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: InStyle Awards Edition

Magazines often send reporters out to cover the latest movie premiere or awards ceremony, but rarely do they have a chance to host their own red carpet event. But on Oct. 26, all this changed as InStyle hosted their inaugural “InStyle Awards 2015” at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. And no surprise here: all of their guests showed up in very “in-style” looks.

One of our favorite looks came from Gwyneth Paltrow, who graced the event in a a black velvet Schiaparelli gown with a plunging v-neckline and cap-sleeves. Finishing off her look were Casadei heels and David Webb jewelry, says InStyle

Contrasting Paltrow’s all-black ensemble was Miranda Kerr, who worked the red carpet in a white tea-length trumpet dress by Ulyana Sergeenko, says InStyle. While her dress seemed fairly simple from the front, it features mesh-covered cutouts on the side that lead to an sheer back.

Although Paltrow and Kerr are dressed for a red-carpet event for one of the most well-known fashion magazines of today, there are several things about their looks that we can apply to the way we dress everyday;

  1. Revamp a classic – Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress is made of velvet, which to some can read as an antiquated fabric. However, what changes this timeless fabric is the cut, silhouette and overall style of the gown. Her dress features a plunging neckline, which automatically gives the dress a younger, sexier feel. The cap sleeves at a bit of drama by giving her a stronger shoulder, while the strip of rhinestones framing her collarbone draws attention to her face. If you find yourself doubting more classic fabrics or styles, take Paltrow’s lead and look for the ways in which they have been updated to give it a more modern or younger feel.
  2. Have some fun – This should be a consistent rule, whether you are dressing to go grocery shopping or dressing up for a black-tie affair. Miranda Kerr’s dress is fun and flirty not only for its trumpet-style hemline, but also for its mesh covered cutouts and sheer back. Looking for details like this, among others, in your outfits can create a fun, visually interesting look. To start small, look for more subtle ways to have fun in your clothes; this could be achieved by a small pop of color in your shoes or handbag, or even with a print that you really love. What it all boils down to, essentially, is to wear what makes you happy and what you love — if you feel good in what you’re wearing, then you will wear your outfit with confidence.