Baby WERQ: Elle Fanning

Posted on June 10, 2011

We usually reserve the WERQ posts for ladies who have rocky red carpet pasts, but she barely has a past at all and we can’t really recall any disasters. Like big sis Dakota, she’s always been a presentable and put-together young lady. With this outfit we get the impression she’s a bit more likely to have fun with her clothes than her sister is.


Elle Fanning at the premiere of “Super 8″ in California in a vintage dress and Lanvin shoes.

Lanvin Platform Wedges

It’s all so MarciaMarciaMarcia while still being a little chic. Maybe a bit literally retro, especially since the film is set in the late ’70s, but it’s just far enough off the beaten path of mini-dresses and ruffled cocktail dresses that so many young starlets march down. We can’t help but smile when we see her. Not that we think she doesn’t have professionals helping her make these choices, but we sense someone who might know how to have fun with her look.

 

[Photo Credit: getty, lyst.com]

    • Grace Ritt

      I love that dress! I always refer to her as the more talented Fanning sister, but maybe she will grow to be the better dressed sister, also.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like she’s a pretty devoted nail-biter. Of course, so are a lot of people at 13.

      • http://twitter.com/FeliixMedina Felix

        I tough it too. Looks like a pretty nail-biter, and I know it because I’m one of them. I need to stop the nail-biting.

    • http://twitter.com/cluckerdoodle Remy S

      I don’t know, it’s just a little bit Renaissance Faire to me… I’ll take fun over boring any day, though!

    • Anonymous

      Very cute, she looks like one of the sisters from The Virgin Suicides.

    • Patty Wetli

       OK, this has been bugging me in photos I’ve seen of her: Is it just me or does it look like she dyes her hair? Look closely at her center part. Because if she does, at 13, why?

      • http://snwbelle.tumblr.com Fangirl401

         Why not? I went red at age 12 and stayed red for about ten years before moving on to blonde and mixed shades. My mom and I had fun coloring my hair together.

      • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

        Because she’s a working, professional actress and she has to accommodate her director’s demands?

      • Rand Ortega

        Because blonds are much more preferred in Hollywood.

      • Dani Colman

        I went to grade school with a couple of girls who had naturally fair hair and dark brows, and their roots tended to be naturally a little darker: their hair lightened as it grew.  Having said that, if she does dye – why not?  I started dyeing my hair when I was about 13.  At least she’s keeping it natural and healthy-looking, not bleached and fried like so many young starlets.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3205125 Kirsten Haney

        I had very light blonde hair like this as a child up till about 13-14 when it started going darker honey blonde. The sun bleaches it lighter as well. I have pictures where my roots (very close, like this) were super dark and the bleached out hair just made it seem even darker. People still ask me if I dye my hair because naturally the end of my hairs are lighter than the roots. 

      • Kelly Broderick

        I grew up w/very light honey blonde hair which started to darken around middle school.  I wanted to keep the color, so I started dyeing it around the 6th grade.  That would mean by 13 I had already been dying my hair for two years.  I don’t really see why this is shocking, my mom helped me do it every time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      She looks a little Loretta Lynn to me, but I prefer this look to what many teen celebrities wear.  She’s very cute and looks comfortable, so for a 13 year old, thumbs up.

      • Rand Ortega

        Because blonds are much more preferred in Hollywood.

    • Lauen newman

      Too one tone to me. Cute though.

    • Anonymous

      LOVE! So cute. I seriously wish I had looked both this self-possessed and well-groomed at thirteen, but no. I had a depressing lack of access to couture and I was drawing raccoon circles around my eyes and rolling my skirts up. Sigh.

    • Anonymous

      LOVE!

    • Anonymous

      She looks so pretty here and I do like that dress a lot. 

    • Anonymous

      While the look is fine I find the whole outfit way too old for a 13 year old girl. She looks about 20 years old and i find that a bit sad. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i apologize for asking but i am seriously curious. are you sure it’s vintage? for the life of me, i know the time period from which it sort of looks like it arose, but for the life of me {redux}, i cannot really place it there. the rhinestones are wrong. it’s like someone, years later, took two early 70s tropes–rhinestones & renaissance–& mixed em. but the rhinestones would go w/ glitter rock stuff–& the renaissance would go w/ the low profile kork-ease water buffalo plats {that lanvin, hate to say it, copied}. i cant put them together on one garment.

      sign me,
      curious

      ps. closer to topic, she looks very nice.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t have your expertise, but the decorative pattern did look to me more like the retro-inspired patterned fabrics that are out now than what I remember from the period. Though I wouldn’t be familiar with the full high-end spectrum of the period, as you are.

    • margaret meyers

      It’s crossing the line between clothing and costume.  There isn’t much that is subtle about the thinking of a 13 year-old, so I like her retro vibe choice.  It is absolutely 13.

    • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

      Cute dress, hate the shoes, and why is she made up to look like she’s 30?

    • Anonymous

      Wow, so I guess she’ll be playing Elizabeth Smart in the inevitable movie.

      • Anonymous

        Spot. On.  She looks exactly like her!

