Cate Blanchett in gold McQueen in Sydney: insane perfection or too costume-y?

Cate Blanchett is like my Australian, girlie-version of Michael Fassbender. I’m drawn to her like a moth to a flame. I find her enchanting, timeless, sexy, insanely talented and impossibly cool. I wouldn’t mind a threesome with Fassy and Blanchett, honestly. Where would you even start? I’m guessing it would begin with cocktails, and then Fassy would take his clothes off and Blanchett would smile cryptically and then she, too, would slip out of her gown (because she’s wearing a gown in my sexual fantasy).

Anyway, this is all to say that I love writing about Cate Blanchett, and if there are new photos of her, I always want to write about her. A few days ago, there were new pics of Blanchett that I ignored (it was after the SAGs and we had other stuff to cover), but last night, Cate was a presenter at the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards held in Sydney, so we have even more new photos of her. Cate wore this gold Alexander McQueen dress which… she pulls off. Very few women could make this work like Cate. Like, I think this is the kind of dress Salma Hayek would attempt, and it would look like a terrible costume on her. On Cate, though, it looks amazing.

And here are some photos of Cate in a Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2012 dress in Rome over the weekend. Cate must have pulled in a major Louis Vuitton contract, because her only public appearances recently have been on behalf of Louis Vuitton. This event was called the ‘Maison Louis Vuitton Roma Etoile’ Cocktail Rome. Once again, on another woman, this would look like a shapeless sack. On Cate, it’s perfection.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. spawn_of_roni_raygun says:

    She’s so beautiful.

    I can’t believe *anyone* looks good in a gold dress. She certainly does. You learn something new every day, I guess!

    • Lisa says:

      She looks great and the dress is beautiful. But I’m not a fan of shoes and bag. Matte leather shoes and bag – dark green or dark red would be much better.

      • spawn_of_roni_raygun says:

        For sure. Accessories that are matte, or textured in some interesting, complementary way, but not shiny like that. And I think you’re on to something about the colour of the accessories, too.

    • originalone says:

      The way she is looking at the camera in her golden dress, reminds me of her elfin character in Lord of the Rings. She looks amazing.

      Not so unfortunately, IMHO, in the second costume. That frou-frou white skirt with the golden shoes and the bow, are just too much at odd with the sparkly top. That top would’ve looked much better with simple black pants, or heck, simple golden pants!

  2. bluhare says:

    Both! Perfection and costumey.

  3. emb says:

    She looks amazing…so striking.

  4. atlantapug says:

    Lose the arm tassels and it’s perfect!

    I LOVE her! My girl crush.

  5. podzol says:

    All hail Queen Cate. :bow down:
    She looks lovely here. But I’m hard-pressed to find a photo where she doesn’t knock it out of the park with her beauty!

  6. lucy2 says:

    I love her! She can pull off just about anything. I love her in the first dress. The second one is a bit more iffy, but she somehow makes it not terrible.
    She wears some crazy, unique stuff, but you always see HER first, not the clothes. That’s impressive.

    • Sapphire says:

      Exactly-you nailed it. You see Cate, the overwhelming charisma before what she’s wearing.

  7. Tiegan says:

    Insane Perfection and only on Cate would either of these look so good. Well maybe Charlize could pull them off too, but you’ve got to have an elegant figure and flawless face to wear something so flashy.

  8. Asli says:

    Imagining Fassie and Blanchett-threesome made me black-out for a second. Hotness overload!

  9. RocketMerry says:

    She’s so awesome. Love her, love her, love her!

  10. Cathy says:

    I don’t know, I don’t really care for either dress. The gold one looks like a old curtain you’d see in the giant hall of an old mansion. And I don’t really care for the ruffle type bottom on the second dress. Perhaps it’s just me today, who knows.

  11. eileen says:

    Gotta agree with you Kaiser-I find her insanely gorgeous, unconventional and Classy with a capital ‘C’!! I LOVED her in Elizabeth. She nailed it and then some.

  12. Shontay says:

    So insanely beautiful and talented. She’s unconventional in every way and the only heir to Meryl Streep. Can’t wait for another film from this queen.

  13. ladybert62 says:

    my my – Kaiser, please take a cold shower!!! ha ha

    Anyway, the dress is OK – I dont really like it and the second dress is god-awful.

  14. Delta Juliet says:

    I don’t care for either dress on its own, but she pulls the looks off perfectly. She seems to have a natural sense of style. Love her.

  15. Nanea says:

    I’m always amazed at people like Cate or Tilda for pulling off things that would make other people look horridly ridiculous.

    It’s their charisma, I think, and the way they don’t listen to what Hollywood wants.

