Cate Blanchett on Ralph Lauren and Never “Dressing for Anyone’s Approval”
Last night, Cate Blanchett was among the star-studded crowd—Henry Golding, Mandy Moore, Janelle Monáe (who performed)—who attended the Ralph Lauren show at New York Fashion Week. For one night only, the designer transformed a Wall Street bank into Ralph’s Club, a glamorous Art Deco–style lounge (complete with a live jazz band) that complemented his new 1920s-inspired collection, complete with dazzling tuxedo jackets and sequin gowns.
As models Gigi and Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, and more shimmied through the crowd in the brand’s glam evening looks, guests sipped on cocktails and nibbled on Lauren’s legendary Polo Bar–style bar snacks; it was, as Blanchett later told me, “more of an event than a show.” Shortly before the spectacle, however, Vogue snuck in some alone time with Blanchett backstage—a decidedly less-enchanting setting. “I’ve been told there’s some wet paint, and we have to move the chairs away so we don’t get doused in paint,” she said with a laugh, proceeding to dust off seats for us to sit on. “The glamour of it all. I love backstage.”
The actress was fresh off the plane from Toronto, where she has been filming the upcoming drama miniseries Mrs. America. “I’ve been there for a few months, and my kids were there for the summer,” she said. While the busy filming schedule means she won’t be doing any other Fashion Week events—“I’m in Toronto filming, and I’m barely seeing anything from the [Toronto film] festival, which is also very frustrating”—the actress was indeed ready to let loose yesterday evening and take in the vibrant energy at Ralph’s. “I want Ralph’s Club to be a permanent fixture. It’s such a cool idea,” she said. “[Lauren] is such an American establishment, but he’s more than that; he’s gone deep into the DNA of what the American aesthetic is. So to have a Ralph’s Club in New York is kind of perfect.”
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