Dakota Fanning for ELLE UK

Posted on January 02, 2012

We initially rejected the idea of featuring these pictures here. “Aren’t we all just a bit Fanning’d out?” we asked the sky. “Didn’t we just put an Elle Fanning editorial up? Do we need a Fanning/Elle followup?”
Dakota Fanning for ELLE UK

Dakota Fanning featured in the February 2012 issue of ELLE UK magazine photographed by David Slijper and styled by
Anne-Marie Curtis. Hair by Ali Pirzadeh. Makeup by Sally Branka.

But then we worried that by ignoring Dakota in favor of little Elle, we would be driving a wedge between the two sisters that could only end in tears and deceit someday. Possibly even murder. We couldn’t take that chance, darlings. Besides, she looks pretty fierce. She’s always been old for her years and she’s better than most young ladies her age at pulling off a sort of knowing world-weariness without making it look too much like an act.

On her age:
“I feel like I’ve lived a long time, but then I realize, ‘Oh, I’m actually only 17.’ I don’t think there should be an age limit on an interest, do you know what I mean?”

On her physical appearance:
“People are always talking about this person who looks great and that person who doesn’t. It’s there, if you let it in. I let it in to an extent. I just don’t let it affect the choices I make.”

On her sister Elle:
“She is incredibly free-spirited and totally wears her heart on her sleeve, you know exactly what she is thinking by taking one look at her. She’s just incredibly… I don’t know, I wish I could be more like her sometimes.”

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Caitlin Lomax (IMG)

Dakota Fanning for ELLE UK

Miu Miu Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Fei Fei Sun (ELITE)

Dakota Fanning for ELLE UK

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Maud Welzen

Dakota Fanning for ELLE UK

Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 Collection/Model: So Young Kang


[Image Credit: visualoptimism via thefashionspot.com, elle.com]


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  • Anonymous

    OK, now it’s time for Child Protective Services to intervene.  She’s only 17 for god’s sake. Why would anyone think she looks more attractive disguised as a person twice that age?

    • Anonymous

      You must think all those models in magazines are 30, huh?  She looks lovely. 

    • Anonymous

      I wish all 17-year-olds were as mature and dressed as classily as she does.

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      Thank you.  I get that she has that “older than her years” vibe but she’s still a kid and they’ve made her look my age.  She looks artificial and I’m really hating the way they’ve styled her hair.  What a waste, there are some cute clothes here, the second outfit in particular.  

      Honestly, someone needs to thunk these fashion editors in the head with a morning star.

      • Anonymous

        What I really hate about her hair is that the brown roots are visible. That will never not be tacky.

    • Anonymous

      !7 year olds have been pulling that look for 65 years or more.


      • Anonymous

        Or, in the case of most 17 yr-olds I see wearing it, not always pulling it off. Harder for non-models/actresses to pull it off IRL, since the body language is often out-of-sync.

    • Rand Ortega

      If they weren’t called for “Hound Dog” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKf1UYFlSXY), there’s too much $ involved to call them now.

  • Sam Corbett

    In the Dolce & Gabbana she has a very Taylor Momsen thing going on in the face (minus the requisite raccoon eyes).

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      Taylor Momsen! That’s it!

  • Anonymous

    Very pretty.  Love the Miu Miu dress.

  • http://twitter.com/LOfficielEbony TheVeryLivingEND

    Those red lips…w o w. Huzzah for Sally Branka!

    • Anonymous

      +1. That lip stain is what dreams are made of.

  • http://twitter.com/catherineeileen Catherine Hann

    As she ages, she’s starting to look like Diane Kruger. Which is a very good thing!

    • Anonymous

      Yes! You’re right, that’s it. Although I think she’s got a little ERW in her face as well.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, that’s who I thought of as well.

  • Anonymous

    Very, very pretty . She should hire whoever styled her for these pictures.

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly. At the very least, she should make this her default makeup look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314255041 Irina Ryabchuk

    I thought it was Diane Kruger judging from the thumbnail!

  • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

    Really? Hmm, her expressions seem so dull. The lip make up is great though.

  • Anonymous

    Ehh… she still looks too baby-faced to pull off these looks.  Very much like a little girl playing dress-up. 

  • Anonymous

    Evan Rachel Wood wants her look back.

  • http://twitter.com/Kaptain_Killjoy Nimith

    In three words: enigmatic, stunning, fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    I want the shoes on the Miu Miu model – NO…..oh, and Dakota looks fab.

  • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N


  • Anonymous

    I’m getting a Madonna vibe.

    • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

      That was my initial reaction, too.

    • Anonymous

      Me too. Particularly the last one.

  • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

    Disturbing. They’ve got to stop doing this.

  • Anonymous

    She looks great in that first cover shot, but in the others, she looks a little world weary. As for her age, considering how long she’s been working, her 17 is probably the equivalent of 30 for the rest of us. Both sisters seem to not be messed up or party animals or whatever, which is good to see. I am experiencing a bit of Fanning overload, though.

