Diamonds Are Cate Blanchett's Best Friend

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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.

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

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A lot of these women possess a skill most of us will never need: dressing to show off diamonds. Exhibit A: Du Juan.

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The ever-chic Marisa Berenson.

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Kelly Rutherford, worthy of a Van der Woodsen.

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Meanwhile, Vera Wang lets her gown do the shining — and get used to metallics, they're gonna be Big for a while.

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Carolyn Murphy.

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Muffie Potter Aston, meanwhile, actually dresses to match her bling. Not to mention her name.

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Susan Fales-Hill.

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Then things got...unfortunate. Lisa Marie Falcone was going for Old Hollywood...but the effect is more old Roman blind.

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Julie Macko, meanwhile, is ready for a stint with the Na'vi.

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Piper Perabo appears to be hiding behind the sinister haunted forest that is her incredibly busy frock.

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Dr. Lisa Airan is a prominent dermatologist. None of which explains this. Could anything, save an unwise commitment to a highly experimental music video?

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Carolyn Murphy's dress does not flatter or suit her. It is wrinkled at the bottom, boring, and ages her. She's a freaking model! She shouldn't be borrowing my Nana's Christmas dress.