Even though some of the facial expressions border on creepy, there’s something very pretty and iconic about these pictures; like they depict the essence of young sisterhood; trying on clothes and whispering secrets. We hate to sound like Oldie McOlderson (and in our defense, we’re not old enough to remember their heyday, since it was a good half-century before we were born), but we’re reminded quite a bit of Dorothy and Lillian Gish, two similarly ethereally pretty sisters who were the superstars of the silver screen practically before there was a Hollywood at all. There’s still that slightly creepy doll-like quality you get whenever blonde, big-eyed teenage girls are put before a fashion photographer’s lens, but there’s also a real sense of their personalities and the bond they have with each other.
Dakota and Elle Fanning featured in the December 2011 issue of W magazine photographed by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Lori Goldstein. Hair by Recine. Makeup by Aaron De Mey for Lancôme at Art Partner.
Dakota wears Valentino Haute Couture’s Chantilly silk lace dress. Elle wears Valentino Haute Couture’s Chantilly silk lace and ostrich feather dress. Dior Fine Jewelry 18k white gold and diamond ring.
Elle wears Chanel Haute Couture’s white satin bolero jacket; Eres’s polyamide and spandex bodysuit; Chanel Haute Couture’s black wool tweed skirt. Chanel Haute Couture hat; House of Lavande earrings; vintage Helen Uffner gloves. Dakota wears Chanel Haute Couture’s black bouclé tunic and skirt. Chanel Haute Couture hat; Chanel Fine Jewelry 18k white gold and white and black diamond earrings; Van Cleef & Arpels 18k yellow and rose gold, platinum, emerald, and pink and white diamond necklace; Stephen Russell platinum, pearl, and emerald necklace (from top); Stephen Russell platinum and diamond bracelet; Shaneen Huxham gloves.
Tiffany & Co. platinum and cameo diamond ring. Elle wears Dior Haute Couture’s beige silk jacket. Valentino Haute Couture headband (worn as bracelets).
Elle wears Rodarte’s sequined, embroidered, and Swarovski Elements–detailed tulle dress. Vintage Helen Uffner gloves.
Dakota wears Giambattista Valli Haute Couture’s off-white silk dress with attached cape. P.S. Couture porcelain earrings. Elle wears Giambattista Valli Haute Couture’s black and off-white silk dress. P.S. Couture porcelain earrings; Rhodeus sterling silver and freshwater pearl ring.
Dakota wears Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci’s silk, lace, and tulle gown. Van Cleef & Arpels 18k white gold, pearl, sapphire, and diamond bracelet.
[Photo Credit: wmagazine.com]