The very private, beautiful-beyond-belief Cate Blanchett has been jetting around the world for premières of Blue Jasmine, the Woody Allen film she stars in. So we have had glimpses of her wearing her choice of off duty kit when usually we only see pictures of her in a series of stunning Couture gowns from the like of Dior, Armani, Valentino, for attending red carpet events. At Heathrow in October a friend of mine saw her wearing a modern take on Shalwar Kameez pants in black with a softly tailored black jacket (Winser Milano Coat) (£250) and black vest top (Winser Classic Vest) (£35). Accessorised with an across the body new Alexander McQueen handbag and black shiny lace up brogues.
At LAX in July she showed us all how to travel chic when she was papped wearing a Stella McCartney Spring 2014 blazer, beige slouchy pants (Winser Giselle Trousers), black jersey top (Jersey High Polo Neck Top)(£69), Roger Vivier sandals and a Tods “Sella” handbag. She looked chic but edgy. It is the sort of uniform we would all like to aspire to. She says of her off duty style that it is always relaxed and must be comfortable.
In Blue Jasmine she gets all the good outfits, timeless Chanel jackets and Hermes bags. Woody Allen is specific in not wanting the fashion to date a movie.
Despite her long list of film and theatre performances, for which she has won many awards, including an Oscar and two BAFTAS, and the fact that she is regularly photographed and interviewed by the glossy magazines, she manages to keep a low profile at home in Australia, in between movies. She is rarely photographed with her husband Andrew Upton or her 3 sons.
Her glamerous dresses are much documented, both praised and criticised. I find that she is always elegant but also quite fearless in her choices, and it’s great that she is brave enough to take plenty of fashion risks; she experiments with directional structures and fashion forward fabrics.
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