In or Out: Dakota Fanning in Miu Miu

Posted on March 06, 2012

Here is what we said, verbatim, when we saw the following picture:

Dakota Fanning attends the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Men and Women of 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom in NYC in Miu Miu.


Miu Miu Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Vasilisa Pavlova (WOMEN)

There. That’s better.

So what do we think of this, darlings? It’s fresh, it’s simple, it brings out the blue in her eyes. There’s a lot to like here.

But wait! There’s more!

Because, you see, you don’t have the whole picture until you see how she arrived:

Miu Miu Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Daphne Groeneveld (WOMEN)

O….kay. That changes things, no? As in, we could get behind the simple retro qualities of this dress on her because that style suits her, but the little cape is a bridge too far? As in, this was chic, until you dolled yourself up like a Valentine’s Day decoration? And even if you’re 100% okay with the cape – which, we have to say, we’d be less opposed to if it wasn’t so darn red – are you going to defend those shoes to us?

Well, are you?


Vote Now!


IN! Yes, I’m going to defend the shoes, among other things.

OUT! No, I won’t defend anything about this twee-as-fuck look.


Poor Ginnifer Goodwin and her bloated, Brady couch dress were voted OUT.


[Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images,]

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  • PastryGoddess

    IN-ish I cannot defend those shoes..but I do think she looks great from the ankles up!  

    And honestly what is it with people who have millions of dollars but cannot afford to color their roots?!?

    • I agree with you on both accounts! IN-ish from me as well.

    • Because I’m three years old:  HE! HE! You said ankles up!

      • sid123

        I love that kind of humor!

    •  I don’t know, sometimes when you get your hair coloured they can’t get to the roots so they’re always darker. Maybe the better question is why is she dyeing her hair so much brighter than her roots, therefore making them more obvious.

      • megohd

        plus the super-light blond is washing her out.

      • marywv

        It’s an in look now to have visible roots or ombre hair. Not saying it’s a good look, but it’s an “in” one.

        • oh_dear_oh_dear

          Yes, it’s definitely something that celebrities are going for, not just something they can’t prevent. I have no sympathy: it is awful and it must be stopped.

    • Isn’t she a natural blonde?

      • PastryGoddess

        she is a natural blonde…but she does color her hair

    • kentiesgirl

       Natural blondes get dark roots in the winter.

      From the gold tone my best guess is she’s highlighting, but if she’s not a natural blond I’ll eat one of her weird pointy flesh shoes.

      • PastryGoddess

        Don’t eat the shoes…I’ve tried it…they only cause indigestion. Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

        • kentiesgirl


           Silly putty seems so tasty though 😉

      • kentiesgirl

         Oops. Shoulda read down more. Anyway, since she is a natural blond who does dye her hair, it is probably intentional in order to look more natural.

        She looks just like my naturally blond kid (hair wise) but it will much less noticable by late May, and his hair will bounce back to more ash than gold.

    • bellafigura1

      The roots are there on purpose.

  • SteveKl

    Now that it’s been pointed out, I can’t unsee it.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    A second “in from the ankles up”

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I dig the cape. Maybe not so red, and maybe not on her because she doesn’t have the right presence or personality for it, but I can deal with the cape bow thing. 

    But the shoes have got to go.

  • DeborahLipp

    She’s adorable, even if you ARE right about the shoes, so bite me. She’s In.

    • EveEve

      ditto that.  IN.  I give her (or her stylist) major props for not sticking with the runway agenda. I love the red capelet with it too.  Chicklette’s doing just fine.

  • Yeah, totally.  I can’t with Little Red Riding Cape.

    • butterflysunita

      I’m glad TLo told me it was a cape.  I thought she’d had herself giftwrapped.  

  • The dress looks like it’s made out of recycled plastic.  The color is pretty, but it looks a little stiff and cheap.  And the shoes are just awful.  I say out.

    • Agreed.  I can’t get behind the kind of fabric even though I like the color of the fabric.  OUT

  • fungstyle

    out. for the shoes and that tired hair style. yes, she’s young. but that’s no excuse for boring middle part hair. live a little dakota, get yourself a hairdresser and have fun being a little hollywood princess!

    • mmgk

      What is the point of a hairband if you’re going to bring half your hair in front of it, to tangle around your face. 

    • Leeloo_Multipass

      Seriously.  Girl, do something, anything, to your hair that isn’t that lank-parted down the middle-I’m totally boring and possibly a little sad-I’ve had this same hair since I was three hairstyle.  Please!

      Oh, and I hate the shoes. 

  • I’m going to say IN even to the cape, she can get away with it because she’s still fetal. Shoes are all wrong but the scale is tipped to IN because that dress is perfect for her and a departure from her usual flowery ethereal looks.

