Cate Blanchett carried a gorgeous Valentino tote at the Venice Film Festival

Cate Blanchett is seen arriving at Venice Airport during the 77th Venice Film Festival

There’s enough evidence to indicate that America never completed the “first wave” of the coronavirus pandemic, and we’re still in the middle of the first wave. But Europe was different – they locked down thoroughly, they flattened their curve, and their first wave came and went. But… there’s growing evidence that the second wave has arrived, especially in countries like Spain and France. But what about Italy? Is Italy secure enough to host the Venice Film Festival? I guess we’re about to find out, when the “socially distanced” Venice Film Festival begins today.

Cate Blanchett is the president of the Venice jury, and European stars have begun arriving in Venice, with their masks mostly on. Tilda Swinton is there too, Wakanda Forever-ing for her friend Chadwick Boseman. But mostly I wanted to talk about Cate’s arrival outfit and HER PURSE. That tote, OH MY GOD. My birthday is coming up, you guys. Can you bitches pool your resources and buy me that tote? According to the Daily Mail, the bag is an older design by Valentino and it’s not available for sale right now! Damn it.

Armani is one of the big sponsors for this film festival, so I wonder if both Tilda and Cate will wear some lovely new Armani creations. Apparently, Cate has told people that she’s going to re-wear some old looks for this brave new pandemic world, so maybe we’ll just be getting repeats from her during the entire festival. Hm.

Cate Blanchett is seen arriving at Venice Airport during the 77th Venice Film Festival

Tilda Swinton Arrives At The 77th Venice Film Festival

Cate Blanchett looks great as she arrives in Venice for the Venice Film Festival

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

52 Responses to “Cate Blanchett carried a gorgeous Valentino tote at the Venice Film Festival”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. arbelia says:

    OK don’t hate me, but i found that bag ugly. I don’t see the appeal, it looks cheap to me, like something i could find at the flea market ( and i love flea market, but not that bag).

  2. FHMom says:

    Damn she wears clothes well, and that bag is to die for. It looks like she went from the airport to a marina. I’m in awe that she chose white to travel. I would totally chip in for that bag, Kaiser.

    • Shoesnotblues says:

      It’s the quay for the vaporetti and taxiboats. It’s right by Venice airport, like a taxi rank outside normal airports. Arriving in Venice is just the most wonderful thing in the world; you’re straight onto a boat from the airport and the you travel across the lagoon to la Serenissima. God I miss travelling!

  3. Jerusha says:

    I like the rest of her outfit, but that is one UGLY bag. Sorry.

    • Pusspants says:

      I thought the outfit looked okay in the airport pic, but when she’s on the dock, she looks like she’s cosplaying Thursten Howl III.

  4. R. says:

    I live in Europe and erm it wasn’t that cut and dry. European countries have been doing it better than America, but i wouldn’t call it super contained. not if some countries were able to stay mostly open and have deaths under the 10.

    • NatureLover says:

      They reported that Venice will follow guidelines for the virus. There will be no public allowed. As to the rest of the rest of the festival activities, I am unsure as to how they will conduct the ceremony, but guidelines for protection will be a top priority.

  5. Kaiser says:

    To all the people who hate the Valentino bag, congrats, you have bad taste

    • Darla says:


      I love the bag. But I find myself more and more being unable to purchase leather goods. I just bought myself a Bao Bao Issey Miyake (and yes I had to google to know how to spell the name), and I will likely be sticking with that designer on handbags going forward. Well, also Stella McCartney has some really nice vegan bags. But I don’t have one of hers yet.

      • Vava says:

        That Issey Miyake looks great!
        Kaiser I must have bad taste, because I don’t like that Valentino bag. I like the ones that design shop made with the pyramid studs, though!! 😀

      • bettyrose says:

        Admittedly I’m not much in to high end brands, but for my vegan bags I love Vera Bradley and find them to be very well made.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Because you love it Kaiser, because I love huge ass totes, because 88% of everything I own is black, I bet that bag is stunning in person.

      Has anyone ever been to the beach with a baby? You know how used, soggy, wadded up diapers look? 😁

    • Giddy says:

      I have a black Valentino tote about that size that I adore. I found it on EBay for about 100.00. It’s authentic and in perfect condition, so they can be found!

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      HA HA enjoy it Kaiser, to each their own

    • Jerusha says:

      I just like clean lines on bags, no frou frou, no rosettes, no studs, no double straps. Just simple and clean.

