WERQ: Elle Fanning in Vintage

Posted on November 29, 2011

This little chickie just looks adorable, no?

 

Elle Fanning attends the 2011 Children of Chernobyl’s Children At Heart gala in New York City, NY in a vintage dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes.

Cute and age-appropriate, but chic and timeless at the same time. You WERQ that ingenue shit, girl! Love your shoes!

 

[Photo Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos]

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  • Anonymous

    I wish she would do something else with the hair, although it does look nice and healthy here.

  • Anonymous

    It’s almost a nude on her because of her pink skin tone. But I have to admit that it’s cute and age appropriate. I’d put it on my daughter!

    • Anonymous

      ‘d put this on my daughter when she was 8, but she’d have left the house and not returned if I bought this for her expecting her to wear it at 13. I’m all for age appropriate and not oversexualizing teenage actresses (see posts on Hailee Steinfeld for instance) but this is just TOO young.

      • Isadora Paiva

        Yes! Sometimes it’s painfully obvious that TLo don’t spend any time anywhere near teenage girls. Nothing wrong with that, but their version of age-appropriate is something I’d refuse to wear by the time I could read and write. My   current 18 year old self would still love to have you as my gay uncles, though!

      • Hannah P

        Thank you! I so agree. There’s a difference between age appropriate for a 7 year old and age appropriate for a 13 year old. I’m sixteen now and I wouldn’t be caught dead in this! There are teenagers doing it right out on the RC, meaning not overly sexual and not looking like a 7 year old, but for some reason those girls always get critiqued for trying to hard, dressing to old, and being overly sophisticated for their age.

  • Anonymous

    Boring. Boring hair, boring dress. Baby White Blondes on parade. 

  • Jasmine Moten

    Finally! A girl dressed like a girl. No six inch heels, no duck face, and no “sexy”.

    • Anonymous

      Amen.

  • Anonymous

    Yes! Finally! Now if only she would grasp the concept of powder.

    • MilaXX

      I agree she does needs to blot/powder, but otherwise she looks really cute and like an actual 14 year old.

    • Anonymous

      I have to admit I love her shiny little face. Very glowy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Adorable, yes!  I wished I could see the dress embellishments, but her hair is in the way.  

  • Anonymous

    So polished, head to toe! A-list ladies: take note.

  • Terence Ng

    Ew, 90′s flashbacks. All she needs are tiny flower clips in her honeyed brown “Rachel hair”. Not feeling it at all.

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      I was thinking it’s a little too twee even for her but now I totally see the 90s thing and it’s ALL I can see. (I still don’t hate it as much as I should, though.)

      • Terence Ng

        CANNOT BE UNSEEN.

  • Anonymous

    Cute, but the color is terrible. Elle, darling, people as pale as you and me cannot wear this shade of pink.  True story.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, I had a pink silk shantung shift, princess line seaming, that popped into my memory when I saw these pix.  I wore it… oh, at least 45 years ago or more.  A very sweet look for young Miss Fanning.

    • Anonymous

      Meee tooooooo! Pink silk shantung – so luxe in 1964-65 and even now. A classic and a great memory.

  • MilaXX

    Adorable!

  • Anonymous

    She looks fresh and pretty and happy–love it!  The dress looks 1960s to me; I love that she went with vintage. And for those complaining about her hair, when I was her age, if you had come anywhere near my long, parted-in-the-middle mane with scissors, I’d have fought you to the death. Don’t all girls that age love their long, long hair?

    • Anonymous

      I know – it’s very 60s! Why is everyone writing that it looks 90s??  Maybe they weren’t alive in the 60s.
      And you are so right about long, long pretty hair. You couldn’t touch mine when I was her age (and older).
      She looks sweet and adorable.

  • Anonymous

    I like the flat shoe with short dresses. Also short dresses that are  more figure skimming than skin tight. So, well done.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, what happened to the stricture against wearing clothes that are the same color as your skin?

    She does look cute, but I wouldn’t call it a WERQ.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe not her color, but it’s a lovely dress and it looks beautiful on her. 

  • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

    Meh. 

  • Anonymous

    Great dress, but I think it washes her out.

  • Anonymous

    Just click your fabulous heel together three times! Trés adorable!

  • Judy_J

    Love, love, love that dress!  It looks like something I would have worn to a cotillion dance back in my day.  So cute and adorably age-appropriate. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

    Watched Super 8 last week and girl got some serious acting chops. I would say she owned every single one in that cast, including Coach Taylor. 

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    Cute – but the color of the dress matches her complexion too closely. A slightly more vibrant pink would have made this perfection.

  • Cathy S

    It’s a really cute dress but the wrong color. Close up it’s not too bad but in that first shot from a distance she’s all washed out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

    Really?  Although it is a very cute dress and oh so thankfully age appropriate, it totally washes her out.

  • Anonymous

    Not crazy about the color in the pics, but I suspect camera flash is washing the tone out a good bit. I think she looks adorable, and the dress and shoes are just right.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Cute as hell and I love that she’s smiling instead of posing.

  • Anonymous

    I like it.  Subtle and cute.

  • CQAussie

    Oh heavens, no.  It’s a lovely dress and I dig the cut but the colour is yuck.  SO MUCH PINK.  She looks fabulous from the neck up though.  I’m not digging the shoes either, sorry…

  • Anonymous

    Totally WERQ! Understated, classic and WERQ all at once? It can happen. 
    She is so adorable in this dress, and her hair is super-pretty slightly curled at the ends.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if that shade of baby girl pink is good against her skin tone.

  • Lauren Frankel

    Skin tone dresses!!! She has such a fair skin tone this is almost a nude.