  • I think that the eye makeup looks like she’s 12 and just learning how to use liquid liner… and the shoes remind me of the book ‘The Witches’, by Roald Dahl.  The witches have no toes, although their feet look like the toes have been chopped off with a knife, but this is still… reminiscent. 

    The dress is pretty, the cape is pretty on its own…

    • Qitkat

      But the model has RED eyelids! At least Dakota had the good sense to not copy that.

      • mountainFashionista

         But the model (Vasilisa Pavlova) also has those BOOTS, which are the prettiest thing on the whole page!

  • IAmJ

    The whole look misses the mark completely for me. So very OUT.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I really like the dress on her.  Fits her like a glove and, as you said, brings out the blue in her eyes.  Hair is ok, and makeup is fine.  But the tea cozy and particularly those shoes are hiddy!  Still, I’d give her an IN for having the sense to remove the tea cozy before being photographed (well, except those ones coming in…).

  • jjfg

    I possibly could have lived with either the cape (UGH) or the shoes (my eyes!) but both?  OUT

  • butterflysunita

    IN without the cape, OUT with it.  
    As for the shoes….Dakota, we’re trying to help you.  Please, don’t defend the shoes!  

    • CheriCPat

       Exactly!  Without the cape, and in spite of the shoes, IN.  Tie on the cape, it’s an OUT.  Since she included the cape in her outfit, I guess the final vote from me has to be OUT.

  • IN. I hate the shoes but the overall effect is very cute and age appropriate and she looks lovely.

  • I’ll defend the shoes — they’re cute — but not on her feet. Fleshtone shoes shouldn’t be the exact same shade you are. It’s just creepy wrong. And speaking of creepy wrong, that cape. And the dress fits her well, but, she looks like a Star Trek extra. 

  • Hm. I’m going to have to go with no if I have to judge on the cape and the shoes… Too bad… There’s time for her, though. 🙂

  • Maya Kaufman

    The shoes are all right, not great not horrible. The dress is a stunning fit for her and is a wonderfully sophisticated choice, but that cape does not go well.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I’ll only defend the shoes insofar as in that second shot they look a bit more pink than nude.  Still too close to her skintone for complete comfort but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt.

    She’s still out though, that eyeliner is way too thick.

  • Scarlet39

     I could live with the shoes, but that cape…

    Unfortunately, she’s an OUT.   It’s a shame because the dress looks really great on her

  • The dress is cute. It suits her. The bag and rings are fine. But I will not defend the little capelet thing, I actively loathe those shoes, and I am so tired of seeing her hair and makeup like this. The dress itself is not inherently twee in my opinion; it’s everything from the neck up that’s pulling it into that territory. OUT.

  • SatelliteAlice

    In sort of.  I think the dress really suits her but I agree about the shoes.  The cape is… okay.

  • Clueless_Jock

    That red thing looks better on her than on the model.

  • Eva_baby

    IN.  Although only from the ankles to the neck.  The hair needs a touch up and the eye make-up is giving her a surprised look all the time.  

  • Ceur

    I think my OUT is extra strong because this girl obviously could pick and choose from the whole Miu Miu collection, and then she ends up with these shoes? No. I disapprove.

  • oohsparkley!

    In. And I will defend the shoes.  I don’t love the pointy, pizza toes, but they are oodles better than those horrible platform hooves everyone is still wearing.

  • Why must you support binaries, TLo? Your fabulous selves shouldn’t force us to choose ‘in’ or ‘out’……. at least not when this bitter kitten is conflicted. 😉

    HATE the shoes. I hate everything about them. She looks adorable in the dress. I’d love the cape if it wasn’t such a contrast to the dress. I don’t know what color I’d prefer, but I think the cape in a different color would bring this up to a firm IN.

    So I can’t say ‘in’ or ‘out.’ I’m declaring it INish.

  • Sue_Asponte

    I like the cape, but not the shoes. This isn’t a WERQ by any means, but she’s pretty darned adorable, so IN.

  • IN..cant defend the shoes and I wish they would have been a better color. and thank god she took off the cape!

  • ccm800

    Out – just. 

  • MissMariRose

    Yes, I’m going to defend those shoes because I have a pair just like it. Although … I’m tanner than she is, so there’s that.

    • mountainFashionista

       She’s so fair, it makes me cold just looking at her…

  • something about the boob proportions are weird…like someone is trying to cut them in half

  • BlondettaChick

    Out. I’m pretty sure that I had a bridesmaid’s dress that looked a lot like this.

  • VicksieDo

    IN in everything but the color of the shoes, alas.

  • IN. I hate these shoes but the blow was softened because I’d seen them before. It is sad though because the model’s boots are the best part of that collection. Why haven’t they been employed more??

