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Cate Blanchett, Burgeoning Hype Beast, Wore a Mens Jumpsuit With a Drop Crotch

Designed by Roberto Cavalli’s 24-year-old son, Robert Cavalli.


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It’s already August, and yet, it wasn’t until this week that we were given a possible successor to Céline Dion as surprising hype beast of the summer. At long last, that all changed on Wednesday, when Cate Blanchett stepped out in New York City with her daughter and her husband, the playwright Andrew Upton, in the midst of another round of press for her starring role in Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

As usual, Blanchett opted for her signature accessory: a pair of light pink-tinted sunglasses. The real star of her ensemble, however, was a blue-and-white tie-dyed jumpsuit, complete with a sizable drop crotch, by the menswear label Triple RRR, aka the brainchild of Robert Cavalli, Roberto Cavalli’s 24-year-old son. (If you’re wondering about the backstory behind its name, allow Robert to explain: “Triple R stands for the three most important R’s in my life: Robert, Roberto, and the third R basically represents the brand I just founded. These R’s are like my lucky charms,” he told Forbes last year.)

Cate Blanchett wearing a jumpsuit by Triple RRR while in New York City with her daughter and husband, August 14, 2019.

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Triple RRR only made its debut in January of 2018, in Robert’s hometown of Florence, at Pitti Uomo. Clearly, Blanchett is one of its early fans: This marks the second time she’s worn a look by the menswear label this summer, though last time she opted for a bejeweled bomber jacket that was much more low-key. (Irina Shayk has also stepped out in a Triple RRR design as of late: a velvety mens robe in a zebra print that matched the suit Naomi Campbell wore to close Triple RRR’s show earlier this year.)

To be clear, Blanchett hasn’t reached Dion levels of hype beast just yet. Over the past few days, she’s also stepped out in a number of blouses by the Row as well as the below unmissable look by Alexander McQueen.

Cate Blanchett wearing Alexander McQueen at a screening of *Where’d You Go, Bernadette* at the Metrograph in New York City, August 12, 2019.

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Photograph by Rineke Dijkstra. Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Photography Assistants: Jodie Herbage, Richard Kovacs; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique De Raffaele.

Cate Blanchett wears a Victoria Beckham coat.

Cate Blanchett in a Martine Rose trenchcoat.

Photograph by Jackie Nickerson; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Digital Technician: Jonathan Rose; Photography Assistants: Teddy Park, Richard Kovacs; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique De Raffaele.

Cate Blanchett on the cover of W magazine.

Photograph by Shirin Neshat; Styled by Sara Moonves. Sitting editor: Sam Walker. Hair by Robert Vetica at the Magnet Agency; Makeup by Jeanine Lobell for Giorgio Armani at Streeters; Manicure by Yuko Tsuchihashi for Giorgio Armani at Susan Price NYC. Set design by Adrian Crabbs at the Magnet Agency. Produced by Blayke Kogan at Rosco Production; Production Coordinator: May Lin Le Goff; Director’s Assistant: Giulia Theodoli; Director of Photography: Ghasem Ebrahimian; Production Assistants: Benjamin Merker, Emma Modek; 1st A/C: RoDin Hamidi; 2nd A/C: Olga Vazquez; Video Assistants: Tony Sur, JR James, Jesse Gouveia; Fashion Assistant: Emma Metz; Set Design Assistant: Evan Schaffer; Tailor: Joshua Schwartz at In-House-Atelier.

“People are complex, never one thing. I photograph them over a period of time, to see how they change. So my idea was to portray Cate just as she was when she came into the studio, with no makeup and in her own clothes. Then we dressed her up as if she was going to a major event. It’s interesting to wonder: Who is the real Cate? “

From Left: Cate Blanchett wears a Vince tank; the Row pants; her own necklace and ring. Vera Wang gown; De Beers earrings.

Photograph by Rineke Dijkstra; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up; Manicure by Adam Slee for Rimmel London at Streeters. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Photography Assistants: Hans De Hartog Jager, Teddy Park; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique de Raffaele, Angus McEvoy; Tailor: Della George.

“I wrote a script about a scientist who creates robots in his lover’s likeness. Their plan is to help society, but it all goes wrong. The scientist decides to destroy the robots, but they kill him and her instead and take off. I’ve been reading a lot about what’s going on in the world of artificial intelligence—the title Uncanny Valley refers to the unsettling feeling elicited by humanoid objects—and it’s not such a crazy scenario.”

Clockwise from top left: Chloé top, pants, pendant necklace, and boots; Bulgari necklace. Sergio Rossi boots. Stella McCartney coat. Victoria Beckham coat. Hermès shirtdress; Sergio Rossi boots.

