Cate Blanchett wears a baggy suit in Sydney: Hillary Clinton-esque?

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These are new photos of Cate Blanchett attending the opening of the Sydney Film Festival, where her last film Hanna was being screened. First, let’s talk fashion. God knows, Cate is one of the few women in the world who can literally wear ANYTHING and make it look high-fashion and fabulous. She is the anti-Katie Holmes. Holmes can put on a $6000 couture gown and it looks like it’s from WalMart. Blanchett could wear a WalMart dress and she would look impossibly chic. So… with that being said, I don’t like Cate in this oversized suit. She’s always loved menswear-inspired looks, but this isn’t a polished, chic look. This suit looks like it came from Hillary Clinton’s closet. No disrespect to She Who Wears Pantsuits, but Cate is simply better than that, sartorially.

Next: I’d like to talk about Hanna, which I saw for the first time a few weeks ago. It was… a bizarre film. Like, I’m surprised that it was made. I’m surprised that someone put up the money for this odd little movie. Saoirse Ronan was great in it, as was Eric Bana and the smaller, supporting roles. As for Cate’s part as a bitchy, anal-retentive CIA operative/handler – uh. It was weird seeing her like that, walking around in her great suits and her Southern accent. But the whole thing was just weird. It made me wonder if Cate just needs to get back to doing strong dramatic performances in big films rather than these WTF?-supporting parts in little films.

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Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. David says:

    I don’t care what she wears. She is the best!

  2. constance says:

    I like the jacket. It’s slimming and demure. She looks like she avoided cakes of make-up b/c of the sun exposure. She has good legs, pencil skirt here would have been very polished.

  3. tanya says:

    With a face like that and HER charisma, she can wear whatever the hell she wants. The color is gorge on her…

  4. brin says:

    Sometimes pushing the envelope backfires…even for Cate!

  5. lucy2 says:

    She can do no wrong. She’s awesome.

  6. almond says:

    I thought the jacket was very becoming and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with what she was wearing, but then I scrolled down and saw the disaster of her pants and shoes. Oh well, she can’t win them all and she’s certainly just as beautiful and charismatic as ever. So no harm done in the end.

  7. MJ says:

    The pants are tragic, but she gets a pass. Hanna was written as a final project by a Vancouver Film School student in 2005 and somehow got picked up, so it really wasn’t a big Hollywood machine creation. Kind of cool, I think.

  8. Rhiley says:

    Is Cate a nail biter? God I hope so. Only becaus I am a nail biter and I am so insecure about it. I would feel much better about my one disgusting habit if the beautiful and confident Cate Blanchett was a nail biter too.

  9. DGO says:

    If the pants fit a little bit better, I think she’d look all right. The cut of the jacket and colour on her are gorgeous!

  10. You don't say says:

    The jacket is lovely. However, the shoes look like they both don’t fit and are uncomfortable. The pants are just too big and sloppy.

  11. Jackson says:

    I like it. But as others have said, the pants could use some work. They need to be a bit more fitted. Otherwise I think she looks good.

  12. gee says:

    She looks like patricia arquette.

  13. Celebitchy says:

    I agree Constance, it needed a pencil skirt, but the jacket is too long for that. The pants need to be hemmed! Color is nice on her though. Also, I love her “Love” ring! She seems to be showing it, maybe she’s had it for a while and I just never noticed it before.

  14. Kaye says:

    I really liked Hanna, and I especially liked the soundtrack, written by the Chemical Brothers. It was a weird little movie, but such a refreshing change from formulaic rom-coms.

  15. Julie says:

    Eat a hamburger for God’s sake. She gets a pass on her ED and I never understand it.

  16. Ally says:

    Her shoes look really uncomfortable.

  17. Shay says:

    The reason she is probably minimising her couture is because she recently had the gall to appear in TV commercials to tell Australians to support a carbon emissions tax.
    She essentially angered most low to middle income earners last week and received a humungous backlash.
    So she is trying to look ‘middle class’ even though she is sitting on a 50 million dollar or so fortune. People had a go at her fortune.
    What most people around the world don’t know is that many people who live in Sydney (where Cate lives), who are low to middle income earners are currently struggling to keep up with rising electricity costs (In Australia there is hardly any competition) and there is Cate telling them to shut up and accept an additional tax.

    So no Armani for Cate this week, so she can look like an ordinary prole.

  18. Katie says:

    I just bought tickets to see her in Uncle Vanya with the suite guy from The Matrix and Jackie Weaver. So excited. Having seen her live in A Streetcar Named Desire, and I can say that she is amazing live. AMAZING. Also, ridiculously skinny. Like, she looked emaciated. This was 2 or 3 years ago though.