    Oh, and I am ignoring the cape. Since she took it off, it’s not part of the outfit, IMO.

  • Hetha Innis

    I can get behind the cape because it comes off. The shoes, however….

  • TheLaurenJean

    Out. And girl needs a makeup consult ASAP. 

  • rawrgrowlrawr

    She is Alice in Wonderland. IN!

    Except she needs to give me those shoes so I can chuck them at her. Gaaahhh. 

  • unpiously

    Disney princess. Theme song is “Someday My Toes Will Come (Back)”  OUT.

  • I like the dress on her, but if we’re judging the whole outfit it has to be OUT.

  • carolynmo

    Nope, out. And, let me sound like a complete old fart, why the heck wear a headband if you’re not going to use it as God intended??!!

  • NasserShaheen

    Ha ha I like the cape. I hate the top of this dress, it’s a sports bra! But shoes and her dead hair take it to out.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out. The dress is okay, but I had the same reaction to the shoes. The rest of the styling is awful. I hate headbands just stuck in the hair that way. HATE. Hair is lank, makeup wan, cape stupid.

    Damn I’m cranky. Time for my blankey and a nap!

  • crash1212

    IN! I’ll defend those shoes because I love them. I love the style totally…the color a little less, but I think they’re a nice contrast to the dress…which I LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’m even going to defend the cape because I love a gray house with a red door and that’s what it look like! A red door into her soul.

  • I’m torn, the dress is cute and suits her.  The fit is perfect.  Shoes are bad, cape is meh.  The eyeliner needs work, but she’s young so it’s excusable.  The hair with visible roots and a do-nothing hairband (I really don’t see the point of sticking it up there when it’s not holding the hair off her face or anything else) probably tip the scales to an out.

  • tvmovielover

    The dress is IN even with the shoes, hair and make-up when the cape is off.  The cape is ok on its own.  The shoes are not ok but can be overlooked.  With everything, the look is an OUT.

  • I don’t know. I think the blue kind of washes her out, and I freaking hate her hair and wish she would style it differently. The cape is an odd choice, but I think it makes the outfit a little less dull. Overall, I guess I’d say out.

  • What is she, 18? Let her get the twee out of her system now so she doesn’t look foolish later.  I’ll give her an IN, assuming the eyeliner and shoes won’t be repeated.

  • In, with the cape. She’s young enough to be Red Riding Hood. The shoes–ugh, but I haven’t seen a pair of shoes I liked on a celeb woman for ages.

  • VioletFem

    IN. Despite the shoes and the cape.

  • amanda crow

    OUT for me. I’m a little bored by this look and I do not like that eye makeup on her.

  • TieDye64

    Unenthusiastic IN. The cape might have been fine if it wasn’t so damn bright, but those shoes must die!

  • Judy_J

    Pluses: cute dress, great fit.  Minuses: bad hair, DIY makeup, awful shoes, odd capelet.  Minuses outnumber pluses.  OUT.

  • CQAussie

    IN without the cape, the dress is lovely.  With the cape – Out, it just ruins a lovely dress.  The shoes are fug.  

  • lalahartma

    In, except the damn shoes.

  • In, clearly she is trying now

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    I will go with IN, since the dress is so beautiful, even if the cape and shoes were not such a brilliant idea.

  • drdirection

    The cape is dumb. 

    I would kill for the boots the model is wearing.

  • lizajane1776

    IN. Can’t defend the shoes, but she looks tremendous. Tremendous-subdued in the dress, tremendous-flair with the cape. In, in, in, in.

  • No to the weird collar wrap and painfully pointy shoes. YES and IN to the dress on its own – I love the crop top/high skirt trend and am looking forward to attempting my own (H&M, Zara, Forever21) version once it’s warm enough.

  • Aly Light

    So disagree, boys, I like it soo much better with the capelet– with it, I call the outfit IN. Without it, that stomach cutout is too jarring, and the rest of the outfit is too bland, and it gets a solid OUT.

  • DesertDweller79

    I am leaning to out.  I kind of like the dress, but I don’t understand the cutout at the midriff.  I think it looks ridiculous.  Why put a cutout there, shaped like that?  The shoes are horrible.  I don’t know.  There is stuff I like, but enough I don’t like that I have to say OUT.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    the outfit is great, the shoes i could ignore. i think thats why they were designed, actually, to take focus away from them & guide it upwards. obviously that doesnt always work.

    otoh, the cape is terrible, it looks like a cat blanket [or a dog blanket for a small breed]. thats what you get w/ miuccia, the person, sometimes, often times. it’s weird cos she can really design. it’s like her old leftist beginnings make her throw a fabric damper on top of all her illustrious fancy, like she cant quite forgive herself for making clothes for rich people. so she gives them this stuff to wear w/ the glory. so they look silly. even on the runway. silly. i dont know if she knows she’s doing that. i dont know if she doesnt.