Photograph by Alex Prager; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up; Manicure by Adam Slee for Rimmel London at Streeters; Production Design by Arthur De Borman at Vision At Wizzo. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Director’s Assistant: Lisa Ziven; Production Design Assistants: Nicholas Hancock, Daniel Edwards; DOP: Sam Goldie at Independent Talent; Prosthetic SFX: John Nolan; Smoke SFX: Matter SFX; Prosthetic Artist: Sunita Parmar; VFX: Jeremy Dawson; VFX Assistant: May Ziade; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique De Raffaele, Izzy Temp; Tailor: Della George; Special thanks to Beth Riesgraf and Zarene Dallas.

Chloé top, pants, pendant necklace, and boots.

Photograph by Alex Prager; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up; Manicure by Adam Slee for Rimmel London at Streeters; Production Design by Arthur De Borman at Vision At Wizzo. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Director’s Assistant: Lisa Ziven; Production Design Assistants: Nicholas Hancock, Daniel Edwards; DOP: Sam Goldie at Independent Talent; Prosthetic SFX: John Nolan; Smoke SFX: Matter SFX; Prosthetic Artist: Sunita Parmar; VFX: Jeremy Dawson; VFX Assistant: May Ziade; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique De Raffaele, Izzy Temp; Tailor: Della George; Special thanks to Beth Riesgraf and Zarene Dallas.

“For a long time my work has focused on women and the ways in which they defy society’s repressive codes. I was interested in how female singers are universally treated as objects of desire. At first, Cate looks gorgeous, but when she sings it’s a male’s voice. The audience heckles her, and she becomes confrontational. When the music comes back on, she does a seductive dance but her face is evil. For her final act of subversion, she takes off her hair and makeup and walks away. That part was Cate’s idea. Fuck the beauty.”

Photograph by Shirin Neshat; Sittings editor: Sam Walker. Hair by Robert Vetica at the Magnet Agency; Makeup by Jeanine Lobell for Giorgio Armani at Streeters; Manicure by Yuko Tsuchihashi for Giorgio Armani at Susan Price NYC. Set design by Adrian Crabbs at the Magnet Agency. Produced by Blayke Kogan at Rosco Production; Production Coordinator: May Lin Le Goff; Director’s Assistant: Giulia Theodoli; Director of Photography: Ghasem Ebrahimian; Production Assistants: Benjamin Merker, Emma Modek; 1st A/C: RoDin Hamidi; 2nd A/C: Olga Vazquez; Video Assistants: Tony Sur, JR James, Jesse Gouveia; Fashion Assistant: Emma Metz; Set Design Assistant: Evan Schaffer; Tailor: Joshua Schwartz at In-House-Atelier.

“I hadn’t met Cate before the shoot, but she reminded me of women like Simone de Beauvoir, Joan Didion, and Peggy Guggenheim, all of whom were relaxed and self-confident with their body language. We shot in Cate’s own beautiful garden in the English countryside, and she was game to try every crazy idea we came up with.”

From left: Sonia Rykiel coat; Vince T-shirt. Hi-Tec sneakers; Blanchett’s own jeans.

Photograph by Jackie Nickerson; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Digital Technician: Jonathan Rose; Photography Assistants: Teddy Park, Richard Kovacs; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique De Raffaele.

“My starting points for this shoot were cinematic, as they always are: Fellini’s women and Coppola’s One From the Heart. I came up with a narrative: It’s 5 a.m. and she’s atop a muscle car, then she’s furiously typing, connecting all her ideas. I was trying to create a wild spirit.”

Versace dress; David Webb gold, platinum, and diamond earrings.

Photograph by Sam Taylor-Johnson; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Robert Vetica at the Magnet Agency; Makeup by Lisa Storey for Charlotte Tilbury at the Wall Group; manicure by Michelle Saunders for Essie at Forward Artists. Set design by Colin Donahue at Owl and the Elephant. Produced by Dana Brockman at Viewfinders; Production Coordinator: Carolyn Bruch; Production Assistant: Spencer Tortorici; Digital Technician: DV8 Digital; Retouching by Epilogue; Photography Assistants: Jeff Gros, Henry Han, Huey Tran; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Nadia Beeman; Set Design Assistant: Mike Wanenmacher; Tailor: Isa Kriegeskotte.

Cate wearing Attico dress; Ellen Christine Couture headpiece.

