Blondes In Blue Dresses: Cate Blanchett vs. Kate Winslet

01/08/2007 at 12:57 PM ET

Two accomplished actresses, two Golden Globe nominees, two stunning blue dresses but two totally different styles — Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet hooked up on the red carpet at the 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend in coordinating cobalt stunners that showcased their individual looks. Always on the cutting edge of fashion, Blanchett arrived in a futuristic blue Balenciaga dress with sharp angles and patent leather insets. Winslet, on the other hand, went for simple elegance, wearing a figure-skimming Valentino gown with soft curls and minimal jewelry. We love that both actresses have such signature styles, but we can’t help but compare the two frocks. Tell us: Which dress do you like better? Cate’s futuristic sheath or Kate’s classic gown?

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Emily on

Both dresses and total looks are very beautiful, but I personally prefer the dress Kate (Winslet) is wearing. They both look great in each dress, though, I think each woman knows her body and what she can pull off!

Brenda on

Wow—they both look absolutely stunning. If I’d have to choose, though, I’d pick Winslet’s simple gown but actually, I think both dressses—and both actresses—are winners!

Kristin on

Both wopmen are stunning in these dresses- but I can’t believbe how beautiful ofd a woman Kate Winslet has become!!! I would personally choose Winslet’s dress only becuase I like a more simple look with clean lilnes.

Becky on

I love both dresses and i love the fact that Cate Blanchett wore nude colored heels, not blue heels, the dress has enough going on she didn’t need to do anything more with it. Although i think they both look great in that color i am going to put Cate B over the top. it’s the shoes.

KJ on

I think they are both equally beautiful!

Alicia on

I think Cate’s dress is kind of ugly but she wears it well. Kate looks beautiful as always. She always dresses so classy and elagant. I prefer Kate.

Liz on

Kate Winslet looks absolutely beautiful in that dress! It fits her perfectly and the color is gorgeous. I’m not a huge fan of Cate’s dress, there’s something about it that doesn’t look right. But they are both beautiful women

O'Wryly on

They both look simply smashing!

Carla on

Always elegant… Kate Winslet.

KT fr Cda on

They both look wonderful. I’m glad to see simple elegance is back. I know Cate’s is not that simple but it has nice clean lines.

yen on

Kate looks truly beautiful with that electric blue,cate blanchett is ok i´ve seen her better

C on

The dresses are lovely, their hair looks great and neither one appears to be wearing gobs of makeup. Love them both, they look fabulous and classy!


Kate Winslet’s dress is nicer. It’s simple and beautiful. Cate Blanchette looks nice too, but her dress looks a little plasticy leathery…

Mollysemanian on

Absolutely gorgeous – both of them look great in such vivid colors. I personally prefer Kate’s elegant dress, but they both look lovely.

Mrs.Borrego on

I prefer Kate Winslet’s dress. She looks really chic and classy at the same time.

Tricia on

blue is the hot color(and yellow) coming up for spring-they have great stylist-the short dress was even just featured in this months Bazaar-loveit!!

Katy on

Kate Winslet is stunning in that dress. She is such a good role model for curvy women.

BC on

I like the shorter one

j on

i prefer kate’s dress, but they both look incredible!! LOVE cate’s heels…christian louboutin anyone?! i can’t be sure from this pic, but they almost have to be…

steph on

i love Cate’s. it’s daring and sassy. she always looks different than everyone else…different in a good way. different but still maintains class and elegance. love them both!

Tamara on

Firstly, I will say I’m so glad this shade of blue came back. For several years, royal blue became all but extinct, but it’s such a stunning colour, so I’m thrilled you can find it again (in much classier designs than the 80s offered).

As always, Kate Winslet is classic and elegant. She looks gorgeous. To me this look is reminiscient of the periwinkle dress she wore for the Oscars a few years ago. I can’t wait to see what she chooses for this years’ Golden Globes!

jessica on

OMG you guys are such saps. get a spine.

Lee on

Cate Blanchett always has such great style, but Kate Winslet’s simple, classic and elegant gown is so much easier on the eye.

Jacqui on

I really dislike Cate B’s dress intensely and her shoes. It doesn’t appear to be well made or designed particularly well. I’d have preferred black peep-toed shoes since they would have gone better with the deep tones of her dress. I much prefer Kate W’s dress which is classic and can be dressed up or down accordingly.

Jackie on

need i say that they both look amazing… kate winslet’s fress is a tad more elegant and flattering. i love the color! =)

Monique on


By all means ……Winslet, Winslet, Winslet by far has the dream dress in cobalt. Love it. Cate however did score nicely in the past at the Osars;-)


Monique on


By all means ……Winslet, Winslet, Winslet by far has the dream dress in cobalt. Love it. Cate however did score nicely in the past at the Osars;-)


Misty on

Both are equally beautiful! I love the color! Jessica….where is your spine?

marion on

Kate winslet looks WAY better. blanchett is a stunning woman, but she needs to stick to classic looks that complement rather than detract from her looks

A on

I love them both, but always admire Cate Blanchett, becuase she is willing to take such risks, and almost always pulls it off. The outfits she wears are so wonderful, she is always a knock out on the red carpet, and always stands out in a good way. She looks absolutely beaustiful, and I am excited to see what she wears at the upcoming award shows!

Jen Stone on

Kate W. looks beautiful, while Cate B, looks like a fashion don’t.

Stephanie on

Cate Blanchett’s dress is far from my style, but I do have to admire her risk. I very much prefer Kate Winslet. I’ve always wished to have her dresses; she pics the most amazing gowns that fit her frame to perfection.

