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Red Carpet: Cate Blanchett Wears Bizarre Cape Halter Dress To London Premiere

Cate Blanchett attends the UK premiere of "Blue Jasmine" at Odeon West End on September 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)

Cate Blanchett is an extremely talented, intelligent woman.

..The Gloss, however, is a fashion and beauty site, which means we have to focus on a very specific aspect of Blanchett’s career–primarily, what she wears on the red carpet. Occasionally, we’re a little bummed out that we only ever talk about Blanchett through the lens of what she wears, but… that’s the way it goes.

Which is to say, one of the most exciting things about Blanchett (non-talent/intellect division), is that she’s willing to take risks. She has worn some of the greatest red carpet looks of all time… but taking risks is dangerous. And sometimes this happens. And sometimes this. And sometimes this:

Cate Blanchett attends the UK premiere of "Blue Jasmine" at Odeon West End on September 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)The actress was attending the UK premiere of Blue Jasmine in London last night and chose Fall 2012 Givenchy Couture for the occasion.

Now, since this is couture, there’s always going to be mindless praise of the dress as “a work of art” or some such (see also: all discussion of the Met’s Alexander McQueen exhibit), but the fact of the matter is this dress is a weird, sagging halter with a glittery cape component and an embellished stomach growth for added… stuff.

Here’s the back view:

Cate Blanchett attends the UK premiere of "Blue Jasmine" at Odeon West End on September 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)

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  • Anne Marie Hawkins

    Tummy embellishment aside I actually really love the lines and silhouette here.

  • Lemona

    If the cape sat higher on her shoulders, baring just the tops of them, it might work, right? But as is, the cape is imprisoning her arms! They’re just impotently trapped, unable to do anything about the fact that she’s been forced to wear a dress for armpit-enthusiasts.

    I wonder if it made her walk look weird because she had to keep her arms stationary.

  • emase

    I freakin love Cate but I am definitely not digging her dress. Check out my new dress! http://www.studio1originals.com