Cate Blanchett in a Christian Dior tent dress in Deauville: amazing or awful?

OMG. Seriously. Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet at the Deauville Film Festival for the premiere of Blue Jasmine and THIS was what she wore. Not to be confused with the Armani Prive dress she wore to Venice opening ceremony/event, which had problems of course, but nothing like this. Again, I would have a total hate-on for this Dior gown if it was anyone other than Cate. On Cate, it’s… interesting? It’s an intellectual look. As in, you have to really think about whether you like it, whether this is “good”, whether this is fashionable. It’s basically a maternity-style tent dress, only done in a hand-worked couture way. The top of the gown fits her perfectly. But she has such a great figure, and I don’t get why she wanted to do this. Maybe she likes being an intellectual fashionista. One thing’s for sure: La Blanchett will be the most interesting woman to watch this awards season.

More photos from Deauville… Dakota Fanning in Elie Saab (the blue gown) and Alexander McQueen (the beige minidress). I hate both looks on Dakota for different reasons. For the McQueen, it would have been cute on Dakota if it was another color. She really should stay away from beiges, whites, creams and the like. As for the Elie Saab… on another woman, it would have been a boring but inoffensive look. But I hate it on Dakota! She didn’t style it correctly – she looks like a 12-year-old wearing her mother’s stuffy gown. Is Dakota even wearing makeup?!

Michael Douglas is in Deauville to promote Beyond the Candelabra, and the critics LOVED it. Michael was also wearing his wedding ring, so the press is making a big deal about that.

And Dame Judi Dench, just because I love her.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Anna says:

    I love that Blanchette still went for a funky shoe with this VERY funky dress. She still manages to work it somehow, but really, the new Dior is cr@p.

    • Decloo says:

      Didn’t Cate already wear a granny crochet blanket dress once before and get skewered for it?

    • bettyrose says:

      Well, when the world already knows you have a fabulous figure, I guess you don’t need to show it off at every appearance. If I were walking around in her body for just one day, though, I’d rock the slinkiest (yet classy) of dresses.

  2. Maria says:


    It’s fitting, for her (if that makes sense), just not appropriate for the red carpet.

    I can’t wait to see this film.

  3. DanaG says:

    Looks like a dress my granny would make. Hate the tent dress! Dakota looks awful wrong colours wrong dresses.

  4. lisa2 says:

    That is an ugly dress..for anyone including Cate

    Dakota looks good. But her skin looks to pale for that dark blue.. or it could be her hair being too light.

  5. RocketMerry says:

    The Italian journalists also really loved Dame Judy Dench, too! She was on every channel news.
    She’s so amazing. Sigh.

  6. Lilyvanilli says:

    Spirograph attacks Cate at festival .

  7. Eleonor says:

    A sac covered in pins? Really? NO.

  8. toto says:

    I’ am in love with cate dress. So my style

  9. toto says:

    I am in love with cate dress. So my style

  10. Claudia says:

    I’m glad you covered this dress because I absolutely love it. No one else would have been able to pull it off. The silhouette is fun and the print is so interesting.

  11. Samtha says:

    That Alexander McQueen minidress is adorable, even if it does wash her out.

  12. bns says:

    I love it! She makes it work.

  13. Jane says:

    If Gallianno were still at Dior he would not have created that atrocity that Cate wore.

  14. Ai says:

    Only she could pull off this look. Very fun to watch her fashion and red carpet styles.

  15. NM9005 says:

    This dress is fugly. It’s a huge billowy sack and if this was Project Runway, it would have been in the bottom 3. The top looks too..plain, I can’t even explain how boring the top looks. It looks like amateur work.

    Blanchett can’t fix everything and Dior or not, this dress is awful. The print seems like an afterthought rather than complete the dress.

    It looked better on the runway though but I think that’s because it seemed shorter there which makes the dress fall better and thus produce a more flattering picture.

    • P.J. says:

      Agree, the dress is just too long. Knee-length or shorter, it would look just fine. The pattern is so rich, it’s overwhelming.

  16. LL says:

    This dress is so very ugly. Its ugly regardless of who is wearing it and that includes Cate Blanchett. If anyone else wore this monstrosity that is called a dress, this would more negative criticisms of it.

