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Why Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Love Being Photographed

Why Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Love Being Photographed

Hey everyone!

One more interview with Cate. She talked to Marie Claire Australia about the new fragrance by Giorgio Armani: Sì Passione.

Actress and Giorgio Armani ambassador, Cate Blanchett, sits down with marie claire to talk about her relationship with designer Giorgio Armani, what her favourite scent is, and why she’s taken so long to get used to being photographed.

Are you enjoying be back in Australia?

Yes, it’s not long enough, I really miss it. But we’ll come back later in the year.

As Ambassador for Giorgio Armani Si fragrances, what is it that you love most about the new Giorgio Armani Si Passione?

It’s an extension of Giorgio Armani Si’s blackberry, cascia story and I love the peppery quality of that, mixed with the pear [notes]. It’s very rich and syrupy.

What occasion do you imagine wearing this scent?

Fragrance is so personal. For this new Si Passione, people say, ”oh that’s a sensual evening scent”, which it is, but I would wear it during the day. I think that’s the wonderful thing, you can have the Si Eau de Toilette, which is lighter and then you have the same family [of scent] but you can wear it in a slightly more intense way.

What are the elements you look for in a fragrance?

I love fragrances that develop well; one that evolves on your skin as the day goes on. Si Passione absoutely does this, so I wear it a lot. It’s such a powerful thing, fragrance. And so personal. I still remember the smell of my grandmother and my mother and the smell of my suburb where I grew up.

It’s amazing isn’t it? You go straight back.

You do, it’s a real conduit, like this little rabbit hole that you fall down and you can move in parallel time. And it’s very intimate. I mean, there’s nothing more intimate than giving someone a fragrance.

What do you love about Giorgio Armani – both the brand and the designer?

Mr. Armarni was one of the first designers to bring traditionally masculine tailoring into a woman’s wardrobe. He has [always] been interested in the male silhouette but he’s also interested in the female silhouette – he designs for women in all their complexities. The Si fragrance is an expression of women in all their complexities too; Mr Armani talks about her strengths as well as her fragilities, her incredible sensuality, but also her wit and her humour. She is complex and varied.

We are definitely not one dimensional…

Yes, some days you think, ‘I’m really quite fragile today’, and the next, you’ve found your mojo again, but you’re still the same person. And those things can coexist. It’s much more an Eastern way of looking at the world; that those dualities coexist. In the West, we tend to be much more black or white and you can’t mix the two.

Do you have a signature scent that you go back to all the time? Or do you mix it up depending on your mood?

For me, the Passione is the one that I wear the most. A friend of mine made a scent which I wear occasionally but I love those deeper woody notes contained within Si. You know, I can smell firewood and leather and pepper, it’s really subterranean.

What was it like to shoot this new campaign?

I’ve worked with Tom Munro a lot. I just adore him. It’s really fantastic when you can work with someone and do such different things. It’s not like you’re repeating yourself. And I find that with my relationship with Mr. Armani, he’s constantly challenging himself, constantly uncovering new terrain. He’s intensely curious about the world; his empire includes everything from haute couture to chocolates. It’s remarkable. And I find that with Tom, depending on the mood of the fragrance, we’ve done such different things together, so I loved it. It’s just an excuse to see him really.

What was it like creating this new campaign?

Well it’s a big responsibility. To be given the responsibility of somehow embodying all these complex aspects of being female, but I can’t dwell on it too much otherwise I’d just seize up. I feel much more myself when I’m in motion so it’s taken me a long time to get used to being photographed.

Really? That’s so surprising because you are such a successful actress…

It wasn’t something I aspired to or identified with. Maybe now, with the evolution of the selfie and people constantly looking at themselves, [being photographed] is just part of being alive, but when I was growing up and I looked at the women in fashion magazines, I thought, “that’s not even that person”. It took me a while to find my way, but when you work with great photographers and you work with wonderful stylists and hair and makeup people then it becomes fun. It’s a character.

In pictures though, you’re more Cate Blanchett than when you’re playing a role…

It’s an aspect [of me]. I’ve learn that a lot with Tom, having worked with him over and over again, but it’s more [about creating] an atmosphere. I mean, fragrance is a very personal, aspirational dreaming space. So you’re trying to imbue that atmosphere.

You’ve been ambassador for Giorgio Armani since 2013. What has that experience been like?

It’s been great, being a part of the Armani family has been one of the great privileges of my life actually. Because growing up, feeling, you know, I felt that maybe I had energies and aspirations that at that time would’ve been designated masculine. I looked at the silhouettes that he was creating and I felt myself in those things. I can still be traditionally feminine but have access to that strength and confidence. With my first pay-cheque I bought an Armani suit.

Did you really?!

It was on sale. The pay-cheque wasn’t that big [laughs]. But you know, it’s been through my high school years.

So you’ve sort of gone a full circle.

Yeah, but never did I ever think I would meet him or develop a creative relationship with him. It’s a great privilege. There are very few people left in the fashion world who are as experienced and directly connected to history in the fashion industry but also continue to evolve as his does.

If you don’t mind us asking…You are known for having flawless skin. What is your skincare routine?

I realised that you had to exfoliate a few years ago so I do that a couple of time a week. But I’ve started taking these skin vitamins that have been really great. I try and drink water. And then I use a facial essence by SKII. I always use that and I always use sunscreen.

