All-black ensembles, while safe for most social situations, are usually a boring choice on the red carpet. But on Saturday evening, actress Cate Blanchett proved that that's not always the case, especially when said black ensemble involves mixing two very different fabrics — in this particular instance, silk and velvet.
The 46-year-old Oscar-winner, whose latest movie "Carol" will be released in theaters on Friday, appeared at the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences's 7th Annual Governors Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in an Armani Privé black asymmetrical silk top, black velvet trousers and black Casadei cut-out sandals, per RCFA. For an unseasoned red carpet attendee — and certainly one without the experience of Blanchett's longtime stylist, Elizabeth Stewart — the ruffle detail of the silk top as well as the slightly oversized quality of the velvet pants might've been difficult to pull together. But Blanchett and Stewart kept things elegant by offsetting those generous shapes with simple gold bangles and earrings. Combined with the beauty look — hair slicked to the side and a dramatic smokey eye with a nude lip — the result achieved just the right amount of unusualness and elegance to keep us interested.
Take a look at the gallery below to see what the other attendees — including Helen Mirren, who had yet another princess moment in Dolce & Gabbana, and Carey Mulligan, who sparkled in a yellow Jonathan Saunders dress — wore for the occasion.