Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett 'Frightened' by Plastic Surgery

Mar/02/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Cate Blanchett
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If there’s one star in Hollywood who won’t be getting Botox anytime soon, it sounds like it’s Cate Blanchett. “I’m not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn’t do,” she tells Fashion ETC. “I just know what works for me. I’d be too frightened about what it means long-term. Looking at women in their 20s doing this stuff, in the end all you see is the work. It doesn’t fill me with admiration; it fills me with pity.”

Luckily, the actress doesn’t have to worry too much about her skin: her pale complexion is basically flawless, a fact she credits to Japanese skincare brand SK-II (she’s the face of the company). “I’ve been using it for a long time,” she says, adding that part of her basic routine is born of laziness. “If it works, I keep using it. It’s about consistency.”

In addition to using the brand’s delicate lotions and masks — she put her own $250 skincare kit together back in 2008 — the Aussie actress relies on occasional oxygen facials, emu oil, Paw Paw Ointment and daily doses of sunscreen. But some signs of aging even Blanchett can’t prevent: when asked about sun exposure, she resigns, “You’re going to get it anyway.” Tell us: How do you take care of your skin?


Cate Blanchett Wears Custom Armani Wardrobe in 'Hanna'

Apr/11/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Cate Blanchett Wears Armani in Hanna
Courtesy Giorgio Armani

She had the fashion world buzzing when she wore an elaborate Givenchy Haute Couture gown to the Academy Awards, and now, actress Cate Blanchett continues her style streak with a specially designed Giorgio Armani wardrobe in her new film, Hanna. In the thriller, Blanchett plays Marissa Wiegler, a woman on a mission to catch a 16-year-old assassin, so director Joe Wright wanted her to look like the “wicked witch” of the story, with red hair and green attire, according to Hanna costume designer Lucie Bates. To illustrate that persona, Armani hand selected silhouettes, which included sharply tailored suits and a striking green cashmere overcoat. “Working with Cate Blanchett, on and off the screen, has always been a highlight for me,” Armani said in a release. “She embodies the perfect combination of consummate actor and world-class fashion icon.” Armani was not only a perfect fit for his front row fan, but it’s hardly the first time the legendary designer has dressed actors on screen: he suited up Richard Gere in American Gigolo, helped Katie Holmes in The Kennedys and lent his fashionable hand to Ocean’s Thirteen and The Dark Knight. Tell us: what do you think of Blanchett’s Hanna look? –Kim Peiffer



24 Hour Trend Alert: Sexy Menswear-Inspired Suits

Jan/19/2011 at 07:00 PM ET

Camilla Belle Kylie Minogue and Cate Blanchett in Menswear Fashion Trend
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We have already seen literal interpretations of menswear for the ladies, but fashion’s boldest trendsetters re-imagined the trend in a variety of ways — all in the last day! The latest iterations of the look range from the risqué to the buttoned-up, but always include stylishly sexy details. Tuesday night, Cate Blanchett opted for a black-and-white look, selecting crisp white trousers and shiny lapels for the IWC “A Night in Portofino” gala in Geneva, Switzerland. In L.A., Camilla Belle was spotted pairing high-waisted tuxedo trousers with a gauzy nude bandeau, revealing her toned abdomen at the premiere of From Prada to Nada. And back across the pond, Kylie Minogue ramped up a classic suit with a sheer blouse, breezy bow and crimped updo. We applaud Hollywood’s affirmation that behind every menswear-inspired look is a strong woman, but want your opinion. Tell us: Are you riding the coattails of the latest menswear trend? Are you ready to add a pantsuit to your going-out wardrobe?Justine Harman


Jennifer Aniston's Fashion Inspirations? Cameron and Cate!