  6. Sasha says:

    I’m sorry but that bag is ATROCIOUS. Must be a love it/hate it bag based on the comments. You couldn’t pay me to carry that bag!!

  7. smee says:

    Two Queens

  8. Elizabeth says:

    You all can have all those bags. Don’t look good or cool or easy to carry to me!

  9. Case says:

    I’m so interested to see how this goes. For the sake of those there and the people they interact with, I hope it’s truly socially distant and safe. I think these kinds of things CAN happen, just with extraordinary precaution, and in a place where the curve has been flattened.

    • theothercleo says:

      I’m interested too. I’m a little bit worried to be honest because from what i’ve seen on my insta stories some people that have no business being there (models,fashion journalists,actors not in films shown at the festival…) are on their way to Venice right now. I was surprised because I was expecting to see only directors,actors and jury members. I hope everyone will follow the rules and that everything will be ok.

  10. Audrey says:

    Every since this covid thing, conspicuous consumption is just so unappealing to me. I’m all about high quality items, but now, it’s not about the designer, it’s about the intrinsic quality and beauty of an item, not the logo.

  11. arbelia says:

    I have excellent taste hahah; I searched for that collection, and apparently it takes more than 10 hours just to mould and assemble the “petals” by hand on the bag. It’s supposed to represent a rose, but the Tote Bag just looks cheap to me, sorry. The smaller shouder bags version is much better in my opinion (maybe because it is less messy and looks more like a rose).

  12. Slowdown says:

    The bag is atrocious lol! Sorry!!!
    Also less lols but how are people still making and buying leather goods? It’s such a polluting industry – as well as fake vegan leather btw. There is no pressing need for new leather bags ff’s sake.

  13. OhDear says:

    That is one of the ugliest bags I’ve ever seen in my life.

  14. Mtec says:

    Put that bag beside a stuffed wrinkled trash bag and I’d only know the difference from the Valentino tag.

  15. TeamMeg says:

    Whoa, the bag hate is fierce on here today. What gives?! I like the bag okay. I bet it’s super soft and would be pleasing to touch or stroke. Then again, scrotum is soft, too. So there you go.

  16. KG says:

    Is Cate’s jacket dark navy? Whole outfit is so chic.

  17. Ohlala says:

    Kaiser,one thing we would never agree is fashion!
    Sorry but this bag is ugly as hell and probably flounted around because was gifted/freebie.
    When it comes to shoes and bags i am very into it and have beautiful collection. But I am.very picky too. I adore big baggy bags and have beautiful Celine and Jil Sander and many more but this is one os ugly ugly and would not spend even a penny on it

  18. Sylvia says:

    Yeah… no. Its a solid no for me, thanks. This bag looks like someone took scissors to a glad trash bag and used a couple loops to hold the thing together. It’s an affront to fashion, really. Final word is: Ew.

  19. LoonaticCap says:

    I love both looks. My fashion eyes are just happy with the sights.
    I loved Tildas look, especially.
    I’m so so on the bad. I see its appeal but it’s not for me. I like sling bags and a tad smaller than that.

  20. Sarah says:

    Given that we whale on Top CEO Kate for her theme dressing, do we not think Cate is a little too on the nose to be photographed in that outfit, in Venice, next to a boat? All apologies to Cate for putting her this sartorially close to TCEOK but it was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the pic.

  21. Mia4s says:

    The film festival has a pretty robust testing strategy, which will likely be key. We shall see!

    But it’s far from business as usual, particularly with travel restrictions. I feel badly for Regina King whose directorial debut is debuting there and she can’t even attend!

  22. JennyJenny says:

    Is she using a turtle neck under her shirt as her mask?

  23. Sparky says:

    I LOVE totes in general so I was excited to click on this link. Aaaaand… this is not my taste. I typically go for a more classic look. To each their own–taste is taste and there is no right or wrong.

  24. Cecilia says:

    Færget the bag, who made her sunglasses?!??

  25. Grant says:

    Sorry but I’m here for Tilda’s shoe game. They look like some kind of pump/boot hybrid and I am living!!!

  26. GrassRoots says:

    She looks like Roger Stone in those glasses.

  27. Siul says:

    Love her and the bag. The bag is weird looking; but then it’s made for her class and not someone like me who gets his clothes from Walmart. Speaking of which, I think Swinton would be ok to go shopping with to Target. I know it’s stupid but I measure the likability of a movie star if they can go to Target. For example, Ryan Gosling would be fun to go with, but Bruce Willis would be a nightmare.