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'Blue Jasmine' costume designer on working with Woody Allen, borrowing Chanel jackets

For her Oscar-nominated role in Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett required a designer-label wardrobe worthy of a wilted New York socialite. The only problem? Costume designer Suzy Benzinger had a limited, more Nordstrom Rack-esque budget. (In fact, a New York Times piece estimated that the film’s entire wardrobe budget was $35,000, which is often the cost of just one Hermes Birkin bag.)

Knockoffs simply wouldn’t do to truly sell the story of a woman who lost nearly everything except a handful of luxury goods. That’s when Benzinger — who has worked with director Woody Allen since 1994 on projects like Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity, and Whatever Works — took a deep breath and a leap of faith.

She began calling fashion houses like Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren to see what strings she could pull.

“I relied on the generosity of all these designers,” Benzinger told EW. “I made a list of things I had to have for Cate’s character in order to tell the story. … Every day, my assistant and I would go through [the list] and I would say, ‘I’m going to call Hermes up. Wish me luck. I’ve got to get this Birkin bag.’ Every day we’d check off things on our list. [When] I got to the Chanel jackets, I thought, ‘Everything is going fabulous and this is where it’ll stop. … I’m not going to get the Chanel jacket. We’re going to try though. Wish me luck.’ When we got that, I burst into tears. I thought, ‘How did I get my whole wish list?'”

The costume designer admitted her experience was far from the norm. While brands often loan to celebrities for the red carpet, they rarely loan to films. “None of my friends who are costume designers have had the same experience that I’ve had,” she said, crediting Cate Blanchett’s personal fashion house relationships as a huge help. “The gods were watching when Woody wrote the script, because I [initially] thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I never thought I would have gotten all these things. I really owe it to Cate.”

With one character down, Benzinger turned her attention to Jasmine’s sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who had a more casual aesthetic that reflected the character’s working class status. For this, the costume designer bargain hunted at stores like Century 21 in New York and Loehmann’s in San Francisco, where Blue Jasmine was shot. The biggest irony? “Sally Hawkins’ wardrobe cost more than Cate Blanchett’s. Isn’t that hysterical? I actually spent more money on Sally then I did on Cate. You have to laugh. But it’s only because of the generosity of designers like Karl Lagerfeld.”

Thanks to her thriftiness, Benzinger is nominated for her first Costume Designers Guild Award. “I’ve been doing this for many, many years. It’s nice to get the recognition on this. My feeling is that it’s for the whole Woody Allen family.”

Read on for our exclusive Q&A with Benzinger to learn what makes a Woody Allen set different from all others, Sally Hawkins’ surprising reaction to her wardrobe, who kept those designer pieces, and what it was like working with Bill Murray on Ghostbusters. READ FULL STORY

Critics' Choice Awards: Who was the best dressed Oscar-nominated actress? -- POLL

Just hours after the nominations were announced — and four days after the fashion frenzy at the Golden Globes — many of this year’s Oscar contenders hit the red carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, and Cate Blanchett represented the Oscar-nominated actresses.

What did they wear? Click on to find out. Who was best dressed? Cast your vote in the poll below. READ FULL STORY

Who will be the best dressed movie actress at the Golden Globes? POLL

EW’s Anthony Breznican has shared his predictions for the Golden Globes movie categories, but who will win the red carpet?

To narrow down the field I chose five of the most consistently stylish nominees, but I always love a good fashion upset.

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) is the face of the Miss Dior handbag line, so it’s safe to assume that, even though her Dior gown tripped her up at last year’s Oscars, the best supporting actress nominee will wear a gown from the French fashion label. Cate Blanchett’s (Blue Jasmine) style, like her acting, is unparalleled — who else could pull off a pagoda-shouldered, red lacquer sequined dress? — so I’ve got high expectations for the best actress contender. No one does red carpet romantic better than best actress nominee Amy Adams (American Hustle), thanks in part to designer pals like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. In just a few short months, Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) has earned as much attention for her style as she has for her breakout role, which earned the newcomer a nod in the best supporting actress category. Technically, Sandra Bullock (Gravity) is a red carpet veteran, but best actress nominee could teach the up-and-comers a thing or two about getting dressed for the red carpet.

Who will be the best dressed movie actress at the Golden Globes? Cast your vote after the jump. Did I leave someone off the shortlist? Head down to the comments to submit your write-in vote. READ FULL STORY

Cate Blanchett's designer 'Blue Jasmine' wardrobe, Joss Whedon's go-to costume designer, and more

Joss Whedon’s go-to costume designer revealed, how to live like Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock, Kim and Kanye buy a $1,200 car seat for baby North, and more.

Read on for all of today’s top style and design headlines.  READ FULL STORY

Katharine McPhee chops off her hair, Lyle Lovett turns fashion designer and more

Is Katharine McPhee distancing herself from her Smash character — and those pesky cancellation rumors — with a new hairstyle?  [StyleWatch]

After penning a story for GQ about his shopping (and possible sex) addition, Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger has reportedly entered rehab. [Today]

Cate Blanchett signed a $10 million deal with Armani to represent the brand’s fragrance line. [NY Mag]

Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe teamed up with Escada creative director Daniel Wingate to design a dress that will raise money to help at-risk women and children in India and Cambodia. [Telegraph]

While you’re counting down the hours until the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones, browse the geekiest merchandise inspired by the show. [Flavorwire]

Chanel’s new collection is inspired by “classic cinematic beauty,” with lipstick and nail polish shade names like Starlet, Paparazzi and Cinema. [Pursuitist]

Country singer (and Julia Roberts ex) Lyle Lovett has created a line of high-end men’s shirts that retail between $225-265. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Red Carpet Fashion: YOU grade the looks -- POLL

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Sure, fashion isn’t what awards season is really about, but whether you’re a connoisseur of designer gowns or just a fan of a good old-fashioned wardrobe malfunction, who doesn’t love a red carpet?

Not to mention the post-ceremony discussion about the evening’s best and worst dressed.

Like art, fashion is highly subjective, but judging from the comments on our graded galleries for the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes and the Emmys, you’re not afraid to express your opinions. So, rather than assigning grades to several recent celebrity red carpet looks, I’m leaving it up to you.

Now it’s your turn to pass judgement. Let’s just try to avoid the body snarking and any other Lady Gaga vs. Kelly Osbourne-type fashion vitriol, OK?

Click on to start grading the looks! SEE THE PHOTOS

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