Cate Blanchett In Rodarte – ‘Life of PI’ Dubai Film Festival Premiere & Opening Gala

Speaking of regal beauties at the ‘Life of Pi’ opening gala screening – held on day one of the Dubai lnternational Film Festival at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Sunday evening – Cate Blanchett joined Frieda Pinto in dropping jaws in awe on the red carpet.

There was a brief moment where we feared our Queen had lost her way, but she was firmly back on course wearing this stunning Rodarte Spring 2013 gown.

Her dusty-blue drop-shoulder silk gown with burnt-orange panels at the waist and floaty chiffon skirt has us bowing down saying “we are not worthy”.

Thankfully, she removed the chain accent and burnt orange hot-pants, taking away the edge and softening the look.

What was a daring look on the runway has been transformed into an ethereal, sophisticated look which is already in contention for BDOTW.

Soft, complexion-enhancing makeup, a silver watch, stud earrings, Jimmy Choo heels and a simple updo completed her look.

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52 Responses to Cate Blanchett In Rodarte – ‘Life of PI’ Dubai Film Festival Premiere & Opening Gala

  1. Incroyable December 10, 2012 at 09:12 #

    STUN.NING as only Queen Cate can be.

    • tiffany December 10, 2012 at 20:38 #

      +1 – Cate, Cate, Cate. Oh how I have missed thee and these jaw-dropping red carpet moments. All hail!!!

    • Foteini P. December 11, 2012 at 23:56 #


  2. noo December 10, 2012 at 09:15 #

    I don’t like this one either! it is definitely better but i am not a fan of the panels!

  3. The Very Simon G December 10, 2012 at 09:20 #

    WOW WOW WOW WOW, it was like this gown was made for Cate! It’s soooo typically her, and almost beats THAT Givenchy dress!!!

    Two words… STUN.NING

  4. Ramsay December 10, 2012 at 09:23 #

    To all those who had prepared their BDOTY lists – think again- Miss Blanchett steals the day and earn her spot on the best of the best for 2012 – superb

  5. Lola December 10, 2012 at 09:25 #

    This dress and look is magnificent! Less is more…

    • Christine December 10, 2012 at 15:22 #

      Love this. Only She! 😀

  6. Charlotte December 10, 2012 at 09:40 #

    I wish she had kept the belt.

    • Ruth December 10, 2012 at 19:19 #

      Me too! I prefer the model’s dress. Cate still looks absolutely amazing though.

  7. Ramya December 10, 2012 at 09:42 #

    Absolutely love this look!

  8. Regina December 10, 2012 at 09:51 #

    Flawless Goddess

  9. Allieh88 December 10, 2012 at 09:51 #

    Wow. Just wow.

  10. Louise December 10, 2012 at 10:20 #


  11. Christopher Teoh Jing Xiang December 10, 2012 at 11:41 #

    Cate Blanchett looks every bit the Hollywood goddess in this pale blue gown with striking orange panels by Rodarte!! Love that Cate opted out the silver chain belt and underwear pants and let her natural glow offsets itself!! Only Cate Blanchett can pull off such tricky outfit with ease!! Bravo, Cate!! She’s definitely our BDOTW contender!!

    • kiwi December 10, 2012 at 13:02 #


  12. Mel December 10, 2012 at 11:42 #

    I found the BDOTW in Monday!!! Beautiful

    • kane December 10, 2012 at 14:19 #

      I have a hunch I might have as well!

  13. Emmeline December 10, 2012 at 12:43 #

    This is absolutely gorgeous.

  14. katie December 10, 2012 at 12:51 #

    Cate looks very regal here, love it!!

  15. Manuel December 10, 2012 at 12:52 #

    W O W

  16. argentina December 10, 2012 at 12:57 #

    Finally, I was missing Cates big appearance on the Red Carpet as every year, to go right to the BDOTY poll

  17. gurlygurl December 10, 2012 at 13:01 #

    I would not have looked at this dress twice but Cate has a way of making almost anything look like magic. She carries herself beautifully!

  18. Hannah December 10, 2012 at 13:12 #

    THANK GOD! I was really in dispair because Cate has served up nothing great so far in 2012, but ever our trustorthy Queen she redeemed herself just in time for BDOTY. She looks flawless. She makes it look so easy. This may even beat Tilda off my top BDOTY spot.

  19. Anne December 10, 2012 at 13:26 #

    My greatest appreciation about Ms Blanchett is she has this uncanny ability to make love dresses that, on paper, I really wouldn’t like. Brava!

  20. Amy December 10, 2012 at 13:27 #

    I dislike the shorter skirt. I think she looks okay not great but definitely an improvement.

  21. dee December 10, 2012 at 13:35 #

    I like this but something about the gown looks off to me.