Courtney on

I like Kate Winslets but they both wore dresses that fit their bodies the best because their bodies are COMPLETLEY opposite. Cate is stick thin (and has muscle tone) and Kate Winslet is very womanly curvy. They both look great but I love Kate Winslet the best.

Dragonfly on

Both are beautiful in their own unique way. Thumbs up to both!

Shirley on


lizz on

they are both look very nice in their dresses- but i like kates better

Donia on


abc123 on

I like the hair/dress color combo on both.

Stacy on

I love Cate B.’s dress. The v-neck is gorgous and really suits her. She looks tall and bold. Kate’s long blue dress is just a bit boring, really. I don’t like the neckline on her and there’s just no pizzazz. They both look lovely, but I vote for Kate B. all the way.

Rebecca on

Both look gorgeous, but I like Kate Winslet’s dress better- it is softer and more feminine. I do love the way Cate Blanchett wears her dress with the nude heels and minimal jewelry and makeup. Kate is such a classic beauty!

KT fr Cda on

Actually, you really don’t get a clear picture of Cate’s dress in that pic. I saw it on TV and wow is it ever weird. So I’m retracking what I said earlier about it and no, it is terrible.

yamile on


regina on

cate blanchett is one of those woman who look good in everything! kate winslet looks amazing in this blue number. two very lovely ladies.

Jeri Blackford on

Both women look stunning and both dress styles seem to compliment the women wearing it!

Amelie on

I totally agree with Emily.
Both dresses attire the figure of each woman!

Doroty on

Cate B. recently took some bold decision in her outfits but somehow she always manages (at least in my opinion) to combine the style with some twist without going to the no-no side.Cate W dress is classy but too boring for my taste.But I agree that each dress complements the figure of the person that wears it.They are both stunning.

Mayya on

I love Kate Winslet and I think she’s absolutely beautiful..

Júlia on

I love Kate Winlset! And she is always beautiful!
Cate is great, but I prefe Kate dress!

m_a_s_14 on

wow its pretty tough but i have to choose kate because i like her more than the other one

Kristen on

I adore Kate Winslet in the dress, she looks like she’s glowing,but I don’t really care for the dress on Cate Blachett. Bothe women are lovely and talented, but the tone of blue, and the way it’s cut on
her body, just isn’t working for me.

Melanie on

They both look nice, but I prefer Kate’s dress.

Sarah on

I think they both wear the dresses well. Two beautiful women looking gorgeous.

Cheri on

I think each dress fits their own style and they both look GREAT!!

Ashley on

I think Kate Winslet looks much better in her blue dress. Cate Blanchett’s dress’ style kind of look like a 99 cent bag that holds potatoes. They are bothe beautiful, but i choose Kate.

Eileen on


JO on

KATE WINSLET!!! does she ever put a foot wrong, well clearly not in this case, the traditional feminine look always wins for me. Although Cate B look beautiful also.

kay on

they’re both stunning. personally i like kate w’s because it shows off her gorgeous curves and the style is perfect for her. but i think Cate B looks stunning and the mini and it is completley her. and what awesome colors!

Liandre on

Kate looks classically elegant in her longer dress.

Alexa on

I love both of them, but I prefer Cate’s dress. Although Kate’s dress really complements her figure, I tend to stick with Cate’s ensemble because I just love how she can pull off the edgy, daring looks so flawlessly. It’s a risky dress but she pairs it well with the shoes and the simple hair and makeup. Bravo to both of them though! They look absolutely stunning.

Alfie on

honestly Kate is more beautiful in blue…for Cate, she elegance in Valentino yallow dress, when she wore during 2005 Academy Awards..or in Donna Karan number at Golden Globe…

kij on

I love Cate’s two-toned dress better, it is more modern and wearable. I also love the shoes but Kate’s dress is a beautiful colour and catches the eye… both are stunning.

cinthia on

i prefer kate, because she’s more classic and her dress was fantastic!

michele on

both women are beautiful!! I prefer kates dress slightly over Cates. Simple and elegant who could go wrong with that?

sehaliah on


kristi on

i love both elictric blue dresses but Cate’s just has to much going on. So, if I were to wear one of these dresses i would most definetly choose Kate’s because, it looks so elegent and classy. I LOVE IT!!

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dharm on

i actually prefer cate’s. she took a risk that turned out pretty great.

Dani on

Oh Kate Winslet looks so beautiful! I love her. She is great!! I love how she is always elegant.

Victor on

I Like Cate Blanchett, she a beautiful woman and what’s more important she’s one of the best actresses of our time, but Kate Winslet is simply the BEST in everything!. She’s the best actress, she’s a very humble person which I think is very important, she’s the most beautiful (no matter what dress she’s wearing), she’s…everything I can’t find the words to describe her so, with all this, I think it’s pretty obvious which one I prefer…

Anonymous on

Cate is gorgeous and she is beautiful in that dress!

Tara on

Cate Blanchett by far! Although they are both beautiful women, Winslet’s looks and dresses are always boring. Where’s the gusto? Where’s the invention? Blanchett is always pushing the envelope & experimenting and everything looks so damn good on her it’s disgusting! The divine Ms. Blanchett is a 100% class act and a true fashion icon! Cate the Great!!!

Tara on

Oh, and I disagree with Victor. I think Cate B. is THE best actress of our time. Winslet is good but always picks dramatic roles where she relies on the same skills over and over again. Talented yes, but the best? Heck no! Cate owns her in everything! She’s the perfect balance of emotional depth and skill, no one but Streep can match her.

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