Stylist: Elizabeth Stewart assisted by Katie Bofshever
Outfit: custom Armani Privé
Makeup Artist: Jeanine Lobell using Armani Beauty and SK-II Skincare
Hairstylist: Robert Vetica using Wella Professionals and Olivia Garden
Manicurist: Tracylee Percival
Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch: Roger Vivier
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Cate Blanchett is already a big contender (and winner) of the 2023 award season. So which better time to revisit some of her past fashion successes? Here is what she wore to the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016.
Blanchett attended the event wearing a custom Armani Privé seafoam green cap-sleeve mermaid gown, embellished with clusters of Swarovski crystals and white feathers.
According to what her stylist Elizabeth Stewart revealed to People, the actress could choose between two different dress colors: “Armani made this dress for Cate in black, which was amazing, and then Cate had the idea of seafoam green. The feather appliqués took them a long time so we tried both a few days before the Oscars. It was a tough decision but the beautiful soft color won out.”
She accessorized her look with pieces from the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book collection: a pair of drop earrings in platinum with marquise and round diamonds, a Starfish Cuff in platinum with round diamonds, and a ring in platinum with a 2.30-carat round diamond and round diamond border.
In some pictures you can see her carrying a matching Roger Vivier mint clutch and she also completed the look with Giuseppe Zanotti Sharon mirror metallic peep-toe heels.
Cate‘s makeup artist for the occasion, Jeanine Lobell, wanted the makeup to be balanced, without something specific to be the center of attention: “The lip and the cheek and the eye were all in the same family. Sometimes you do a smoky eye and a really nude lip to pop the eyes, but I wanted them all to have equal play in a way. […] Even though the color of her dress was quite a statement, I felt she needed to have some color in the makeup as well.”
Here is the product breakdown:
– SK-II – Facial Treatment Essence;
– SK-II – R.N.A. Power Essence;
– SK-II – R.N.A. Power Cream;
– Armani Beauty – Eye and Brow Maestro in #6 to fill in the brows;
– Armani Beauty – Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow in #15 all over the lid and into the crease, wrapping it down and around the eye into the bottom lash line before dampening a liner brush and using the Armani Beauty – Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow in #5 as a liner to create a blurred, feathered look instead of a harsh line;
– Armani Beauty – Eye Tint in #10 in Cate‘s lash line, followed by Armani Beauty – Eye Tint in #8 tapped on the center of her lid and under the brow to open and brighten the eyes;
FACE & LIPS
– Armani Beauty – Cheek Fabric Blush in #506;
– Armani Beauty – Smooth Silk Lip Pencil in #1;
– Armani Beauty – Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in #103.
We were able to find a lot of information regarding her new short hairdo at the time (courtesy of hairstylist Robert Vetica), thanks to different articles. This particular one by beautifulmakeupresearch.com, is especially interesting because it talks about the inspiration behind the look, why the actress decided to cut her hair before the award show and a little tutorial (we won’t copy it here because the author does not want the contents of her website to be republished–you can click the link above and read the article by yourself).
Another article by The Hollywood Reporter delved even deeper into Vetica‘s thinking: “I wanted it to look Oscar chic, a softer version of that haircut, so my inspiration [for today] was the women of Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman, the book that just came out, and all those amazing images from the ‘40s and ‘50s.”
Vetica revealed in the same article that the styling was as simple as it looked. “He blew Blanchett‘s hair dry using Wella‘s professional line EIMI and a round brush to smooth it out, before putting in four velcro rollers at the top of her head for a little volume and slight wave. ‘I sprayed it really good with hairspray and Wella Dry Me dry shampoo, which gives it a nice volumized texture, then brushed it out’.”
“Cate is very regal, so whatever you do on her she carries with a regal elegance that takes a simple layered bob and makes it into an amazing, chic look.”
Furthermore, I found a very in-depth article by modernsalon.com regarding Blanchett‘s hair preparation process, and I am very glad to share it with you, take notes if you want:
“The cut: Vetica used Olivia Garden Cara Shears to shape a jaw-length layered bob. ‘We took her hair up from the collarbone and then added soft layers throughout.’
1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo and Daily Renewing Conditioner.
2. Next, apply Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Setting Blowdry Lotion to add strength and hold. ‘Before my blow dry, I brushed from root to tip with Olivia Garden Divine Wet Detangler to distribute the product evenly through the hair and brush out any tangles.’
3. Olivia Garden ECOCeramic Thermal Firm Round Brush and Wella Professionals EIMI Thermal Image were used to create a sleek blow dry with an emphasis on a low side part.
4. Next, curl each section with a 1 inch curling iron, just to give the hair bend. ‘I curled the sections quickly, again, with the same size Olivia Garden Jet Set Curlers, wrapped hair to set. When using rollers I always keep hair consistent with my part and wrap away from the face.’
5. Spray with Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential Finishing Spray.
6. Allow the rollers to stay in 45 minutes then remove and gently brush with Olivia Garden FingerBrush Vented Hair Brush, using some quick heat from a blow dryer to loosen the set.
7. Finish the look with Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential Finishing Spray to ensure the final results last.”
The “Tár” actress’ nails were courtesy of manicurist Tracylee Percival who kept them natural and soft in order not to contrast with the dress.
Cate Blanchett was nominated in the category Best Actress for her role as Carol Aird in “Carol” and she was also the presenter of the award for Best Costume Design.