    Is the matte lip coming back? I hope so. The shiny can be garish and hard to maintain.

    • Anonymous

      I too am feeling a bit of Fanning overload. They both seem to have a fairly healthy perspective for teenage actors, which bodes well for them.  I suppose it’s fun for them both to play dress up and do the world weary, sophisticate pose.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been hitting it with the matte lips lately and I do think they’re coming back. When I wandered into Sephora last week with matte red lips I got compliments from the people working there, so if the Sephora ladies think it’s hot then of course it must be.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Fanning-ed Out.

  • emily mcginnis

    while she looks lovely, i think she looks way too old in these images. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    that matte red lip is to die for.  i wonder how much of that is excellent makeup artistry and how much is photoshop, cause she’s obviously been ‘shopped a bit.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, it’s hard to believe she’s only 17. She does look pretty fierce in these pictures, and unlike her sister, she can pull of the sophistication without looking like a girl in grown up clothes (of course, it could be the three years that separate them, but hopefully everyone knows what I mean).

  • Anonymous

    Even though Mimi’s retoucher was brought in, girl looks fabulous.  She reminds me of a young Meryl Strep…

  • Anonymous

    we would be driving a wedge between the two sisters that could only end in tears and deceit someday.

    Or, at the very least, a remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, mules are back, apparently. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow–she’s only 17? Seems that she’s been around for years and years. 

    • Anonymous

      She has. She’s been acting since she was a tiny thing.

  • marilyn

    She is absolutely beautiful, but is being made to look too old.  At least her look is classy, not trashy.   

    However, my concern is the clothing being shown on other models.  Butt-ugly.  They have deconstructed fashion so much that it looks like odd, ill-matched thrift store outfits.  The depression is back, and the girls are wearing odd assortments of hand-me-downs and bad home-sewing projects in bad colors, thrown together in random outfits.  I can’t believe anyone will pay large amounts of money for this and that designers have the nerve to present it as being 1) new, 2) innovative and 3) attractive.  However, a sucker is born every day. 

    • http://twitter.com/MplsGarden Ellen

      Oh, I agree — I know that people are always saying “looks like she took my grandma’s curtains” – but that second look on the model truly looks like someone took a cafe curtain and attached it around thd model’s shoulders. I feel like the fashion industry is just playing jokes on us sometimes.   I think Dakota looks good, but I wouldn’t have known it was her.

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    Only 17? You’d never know it.

    I get a Diane Kruger with a touch of Kate Winslet vibe to her. Despite her great (and very mature for her age) looks, she still strikes me as fairly unformed in her style, which is natural at 17. She certainly does have great presence.

  • http://twitter.com/tangodiva Tanya Wade

    In the Jonathan Saunders dress, she is giving Veronica Lake realness. Beyond!

  • Anonymous

    Loathe this. She’s a child. IDGAF if the *~industry~* dresses models like this. It’s fucking stupid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Wow.  17.

  • Valerie Little

    She looks lovely, but these clothes are too mature for a 17 year old.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t imagine anyone over 17 wearing the first  two looks . 

  • Anonymous

    She seems a smart cookie.

  • Anonymous

    The Fannings are starting to look like the Olsens, just without the excessive drug and alcohol abuse. Kinda sad, don’t you think?

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    These girls are beautiful, but I wish they looked more like the girls they are than women.  Yes, I stalked Dakota last semester at her first semester at NYU, so I’m a fan, but I wish she’d just be her age, be the cheerleader and homecoming princess that she is (or was in high shool).

  • Anonymous

    Very flat lighting, photoshop that distorts her arms in two shots (LOL, how do editors miss that?), no wonder she looks like everyone except herself (I thought early Madonna).

    I certainly hope in real life she’s as fresh-faced as the next 17-year-old.

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    Good grief, the Vuitton and (of course) the Miu Miu are hideous on the models. I think Dakota’s pose in the Mui Mui photo is the only thing saving it from looking like crap on her too.

    She looks incredibly mature here, but I don’t think it’s disturbing. She’s been in the public eye for a long time. She seems to understand it, and she hasn’t let it consume her. If I have any issues at all, it’s that the fashion industry insists on models being ridiculously young. And they’re often not convincing when they’re modeling clothes that aren’t geared towards teenagers. Fanning pulls it off better than a lot of them.

    Anyway, I think she looks beautiful. And I’m dying over that lip color.

  • Anonymous

    Re the clothes, I am not loving the neutral/taupe with yellow palette.  Barfalicious.

  • MilaXX

    These are pretty but when I realize she’s only 17 I’m kinda creeped out. If she was say 30, I’d think it was a stunning shoot and a really nice way to rock a red lip. However she’s not and this sultry come hither look is a little off putting.