    • Kim Lombardini

      Virgin Suicides. Sophia Coppola did it first.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not awful, but not a werq. She looks like a younger Glinda the Good Witch + hippies sandals. 

    • http://twitter.com/MarieanneDH MarieanneDH

      Oh, she is just adorable.  WERQ, indeed.

    • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

      I am so excited to see where this little fashionista ends up. I feel that she is more talented than her sister, who I had a previous love affair with, but Elle is the true deal. Styling, modeling, acting- she’s phenomenal.

    • MilaXX

      Cute. finally something that looks like a typical 13 year old might wear a non designer version of this.

    • Shayne Laughter

      I had a sudden wicked thought, of a film where the Fiennes brothers play sibling dads, and the Fanning sisters are their daughters. The two Gyllenhaals, Jake and Maggie, figure in there somewhere, too, and Colin & Jonathan Firth have cameos.  This could get even more wicked if the Tilly sisters, Meg and Jennifer, pass through.  Are there any other sibling actors who should be in this film?

      • Anonymous

        The Bridges brothers, the Quaid brothers, Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty, the Hanks boys, and a host of others. (Actually, this is starting to sound like a remake of The Long Riders.

    • Anonymous

      Love it!  I have long been a fan of both the Fanning girls (well, as long as one can be of pre-teen actresses), I think Elle is going to be known as the more glam of the two.

    • Shayne Laughter

      Answered myself: Luke and Owen Wilson, Joan and John Cusack.  Anyone else?

      • Anonymous

        Beau and Jeff Bridges, the Ashley twins…

        • Shayne Laughter

          Wow, I forgot Julia & Eric Roberts, and Keenan & Damon Wayans.

      • http://twitter.com/JackieO JackieO

        Tim Daly & Tynne Daly

    • Shayne Laughter

      Answered myself: Luke and Owen Wilson, Joan and John Cusack.  Anyone else?

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Lanvin does Kork-Ease

    • Anonymous

      Bland.

    • http://twitter.com/JudysNotebook Judy

      Now that platforms are back, why are they called wedges too? Platforms, like those shown here, are almost equal in height forward and back, with the back a little higher typically. Wedges are a wedge by definition, much higher in the back and lower in the front. This shoe looks like a platy to me. And she looks like she dyes her hair. And who is the mysterious black pump in the background?

    • Anonymous

      maxi is making a comeback

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      Love it!

    • sonictofu

      Wedges or platforms, whatever you call them, sign me up! 

    • http://moodring54.livejournal.com/ moodring54

      Love everything but the shoes.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

      It also has the charm of making her look 13 instead of 13 trying to be 30.

    • Anonymous

      Cute dress, shoes would be nice with a pair of jeans but not with this dress, looks older than her 13 years.

    • Lisa

      Yeah, I agree about the “MarciaMarciaMarcia” part for sure. I mean, she looks pretty and age appropriate, but I wouldn’t go so far as giving her a WERQ spotlight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juline-Débaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

      Excusez-moi, but she looks like a wench from the Low Countries.

    • Anonymous

      Like!

    • Anonymous

      This is a perfect look for a young teenage actress promoting a film that takes place in the 70′s. I would have died to have those shoes as a young teen in the actual 70′s

    • Anonymous

      I wish her hair color didn’t look so fake.

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful from head to toe. Nice to see someone her age dressing modestly but still fashionably.

    • Anonymous

      She looks adorable.  Her makeup is applied with a very light hand — certainly less than my friends and I painted on as soon as we were out of the house and our mothers couldn’t tell us no — and the dress is very cute on her.  Yes, it’s a bit costumey, but there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that at her age.  She’s going to be a lot of fun to watch as she matures.

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t so sure, but upon seeing the full-length side shot I love the proportions and the palette.  This suits her.

    • Anne Slovin

      God, maybe if I had been in the movies when I was thirteen, I could have skipped that awkward phase too.

    • Anonymous

      WHAT??!! Have you boys lost your minds? When I first saw this outfit (on another site), I thought it was awful – “U-G-L-Y, you ‘ain’t got no alibi”! I am shocked – SHOCKED – to see that you think it’s a WERQ! Seriously, that dress is UGLY.

    • Anonymous

      The definition of WERQ. It’s that certain je ne sais quoi that makes this work. It is on the edge of going wrong in so many ways but totally werqs.  Love it.

    • Anonymous

      I love her style. She likes vintage clothes and is kinda quirky with a seemingly old soul. I just wish I didn’t feel slightly creepy about liking the style of a 13 year old.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Albrecht/100001647200441 Kelsey Albrecht

      Sarah Plain and Tall Goes to the Discotheque

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Just right.
       

    • Anonymous

      ewww

    • Anonymous

      I love it; she looks adorable!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AKO7JX5NJZZ4HAT6FPYGIY6DSU Kristin

      Cute.

      And as far as the acting goes, I prefer her to Dakota (though I think they are both talented).

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      Love it. Chic and age appropriate.
      And oh my lord, people, go see Super 8. It was incredible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1274960274 Owen T. Niland

      Comes off a little ren faire to me, although the shoes are fierce!