  19. citysuede says:

    like the blazer, ditch the pants. you are right about everything she wears looks incredibly chic. a little heavy handed with the eye make up tho.

  20. Nanea says:

    I don’t care what Cate wears, it’s what’s inside the suit that counts.

    What’s much more important: she can move her face, all of it!

  21. John Wayne Lives says:

    I love her alot. Amazing actor. Talented, gifted, beautiful. The real deal. I will watch anything she’s in!
    But when I saw these pics, I thought, omg! when did she get so thin?! Like too, too thin. Eat a bit more Cate. I really love you!

  22. John Wayne Lives says:

    @Nanea
    “What’s much more important: she can move her face, all of it!”

    So right on! lol

  23. Solveig says:

    This woman is a goddess.
    I like the outfit, although I don’t really love the way the pants fall loose on her feet.
    As for Hanna, I read surprisingly good reviews and I’m waiting for it to be screened here too.

  24. bluhare says:

    In the interest of objective bitching, I have to say that I truly dislike double breasted jackets.

    So I don’t like the colour on her; I think it washes her out. She’s pale and it is pale, but it’s pale in a bad way if you know what I mean. I think a more intense colour would be better. I don’t like the jacket, and I think it’s a poor choice for the pants. If you’re going to do the menwear look with the baggy pants thing, I think it looks better with a shorter, more fitted jacket. And the shoes should be a bit clunkier with the baggy pants. I personally love baggy pants like that, and she’s got the frame to wear them, but not with that jacket!!

  25. Toe says:

    C’mon, is Cate, she can do no wrong.

  26. chicana says:

    The suit suits her(bad pun intended lol)But the color washes her out in my opinion

  27. Ruffian9 says:

    Despite my everlasting love of anything Cate, I’m going to have to give a ‘no’ to this. The colour really does wash her out, even a slightly deeper shade might work. And slim cut pants, please!

  28. Ari says:

    I felt Hanna ended too abruptly and left me wanting more.

  29. Lindy says:

    Agree that this suit is *not* working at all! I think even just hemming the legs would be better, though still not great. But I have to say, I LOVED Hanna. I thought it was fascinating, fast-paced but not too rushed or superficial, creepy but beautiful shooting, interesting story… Loved it, and once I got used to Cate doing a Texas accent (it was def. TX and not straight-up deep South), I thought she was very good.

  30. DreamyK says:

    Love. She reminds me of Claire Danes in that pic. Cate can do no wrong.

  31. Justaposter says:

    Even in a Hilary type suit she still looks fantab! Cate can pull any outfit off!

  32. RocketMerry says:

    It’s time for “Elizabeth I, part 3″. Come on, Kate. Do it. We need a good movie with your great acting in it!

  33. lrm says:

    actually, it’s the color of the suit that is off putting. it would look far better in either darker or something more suited to kate’s coloring, IMO.
    what color woudl that be? i’m not sure-even ivory or white would be better.
    the color is so draining on her that it emphasizes the loose/big fit of the suit itself, instead of making it look cool and offbeat, it just looks too big. But another color….would pull it off.
    Who can wear these weird light tones? not many people….

    side note: I LOVE that the posts about CB are basically ‘hey, what do you think of her dress last night?’

    There’s never any actual gossip about her. How great is she, anyway? I m ean, seriously….

  34. kieslowski says:

    I agree with the sentiments above CATE THE GREAT CAN DO NO WRONG!! And yes she was robbed of her Best Actress OScar by that twat Paltrow. Can you believe that Cate only has a Best Supporting OScar?!?!

  35. ChelseaD says:

    “Hanna” was one of the coolest movies I’d seen in a while, and Cate was fantastic in it. She did so well in her villain role, it made me wish she’d do more of those.

  36. kira says:

    I’m a fan of her as an actres. This suit–not so much. She’s worn better.

  37. Maritza says:

    She is a great actress but her sense of style most if the time is not good.

  38. mia girl says:

    Ahhh, the double-breasted pant suit. Makes me nostalgic for my early 90s power suits. I thought I was so chic in my Evan Picon and Tahari. LMFAO

  39. Andie B says:

    There is nothing Hillary Clinton about that. Cate can wear anything and look great. It’s a divine colour, and though she could get away with something brighter, she still looks fab.

  40. Elizabeth says:

    I love the cut of the jacket. Pants need to be hemmed properly – about 2 inches too long. I think she is too fair skinned for the tone of the suit. I would have loved to see it in navy. ITA she looks great in anything but she could use to put on a few pounds.