  • Alli Hance

    Yes, it’s a little cinderella meets little red riding hood – but I’m willing to forgive it – IN!

  • alyce1213

    I’ll defend the shoes, but maybe in another color.  They are pretty “lady” shoes, perfect for certain looks and certain ladies. (And they’re NOT all that pointy, like the exaggerated needlenose shoes of the 90s, for chrissakes.)

    Not many people can get away with that little red cape, but she can. It’s totally adorable over the pale grey dress — MUCH nicer than than the runway look.

    IN, the whole thing.

  • Out. She ruined a perfectly nice dress. 

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  • megohd

    Ha! I had the opposite reaction from TLo … I love her little caplet and think it brings much-needed color to the look. Hate the shoes. I think she needs to tone her hair color down quite a bit. The super-blond is washing her out.

  • turtleemily

    Out because I have no idea how that headband is staying on her head.

  • kolokOlchik

    OUT – the slit in the midriff, the shoes, the headband – GAH!

  • Love the caplet and especially the purse, IN.

  • WritingWonder

    I’m not going to DEFEND the shoes, but I will FORGIVE them.  I think she’s cute, stylish, and very chic. I even like the red shrug, though I’d prefer it in a softer red. Or another color entirely.  Even a print. Something.

    BUT…she still gets an IN from me.

  • Call me Bee

    I know you hate the nude shoes, but what else would you do with this?  Black?  Too heavy,  Blue?  Too matchy.  Red?  Too mature for her.  Just asking…
    Meanwhile I give her an OUT.  I think the whole look is too mature for her–just not her style. And the “cape” is just silly.
    (Wow I am crabby today…)

  • SneakyKitty

    The dress is a great color, but I think it washes her out a bit.  If the cape were a different color I may be able to get behind it.  But those shoes… I can’t with the shoes.  Out.

  • in

  • meowing

    I’ll give her an IN, just for the dress.  The wrap is bad, but at least it was removed.  Hair is C-, at best.  Now for inquiring and unenlightened minds:  how do you pronounce Miu Miu?  It is Mew Mew?  Thanks to all the brilliant bitter kittens who will bring me up to speed, ancient fashion accident that I am (altho’ TLo does yeomens jobs to bring me up to speed.)

  • There is no defense for those shoes…Out.

  • WritingWonder

    Um…are you confusing Dakota (18+) with her baby sister Elle (about 13 or 14)?  

  • Ick. Out. What the hell is going on with all these cutouts?

    Also, girl needs a new hairstyle.

  • PeggyOC

    In.  The cape makes it, believe it or not.  The shoes aren’t optimal, but with the cape on board, you really don’t want a competing shoe.  

  • serenitynow02

    Only the dress itself is in. Everything else including cape,hair and make-up are outish. The shoes are in a category of their own: Super Out.

  • janetjb


    I like the pop of color from the cape but the pop should have come from her shoes.

  • belfebe

    The shoes are beyond hope.  However, I love the dress, the hair, and yes, the red cape.  IN

  • Spicytomato1

    For the color, the fit and the hair and makeup (especially the eyes), I give her an IN. Although I like the model’s ensemble with the patchwork cape and boots even better.

  • formerlyAnon

    Out. It’s minimalist chic, but it looks DREADFUL on her because her coloring can’t pull it off.

    In fact, the color is so awful on her that I can honestly buy that she & her stylist thought the red improved matters.

    The shoes aren’t awful. They’d be awesome in a nice color. They are just wrong on this girl (and, possibly, any girl of her approximate skin tone). Therefore they are a dreadful waste of a shoe budget somewhere, given all the delicious shoes in the world.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    OUT – Don’t like the Roald Dahl’s Witches shoes or the Little Red Riding Hood cape.

  • ampg

    IN. I think the cape is pretty awesome in terms of making an entrance.  If she had kept it on, that would be another story, but she didn’t, so I’m fine with it.  The shoes are really awful, but I’ll give them a pass because I like the shape, at least.

  • nannypoo

    I like the dress for her. The cape is cute but the wrong color. The shoes are also cute but the wrong color. But that eyeliner. Holy crap that’s a lot of eyeliner.

  • Lizzyisi

    In. It’s age-appropriate and fits her well. The color suits her and there’s just enough interest to the construction to make it memorable. The cape is a misstep, largely because of the color, but also because it’s smaller than the runway version, so the proportions are off. The shoes are totally FREAKY, POINTED, TOELESS FEET!! Overall, she’s in (I LOVE how the bag is throwing sparkles onto her skirt from camera flashes) because most of the details (the bag, the ring, even the Alice in Wonderland headband) are right and because she ditched that cape right away.

