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SK-II’s “Clear for Life” Event – Cate Blanchett In Christian Lacroix Haute Couture from Decades

I’m almost totally speechless.

This is why I love Cate Blanchett.

No one could’ve worn this archival Christian Lacroix Haute Couture gown from Decades with the same poise, grace and elegance.

This fit for a Queen deep burgundy gown is embellished with shimmering gold crystal sequins.

I’m totally in love and in awe of this look.

I think it’s safe to say nothing is going to top this for me this year.


Repeat after me. “We are not worthy.”

Cate Blanchett is currently in Beijing for SKII as they announced their new “Live Clear” campaign.

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Spring 2011

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Spring 2011

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Yigal Azrouël Spring 2011

92 Responses to SK-II’s “Clear for Life” Event – Cate Blanchett In Christian Lacroix Haute Couture from Decades

  1. currygirl September 15, 2010 at 18:52 #

    I love you FC! And I love Cate Blanchett, too! I feel like her take on fashion is so healthy…make it fun and personal.

    • Fashion Critic September 15, 2010 at 18:53 #

      thanks for the love x

  2. Marvel September 15, 2010 at 18:58 #

    She looks breathtaking. I LOVE how she has styled her hair but who is looking at her hair when her gown is so gorgeous. I LOVE the exquisite sequin details and the rich red.


  3. GirlOne September 15, 2010 at 18:59 #

    Her waist is tiny!

  4. Isabella September 15, 2010 at 19:01 #

    I literally gasped when I saw that picture.
    Guess, I’ve found my BDOTY-winner.

    • Fashion Critic September 15, 2010 at 19:02 #

      that was exactly my same reaction

      • Methedrine September 15, 2010 at 19:12 #

        So am I. This woman is sensational !

        • B September 15, 2010 at 21:05 #

          Absolute perfection..incredible. And she makes it look so easy?!

    • michelle September 15, 2010 at 22:00 #

      omg you too. i almost choked my gasp was so long *repeating alongside FC* “we are not worth, we are not worthy” she shut it all the way down. there really is no need for anyone to even try and top this. just give up now.

    • Linda September 15, 2010 at 22:00 #

      For sure BDOTY.

    • SydneyCheekChic September 16, 2010 at 00:24 #

      So did I! absolutely breathakingly exquisite!

    • erika September 16, 2010 at 20:12 #

      jesus me too, she is a goddess

  5. Sheena September 15, 2010 at 19:13 #

    She is so perfect…she looks like a wax figure!

    • mm September 15, 2010 at 19:25 #

      Totally, And and it all looks so effortless. So breathtaking, i bet somebody fainted when they saw her, lol

  6. susan September 15, 2010 at 19:13 #

    She’s so statuesque! Stunning.

  7. Zoe September 15, 2010 at 19:14 #

    she wore this dress the other way around and pulls it off perfectly! such class :) but tbh anything this shade of red makes my heart jump

  8. GGG September 15, 2010 at 19:15 #

    She is so fabulous! Not cookie cutter, totally unique, risk taker and utterly gorgeous. She is my absolute favorite on the red carpet! Best Dressed of the Year!

  9. Kimi September 15, 2010 at 19:16 #

    I join the gasping club!
    I think I didn’t see such an amazing look since Anne Hathaway’s Versace gown in Venice. Oh my god no, this is even better. I always thought Anne will be my number one til I die. But Cate is definitely better.

    Oh before I forget it:
    “We are not worthy!”

  10. Kelly September 15, 2010 at 19:19 #

    This is absolute perfection…of course it would be from Cate!

  11. Hannah September 15, 2010 at 19:20 #

    BODTY. I cannot think o f asingle way to make this look better. SKII need to give her a pay rise. Pronto.

  12. MAJOR86 September 15, 2010 at 19:24 #


  13. SW September 15, 2010 at 19:27 #

    unreal. I am usually kind of confused of why people are such big fans of CB, but she just looks AMAZING. I am trying to think of anyone else who could wear this dress and even come close to pulling it off but I can’t.