  41. galaxy.girl says:

    Anytime I see the face-shot only, I can predict the cream~pastel something that is coming next :P

  42. Shoe_Lover says:

    @ Shay- I concur. I’m pretty p!ssed at Cate right now. Its alright for her to sit on her pile of millions and say “pay the carbon tax” but what about the rest of us who are living pay cheque to pay cheque (barely) while trying to deal with the rising costs of living. Groceries are more expensive because of all the natural disasters Australia has been though this year and the electricity just went up by another $50 a month. We are currently building a veggie garden so we can try and reduce costs.

    This carbon tax is a scam. They are essentially taxing air. It will achieve nothing other than raising money for the government. Australia contributes 1% of the worlds carbon emissions. if you want to reduce pollution talk to China and India. Did you know that the volcanic eruptions in Iceland last year contributed more CO2 emissions that human industrial and natural resource cultivation such as coal mining emissions EVER? And the far left greenies like Cate keep bringing up all the natural disasters we had this year like that’s conclusive proof. Its a weather cycle- we just had a 10 year drought so of course its going to rain a lot now that the drought has broken. I grew up hearing stories of the 74 floods so the 2011 floods are nothing new. Brisbane flooded in the 50′s and the early 1900′s as well. That’s what you get for building a city on a river- its nothing to do with pollution. Yes it was really really bad in Grantham and the rest of the Lockyer Valley but that wasn’t because of carbon emissions. hell I live on a river north of Brisbane and didn’t flood slowly like the Brisbane river. One minute it was running as usual and the next a 30 foot wall of water was ripping through it. It came so fast our horses didn’t have time to get to high ground and were washed in a neighbouring property (thankfully alive). thankfully our house is high on the hill so our house was fine- all we lost were fences, trees and some of our land as part of the bank collapsed. People down the road from us live at the bottom of the hill and had no chance and no warning. They lost everything they have ever owned. And that wasn’t pollution either. It was because the people at the dam didn’t follow the manual properly and allowed the dam to reach full capacity to the point it overflowed.

    So basically Cate needs to shut her mouth on the carbon tax because the majority of Australians cant affford to pay more tax.

    sorry to all the non Aussies who have no idea what I’m talking about

  43. Jenn says:

    Shay and Shoe- Lover i totally agree with both of you and did you see where she has a $700,000 beach front in Vanautu(sp?) she is boiling my blood at the moment somehow i cant see her going to bed at 7.30 just to keep warm!

  44. Shoe_Lover says:

    @ Jenn I did see that. I wonder if its going to be her official residence so she doesn’t have to pay tax. including the carbon tax scam she supports. glad to know I’m not the only one going to bed early because its too cold and I cant use the heater due to money worries. I used to really like Cate but I have gone off her now. Thankfully my childhood idol Nicole Kidman (I literally had scrap books filled with interviews and photos of her when I was 6) hasn’t made any stupid comments about the tax

  45. Jenn says:

    Shoe lover
    yes you may be right and the cynic in me feels that she maybe on this carbon tax so her land is not swallowed up :)
    No i am glad that other celebs, like Nic and Kylie are keeping quiet. it has never really been their “platform” so they are just being themselves but Miss Blanchett is really antagonising alot of people now
    I hope you do ok when the cold snap hits up your way because its icy here now :)

  46. jemshoes says:

    ITA with all the posters who have already said that Cate can do no wrong and that she can wear whatever she wants – she’s just impossibly chic and poised.

  47. LuckyLilGem says:

    She looks amazing!!

  48. Emily says:

    I love the jacket. The pants… If she wanted this cut, I think it would’ve worked in a lighter fabric. Like a day suit type thing.

    With the carbon tax, Australians emit more carbon per person than any other country. So no, telling China or India to clean up won’t help, we clearly need to change the way we do things.

  49. Shoe_Lover says:

    @ Jenn- we just got the cold snap and it is freezing here.

    @ Emily- do some research outside of the greenie propaganda. Australia contributes 1% of the worlds carbon emissions. that is a drop in the ocean. mathematically Australians probably would produce more per person than the Chinese or any other country as Australia’s population is approx 22,631,322 while China’s is approx 1,339,724,852. If you just look at the figures the greens and the ALP put out instead of looking at it objectively then you are not getting the most accurate picture.

  50. Charlotte says:

    I actually loved it until I scrolled down and saw the shoes with the hemline. Take the hemline up just a tad, or wear shoes with a real heel on them and voila. Problem solved. The cut and the color of the suit look great on her. And in terms of acting, who doesn’t love her?