Fugger: Cate Blanchett

Oscars Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive


Cate Blanchett wears things that make me die inside, and things that make me swoon, and things that make me confused for feeling one way when I should probably feel the other. But one thing Cate almost never does is put on things that feel like I’ve seen their cousins a hundred times on other people, and that’s why this disappointed me. Well, that and the sparkly fishing lures. Although if you were EVER going to get me to fish, that would be the way.

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BAFTAs Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett


For the BAFTAs, La Blanchett chose Alexander McQueen, and it’s not fug at all, really. It’s at least fine:

It’s actually rather pretty and also utilitarian and simple — it covers her body, it clings, it has a couple ornate touches but nothing suffocating, nor hard to wrangle. The placement of the flower details is the kind of touch that only works when you’re lean as a lamppost, and ergo your hips are not notably wider than the rest of you. The Kidmans and Blanchetts of the world can wear that without worry, and therefore they may be this dress’s only proper context.

I do LOVE that she stuck a massive necklace over it; add a bracelet of some kind (and maybe some funky makeup, like hella-dramatic eye or a hella-dramatic lip, in part to compensate for the fact that the gown itself isn’t nutsy-bananas) and we’d be in real business. Overall, it’s nice, and she looks very Cate; the reason I’m putting it up for a vote is because she has me trained to expect Big Things in one direction or another, and I’m not accustomed to it when she delivers something right down the line. A big part of me was ready for something exciting and big and creative, and this felt sort of bland, like a really gentle cuddle when what I wanted was to be knocked over by a bear hug. But she DID find a way to Cate it up with the necklace, so that’s something. Oh, Indecision, you batter me like a piece of fish in an English pub.

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Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett


Having a movie come out during your break between awards shows is VERY awkward timing for anyone who’d prefer to go home and sleep in her skin-enriching cryogenic tube for a month.

At first I thought maybe I’d give this outfit to her, but by the end I’d changed my mind and I have divorced it so that I can move on with my life and find happiness someplace else. Let’s see if you agree.

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Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett


The Cate Blanchett Winner’s Lap continues. But is this a winning look? I’m just asking.

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Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett


This is either amazing or TMI. Or it’s amazing TMI. Up to you.

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SAG Awards Fug Carpet: Cate Blanchett


I’m going to put her to a vote anyway, because Carte Blanchett demands it, but: I simply had to take a stand and say that, despite mulling it over in boring detail in my own brain, I don’t like it. And I think we’d be freaking out if Amy Adams or Jennifer Lawrence or Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts showed up wearing this. So while context IS important — the wearer can make or break an outfit, just as an outfit can make or break the wearer — I just can’t bring myself to think this is awesome or pretend I am in love with her sequined hanky. THERE. I said it. I’M FREE.

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