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Cate Blanchett Debuts New Bob at the Oscars

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Cate Blanchett

Her hairstylist Robert Vetica tells all about the "strategic" cut.

Oscar nominee (and two-time winner) Cate Blanchett has been a style winner on every single awards-show red carpet this season, and Sunday night was no exception. In fact, if it’s even possible, she outdid herself. The Aussie beauty showed up in a show-stopping Armani Prive gown, accessorized with a chic new haircut.

Blanchett’s go-to mane man, Robert Vetica, reveals to Pret-a-Reporter that "we knew we were going to do it. It was a plan. It was strategic. We had talked about it for a while, and decided to do it today. We thought it would be perfect because of the dress. And she’s had her hair long for a couple years now, so we decided, 'Let’s just cut it off and start fresh,'" says Vetica. "She’s Cate Blanchett — she can do whatever she wants!"

The short, layered bob meant losing about six inches of the actress’s honey blonde locks. "On its own, it’s this choppy, layered, really cool bob," says the talent behind Robert Vetica Salon at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. "But I wanted it to look Oscar chic, a softer version of that haircut, so my inspiration [for today] was the women of Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman, the book that just came out, and all those amazing images from the ‘40s and ‘50s."

Vetica reveals that the styling was as simple as it looked. He blew Blanchett’s hair dry using Wella’s professional line EIMI and a round brush to smooth it out, before putting in four velcro rollers at the top of her head for a little volume and slight wave. "I sprayed it really good with hairspray and Wella Dry Me ($19) dry shampoo, which gives it a nice volumized texture, then brushed it out."

The face-framing side part finished off the look, giving it a little of that retro drama. Ultimately, though, Vetica chalks up Blanchett’s winning look to her innate grace. “Cate is very regal, so whatever you do on her she carries with a regal elegance that takes a simple layered bob and makes it into an amazing, chic look.”

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