  • Anonymous

    Totally a huge WERQ!!  That is one super cute & chic dress.  I am going to take a guess that the shell pink silk shantung washed out quite a bit from the photo flash as did her skin and in person this combo was very, very pretty.

  • foodycat

    She does look very pretty. And happy, which is nice. Adore the dress but I think those shoes make her feet look uncomfy.

  • Anonymous

    Yes adorable. I wish you guys had an age limit though, I’m not into assessing children’s fashion.

    • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

      But she isn’t a child.  She is fourteen.  And too many of her fourteen-year-old peers are dressing in “sexy” clothes. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    Just perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Cute as hell. But why are the Fanning sisters so enamored with nudes and pale pinks? 

  • Christina Brennan

    Age appropriate but not a good color on her.  I would have given her an out.

  • Hannah P

    This is not how a fourteen year old dresses. I’m not saying that she should be all vamped up and looking sexy, but this is an 8 year old’s dress. I’m sixteen years old and I know that I wouldn’t wear anything like this now, and I certainly wouldn’t have worn anything like this two years ago. There’s a different between wearing something age appropriate for a fourteen year old and dressing like you’re still in elementary school. I understand there’s a lot of concerned mums on this blog worried about their little girls growing up too fast, but there’s a point where girls need, and I mean NEED, to stop wearing the kind of dress I wore in my second grade holiday show. No, it doesn’t have to be all slits, platform pumps, red lipstick and Herve Leger dresses, but something a bit more mature looking would actually be a good thing for her to do. This dress just sends a message of immaturity to those casting her, and I’m sure she doesn’t want to be playing the sweet ingenue for the rest of her teenage years, as someone who does theater I know that those are the roles that stop being fun fast. Just putting my two cents out there. 

    OUT.

    • Anonymous

      it’s how a sixteen year old dressed in 1964.

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      This is a classic shift, a womens wear style classic going back almost 50 years. That it has at times been scaled down for children’s wear doesn’t make it any less a classic womens wear style.

      It seems odd to us to complain that 14 year old is working a “sweet ingenue” style.

      • Hannah P

        This dress has the look of being scaled down for children’s wear, perhaps because even as a teen she is still young in comparison to someone who would be wearing it as women’s wear. I think the pink and the bows and the other embellishments all combine together to portray an all together 2nd grade holiday show vibe. I’m all for her wearing vintage, it’s a great way to experiment and I know I’m constantly going up to San Francisco to raid all the stores on the Haight, but to me this just like an extra-extra large dress from the children’s department in Macy’s. She really does have a fascinating and sometimes beautiful sense of personal style and I think this was a misstep for her.

    • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

      Audrey Hepburn wore a style similar to this in one of her movies in the early 60s and she wasn’t playing an ingenue but a sophisticated woman.

      • Hannah P

        Key part in that was in the early 60s. This isn’t how teenagers dress anymore, regardless of whether or not they admire Audrey Hepburn. I think her style was amazing, but unless I’m doing the all black of Funny Face or Sabrina, I’m not going to imitate her. I’m just trying to say that as a teenager, I would rather dress like Cate Blanchett, Carey Mulligan or even Florence Welch to a red carpet event, and for some reason a lot of critiques get thrown around here whenever a teenager does that, as if they’re taking themselves too seriously. Yes, they’re are a lot of overly sexily dressed teens stumbling around the RC, but that doesn’t mean that this 2nd grade attire is worth commending. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me as a teen relating, but I don’t see anything wrong with a teenager wanting to look older (not sexual) on the red carpet. I just think it’s odd that someone who dresses a little juvenilely gets such praise when people her equivalent age who dressing in a far more sophisticated and stylish way get told that they need to look younger.

  • margaret meyers

    I feel like this genteel and this finished requires hosiery.

  • Anonymous

    Mmmm, no.  I don’t like the shoes (from what I can see in the photo, which admittedly is just the toes), and the color of the dress is too close to her skin tone.  She’s all pink with long blonde hair.  Still, her smile is cute.

    • Anonymous

      Indeed. It all just mushes together. She is gorgeous but this look is just off.

  • Anonymous

    Perfection.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh… way too precious. 

  • http://twitter.com/Bloodisea Barbora

    WERQ!
    But better hair next time :)))

  • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

    Love!

  • Anonymous

    Love everything except the all-over washed-out color. Ugh. The cut of the dress and the shoes are perfect for her, though.

  • Anonymous

    To answer your initial question, no.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

    It all looks too…pink.

  • Anonymous

    She looks a little wshed out to me.  However, the dress is cute.

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

    I’m guessing that dress dates from about 1962-64….I think it was originally knee length as well.  Love the color, pink has been ruined in modern times, pink today is not the color it once was.

  • Anonymous

    I think I owned that dress in 1969!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2UJP2N3XZ5YMF5NUIAM3YYATA Dave

    I don’t see it.  This reminds me of what, say, Selena Gomez in a bright crimson dress would look like if she were left in the Arctic tundra for a year or two and sun-bleached and wind-blasted by the elments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25500124 Eric Jacobs

    I think this color was a very poor choice.  Too close to her skin tone!

  • Diana Martinez

    Ah, see, I thought the shoes were the one thing that DIDN’T work.  But she is adorable. 

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Toe lines, OMFG, toe lines!

  • Anonymous

    It’s a really cute dress, and obviously well-pressed (so many overlook that!)…but she really should have done something with her hair.  It’s covering up the interesting detail.

    Also, I think she’s old enough for a little powder…too shiny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Clements/100000941516003 Patricia Clements

    Perfect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Clements/100000941516003 Patricia Clements

    Perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Very cute dress.  My 14 year old daughter isn’t into the  high heels, duck face, sexy, short look.  She’d probably wear something like that but in a different color– maybe black ?