  14. wilwarin September 15, 2010 at 19:31 #

    drop dead… she is beyond amazing… i don’t have words to complement this look… wow…

    • kathie September 15, 2010 at 20:51 #

      i second that

  15. Matt R September 15, 2010 at 19:40 #

    I mean…..wow. That’s all I can really say is wow.

    The only other look I’ve seen in recent memory that could make me even more speechless, is if Cate wore look 44 from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 08 collection. That color against her porcelain skin would look so amazing, I might literally die.

    Thoughts FC?

    • Fashion Critic September 15, 2010 at 20:00 #

      I’m rushing around, but I will have a lot later and get back to you

      • Matt R September 15, 2010 at 23:33 #

        Don’t get me wrong now….I’ve been a big fan of Lacroix’s work for a long time, and this look absolutely 100% reinforced that idea. Cate is so fashion-forward and avant-garde, that it is nearly impossible for me to pick a look she has worn that I didn’t like. From her gunmetal Armani Privé gown to her yellow Valentino, she just looks stunning in everything.

        The only reason I bring up the Elie Saab Spring 08 Couture collection is because it’s one of my favorite collections in a long time, and there are a lot of dresses that I could see Cate wearing. The one I brought up, Look 44, has a color and uniqueness that I haven’t seen Cate wear before, but she would look stunning in.

        Definitely BDOTY

        • Vidhya September 16, 2010 at 03:53 #

          i agree with you.. she could top herself in elie saab

  16. misschatty September 15, 2010 at 19:41 #

    Cate Blanchett is a goddess. That is all.

    I literally gasped then proceeded to flail when I saw this photo. Why is she so amazing and beautiful?

    So freaking regal and gorgeous.

  17. Laura September 15, 2010 at 19:49 #

    Wow is all I can say. This is a look I’ll remember for a long time. Definitely BDOTY. Love your website!

    • Fashion Critic September 15, 2010 at 19:59 #

      thanks Laura

  18. Jennifer September 15, 2010 at 19:49 #


    Oh my goodness. I am in love. Beautiful and absolutely amazing.

  19. anu September 15, 2010 at 19:51 #

    this dress was made for her! any1 else wud have ruined it! totally speechless!

  20. Jeremy September 15, 2010 at 19:51 #

    The thing that shocks me the most is that Cate wore this dress backward. How effing fantastic is that?! But as much love I have for her and this dress, I would die to see her wear it normally because the front doesn’t look less grand either.

  21. SarahV September 15, 2010 at 19:58 #

    We are not worthy!!
    Long may the queen reign!

  22. bettybrandenburg September 15, 2010 at 20:02 #

    I Am Speechless. Is it the dress? or is it her? I’m trying to picture that dress on someone else, and can”t. …. FC, you are spot on. BDOTY no doubt.

    • Fashion Critic September 15, 2010 at 20:37 #


  23. Elisa September 15, 2010 at 20:08 #

    THIS IS FREAKING AMAZING – nothing is going to top this in many, many months.

  24. Tania September 15, 2010 at 20:08 #

    Wow she looks stunning! The dress looks so much better worn that way round!

    FC you are worthy you would look fab in that dress x

  25. Joy September 15, 2010 at 20:29 #

    OMG! Cate + Lacroix is my dream combination! I could just cry at the beauty.

  26. Naomi September 15, 2010 at 20:37 #

    First and only thought when seeing this: “WOW”.

  27. mol September 15, 2010 at 20:39 #

    Quiet rich powerful scintillating beauty – but words just don’t describe, I just keep scrolling back to her as if she might disappear…..

  28. Z FASHION BLOG September 15, 2010 at 20:43 #


    This Lacroix dress is just amazing!

  29. fozaaa September 15, 2010 at 20:45 #

    She is somebody between human and angel in that dress. Amazing.

  30. Ally September 15, 2010 at 20:50 #

    Ok, sorry other ladies who have looked good this week…Cate just won this week by a mile, if not the year. Amazing.