    • Kathy says:

      I agree. And they don’t seem to do it in a “Look at me, look at me” sort of way. They wear what they like and that’s that. They also never seem to have a bitchy look on their face or appear to be looking down at the “peasants”. I think that’s why, when the outfit is actaully a miss, it doesn’t seem that way on them. People are willing to give them a break and still appreciate it.

      Oh, and none of that incredibly stupid open-mouthed posing crap like J. Lo. Good Lord, that gets old.

  16. LadyAnne says:

    So gorgeous. I really love the top part of the dress, but the ruffles at the bottom of the skirt not so much. God this woman has such a beautiful face.

  17. francesca says:

    Arm pit hair grosses me out.

  18. skuddles says:

    That last dress with the white ruffle is odd and yet very appealing. I love that she has such unique, interesting taste in fashion.

  19. Lindy says:

    Kaiser, I pretty much agree with every single thing you said. Not costumey on her, but she is one of the few people who could pull that off. I love her. She is smart, witty, keeps a low profile, and can act the hell out just about any character–comedy or drama. She is the heir(ess) to Streep, IMO–but with a tiny bit more style sense! (Nothing against Meryl Streep, just that Cate Blanchett seems to be a little more attuned to fashion).

  20. layla says:

    She really can do no wrong.

    Whilst her fashoion choice may not work for most, she is so comfortable and confident in her own skin and style, that it ALWAYS works for her.


  21. YvetteW says:

    The cut and the fit are wonderful, but it looks like she unfolded it, put it on and ran out the door! The second dress is much nicer.

  22. original sandy says:

    yes, agree on every thing written, i really like cate, such a sophisticated woman, talented, dresses age appropriate, low key, classy, and so much more. too few in Hollywood her age.

  23. Angelique says:

    Hmm she gained weight

  24. Camille (The original) says:

    I usually like what CB wears as she can wear pretty much anything and get away with it, but I’m sorry to say this, I hate both looks. Awful. Never thought I would think that about CB! 🙁

  25. Brannie says:


    You could put Cate Blanchett in a potato sack and shave her bald and she’d still be gorgeous.

  26. JudyJudyJudy says:

    she is great but the dresses are awful

  27. Tanguerita says:

    how the f… does she do it?I admire her so much it hurts.

  28. Oriana says:

    she pulls it off. I don’t really like the shoes though!

  29. foozy says:

    this woman has good taste period! also very talented. a class act!

  30. Anguishedcorn says:

    Even when she does wrong, she can do no wrong in my book.

  31. Malina says:

    McQueen is DEAD! Some not so talented copycat is using his name. Horrid.

  32. Ruffian9 says:

    Love her SO MUCH. The fashion sense, the hair, the beautiful complexion – everything.

  33. Jackie says:

    perfection. she has the most wonderful taste.

  34. Ron says:

    McQueen Dress… perfection.

    Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs has found yet another fashion victim.

  35. judyjudy says:

    She looks amazing.

    • JudyJudyJudy says:

      hey, have you been on here awhile? i didnt mean to copy you if you have. But our nics are really close.

  36. chaser says:

    Oh, you should of seen her on TV at the AACTA awards! She is just so kind and endearing. Her passion for the arts is so intense and really shines on.

  37. MB says:

    I hate the length of the first dress. If it were floor length it would be perfection.

    I dont get the second dress at all. Is Marc jacobs still designing for them? It looks like the typical MJ junk.

  38. kibbles says:

    That gold dress is stunning. I would love to have it and *try* to pull it off at an upscale event. That has to be one of the most fabulous dresses I’ve seen this year. The LV dress is okay. It looks great on her but I agree that most women wouldn’t look good in it.

  39. Maya says:

    Gold = Eighties
    Shoulder bling = Sergeant Pepper.
    As for the Louis Vuitton atrocity; it kind of brings back Marc Jacobs’ fashion failure and firing to mind. Horrible.
    Anyway, I don’t care much for Cate. She dresses in attire that working families can’t afford, which would be okay if she was just a celebrity but she had the audacity to tell Australians, via a TV commercial (which she accepted payment for) to accept the most expensive carbon tax in the world. So she kind of sucks in my book.

  40. Ranga says:

    I think she always looks good, even with the hairy arm pits! Except for that time I saw her getting her kid out of her car outside my apartment and her beige g-string was on display, but I forgive her :p

  41. Eleonor says:

    The Mc Queen is faboulous, the second one is meh.

  42. Mara says:

    She is so beautiful ,smart and very talented .

  43. Ravensdaughter says:

    She likes to wear gold-leftover from playing QE-I twice?

  44. stephanie says:


  45. NeoCleo says:

    I’ll jump on the wagon. She’s always amazing and she is a vision in the gold dress

  46. jes_sayin says:

    The first dress: from the waist up, perfection. From the waist down, Fug.

    Second dress: Awful. (but a flattering neckline)