  • jw_ny


    It’s the bright Valentine’s day shade of red in combination with that big ass bow right smack dab in the middle of her that threw this into the OUT category.   I can only imagine the fake compliments she got on it all night long…

  • Wish she had worn it with those cool boots. 

  • Bozhi

    I’m giving the dress and clutch, hair and makup an in and the shoes and cape an out.  The shoes and cape would have been fine with me if they were in different colors, (but not the one shown on the model, I hate that print with the dress.)  She looks like she got dressed in the dark.  All the pieces are good, but not together so I guess it’s an OUT.

  • SewingSiren

    IN. The little red cape is a bridge just far enough. Now granted there are probably trolls living under the bridge, and billy goats who clip, clop across it, but hey that’s where I live too.

  • Grace Ritt

    IN. I think the cape made it super cute. She is, after all, a teenager.

  • Jessi03

    IN!  But ditch the shoes and burn the cape.  Or put the cape around your Christmas tree next year.  It could make a lovely tree-skirt.

  • Geno Boggiatto

    The dress is cute on its own, and so is the cape. I want to like it, I really do… but the combination of everything is just…. no! Out!

  • kingderella

    is she trying to set the photographer on fire with that stare?

  • Dress – nice. Shoes – frightening. Cape – hilarious! Love her sense of humor, it’s really amusing…  What was that? What did you say? Really? She wasn’t joking with the cape, she wore it to a fashion show? Oh. (Long silence). Sorry. My bad.

  • Whatever I love it. IN

    • Qitkat

      Methinks too many of the Bitter Kittens are also drinking too much espresso. Lots of pearl clutching over this sweet young thing!

  • S R

    IN. This would be an out on an older starlet, but for Dakota I think it looks quite young and fresh. The shoes are awful, though.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    IN – bad shoes – but I really think that is a cute look, even with the capeletteshrugscarf. But the headband??? Lord, no.

  • I’m just gonna go ahead and say OUT.

  • mike__tv

    OUT nuff said

  • Don’t like the cape or the shoes and not crazy about the make-up, but the dress is cute and she looks great in it so IN from me.

  • Ennovi_R

    She’s young and looks cute. IN!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Sure, I’ll defend those shoes all day long. I love ’em.
    Love the blue dress on her, but I’m only so-so on the cape.
    Giving her an IN.

  • Chaiaiai

    Very Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella at the same time, color-wise.  IN, I forgive her for her youth. 

  • Hate the dress. The cape was an improvement, but the wrong color. And I’m pretty sure those are the shoes of Satan, or someone equally unfashionable. OUT

  • I like it with the cape. The shoes are ick though. I don’t mind the nude color, but I hate pointy-toed shoes. 

  • poggi

    I can live with the shoes and the cape and the headband and I actually like the dress, but I do not like all of it together.  Either grow up and wear that dress and those shoes (although I get that they are a bit too close to her skin tone and it is disturbing at first glance) or strap on a pair of patent leather mary janes to go with your cape and headband and skip to the playground. 

  • marilyn

    IN.  She’s a teenager for heaven’s sake!!  She is wearing teenage clothes.  I think the dress is okay, but am not thrilled with the seams that make the bust area look like an old Playtex bra.  It is not very noticeable, so I am letting it go.  The color is great for her, the shape is also great.  Let her be.

    The capelet is something young teenage girls wear.  Red is not the best color for it, but that was available to her.  She should persevere and wear capelets a lot, as a signature look.  The old fuddie-duddies don’t get it, because a 40 year old woman would look idiotic in one.  However, it is the absolute best fashion accessory for younger women. 

    I don’t care about the shoes.  At least they are not ‘F***me shoes’, which no teenager should wear.   

  • mjude

    i like the little dress but i dont get the cape.  shoes…no  OUT

  • AuntieAnonny

    Any dress that makes a cutout or slit look good gets an IN from me. It’s hard to accomplish and rarely seen, so refreshing. Ugly shoes, but the cape doesn’t offend me. So yeah, IN.

  • Not a fan of the shoes, but I honestly don’t mind the little cape. I think it’s cute. IN.

  • ASK26

    change the color of the shoes and she is rocking this

  • marywv

    IN, despite the shoes. And I like the idea of the cape, just not the color and not the smallness of it. In though because she looks pretty, the dress fits and flatters, and she tried to be unconventional it just didn’t necessarily work.

  • Julia McLean

    Washed out, headband is a no, shoes are awful, makeup looks like she applied it with a sharpie! OUT

  • altalinda

    Out.  With her coloring, she looks washed out in the blue dress.  This might be better if she went with her natural dark hair color, but I guess she’s wedded to blonde for the time being.  I like the shoes.  The red cape just looks a little odd.

  • Why didn’t she go with a red shoe? Then it would be in. Awww it’s still in. 

