Good Lady Cate breaks another classic look out of the Blanchett vaults, which forces the question: Did she get to keep all of these designer ensembles after she wore them the first time or is her stylist pulling them a second time for her, with the agreement that she can auction them off for good causes (as she has announced)?
She wore that top as part of a custom gown to the 2016 BAFTAS. We liked it then, but we love it here. The pompadour and pants take it in an entirely different direction. The volume in the pants make for the exact right proportions and the shoe choice is perfect. It looks fantastic with or without the jacket.
The standard practice for most red carpet wear is to borrow it from a designer or boutique; an arrangement usually made on behalf of the wearer by their stylist. It’s true that A-listers get a lot of leeway to keep things after they’ve worn them one; sometimes because the item was custom-made for her and sometimes because the item is too delicate or fine to pass around to other wearers. But it would honestly surprise us if Cate had a closet full of high-fashion items she borrowed and never returned. As naturally stylish as she is, her use of high-end couture has always struck us as a well-deployed tool in her arsenal, not an indication of her personal preferences. In other words, we think she likes and appreciates high fashion, but we wouldn’t have pegged her as the type who’d have closets full of barely-worn items worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Still, it’s not a bad thing that she’s trying to promote a less-wasteful or consumerist sort of red carpet style, even if it feels a bit gimmicky and unlikely to last. We certainly can’t argue with the results here. She looks fantastic and it must be a relief not to have to chase trends or wear the latest item to walk a runway.
– Alexander McQueen Floral Sequin-embroidered Top from the Spring 2016 Collection
– Pomellato Jewelry
– Stuart Weitzman ‘Mae’ Black Satin Pump
Styled by Elizabeth Stewart | Hair by Roberto D’Antonio | Makeup by Mary Greenwell
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