Cate Blanchett reveals style rule: ‘Listen: Don’t wear tie-dye. Ever.’


This cover is crazy, right? This is supposed to be Cate Blanchett on the April cover of Vogue Australia. It looks nothing like her. Well… it looks like a hybrid of Cate, Elizabeth Banks and Patricia Arquette. Is it the hat? Is it the lighting? Is it Photoshop? Or has Cate had some work done? She looks consistently un-Cate-like in all of the photos from the shoot, so I don’t know what to tell you. I hope she hasn’t had work done. She looked normal enough when she was promoting Cinderella a few weeks ago, so I have to think it’s a combination of hat, Photoshop and lighting. As for the Vogue interview, there are a few highlights:

Being a mother: “Children certainly teach one about compromise. I think before having children the idea of compromise rubbed shoulders with weakness or deception in some way. Children are spirited, passionate, political, demanding. They are also heartbreaking. They constantly extend parents and so parents are constantly confronted with their failures, don’t you think? I’d rather presently live life this way than not.”

Her love of the theater: “Right before going on stage I stand on my toes [and] focus on finding a physical balance. I remember my first line and focus on the other actors. The rest is chance. That’s what’s exhilarating about it. You honestly risk not knowing which way it’s going to fall out there. I have a profound sense of audience: who is this for? Is it reaching them? Is it connecting or having any resonance? But when making a work I cannot, simply cannot, care what people think, or how the work will be perceived, if it will be considered ‘good’ or ‘bad’.”

Her style rule: “Listen: Don’t wear tie-dye. Ever.”

[From Vogue Australia via]

Hm… “don’t wear tie-dye” is a decent enough style rule. But I suspect Cate has many more rules to live by and she’s just keeping them to herself. What can we learn from Cate’s style? “Never be afraid of bold jewelry.” And “Take the time to properly tailor your clothes.”

As for her kids… as we learned more than a week ago, Cate and her husband Andrew Upton adopted a baby girl. They named her Edith Vivian Patricia Upton (I have to think those are family names). Cate just confirmed that Edith was actually adopted in America, not Australia. She was given a chance to speak out about Australia’s seemingly arcane adoption laws and regulations and she said, “I think it is … well I haven’t been through it here. It was in the United States. There’s a lot of children out there that don’t have the good fortune of our biological children so it’s lovely to welcome a little girl. We’re besotted.” I love the word “besotted”. Americans don’t use that word enough.


Photos courtesy of Vogue Australia.

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  1. Wilma says:

    She looks like Robin Wright here, but then without wrinkles.

    • doofus says:

      yes, that’s who I thought she looked like, too.

      and sorry, I have a “mature”, funky and stylish tie-dye piece that I wear to some music shows; I love it and always get tons of compliments on it…so, Cate-with-a-C…get bent.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I am getting Queen Cersei vibes in the top pic. Now I want to see Cate In Game Of Thrones.

    • Dońt kill me i'm french says:

      Cate Blanchett mixed with Robin wright

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Her facelift is a little too tight right now!
      (I’ve seen some candid pics of her this week. I’m not talking about this magazine’s photoshop issues.)

      • Emy says:

        What? I’ve seen some pictures of her from like two days ago, and she definitely has not had a facelift.

        She might’ve had some work done, but nothing notable.

      • Hudson Girl says:

        Emy, that’s not how you can tell if someone’s had a face lift- wrong angle.
        She definitely has had one. No judgement, especially in her line of work.

    • santana says:

      And if you look at untouched pics of both of them, Cate has somehow more wrinkles than Robin, specially around the eyes, even if she’s younger of a couple of years. I think they photoshopped some Robin Wright’s cheekbones on Cate and that’s why.

      • Wilma says:

        Yes, Robin Wright admits to botox, but I think she uses it in a very good way. She never looks tight in the face.

  2. Sea Dragon says:

    Beautiful human being and gorgeous… photoshop.

  3. sighhhh says:


  4. LadyMTL says:

    I’m getting a major Ellen Barkin vibe from the last pic (the profile shot). I doubt she’s had such drastic work done, it’s probably bad photoshop.

  5. bros says:

    OMG amazing photos. Can we get more of them?

  6. EC says:

    Ummm sorry Cate but I love a good tie-dye print. But otherwise I think you are a wondrous pixie and I worship at your alter. Hope your baby girl is doing great!

    • FLORC says:

      I love a good tie-dye print. When done right it can be awesome. And fun to make. There’s a real level of skill to it. I think she’s generalizing too much here.

      I adore Cate’s style, but she really knows how to be disconnected from those outside her circle/bubble.
      And these photos are awful. Not ugly. Just not Cate. If anyone doesn’t need extreme photo edits it’s her. So, why the heavy hand?

  7. BengalCat2000 says:

    Her cheekbones are otherworldly.

  8. MtnRunner says:

    I’m besotted with besotted! There cannot be enough besotted-ness in my life.

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She should add “don’t wear really stupid looking hats” to her list.

  10. Sharon says:


  11. Christin says:

    I hope Edith someday asks for a tie dye kit. Great opportunity to learn more about compromise, Cate.

  12. Franca says:

    I don’t find Cate pretty at all, but here she looks good.

  13. Katie says:

    I love tie dye! 😛 To each their own. Who says something has to be *in style*? Wear what you want. Love what you love. Not a fan of the cover. She looks stiff! Blank.

  14. Sumodo1 says:

    I can’t with the photoshopping!

  15. Christo says:


  16. Xazi says:

    The debate about Australia’s adoption laws is pretty complicated. What seems to be overlooked by the foreign media and celebrities is that a disproportionate number of children in state care are Aboriginal. Removing children from their cultural traditions and placing them with (most likely) white families is considered a form of colonization. Here in Canada we have Similar concerns and policies. And likewise, Canadians are adopting kids out of the US.

    • AK says:

      Great point

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      This is actually a problem in the US, too. Native children are more likely to be removed to foster care and more likely to be adopted out to non-Native families – even when there are relatives willing to take them. As Xazi says, continuing colonialism.

  17. Penelope says:

    Photoshopped from here to eternity. Good gravy!

  18. Santolina says:

    So, when do we get to see this adopted baby girl from America? We’re not being told anything more than that it’s a girl. All this build-up creates curiosity.

    • Ariana Di says:

      I saw some pics of Cate holding baby Edith who was in a cute little black dress last week. She is a cutie.

    • Elly says:

      DailyMail has some stalker/paparazzi pictures. It´s a white baby girl and the baby looks like… a baby.

      • Tiffany says:

        I saw the photo on Twitter and yep, it is a baby. I really like how Cate just let it be when it comes to her children. When she was pregnant with her last son and a reporter asked about it, she confirmed it. That was it, on the to the next topic. The arrival of her daughter, photo of her at the airport with her, no muss, no fuss. I bet dollars to donuts she and her family will be left alone to enjoy this time with that cutie as Cate never played that game.

  19. Catelina says:

    She looks pretty, but there is a lot of photoshop. Sad. Can’t wait to see her kill it next awards season with Carol.

  20. sauvage says:

    I see a Margot Robbie and Christina Hendricks hybrid.