Cate Blanchett's Maternity Style
Cate Blanchett's Maternity Style
Who says a maternity wardrobe can't be avant-garde? Certainly not Cate Blanchett. The Oscar winner awaited her third son, Ignatius Martin Upton, in designs from Jil Sander, Rodarte and Balenciaga, all accessorized with her natural glow. "You know all the people walking around with enormous smiles, and you think, That's the smile of someone who's just had great sex?" she once told In Style. "Well, it's also the pregnancy smile."
The rumors started flying when Blanchett walked the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of Elizabeth: The Golden Age in a roomy Missoni caftan.
Blanchett hid the beginnings of a bump in a tulip-skirted dress. "It's weird to have thought about something in the abstract for so long, and then it's suddenly happening," she told In Style during her first pregnancy. "I thought it would feel like you were possessed by an alien. But it just feels natural."
A little black dress with a twist-at the New York Film Festival Blanchett wore a low-waisted Alexander McQueen dress trimmed with safety pins. It's no wonder that she has said that she prizes "a healthy sense of irreverence" in her family members.
The actress donned a loose Alberta Ferretti tunic while promoting Elizabeth: The Golden Age in Rome-and proved herself to be an optimist. "I guess that's why people keep having children. It's the ultimate expression of hope, isn't it?" Blanchett told Vive. "I value my family above all else."
When all else fails, wear couture. Blanchett spotted this Armani Prive dress on the runway and chose it for a celebration of The Golden Age in Rome. It helps that Mr. Armani is a personal friend. "She has a very intriguing face," Armani told Australian Harper's Bazaar. "It's her eyes, a mix of sensuality and tenderness."
Got goddess? Blanchett looked divine in Madrid in a draped gown from Alberta Ferretti.
Blanchett sparkled in London in a Vivienne Westwood dress with a strategically draped skirt. She finished the look with Roger Vivier shoes.
The Aussie actress took in some art at N.Y.C.'s Guggenheim museum in a little black dress and flat boots. During her first pregnancy, Blanchett admitted to taking it easy. "I riffled through this book and found this list of things to do when I was pregnant, starting with finishing my university degree," she told In Style. "I've missed the reapplication moment for that one. Truth is, I don't think I'll have time for any of them."
She finally broke her silence about her pregnancy to a hometown crowd in Sydney, in fluorescent Jil Sander."Yes, yes, we're expecting a baby in April, which is very exciting," she told reporters.
The actress, who has a second gig as the creative director of the Sydney Theatre Company, cozied up to sponsor Giorgio Armani in one of his designs. The designer had a pragmatic take on the partnership: "She wears my designs, I would like to reciprocate."
The actress continued her whirlwind of appearances in a stretchy black dress and Roger Vivier heels. As she told In Style, she took a more relaxed approach during her first pregnancy: "All I want to do is sleep and see friends."
The luminous star wore a long boho-chic dress to a theater premiere in Sydney. "Being pregnant, the aim is to detract from the bump if that's possible," Blanchett told People.
Blanchett was honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in a green dress from Herve Leroux, accessorized with Rodo pumps, Chanel fine jewelry and a Roger Vivier clutch. "In a way, for me, having children has made me much more focused and less neurotic as an actor," she told Page Six at the event. "You just don't have the time to do what I previously thought was preparation but is just anxiety. It did take that neurosis away for me."
"There's a bit of a plague of pregnant women," Blanchett said at the SAG Awards. The star wore a custom gown from Balenciaga along with Fred Leighton jade and diamond earrings and Roger Vivier sandals.
“It’s kind of cruel to make a pregnant lady waddle that far,” Blanchett joked as she accepted a Spirit Award for her performance in I'm Not There. The radiant mother-to-be wore a dress by Vera Wang paired with metallic accessories from Roger Vivier.
The double-nominee looked absolutely regal in purple satin at the Academy Awards. She told Style.com that her choice of a Dries Van Noten gown for the Oscars was a risky one: "I didn't know what size I was going to be! It's unpredictable, being pregnant." Blanchett finished the look with over $1 million of Lorraine Schwartz diamond-and-emerald jewelry.
The day after the Oscars, a glowing Blanchett launched her ads for SK-II skincare with an L.A. luncheon. Although this is her third pregnancy, the Vera Wang-clad star insisted that practice did not make perfect. "Every pregnancy has been so different," she told Style.com.
At a Sydney theater premiere, Blanchett posed on the red carpet in a curve-hugging black dress with playwright husband Andrew Upton.