  31. stinalotta September 15, 2010 at 20:58 #

    she’s Her Cateness, of course we are not worthy.

    I agree, if someone tops this they will be best dressed of the Decade because Cate, she looks … unreal. Breathtaking. Amazing.

  32. Gretta September 15, 2010 at 21:02 #

    My eyes literally glazed over. Unbelievable. BDOTY

  33. Tai'Tiana September 15, 2010 at 21:14 #

    i had the same exact response as you did(the bloger) when i came across this picture. This is a work if art that has been work beautifully and on the exact kind of person who can carry it out well. TWO THUMBS UP!

  34. Thaysa September 15, 2010 at 21:25 #

    BDFTW no doubt. I’m dying

  35. dee September 15, 2010 at 21:25 #

    All I can say is LOVE. Cate is fabulous.

  36. Lee Ann September 15, 2010 at 21:36 #

    Stunning and perfection all rolled into one!

  37. Clancy from Dallas September 15, 2010 at 22:07 #

    There are no words right now.. I keep leaving and coming back just to look at it oommggggg droool!

  38. Elise September 15, 2010 at 22:10 #

    I don’t know what to say, she is just beautiful! I guess perfection is the word!

  39. alexandra September 15, 2010 at 22:17 #

    My first reaction was like everybody’s above^^ ;D but then I added my love for glorious and soo well chosen colour, it makes her look like a queen short of a big ceremony… the best

  40. ude September 15, 2010 at 22:31 #

    eurgh she makes me want to pass out each time i look at her
    too beyond for words. only Queen Cate in McQueen A/W 10 can top this for me
    (but even that…)

  41. Amanda September 15, 2010 at 22:41 #

    Truly breathtaking. I worship Cate! What a gown…..

  42. Mariana September 16, 2010 at 00:11 #

    BDOTY!!! I’m curious about her shoes….

  43. Crystal September 16, 2010 at 01:38 #

    ohhh myyy goshhhhh…..i cried!
    she is so so so SO beautiful !

  44. Kathryn September 16, 2010 at 02:34 #

    In the words of Rachel Zoe,,,,Cate is SHUTTING IT DOWN!! I mean seriously is there even any need to conduct the BDOTW poll.

    • Fashion Critic September 16, 2010 at 02:57 #

      there isn’t really

  45. cat September 16, 2010 at 02:45 #

    She is regal, and statuesque and…perfect. Really.

  46. CreoleLady September 16, 2010 at 02:54 #

    The Lady of Light apparently has returned to Middle Earth…

  47. pipsqueak September 16, 2010 at 03:35 #

    I don’t have anything smarter to say but join the worship here. Truly outstanding! And if one has watched her interviews, you know she’s also incredibly intelligent. I’m just in awe of the Great Cate.

  48. zoe September 16, 2010 at 03:36 #

    so i think we all know who is winning bdotw :)

    the colors of cate’s skin, hair, and the beautiful tones of the dress go so well together.

  49. Vidhya September 16, 2010 at 04:02 #

    i saw this gown in decaded day before. then i saw that it was sold.. i lazily speculated on the lucky person to have bought it i wondered if they will keep the tassel belt… and then i saw cate blanchett. its a strange feeling to meet someone u fantasise abt .. and there she was in my face ” yeah i bought this dress.. yeah i wore it backwards.. ” and all i can do is.. wonder hw did she get so lucky..

  50. mochababe73 September 16, 2010 at 04:08 #

    The first words out of my mouth were “WOW”. This doesn’t happen to me often, but I am speechless. I have nothing negative to say. I am not a fan of this color, but she has made me a believer.

  51. Sara September 16, 2010 at 04:22 #

    :O my jaw just dropped when I saw this picture.

