Blanchett an ‘icon’ at InStyle Awards

Cate Blanchett does not need an official award to be considered an icon, but it certainly is warranted — especially when she gives such an inspiring acceptance speech.

According to PopSugar, the actor recently earned the Style Icon award at the InStyle Awards and in her speech, she took a moment to acknowledge the many strong, bold women in her presence. Offering that true style icons are those who are “utterly themselves without apology,” PopSugar reports that Blanchett said icons know who they are and seamlessly integrate that into their style.

“Women who know how they look, it’s not all of who they are but just an extension of that,” she said, “and it’s about women who feel free to wear what they want when they want and how they want to wear it.”

But Blanchett didn’t stop here. She also touched on another very important point:

“Women like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f-ck you.”

She Leads, You Follow: CDGA Awards

Although awards season often pays tribute to those artists in film, television and music, an oft-overshadowed group of people behind the scenes was honored this week at the 18th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills. And of course, guests in attendance came in high-fashion looks worthy of being seen among dozens of the film and television industry’s top costume designers.

Cate Blanchett attended the Feb. 23 awards in an Atelier Versace number, says ELLEThe winner of the LACOSTE Spotlight Award stunned in her all-black ensemble, which she offset with an oversized bib necklace.

Adding a pop of color to the party was The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling, who shared on Instagram that she was wearing a custom gown by Salvador Perez, the costume designer for her show and the president of the Costume Designers Guild. She paired her bright pink and crystal-embellished gown with a silver clutch and sparkly jewelry to match.

Attending the event in another all-black look was Kate Beckinsale, who wore a lace paneled gown by Hamel, says ELLE. The star completed her look with a black minaudière and drop earrings.

Although these ladies are dressed to celebrate the people behind the scenes — or should be say, behind the ‘seams’ — who make them look camera-ready, there is one very important thing we should take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

If you ask any of the costume designers honored at the awards what their biggest style rule is, they will most likely tell you that fit is key. If a garment doesn’t fit, no matter how gorgeous the piece is, it is ruined by a lack of proper fit. Therefore, it is important that we try clothing on before we purchase it to ensure that it fits as best as possible; this means making sure that the shoulder seams hit at the top of the shoulder, that any darts in the chest of a garment hit at your bust, that seaming that the waist falls at your natural waist, that there is no fabric pulling at the hips or thighs and that the hemlines of pants or full-length dresses are not dragging on the floor. If there are certain facets of a garment that don’t fit perfectly, try to see if a tailor can remedy the problem if it’s worth the investment.

Remember: fit is everything, and as our favorite TV stylist and imaginary best friend Stacy London once said, “If you don’t have fit, then you don’t have style.”