If you’re a regular reader, you already know that I’m in love with Cate Blanchett. She’s my no. 1 girl – both as an actress and as a style icon. She is not only heavenly beautiful, but also looks always regal. Almost everything she wears on the red carpet makes her stand out. Cate likes to take fashion risks (which pay off in 99% of the time) and she always wears something unexpected.
Usually, Cate goes for Armani PrivÃ© when it comes to big events such as the Oscars or Cannes, but she keeps surprising the crowds by making some completely different choices from time to time (Givenchy anyone?)
Apart from having Giorgio Armani on her speed dial, Cate also happens to favor British fashion designer Alexander McQueen whom I adore as much as I adore Cate as an actress. McQueen will always be in my top 3 (Christian Dior and Alexander Wang are the other ones I love). Cate has worn his designs several times on the red carpet and constantly returns to wearing his clothes for big days.
The Aviator New York Premiere, December 2004
This dress might have ignited Cate’s love for McQueen. She wore this flirty mint Spring 2005 dress to The Aviator New York Premiere back in December 2004 which she accessorized gold strappy sandals.
The dress was quite girlish for Cate with the low voluminous skirt and the silver embellished criss cross details on the bodice, but she still pulled it off effortlessly.
Napoli Film Festival, June 2005
At the Napoli Film Festival, Cate was summer perfection in a grass green pleated dress from McQueen’s Fall 2005 collection.
Her dress was cinched in at the waist with a slim silver embellished belt and Cate completed her outfit with adorable silver peep-toe heels. I LOVE the green shade against Cate’s pale skin.
Babel Photocall at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, May 2006
At the 59th Cannes Film Festival, Cate opted for a multi-colored art deco printed dress from the Spring 2005 collection which she completed with a fire-red cropped cardigan, a turquoise bracelet and gold t-strap heels.
I am glad that Cate didn’t go for the sculpted brown torso, but I would have loved to see Cate rocking the petticoat under the dress. I’m sure it would’ve looked fantastic on her!
Babel Screening at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, May 2006
Later that day, Cate changed into a gorgeous black kimono gown from the Men’s Fall 2006 collection. The kimono dress had floaty cap sleeves, a black and white piping and floral embroideries on the skirt. Cate wore her hair elegantly in an updo and accessorized with silver jewelry.
Co-star Rinko Kikuchi also opted for a kimono, so I guess both ladies had some kind of a theme thing going on at the premiere.
64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, January 2007
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. A year before everyone stated lace as a new trend, Queen Cate was rocking a delicate black lace dress from McQueen’s Spring 2007 collection to the Golden Globe Awards 2007. The strapless dress had a rise and fall hem and was cinched in at the waist with a jeweled belt.
Cate perfected her romantic appearance with softly curled hair and black strappy sandals with a rosette detail on the vamp.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Premiere, December 2008
Being the “Golden Girl” at the premiere of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” last month, Cate shined in a sparkling sculpted Spring 2009 dress which was modified from the runway version as Cate’s was way longer than on the catwalk, had an extra nude underlay and the plunge neckline wasn’t as deep as on the model.
I know a lot of people are hating this dress, but I think Cate totally owned it. She really knows how to surprise me.
I hope to see a lot more of Cate wearing Alexander McQueen in 2009 as this combination is a total knockout. Go, Cate!