  22. SilentVisitor December 10, 2012 at 13:43 #

    So classy………look at her she is a delightful

    • SilentVisitor December 10, 2012 at 13:50 #

      So classy………look at her she is delightful

  23. Lou December 10, 2012 at 14:07 #

    I don’t like this look at all! Admittedly the close up photos look much better than the full length shot – but I really don’t like the high neck or the ‘beetle wings’on top of the chiffon skirt.

  24. gabis December 10, 2012 at 14:08 #

    She looks fantastic. I prefer the runway version with the chain accent and the gorgeous baby blue hue however I don’t think it would work for her so the changes made were the right ones to suit her persona.

    • Gi December 10, 2012 at 15:39 #

      + 1, took the words right out of my mouth!

  25. Odette December 10, 2012 at 15:10 #

    I don’t think this is flattering or elegant.
    It hangs off her and does nothing for her.

  26. Yeliz December 10, 2012 at 16:08 #

    Unfortunately I’m not in love with this look as everyone else is. I won’t deny that she looks beautiful, but that watch is out of place and I don’t like where the hem of the silk part is ending. I wish it ended at the orange panels and then it would only be the chiffon skirt on the bottom. But since I’m in the minority, it’ll be on the BDOTW poll anyway.

  27. EmmaWoodhouse December 10, 2012 at 16:08 #

    WOW. Her modifications were perfect and though this look is so hard to pull off with the bronze and blue combo she looks out of this world REGAL and beautiful! This definitely marks the complete return of Queen Cate. I see people rewriting their BDOTY lists, perhaps :) this is DEFINITELY BDOTW-worthy. So glad to see her back on her game for the second time in a row!

  28. Rebecca Z December 10, 2012 at 16:23 #

    She looks fabulous in this dress, but should have lost the watch.

  29. chryssa December 10, 2012 at 17:09 #

    Cate looks more royal than royals!!!statuesque,ethereal and oh so beautiful…

  30. Pedro December 10, 2012 at 17:14 #


    She looks perfect, epic!

    BDOTW for sure, maybe even BDOTY!

  31. Alina December 10, 2012 at 17:17 #

    This is the Cate I know and love.

  32. Shiva December 10, 2012 at 17:37 #

    I know now that a truly great look needs no ‘trying to like’. You scroll down the age and stop. stunned.
    I’m so happy that I could scream. What a lady

  33. Noemi (WBiS) December 10, 2012 at 18:18 #

    Her version is better than the runway’s. This is the kind of dress for her, she looks great.

  34. Glenda December 10, 2012 at 18:23 #

    Cate looks absolutely majestic. Yet again, we’ve all come to realise that nobody quite does it better than she does. They can try, and they can come close, but then Cate suddenly steps out in a gown like this or that Givenchy couture and there is nothing left to do but bow down to the queen. Love her!

    I fail to see how anybody else could top her this week, even though it is only Monday… Only Cate, etc.

    I’m hoping she’ll also wear look 12 (the blue gown with gold details at the waist) in the nearby future. It’d be another stunner and I can’t imagine anybody else getting away with it (except maybe Rodarte muse Kirsten Dunst).

  35. TeaAtTwo December 10, 2012 at 18:28 #

    Thank goodness the Real Cate is back- after a so-so/bad year stylewise she floors us looking so flawless.

  36. Nat39 December 10, 2012 at 19:46 #

    I don’t love the gown, it’s bordering on costumey, although she does carry it off well, the heavy peep-toes aren’t working for me either.

  37. Agathe December 10, 2012 at 20:40 #

    Hi Queen Cate, we missed you.
    Good to have you back.

  38. Zissou December 10, 2012 at 22:43 #

    Saw this look earlier and didn’t get it. Seeing it now, next to the runway look, I finally get it – and understand that it doesn’t work on Cate.
    The runway version is fantastic – her’s, quite bland on the other hand.

  39. Tatiana December 11, 2012 at 04:05 #

    Just beyond gorgeous, stunning and regal. She looks almost ethereal in it. Definetely BDOTW. She looks like a queen

  40. Gigi December 11, 2012 at 04:09 #

    She is sublime in this gown. Almost too beautiful to be real, but with that face nothing looks bad.

  41. Tali December 11, 2012 at 04:13 #

    What a great gown and she makes it come to life. BDOTW for sure

  42. Taksi December 11, 2012 at 05:24 #

    I’m don’t think that color combination works but it’s freaking Cate Blanchett, she makes ugly things look like gold.

  43. Alice December 11, 2012 at 08:19 #

    Why not the belt? :(

  44. Saskia December 11, 2012 at 15:18 #

    Perfection, what a lady she is. She oozes class.

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