    But to be somewhat fair, this dress would look better in an editorial then on the red carpet.

  17. JudyK says:

    LOVE the dress and love, love, love the shoes…thank gawd, they aren’t platforms.

  18. fancyamazon says:

    I like the dress a lot. Everyone knows her body is great, and I don’t think that every dress needs to be an attempt to show that off. She looks fantastic in tailored work too. In fact, she is a true clothes horse, and I think she pulls it off quite well.

    She looks like she enjoys wearing it. The dress is fun.

  19. chloe says:

    I don’t care for the dress, it would be cute if it was an above the knee A-line style, but it just seems so bulky on her. But to be fair I’m to busy looking at her beautiful face and not the dress.

  20. Kaiser says:

    I’m so sorry, I messed this up! All of these people were at Deauville, not Venice. Sorry, brainfart.

  21. pretty says:

    she looks like a smartphone. those weird thingies look like Apps…

  22. Feebee says:

    The cut of the dress is horrid but the fabric is fun and I love love love the shoes! Is she wear a bra? Because that dress makes her look like an ironing board.

    Michael Douglas is looking good. Age appropriately wrinkled up but he looks relaxed and enjoying it. Judi Dench looks fab too.

  23. Arock says:

    I’m torn between my love for Kate, indifference to this dress, and the ability to be objective. I don’t like it, but it’s not hateful.
    Judi dench, on the other hand, is beautiful. Classy bitches.

  24. smee says:

    The fabric is beautiful in CB’s dress. I actually like the silhouette and the dress does fit nicely at the top. I like it way more than the spider web dress……..

  25. vixo says:

    I don’t like this dress nor this new Dior collection. I saw some closeups it does look cheap, not really couture. That said, I saw a photo of it on the runway, it looked far less tent and shorter. It could look a tad better with better fitting. But, Goddess Cate can wear anything !!!!!!!!!!

  26. MademoiselleRose says:

    Dame Judi looks lovely. The rest, na! Hopefully Kate will pick up her game for the awards season. I always look forward to seeing what she wears, but this is awful. Looks like little crochet s circle quilt. And stripey shoes with roundy dress, eeek, obviously I’m not evolved enough fashion-wise to appreciate it.

  27. Lflips says:

    I don’t care for the dress but I’ll give her a pass because she’s Cate and she’s amazing.

  28. Mel says:

    It’s much better than the crocheted blanket/quilt or something that she wore a few years ago (on a bet, I am sure), but that’s not saying much.

    I like her, I think she has become truly beautiful (apart from being a really good actress), but her dressing is usually just awful to my taste.

  29. lisa says:

    dear god, it’s a craft project

  30. Lucy2 says:

    As always with Cate, the dress is odd but she looks amazing.
    I like Dakota’s Elie Saab but it’s way too mature for her.

  31. Sara says:

    I love Cate’s dress and the shoes! She can make anything look good. On another woman it would have been a disaster!

  32. minxx says:

    Only Cate could pull off this look, she has so much charisma. And she’s INCREDIBLE in Blue Jasmine, incredible.

  33. annaloo. says:

    I love Cate– even when she looks like she is wearing something from the goth Hot Topic’s DIY Girl Scout badge collection, I still love her.

  34. thecookingpan says:

    Does anyone have a tag on Cate’s shoes?

  35. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Cate’s dress looks cheap, and sorta like denim–very ugly.

  36. tessy says:

    I love the circles, every one is different. But I’d like to see it as a long full skirt, a white pirate sleeve blouse and a wide pink sash belt.

  37. rtms says:

    I’m pretty sure Dakota is attending the Venice Film Fest not Dauville. None of her films are playing at Dauville.

  38. Ag says:

    I love Cate, but this dress is hideous.

  39. newtsgal says:

    like I said before…..Miss Cate could wear a potato sack and it would look good!!

  40. taxi says:

    I love Cate’s shoes & yes, she is wearing a bra.

    Dakota in beige looks like a corpse.

  41. Anne De Vries says:

    Maybe Cate felt like enjoying a fancy dinner without being constrained by a tight dress ;-)

  42. jemshoes says:

    Cate, like Tilda Swinton, always manages to pull off a quirky ensemble. These 2 really wear the clothes!