  52. lukie September 16, 2010 at 05:33 #

    Woooww! That is true perfection, this is what everyone should strive for! BDOTW! BDOTY! :)
    FC the only thing that could top this would be her to wear Fall 2010 Alexander Mcqueen,Fall 2010 Armani Prive, Fall 10 Atelier Versace, or Fall 10 Elie Saab Couture

    • Fashion Critic September 16, 2010 at 11:08 #

      I’m not sure even those could top this x

  53. Laura September 16, 2010 at 06:15 #

    Umm, can we say landslide for BDOTW? This is spectacular. The color combo is fab, and the dress is just flawless.

    And I’m so happy Cate gave Decades some love. They’ve got some of the most gorgeous vintage pieces around, and IMO they’re not worn enough on the red carpet.

  54. tanya September 16, 2010 at 06:45 #

    i just had to comment… wow… just WOW!

  55. kiwi September 16, 2010 at 07:52 #

    Regal is the right word.. head to toe perfection. She actually looks like a queen

    • Fashion Critic September 16, 2010 at 11:01 #

      Doesn’t she? Love this woman so much

  56. Dana September 16, 2010 at 10:26 #

    OMG! I have lost all powers of speech. Stunning. Regal. Absolutely statuesque! Wow, Cate the Great really can do NO wrong here! BDOTY for sure! I’m seriously in awe of her right now!

  57. fiona4802 September 16, 2010 at 11:29 #

    When I scrolled down to this I gasped loudly……my six year old son came running over to the computer “What is it Mum?”. I answered…”This dress is sooooo amazing on her!. His response “Yeeuchh, she looks awful!” That kid’s got a lot to learn.

    • Fashion Critic September 16, 2010 at 11:40 #

      You need to teach him that this is what you call perfection.

      LOL…cute story.

  58. Kaz September 16, 2010 at 12:10 #

    Wow… just wow. She looks phenomenal.

  59. Yerdeh September 16, 2010 at 12:14 #


  60. Annel September 16, 2010 at 12:25 #

    Wow, gave me goosebumps!

    I musdt admit that before I often wondered what the REALLY big deal was with Blanchett. But now, I see.
    I definately see. She’s supernatural.

  61. chiara September 16, 2010 at 12:59 #

    no words can describe the perfection of that photo.That must be the best dressed of the year n1.

  62. Cristina September 16, 2010 at 15:48 #

    GORGEOUS. Long live the queen!

  63. chryssa September 16, 2010 at 16:27 #

    absolutely stunning,breathtaking……great looks,style,talent and personality…that, is hard to top!!!

  64. LizLemooooon September 16, 2010 at 19:02 #

    STUNNING. This is the kind of thing I like to see at award shows, women wearing breathtaking artistic designs like this and not being worn by the clothes. I think the best part is she carries herself well and isn’t just another pretty person in a great gown.
    She looks…WOW. I love it.
    That dress is gorgeous I think I’m drooling lol…

  65. Ann September 16, 2010 at 20:12 #

    Cate is a goddess. I love her. That dress is amazing !

  66. Nicolio September 16, 2010 at 21:09 #

    She quite literally took my breath away. This is an incedibly perfect and effortless look. This dress was without a doubt made for her.

  67. Jane September 16, 2010 at 22:43 #

    SK-II needs to triple the amount of her contract!!!!! She is incredible gorgeous in that gown…and her hair and makeup are PERFECT

  68. Jones19 September 17, 2010 at 00:39 #

    I think I’ve seen a real live goddess and her name is Cate Blanchett. *bows*

  69. Regina September 17, 2010 at 13:15 #

    All Hail Her Majesty Cate Blanchett, Queen of Fashion Goddesses.

  70. Trin September 18, 2010 at 09:29 #

    Cate is so stunning. I love her. In that dress is amazing. The best actress !

  71. Andrea February 9, 2012 at 19:23 #

    Gaahh the background, its so ugly! Pity, cause she and her dress is just so so so beautiful! I think I will take this picture and photoshop her into some environment that is Cate-worthy…

  72. Olivia July 24, 2014 at 02:45 #

    Nearly four years later and we’re still not worthy!

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