The headline of Tori’s review of Ocean’s 8 was pretty on point: “‘Ocean’s 8’ Is Fine, But Cate Blanchett Is FINE.” Obviously this, like so much else of what Tori does, was 100% correct. And let me tell you why. Because Cate Blanchett’s outfits in this movie are fucking amazing.
I think this preceding week has been rough for a lot of people, myself included. (RIP to both Anthony Bourdain, whose Iran episode of Parts Unknown meant a whole hell of a lot to me, and to Kate Spade, whose impact on American fashion was deeply felt.) I hope these collected screengrabs, promo photos, and gifs of Blanchett’s various LEWKS throughout Ocean’s 8 can provide you with a little something silly and sexy and fun to ease whatever you may be feeling.
It is unbelievable the amount of swagger that Blanchett brings to this film. After stomping all around Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok and working a devilish headpiece like she was born to do so, Blanchett amps things up again as Lou, Debbie Ocean’s (Sandra Bullock) longtime partner in crime.
Lou actually dresses like how Johnny Depp thinks he dresses, which is to say, immaculately cut suits, a lot of velvet and leather, exceptional jackets, and SO MUCH JEWELRY. She layers pendants and chains, her fingers are covered in rings (including what looked like a silver wolf’s head, which I immediately coveted), and nearly every lapel had a brooch on it. NEARLY EVERY DAMN ONE! Readers, feel my joy.
Let me tap into my bachelor’s degree in journalism and show, don’t tell, you how exceptional these outfits were. Major props to costume designer Sarah Edwards, who outfitted Blanchett with the glamour, confidence, and give-no-fucks needed for Lou. Let us revel in their shared magnificence.
I mean … look at this shit. Perfectly shaped aviators AND a double-breasted tweed jacket, perfectly falling open? Help me!
Black-and-white vertically striped jacket. With leather leggings. Shown in a promo poster, and she holds her own in it against Bullock’s fluffy snowball coat thing in this subway scene.
The outerwear is consistently great, evidenced again by this knee-length animal print jacket. It also gets repeated use, in this profile-heavy promo poster and in scenes with Bullock and the glorious Rihanna.
“But Roxana,” you may ask. “Does Blanchett’s Lou also wear velvet?” HELL YEAH SHE DOES. LOOK AT THIS FOREST GREEN VELVET SUIT.
“Does she also wear satin?” HELL YEAH SHE DOES. LOOK AT THIS LUXE SATIN BOMBER SHE WEARS DURING A RARE TIFF WITH DEBBIE.
“Does she lean rakishly on stuff?” HELL YEAH SHE DOES. LOOK AT THOSE METALLIC RED BOOTS.
“Does her lob look perfect from the side?” OBVIOUSLY. LOOK AT THIS CHEMISTRY WITH HELENA BONHAM CARTER.
“Does her jewelry look like both too much and just enough?” YES. YES. HOW MANY TIMES CAN I SAY YES?
“Does she wear red leather pants, a la Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy?” OF COURSE, AND ALSO, I MISS BUFFY.
“Is her baby-blue suit the most life-affirming outfit you’ve ever seen?” I WORSHIP AT ITS ALTAR.
“What about that peacock-print sequin jumpsuit she wears?” YEAH, I WORSHIP THAT MOTHERFUCKER TOO.
Excuse me, I need a moment.
You need to see Ocean’s 8. And if you want to see how Blanchett’s real-life style while promoting the film has mirrored her character Lou, please check out the Tom + Lorenzo archives for their insightful commentary and astute analysis. That multicolored sequined suit is my personal favorite.