Aug/19/2010 at 09:00 AM ET

Face to face/iPhoto; Jason Merritt/Getty; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Jennifer Aniston‘s dedication to designer frocks and sleek looks has earned her more than her fair share of fashion fans, making her one of Hollywood’s hottest style icons. And while she consistently holds her own on the red carpet—most recently shining in a color-blocked Lanvin mini at the L.A. premiere of The Switch—the actress admits to pulling inspiration from other A-listers. “I love seeing Cameron Diaz on the red carpet,” she tells Extra. “I think she’s gorgeous and has a lot of style.” Another source of inspiration for Jen? Cate Blanchett, who Aniston lauds as “always interesting and unique.” And while Jennifer’s fashionable peers might have distinctly different approaches to style, when you put them together, Blanchett’s structured styling and Diaz’s surfer-girl sensibility somehow reflect Aniston’s own laid-back sophistication. But could this fashion equation be the recipe for a collection of her own? Aniston’s sly response: “Maybe.” To hear more, check out –Justine Harman


Cate Blanchett's New Cropped Cut: Love It Or Hate It?

Jun/14/2010 at 11:30 AM ET

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Cate Blanchett is never afraid to make a splash on the red carpet. But at Sunday night’s 2010 Tony Awards in New York City, it was the star’s new boy-short haircut, not her outfit, that stole the show. Even while draped in diamonds from Van Cleef & Arpels and dressed in a shimmering Giorgio Armani Privé pantsuit, the Tony presenter’s dramatic neck-baring do seemed to turn the most heads. While we loved her shoulder-grazing strawberry-blond waves, we like that Blanchett has joined the ever-growing ranks of Hollywood beauties with pixie-cut fever: The style gives the 41-year-old Robin Hood actress an even more regal feel. Tell us: What do you think of Cate’s new cut? –Marissa Patlingrao Cooley


Cate Blanchett's Tribute to Alexander McQueen

May/13/2010 at 11:00 AM ET


When Cate Blanchett lit up the Riviera red carpet on the first night of the Cannes Film Festival, she did more than help promote her new movie Robin Hood. The Aussie Oscar-winner wore an Alexander McQueen dress in her own special mark of appreciation of the late fashion designer, who died on February 11. The ankle-length black eagle print Jacquard dress with white tulle details
is from the Pre-Fall 2010 collection and was picked out by McQueen specially for the actress. “The dress had been selected and personally chosen by Mr. McQueen and his team for Ms. Blanchett,” a spokeswoman tells PEOPLE. “It was specifically tailored for Ms. Blanchett.” Her movie, in which she gets to shoot arrows in custom-made Roger Vivier riding boots as Lady Marion, was picked as the big name opener for the festival on the French south coast. We can’t think of a better way to honor the late Lee McQueen than on the glamorous red carpet at Cannes. –By Simon Perry and Dana Kennedy


Cate Blanchett Mucks It Up in Roger Vivier Boots

May/12/2010 at 11:00 AM ET

Courtesy Roger Vivier

Forget about boots made for walking—these were made for intense trampling, mud-stomping and sword fighting. For Cate Blanchett‘s latest role as the feisty Maid Marion in the latest adaptation of the new action flick Robin Hood, the actress specifically requested Bruno Frisoni—artistic director of French luxury good house Roger Vivier—to custom-create one-of-a-kind boots. “I knew his design would be striking, but what arrived surpassed my expectations. The boots where sleek, sexy and helped give Marion that contemporary edge that Janty and I were searching for,” Blanchett says in a release. “I didn’t want to take them off. I was slightly freaked out by the amount of mud that I had to wade through as I didn’t want to get these gorgeous boots dirty.” The excitement was mutual for Frisoni, who says he began sketching the boots while still on the phone with the actress. “I admire her modernity, which is fragile and strong at the same time,” he says. “I wanted to create some boots that were both feminine and masculine. Sexy seduction on a horse!” To watch Blanchett work the thigh-high boots in the action movie co-starring Russell Crowe, head to theaters nationwide on May 14 when Robin Hood debuts. –David Yi

Courtesy Roger Vivier


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