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Ruthie Friedlander
Oct 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

At Monday night's third annual InStyle Awards, actresses and artists whose style defines what we love about red carpet fashion were honored. Cate Blanchett, who took home the award for Style Icon, arrived wearing a straight-off-the-runway Givenchy striped dress. Chic.

Here, we chat with the woman who has consistently helped Blanchett land best-dressed lists, and ultimately, the Style Icon award: her epically cool stylist, Elizabeth Stewart.

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You've been working with Cate forever. What's the biggest fashion memory you have from your work together?
Cate's confidence and ability to make choices quickly and definitively have a big impact. When I first met her we looked at ONE sketch for Cannes. It was an incredible dress by Lee McQueen. I hadn’t pulled anything else. We were just on a shoot and I had the sketch. She picked it and that was that. I was floored by the decisiveness, immediate recognition of great design, and lack of agonizing.

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What's one of the most exciting fashion moments you can remember from your work together?
The day after the Oscars, the year she wore the silver chainmail Armani, her skin was bright red. We weighed the dress on the bathroom scale and it was 40 pounds! You would never have known it by the way she carried the dress.

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How is Cate different from your other clients?
All my clients are different in amazing and wonderful ways, much like my children! I would say the main difference is time spent on styling. When she was eight months pregnant for the 2008 Oscars, she requested a Dries Van Noten dress. She was in Australia so she didn’t get to try it on until the morning of the Oscars. And she didn’t spend a minute worrying about that! And it all worked out. Even though she’s known as a major style icon, the time spent on it is a very small slice of the pie of her life!

What's the biggest difference between Cate's style when you first met her and Cate's style now?
he is voraciously curious and always aware of what’s happening in the fashion world so her style is always evolving. The constant is an appreciation and understanding of good design.

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