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 FriendElegance, thy name is Blanchett. Balenciaga's in there too, though.

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

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

Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best FriendMeanwhile, 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 FriendCarolyn Murphy.

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

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

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

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

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