Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best Friend

Another day, another red carpet on which Cate Blanchett looks fabulous. In fact, the shocks at "Set In Style: The Jewelry Of Van Cleef & Arpels" Opening Gala came from quite another quarter: the weirdly awful duds sported by some of the other bold-face guests.


Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSElegance, thy name is Blanchett. Balenciaga's in there too, though.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSA lot of these women possess a skill most of us will never need: dressing to show off diamonds. Exhibit A: Du Juan.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSThe ever-chic Marisa Berenson.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSKelly Rutherford, worthy of a Van der Woodsen.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSMeanwhile, Vera Wang lets her gown do the shining — and get used to metallics, they're gonna be Big for a while.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSCarolyn Murphy.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSMuffie Potter Aston, meanwhile, actually dresses to match her bling. Not to mention her name.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSSusan Fales-Hill.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSThen things got...unfortunate. Lisa Marie Falcone was going for Old Hollywood...but the effect is more old Roman blind.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSJulie Macko, meanwhile, is ready for a stint with the Na'vi.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSPiper Perabo appears to be hiding behind the sinister haunted forest that is her incredibly busy frock.

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendSDr. Lisa Airan is a prominent dermatologist. None of which explains this. Could anything, save an unwise commitment to a highly experimental music video?