  • Anonymous

    When I turned 17 I felt incredibly and sophisticated and jaded in wordly wisdom.  Let me add at that at 17 all my wordly wisdom came from a book or a Joni Mitchell album.  So I got a kick out of her comment about turning 17.  However, she, unlike me, actually gets to feel older than her age.

  • Anonymous

    The ennui in these shots proves her feeling that she’s lived a long time. Creepy.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…she’s only 17?!  Looking at this photo set I’d have put her mid thirties…and a divorcee on the prowl.  Not a look a 17 year old should be going for imo.  

  • http://twitter.com/sillytwigg twigg

    I feel like she would be striking with a darker hair color. The yellow blonde (with roots) is just not doing it for me.

  • Anonymous

    Very pretty, but also very interchangable- like others have said, she looks like Diane Kruger/Evan Rachel Wood/ Naomi Watts,etc. Nothing new under the sun.

  • Anonymous

    Very pretty, though I don’t think that matte lipstick is flattering on the shape of her lips. 

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    why do they have to make her look so old?!

  • Anonymous

    Stupid question: Is that real lipstick? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that, really like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Lister-Korwan-Doherty/1332309111 Jane Lister-Korwan Doherty

    She looks like a young Deborah Harry

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSGAZPEESHQT47ATH55GNOHHBY Erin

    She is reminiscent here of the 17-year-old Lauren Bacall.  “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just put your lips together and…blow.”

  • Anonymous

    Mature and sultry? She’s 17! WTH? She looks pretty and fierce (she really does) and all but why do they want to make her look twice her age? She’s not even and adult yet. Age-wise she looks like she could be my (much) younger sister rather than my daughter, which is crazy. C’mon stylists!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiyuju Yuju Ti

    Wow she looks old in those pictures. Why try so hard to look “mature”?? 

  • maddy lucas

    meh and meh.

  • Anonymous

    I want that matte red lip! Please TLo, (or other interested internet denizens), help me find it…

  • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

    Not Fanning’d out here – Dakota gives good face and Elle takes some fun risks with her clothes. They seem down to earth and far less trashy than Lohan was at that age.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751285857 Sally Brownson

    She’s seriously pulling some Bette Davis realness in that last one.

  • http://twitter.com/A_SmallFry AC

    I don’t love the way they styled her hair (although the cover shot is pretty ferosh). But she looks gorg. Especially love that Dolce and Gabbana look.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone seems to think she looks like someone else.  I’m totally getting Kate Hudson in Almost Famous. 

  • Anonymous

    She has such an amazing face. I agree that she looks a little mature here, but she also looks dramatic and fun. She’s going to be one sexy woman in a few years.

  • Anonymous

    I would have killed for a photo shoot like that at 17. I just wish her hair didn’t look so totally fried. The clothes are gorgeous and she’s doing a good job modeling them. The Dolce & Gabbana is to die.

    • Anonymous

      i remember doing them when i was a little younger. never so high end, heavens no, & w/ the real vintage clothes–they were even vintage then–of which these are the retro versions. ah hell, retro.

      but she looks fabulous. outdoes the model by miles & miles millions of miles in every shot. & add me in the bunch who’d like an idea of the name of the lipstick. anyone?

  • Anonymous

    The cover is the least successful of the photos. I think she looks just like what she is – a very pretty teen dressing a little too old (which, is generally how teens want to dress, at least when dressing up) and mostly pulling if off. I don’t find any of the poses offensively sex-pot. I *wish* 17 year olds didn’t think they were grown, but they do. I pretty much did, at that age.

    I would like the blue eyes & red lips to be a tad less saturated, I find it off-putting, but she does a fine job. 

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

    The cover photo is stunning; her lips looks amazing. The rest looks really washed out to me. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s just freaky how green her eyes are on the cover – and how blue they are in the other pics. Colored contacts, or photoshop?

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

    Only 17. Wow, is that sad.  What is it exactly that she’s may or may not “let in”.  I think it’s loose.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, pretty fierce for 17.

  • Anonymous

    Fanning Inc. are really selling these two with a vengeance, aren’t they? Fierce and 17 don’t really go together for me.

  • Mary McClelland

    That doesn’t even look like her – in a bad way. I hate the make up and the way they’re making her up to be Evan Rachel Wood. I think it really obscures her natural prettiness and the fine bones of her face. It’s just too OLD. ugh. Not a fan of this jarring look.

  • Anonymous

    Little girl grown up instead of gone trashy. She looks iconic without looking like any previous icon in particular. Well done, Elle (magazine). I particularly love the deployment on the Dolce & Gabbana. Those veggie print-dresses are still number-one splurge if I win the lottery this year.

  • http://twitter.com/CantResistCody Loading…

    Pretty sure I wasnt wearing red lipstick and looking like Im about to meet a man at jazz bar when I was 17. 
    However, she does look gorgeous! Just a little mature.

  • Anonymous

    Hello Icy blonde gorgeousness.