Cate Blanchett Rewears a Loewe Suit at the Independent Spirit Awards
Cate Blanchett is using the 2023 awards season to make a statement for sustainable red-carpet dressing.
The Tár actress attended the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards yesterday, where she looked elegant in a deconstructed cape suit that she previously wore to a Vanity Fair dinner during her run as jury president for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The Loewe ensemble was comprised of a plunging black blazer, featuring cape-like open sleeves and asymmetrical front pockets, and matching trousers with blue piping.
She wore the suit with no top underneath, and finished the look with minimal jewelry, including gold stud earrings and a ring.
The acclaimed actress has been dipping back into her own red-carpet archives throughout this awards season, as part of her longtime advocacy of sustainability on the red carpet. For the BAFTAs last month, the Carol star brought back the backless, black velvet Maison Margiela gown that she wore to the 2015 Oscars. She accessorized the look with Louis Vuitton jewelry, including silver pearl stud earrings and layered silver and white pearl necklaces, and added a blue solidarity ribbon from the UN Refugee Agency.
Her SAG Awards look also included upcycled detailing from a previous gown. While she wore a new black Armani Privé gown, featuring a dramatic plunging neckline and a sequined bodice, the actress added a layer of black lace covering her shoulders.
The delicate, semi-sheer material was repurposed from the all-lace Armani Privé dress she wore to the 2014 Golden Globes, when she took home Best Actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine. Blanchett also rewore the same gown from 2014 to the 2018 Cannes festival, making SAG the piece's third appearance.
In a 2020 interview, the star spoke on her mission to limit the number of looks she chooses from for events, with the goal of encouraging other celebs to do the same.
"In order to move forward, it's a gift to be able to look back. As we reemerge, it's a chance to reassess—and cinema is always doing that, looking back on its past, paying homage and using that inspiration to forge new moments," she said. "Look at Hamlet, we retell that story over and over, and each time we tell it there's new things to be found. And this is not some strange club. I'm not the only person doing this. It's a chance to do something positive. It's not a mandate, it's a provocation."
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