  • BobStPaul


  • malvernite

    in. the red doesnt bother me, the invisible shoes do, but overall she looks good.

  • Sara__B

    No, I can’t defend the shoes, but since she’s a teenager, she’s allowed to be twee. IN from the ankles up!

  • sagecreek

    IN! …between the neck and the ankles.

    Honey, get your roots done.

  • hey little red riding hood. take that cape off.


    I’m not really a fan of her personal style in general. and this is no exception. OUT.

  • demidaemon

    Hate the cutout, hate the cape, hate the shoes. OUT.

  • PeaceBang

    The gentlewoman from Massachusetts says YAY. The capelet is horridly red but I like those shoes and I love the dress.

  • Lauren Maier

    IN.  But only because this look is not twee-as-fuck, just Little Red Riding Hood reinterpreted.  I really love the dress, even if the cape is…odd.  

    Also, Michele Williams, as the reigning queen of Fucking Tweedom, would never wear this.  

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i have an irrational weakness for a cape, alas not this abbreviated it a capelet?, a stole with a bow tie?, whatever it is it’s getting an OUT

  • Good God, what happened to that model? The red eyeshadow is so wrong with that look. I wouldn’t call Dakota’s choices “twee as fuck” but it wouldn’t be completely off the mark for the model, with the off-the-shoulder dress and little purse and cape and yellow blond hair with bangs. Yikes.

    As for Ms. Fanning, well. The first picture isn’t that terrible if I ignore the shoes. Wouldn’t it have been fun to see her in a pair of … oh, pretty much anything else? Anything from delicate sandals to bold print boots like the model could have worked.

  • kimberlini

    IN.  I don’t get the cape at all but the dress is perfection on her!  And the shoes are fine.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Out, sorry. 

  • In! I love the dress. And the shoes are not platforms… so that’s a plus. I’m going to forget the cape happened. 

  • In! I love the dress. And the shoes are not platforms… so that’s a plus. I’m going to forget the cape happened. 

  • prettybigkitty

    Eh.  Out.  She looks like she’s had work done already.  At what 18?  

  • Judih1

    I like the cape the model is wearing with the blue outfit. The red against the pale blue is too jarring, hate the shoes. OUT

  • NurseEllen

    Shoes are drecky and I like the *idea* of a cape, if not that particular one.  (Not the one on the model, either.)  But she looks awfully cute, if a little “deer in the headlights” in that one photo.  I have to say IN.

  • kentiesgirl

    The capes too big and stiff on her-looked better on the model.
    Cape+sparkly disco clutch+flesh monster shoes+weird strip of skin that
    makes me uncomfortable b/c I think she looks 12 and I have a
    daughter  = OUT

  • Sunshine16

    She’d be in if we cut the feet off the first pic & I never saw the silly red cape.  OUT

  • Shoes are horrible. Hair is sloppy. Dress is cute and cape is cute, but not together. Out. 

  • buildmeatower

    I hate every single thing about this outfit. All of it. OUT

  • BrightsideSusan

    Love the dress.  Hate the cape.  Until these women can be assured that nude heels are not the only way to make legs look longer they will still wear them. 

    Cape makes it out.

  • Lexie

    The dress itself is IN and looks great on her. BUT those shoes+that eyeliner = OUT OUT OUT.

  • girl should get the pixie she’s sporting in her new movie. 

  • benjamin478

    Gonna have to say IN also. HATE the shoes but i actually like the bold, red cape.

  • MilaXX

    Small IN for me. I like the dress, wanna burn the shoes & I’m okay with the cape. However it’s about time for girlfriend to find an actual hairstyle because “hanging from my head” is past its expiration date.

  • Lisa

    In the words of our beloved Tim Gunn, “Do not defend the shoe!”

    And as for the cape – it spoils an otherwise lovely simple dress that looks great on her.  It looks like an afterthought that she just grabbed without bothering to see if it matched.

  • The dress alone – a total in.

    The shoes and the cape make this look an OUT overall because they ruin the look.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I like the dress with the runway cape and those adorb runway boots, but not the Little Red Riding Hood cape or those hideous, monstrous shoes. Plus her hair is a MESS. So she is most decidedly O-U-T for me.

  • VioletFlame

    I like the light bluecolor on her, and like the un-matchy multi-color sparkly purse. Do not like the stiffness of the fabric, or the cats ears over each breast (although I suppose without it, the top would look like a sports bra). Hate the shoes. The red cape makes her look gift wrapped, meh. I like a softer eye than the modified Amy Winehouse eye liner. None the less, she looks adorable and like she’s enjoying being there.
    In- ish.

