Fugger: Cate Blanchett

Fugs and Fabs: Cate Blanchett


Cate the Great (Cate the Grate? No, that’s insulting) is starring in The Maids in New York right now, and apparently the production is quite excellent, although I confess it sounds like a rather confusing play. And I say that as a person with a degree in literature who also was once the president of her high school drama club so you know I know my shit. Regardless of all that, what this really means is that she’s tromping around New York every day and we get to eyeball her outfits. Turns out she loves a bootie.

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Mostly Well Played: Cate Blanchett


She even runs errands with panache.

Cate Blanchett

Panache, and a potentially odd choice of footwear, but then again, she wouldn’t be Cate Blanchett if she weren’t making me question everything I thought I knew.

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Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett in Fausto Puglisi at Comic-Con


I am sure there are plenty of people who complain that Comic-Con isn’t what it used to be — whatever it is that it used to be — and while I don’t know about that, I WILL say that when Cate Blanchett shows up for your event, you can’t say it isn’t major. (She was there for the panel for The Hobbit 3: Back In The Hobbit, which…don’t even get me started on the fact that they made The Hobbit into a trilogy. Not everything need be split into thirds. Sometimes both your sandwich and your relatively slim volume of elfin adventure can be consumed in one sitting.)

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I don’t HATE this, but I do think it looks like a Project Runway challenge where everyone had to take her bathrobe and make it into a day dress. It might WIN that challenge, but still.

She looked much less fussy when she arrived at LAX this week:

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Fugs and Fabs: The Rest of the Crystal + Lucy Women In Film Awards


Tickets to this sucker were $500 a pop. I paid less than that to see the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012, and that was all toothless, joyful men in beards, with nary a jumpsuit in sight. WAY better value for money.

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Unfug or Fab: Cate Blanchett in Chanel


All right, Fug Nation, sharpen your pinking shears and let’s get to work:

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From this angle: I liked it. The bodice is very chipper, and so is she, and the two things together are like a unicorn wrapped in a rainbow and then printed with Matt Bomer’s mobile number. But then I caught a glimpse of it from another angle:

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Cannes Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett


No complaints about the actual photo, that’s for sure.

The dress, though, feels like a Champagne hybrid of the Armani she wore for the Globes, and the Armani she wore at the Oscars. There’s a sameness to it, again, which was exactly my issue with both of those dresses. If there’s one feeling Cate Blanchett should never evoke, in an ideal world anyway, it’s Been There, Done That.

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