’re gonna see this week or even this month and that’s at least part of the point.
Custom Alexander McQueen Wool Silk Tuxedo Dress with Carmine Silk Bow Drape from the Fall 2018 Collection
Styled by Elizabeth Stewart | Hair by Nicola Clarke | Makeup by Mary Greenwell
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, vogue.com]