If you could finish this sentence, before I leave the house I always…

Well, I never leave the bathroom without putting fragrance on, (everything has to be done in the bathroom). But if I’m putting one beauty thing on, it would be mascara. Then I’d get into the car and realise I’ve forgotten everything else…


Cate Blanchett meets UNHCR’s top woman Kelly Clements for International Women’s Day

Cate Blanchett meets UNHCR’s top woman Kelly Clements for International Women’s Day

To mark the day when the whole world is celebrating women’s achievements and pressing for further progress in gender parity globally, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett met with the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements to discuss her role as one of the world’s most high profile advocates for refugees.

Both Blanchett and Clements shared personal stories of meeting female refugees and the inspiration they have taken from women who have been forced to leave everything behind in search of safety as well as those who make great personal sacrifices to help them.

These personal accounts come at a time when more women are fleeing danger than ever in recorded history and often face the greatest risks of violence, exploitation and denial of their basic rights. The situation is particularly pressing for girls’ education where girls are only half as likely to enrol in secondary school as their male peers, even though they make up half of the school-age refugee population.

The Deputy High Commissioner was also asked for her advice to young women seeking to follow a similar career path to her and urged them to be hungry and seize all opportunities given to them, particularly working directly with refugees in the field.

The film is the first in a series featuring UNHCR Ambassadors and supporters to show the female face of the refugee crisis and will be followed by others directly from refugee communities. Both women ended the video by calling on everyone watching to support UNHCRs #WithRefugees campaign for International Women’s Day


Special thanks to CBF Chat members for sharing this news!

Gallery Updates!

Vogue Australia – March 2018

The Source United Arab Emirates – February 1st, 2018

UNHCR Photos

Updates – Cate Blanchett for Giorgio Armani’s Sì Passione

Updates – Cate Blanchett for Giorgio Armani’s Sì Passione

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We have collected some new material from the campaign of Giorgio Armani for Sì Passione/#SaySiToPassion with Cate Blanchett.
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1) Alternative Version of Sì (Officially released)

2) The Sì Women’s Circle

3) Magazine Scans

4) BTS

5) Replacements

Giorgio Armani launches campaign for Sì Passione featuring Cate Blanchett

Giorgio Armani launches campaign for Sì Passione featuring Cate Blanchett

Hey Blanchetters!

Finally the Sì Passione campaign is here! Cate looks absolutely stunning! Enjoy the video and the images. Official photos by Tom Munro.


#SaySiToPassion – New promotional material for Sì Passione

#SaySiToPassion – New promotional material for Sì Passione

Happy Sunday, and it’s an happy one indeed! Giorgio Armani and Armani Beauty have just released new gorgeous behind-the-scenes photos from the new campaing Sì Passione . Are you ready to swoon? We also found more stuff about the new campaing and additional material from the old ones. Enjoy!

New pormotional site: Say Sì to Passion
Sneak peak from the new bottle commercial

What is passion?

Rött som en symbol för passion. Är du redo att frigöra din passion? Om 39 dagar. #SaySiToPassion

Posted by ELLE Sverige on Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4
From Sì is My Self, behind the scenes and commercial, and from Sì Holyday Campaings: new or bigger images.


Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Actor Cate Blanchett, musician Elton John and actor Shah Rukh Khan are the recipients of the 24th Annual Crystal Award, the World Economic Forum announced today. The winners will be honoured at the opening session of the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on the evening of Monday, 22 January. The award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society.

“We heartily congratulate the 24th Annual Crystal awardees. Their commitment to dignity and to the upholding of essential human values serves as an inspiration to us all, particularly in these trying times when compassion is needed more than ever,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards.

Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed award-winning actor and director of both stage and screen. Appointed a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, in recognition of her commitment to refugees, she has lent her voice and influence to raising awareness, advocating and fundraising for the UNHCR. Having met refugees in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and her home country, Australia, she advocates for increased solidarity and responsibility sharing for the 65 million-plus displaced people across the world. She has brought her creative skills to bear in sharpening focus on the individual human stories that lie behind the vast numbers. Blanchett said: “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, my job is simple: to help connect people to the human stories of those forced to flee, and to state the case for all of us to stand with refugees.”

Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Sir Elton John is one of the world’s most successful musical solo artists of all time, whose career has spanned more than five decades. With thirty-five Gold and twenty-five Platinum albums, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF has raised more than $400 million to date to support hundreds of HIV/AIDS prevention, service and advocacy programmes around the globe. In 1998, HM Queen Elizabeth knighted him Sir Elton John, Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music and charitable causes. Sir Elton John recently received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. John said: “AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age, yet the medicine and know-how exists to prevent this. If we want to give the next generation a better future, we could solve this problem. What it takes is our collective passion and compassion.”

Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India

Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s most prominent actors who has been at the forefront of the Indian film and television industry for over 30 years. He is the founder of the non?profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment. Khan said: “With victims of acid attacks I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness.”

Crystal awardees are part of a community of 40 cultural leaders in Davos “creating a shared future in a fractured world”. Learn more here.

The Crystal Awards ceremony takes place on Monday 22 January 2018 at 18:00 CET. Watch the Crystal Award ceremony live here.