  • sleepycat

    I am not going to defend the cape or the shoes but otherwise she looks great, IN

  • TheOtherChristina

    Aw, I sort of love the capelet. Yeah, it’s Disney Princess drag, but I think she’s doing it with a wink, so I’m okay with it.

    The shoes are bad, that I will grant you. I’m still going to have to say IN.

  • CatherineRhodes

    IN. Sorry, guys, but I love every piece of this outfit, even the shoes.

  • AWStevens

    She stole that cape from a baby’s crib bumper pads.


  • Linderella

    Like the dress, love the shoes (sorry!), but want to burn that cape-ette.

  • saanrio

    Umm… I don’t actually like the dress, except with the cape.  I hate the color of the shoes, but love the style of them.  So…

    Overall… IN.  Barely.

  • annieanne

    I hate to give her an OUT, since she was sensible enough to ditch the cape and the dress, hair and makeup are quite nice.
    A qualified IN.
    Don’t do it again, Dakota.

  • trisker

    I love the blue dress except for the slit over the midriff, and I LOVE the red thing.  The shoes, no.  But she looks cool — original for sure.

  • Susan Crawford

    Yes, her eyes look as blue as an enchanted pool, and the color of the little dress brings that out, but this whole look? OUT, sad to say.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the whole Miu-Miu ethos just escapes me. What? Why? Who? And again: WHY?

  • In. Love the shoes, love the dress, capelet is cute but too costumy. 

  • Lilak

    It’s the application of Fanning’s capelet that’s hurting it: Why go all symmetrical (and with a Big Flat Bow – eek!), when the only way the cape works is off-center, tied effortlessly.    

    And I had to study her close-up for a few seconds to figure out if that dark stuff on top of her head was a headband that matches her roots or all roots.  (Not exactly a conundrum you really want to present to the viewer, Miss D . . . ) 

  • RWtD

    I’m not only going to say in, but I’m going to say the cape is what makes it in. It’s neat.

  • Sophie Collier

    To be honest, I did not like that Miu Miu collection much at all, but on Dakota, it looks sweet.  WITHOUT the dumb little cape.  The shoes, meh, should have gone with silver, maybe, but they don’t ruin the look.  I’ll give her an IN because she DID ditch the cape.

  • bailey debruynkops

    such better on the model, with shiny red and shiny silver and invisible (in the worst possible way) shoes, she looks holiday-festive. plus she and her family came into my work once and she (unlike elle) was quite surly. oh yeah o-u-t. 

  • bailey debruynkops

    such better on the model, with shiny red and shiny silver and invisible (in the worst possible way) shoes, she looks holiday-festive. plus she and her family came into my work once and she (unlike elle) was quite surly. oh yeah o-u-t. 

  • miwome

    I could get past the shoes if it weren’t for the cape. I really WANT to give it an IN, because I think the dress is such a step up for her, but HOW DID NO ONE STOP HER WITH THE CAPE. She doesn’t even have a Red Riding Hood movie to promote.

  • lrhoff

    She looks hideous.  Oh brother.

  • In. She looks like she’s simultaneously having fun and not giving a fuck.

  • Out, for an entirely personal reason: that fabric is too stiff for my tastes. Also not liking the strip of exposed belly–it’s pointless!

  • Sweetpea176

    Out, but I will defend the shoes.

  • Sweetpea176

    Out, but I will defend the shoes.

  • aristida_girl

    I say IN, even though everything seems a bit overdone once you add the cape. Still, its cute and so is she, so it works for me.

  • Love the whole look. IN

  • PantherontheRunway

    The red caplet is out, but the dress, LOVE IT!

  • Love the cape, love the dress, and I’m meh on the shoes.  They’re not great, obviously, but they’re not completely offensive to me.  So, in!

  • butter nut

    INBUT – the base garment is a good choice, but every other styling choice clashes with it.

  • a_liking

    OUTTTTT, she looks like Baby Spice.

  • LuisaNL

    IN. I love the dress on her, the cape… meh. the shoes, no. just no.

  • portlandmermaid

    I saw her midriff as a pink ribbon and thought her dress was an homage to Easter. 

  • IN. It is a chic as hell reinterpretation of the sort of color combinations popular in 15th century Florence. (No, I am not being sarcastic.)

  • j_anson


  • Out.  I could overlook the shoes.  But not the shoes and cape.

  • Rob Liefeld shoes.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT! The caplet and the nude pointy shoes ruin what is otherwise a very chic little dress.  Not a fan of that color on her.

  • poketom

    ohmygod the bound feet shoes are disgusting and I can’t pretend I didn’t see them

  • A little IN. Twee is her style, and she reminds me of her seven years old self when I look at her. I will just… ignore the shoes. But next time one of the Fanning sisters sports roots like that… I think I’m gonna hit them. We know you’re no natural blondes anymore, stop proving it ! 

