The reality star can't say enough nice things about the actress's Rodarte dress

By Kate Hogan
Updated December 15, 2012 08:00 PM

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We all know Tabatha Coffey, Bravo’s sharp-tongued Aussie style pro, from her stint on Shear Genius and her latest hit, Tabatha Takes Over. And now, she’s bringing her talents online, joining us at PEOPLE StyleWatch once weekly to dish on some of the bestand worst – celebrity looks of the week. Keep in mind the opinions below belong solely to the stylist … though she’s probably saying what lots of you are thinking, anyway!

Today, she takes on Cate Blanchett, who selected a Rodarte dress for the Dubai International Film Festival:

Well hello there Cate Blanchett, don’t you look fantastic on the red carpet?!

I must admit, I initially did not like what Cate had going on in this photo. At first glance the dress looked a little “ick” for me, but that’s so not the case. Within seconds I experienced a moment of clarity and said to myself, “Whoa, this is so elegant and quite becoming.” I am so loving it, to say the least.

Cate’s overall look is put together very well. The hair styled up and off her face and shoulders is the right choice for this dress. With this kind of neckline and detail, styling her hair down would have made her shoulders and waist appear heavy. Her makeup looks fresh and she has just the right amount of color on her lips to complement the color in her dress. And the dress itself is quite unique. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to it. The way the colored side panels come in toward the waistline is so striking and almost an optical illusion. The multiple fabric tones really speak “winter.” It almost resembles snow and ice in a strange way. She truly looks elegant and regal.

I give this one an absolute 10.

–Tabatha Coffey

Tell us: Do you agree? Or did Tabatha go too easy on Cate? Tell us in the comments below.