Cate Blanchett Covers T Magazine

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Photo: Cass Bird / courtesy of T Magazine
Cate Blanchett on the cover of T magazine

She may play a ruthless CIA agent in the new thriller Hanna, but that iciness is nowhere to be found in Cate Blanchett’s light-and-carefree fashion spread fin Sunday’s T magazine. In fact, though the Oscar winner stuns on the cover in sexy bed-head hair, a chic Dior dress, and elegant Neil Lane cameo earrings, it’s her big, inviting smile that steals the show.

Inside the magazine, the face of Sk-II—who was photographed by Cass Bird—displays a similar élan, laughing as she enjoys a drink in a flirty, embellished Dolce & Gabbana dress worn with Ralph Lauren Collection jeans and Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière shoes. She flashes yet another grin while modeling an über-glamorous, lacy Stella McCartney cap-sleeve dress with Giorgio Armani pants and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Both form-fitting ensembles highlight Blanchett’s enviable figure, which she attributes to four-times-a-week workouts on the elliptical trainer. “I don’t enjoy it,” she tells T, “but I certainly have more energy.”

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Photo: Cass Bird / courtesy of T Magazine

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In two of the moodier shots, Blanchett is seen posing pensively in a Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière graphic top, patterned trousers, and wide belt, and lounging seductively on a bed in a dark Chanel dress over Nicole Miller collection pants, her blunt blonde bob set aglow by the sunlight.

“She wears clothes with great ease, as anyone who has ever spotted her in a magazine layout knows, and she seems to have an instinctive grasp of what looks good on her,” Daphne Merkin, the article’s author, says of Blanchett. “Yet she never comes across as the sort of woman who spends the better part of an afternoon touring the shops for the latest in designer jeans.”

Indeed, the mother of three says that in her personal life, she prefers to keep things casual. “I love dressing up,” she says, “although that doesn’t mean necessarily on the school run.”

Not that Blanchett hasn’t tried to play up her superstar status.

“I’m constantly humbled,” she says. “Just at the moment when you think, I’ll call and get a table at this restaurant, they’re always like, ‘Who?’ So whenever you try and pull that out, it never works. People are always saying they loved me in Titanic.”