Cate Blanchett in Esteban Cortazar at the Venice Film Festival: ill-fitting or fine?

Veronika Franz,  Ludivine Sagnier, Matt Dillon, Cate Blanchett pose on the red carpet at the Opening Ceremony for the 77th Venice International Film Festival ( Berlinale ) on Wednesday 2 September 2020

Just know that I’ve completely and utterly forgotten how to cover fashion for award shows and film festivals. It’s only been six months, damn. And we had a full awards season earlier this year too, but apparently I just edited that sh-t out of my brain. It doesn’t help that 2020 has felt like it’s been, easily, 80 months long. So, how does this work? I just write a name and tell you who designed her dress? Let’s try it! I’m excited! Here are some photos from Night 1/Day 1 of the Venice Film Festival. Cate Blanchett in a 2016 Esteban Cortazar gown, which she had previously worn in 2015. Cate has said she would do a lot of repeats for her stint as the Venice Film Festival’s jury president. She and the other jury members are social distancing on the red carpet too. Anyway… with all of the spectacular looks Cate could have reworn, this one is kind of meh? Or am I just out of practice? And the way she’s posing all hunched over, it kind of makes me believe that the dress no longer fits her.

Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet at Opening Ceremony for the 77th Venice International Film Festival ( Berlinale ) on Wednesday 2 September 2020

Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet at Opening Ceremony for the 77th Venice International Film Festival ( Berlinale ) on Wednesday 2 September 2020

Here’s Tilda Swinton in Chanel (a new look, from 2020). This is so girly and, like, traditionally pretty. It’s stunning to see Tilda wear this. She looks great though?

77th Venice International Film Festival - 'The Ties' premiere and Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Ceremony

Tilda Swinton poses on the red carpet at Opening Ceremony for the 77th Venice International Film Festival ( Berlinale ) on Wednesday 2 September 2020

Elodie in Versace (also a new look from a 2020 collection). I can’t say I enjoy the silver Tootsie-roll design choice on the bust, but otherwise this is a lovely Versace look, and one I could totally see on someone like Angelina Jolie.

Elodie poses on the red carpet at Opening Ceremony for the 77th Venice International Film Festival ( Berlinale ) on Wednesday 2 September 2020

Bonus Cate Blanchett at the jury photocall. She wore Armani and it’s from the pre-Fall 2020 collection. She’s tight with Armani and she has a contract with them too. I kind of love this? More jumpsuits for 2020. I would look like a circus tent if I tried it, but it’s fab on her.

77th Venice International Film Festival Jury Photocall

Photos courtesy of Backgrid and WENN.

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  1. julia says:

    I love Cate in anything to be honest.

  2. Darla says:

    I strongly dislike all of these looks and Kate’s gown is the absolute worst, ugh.

  3. Snowslow says:

    Kaiser I am sure you would look beautiful in that jumpsuit and I am so glad to finally share a fashion choice with you!!

    PS: I read in the Guardian that Cate asked not to be called “actress” but “actor” during the festival. Because “actress” was girly and therefore pejorative. So sad that this is the feminism her generation comes up with, as if masculinity was neutral and femininity was iffy.

    • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

      I never thought of it that way. Good point.

      • Snowslow says:

        In Portuguese we gender everything (like in French or Spanish). I still remember being taught that a group of girls is elas (feminine, “they”) and a group of boys AND girls is “eles” (masculine “they”) because when there are two genders the masculine gender overpowers the feminine and is seen as “neutral”.
        Little SnowSlow was very pissed at grammar.

    • Dee says:

      Actors make a lot more money than actresses, so I can’t say that I blame her.

    • Kebbie says:

      She said she has always referred to herself as an actor. And her quote was “I am of the generation where the word actress was used almost always in a pejorative sense. So I claim the other space,” she said.

      You’re kind of twisting her words a bit.

  4. lobstah says:

    THAT BELT. I want that red belt.

  5. Teebee says:

    I didn’t realize how starved I am for red carpet fashion, good or bad!

    I must admit it’s all about the shoes with me. Love the dramatic shoe with the solver dress.

    It’s hard to imagine any festival being a good idea, before an approved vaccine. But I guess life does go on. Glam masks should definitely be the accessory of 2020!

  6. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    Cate B is trying to out-Swinton The Swinton with that jumpsuit and I love it.
    Also: is it me or does Cate look sleepy? Not judging because the world as we know has collapsed but she does look drowsy in these photos.

    • Yup, Me says:

      I was wondering qhy her hair and makeup look like she’s going to the grocery store and her dress looks like she decided to pull out her fancy clothes. It’s very on trend for quarantine, though – wear your dress up clothes around the house.

  7. lamgirls3 says:

    Cate is always stunning. Love her fashion!
    Is that Matt Dillon standing beside her in the top pic? DAMN….he has aged VERY WELL!

  8. lucy2 says:

    I love the midnight blue fabric, but not so much the design itself. Same with the silver.

    I really hope everyone at this event stays safe and follows the rules, and there’s no outbreak from it.

  9. Stacy Dresden says:

    I love her risk taking fashion choices. The styling is always interesting. I love the necklace with that navy gown for example. Also liking that Armani jumpsuit! The cut is flattering and modern!

  10. Chaine says:

    Cate’s dress is absolutely HIDEOUS. And is that Matt Dillon next to her with a bad toupee clinging to his dome???

  11. Solace says:

    Tilda Swinton is the real deal.

    Cate is not. Sorry

  12. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    That navy dress would be greatly improved by losing the white border. Also, in a less textured fabric, imo. I do love the necklace.

    Cate’s jumpsuit is modern and flattering. Tilda’s dress is a hot mess, though. The capelet neckline. The bodice looks like the compression sleeve I am wearing on my foot and leg post fractures in early June.

  13. Ginna says:

    Maybe it’s because I sew, but I cannot look away from that atrocious stripe matching at the jumpsuit crotch. Seriously Armani? I would expect that level from H&M, but not from a couture garment costing thousands of dollars.

    • Faithmobile says:

      That red belt is fantastic! But like @Ginna said there is no excuse for Armani not to properly aline the stripe pattern.

    • Kebbie says:

      Is it possible it was intentional? I can’t imagine they’d put it on an a list star on a red carpet if they didn’t mean for it to look that way.

  14. Kyla says:

    The gentleman in that first photo looks like Matt Dillon. I miss Matt Dillon. He’s my favourite Matt of the non-existent Matt Wars (eg. Dillon, Damon, Bomer, Smith)

  15. Lucy says:

    I just love seeing Cate and Tilda at the same place! (Even if they have to keep their distance from one another.)

  16. Margo says:

    Lovely jumpsuit but why are the stripes below the waist aligned. That is a detail that can be overlooked if you buy something like this at Target, but high-end fashion – not impressed.