Photograph by Sam Taylor-Johnson; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Robert Vetica at the Magnet Agency; Makeup by Lisa Storey for Charlotte Tilbury at the Wall Group; manicure by Michelle Saunders for Essie at Forward Artists. Set design by Colin Donahue at Owl and the Elephant. Produced by Dana Brockman at Viewfinders; Production Coordinator: Carolyn Bruch; Production Assistant: Spencer Tortorici; Digital Technician: DV8 Digital; Retouching by Epilogue; Photography Assistants: Jeff Gros, Henry Han, Huey Tran; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Nadia Beeman; Set Design Assistant: Mike Wanenmacher; Tailor: Isa Kriegeskotte.

“I started out wanting to do something quite surreal with collage, but in the end I painted on the images, which is something I did in my work years ago. I like the coolness and modernity of it.”

Cate Blanchett wears a Marine Serre dress and catsuit. Nicholas Kirkwood x Marine Serre boots; Repossi bracelet and ring. Givenchy dress.

Photograph by Viviane Sassen. Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Cyndia Harvey at Streeters; makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up; Manicure by Morena Sanguigni for Morgan Taylor Lacquer at BTS Talent. Set design by Alice Kirkpatrick at Streeters. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Retouching by Jan Hibma; Photography Assistants: Hanneke Van Leeuwen, Teddy Park; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique De Raffaelle, Angus McEvoy; Set Design Assistant: Mariska Lowri; Tailor: Della George.

“I’m interested in portraying my subjects in a spirited way. Thankfully, Cate is always game to explore, to play. It was she who suggested that for the first part of this shoot we run around the block for 10 minutes. There was no location van, no producer, no hair and makeup—it was so special. We reconvened at sunrise the next morning in Times Square, and shot some more. She’s interested in taking risks, as am I.”

From left: Givenchy coat and belt; Chopard earrings and ring. Alberta Ferretti blouse, pants, and belt; Vhernier earrings Proenza Schouler shoes.

Photograph by Cass Bird. Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Robert Vetica at The Magnet Agency; Manicure by Jin Soon Choi for JINsoon at The Home Agency. (Image on Left) Produced by Tyler Strawhecker at PRODn for Art + Commerce; Production Coordinator: Therese Mulgrew; Production Assistant: Christiana Mecca. Digital Technician: Anthony Miller; Retouching by Gloss Studios; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Michelle Pelletier; Lighting Director: Jon Heller; Photography Assistants: Clay Howard Smith, Zane Schaffer, Connor Martin, Ben Boult; Tailor: Leah Huntsinger at Christy Rilling.

“I come from a fine-arts background and work a lot with moving image. For this shoot, we had a studio set up in Cate’s backyard. Her daughter was chasing a dog and cat around, and I was filming her watching her, using a VHS camcorder from the ‘80s. I wanted to do something that was more real than glamorous. She caught glimpses of herself dressed in this masculine way, and she adopted a character. The fact that she trusted me with my little camera and rolled with this makes her the best person ever.”

Cate Blanchett wears a Martine Rose jacket, top, and jeans; Miu Miu boots.

Photograph by Sharna Osborne. Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up. Produced by Laura Holmes Production; Photography Assistants: Jodie Herbage, Richard Kovacs; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angelique De Raffaele.

“I like pictures where the psychology is hard to understand. You don’t know who the person is, or what they’re thinking. I wanted a woman passing by, like an apparition. You catch a glimpse of her and she’s like a ray of light, too good to be true. In the film, the man spends all of his time chasing her down.”

From left: Simone Rocha dress. The Vampire’s Wife dress; Jimmy Choo shoes.

Photograph by Dominique Issermann. Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Sam McKnight for Sam McKnight Products at Premier Hair and Make-up; Makeup by Mary Greenwell for Giorgio Armani at Premier Hair and Make-up. Produced by Anna Zantiotis; Production Manager: Helen Salen; Retouching by David Martin at DMDB; Photography Assistants: Ollivier Hersart, Vincent Gussemburger, Jordan Lee; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Angus McEvoy; Special Thanks to the Corinthia Hotel.

Cate Blanchett wears a Vanessa Seward shirt and jeans; hat from Early Halloween, New York; Chopard earrings; Alberta Ferretti belt.

Photograph by Cass Bird. Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Robert Vetica at The Magnet Agency; Makeup by Dick Page at Statement Artists; Manicure by Jin Soon Choi for JINsoon at The Home Agency. Produced by Tyler Strawhecker at PRODn for Art + Commerce; Production Coordinator: Therese Mulgrew; Production Assistant: Christiana Mecca; Digital Technician: Anthony Miller; Retouching by Gloss Studios; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata, Michelle Pelletier; Lighting Director: Jon Heller; Photography Assistants: Clay Howard Smith, Zane Schaffer, Connor Martin, Ben Boult; Tailor: Leah Huntsinger at Christy Rilling.
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