  • ChristySchiff

    I liked the blue cape on the runway version better.  Less precious.  But then, everything is so precious once it’s on a Fanning. 

    Also, I hate the headband.

  • I’m not going to defend the shoes. Or the cape. Or the stupid hairband that isn’t actually holding her hair back. But I really really like that dress, and I like it on her. It would have been ok, if she’d used the cape that went with the dress instead of the stupid little Little Red cape. The dress itself is fierce, it’s all the accessorizing that brings it down. Hm. She’s 18 now, and really shouldn’t play the little girl card. I’m going to say IN because that dress itself is the direction she needs to head. But if she keeps going back to the Twee Tree, she’s on thin ice.

  • RzYoung

    Like it without the cape, so IN, but why can’t starlets just put their hair up? It doesn’t suit the outfit being all out there and straggly

  • Corsetmaker

    Like the dress. The cape is a bit daft, but I like the red. I also like the shape of the shoes (I have pointy feet, I LOVE that pointy shoes are coming back – round toed ones are deformed to me) so, I’d have liked the shoes in red instead of the cape.

    What I’d really like to know is how much Miu Miu charge for a folded piece of silk with a ribbon through it!

  • If she took the shoes off, I say IN! I kind of love the red cape against the icy blue dress!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    I’m pretty sure that the roots are a conscious choice. The choes and the cape are just not very good. Like the dress, though.
    So I guess it’s annnnnIN.

  • Larkin21

    Ugh, that cape. No. There is no practical function for that cape and I know that practicallity and fashion don’t go hand and hand but when someone wears a cape or shrug (things that are supposed to keep you warm!) that is basically a scrap of fabric, I find it more annoying than words can say. The shoes are bad and I’m not a hug fan of the bare upper-midriff (is that what we call that area? Upper mid?) so even without the cape, I’d give her an OUT.

  • mochajava13

    OUT.  She looks like Alice in Wonderland, and then throws on the cape to look like Little Red Riding Hood.  No thanks.

    The color is way too pale for her coloring; she needs something a little bit richer.   Roots showing is never a good thing; the combo of the hair and makeup make her look strung out.

      And she needs a statement necklace.  The only redeeming factor is the cut of the dress.

  • Missed the point though, innit? This is really all about her fabulous, liquid-eye-liner, awesome eye makeup. Also, the cape wouldn’t have been so bad if it weren’t referencing snow white. The cape on the runway is love. 

  • Annie Leung

    IN . . . because the blue is fabulous on her but I really REALLY hate the shoes. The cape makes her look a little like a Disney princess.

  • Out. Dress OK; hair not so much; Cape…WTF; and I cannot unsee her freak feet.

  • tsid2012

    Yes, the shoes are awful, aren’t they?  I loved the little capelet thing in the 1st runway shot of the dress and don’t mind the red one too much.  To me, the problem with Miss Fanning and the capelet is she needs to stand up straight for it to work.  As is, it appears that thing must weigh 50lbs and is slowly bending her over.  Posture can make or break any outfit.

  • OUT.  What a hot ass mess. Why is the slit across the waist even on the dress? The skirt looks stiff.  Is that a high heeled mule with a strap across the top of the foot. Oh dear God. This is just a train wreck I can’t stop looking at.

  • This look is just plain baffling.  out.

  • Scrapes an IN, because that dress is gorgeous and perfect on her.
    The shoes and cape though… ugh.

  • uhhhhh……… im torn, tbh. i love the red capelet actually, and the dress is cool, but she looks a bit like she just woke up there after a nap with that makeup, hair looks dreadful (hate that headband) and the shoes are, of course, terrifying. i guess OUT. 

  • I think she could have looked really great in the outfit as shown on the model – Capes are cool, but as many have said – the red takes it totally Snow White.  I don’t mind the shoes, really  but the boots on the model might have been so fun on this young girl!!

  • StrandedFashionista

    She looks very cute. The shoes are meh, and I wish that- if she absolutely HAD to do a cape, she had done the runway option (for it looks better with the dress). So, IN. 

  • Jennifer Coleman

    How much cooler would this look be if she had those funky-fresh boots on that the model wore?
    That cape is just silly. She should’ve slapped the stylist for even suggesting it.She’s also sporting a whole lot of concealer to cover up some bags that should not be under a teenager’s eyes.OUT because if she is determined to bust out the big-girl couture, she must face the consequences of taking questionable advice.

  • Hilary Sain

    Ew. No.  She looks awful. All of it. Gah. 

  • mommyca

    IN! even in the minority, i love the shoes… (i don’t see why they are freaky, oops…)

  • CMCH

    Those are actually pretty great shoes – or would be, in another color.

  • Adriana_Paula

    In, I say.  Shoes, cape, the whole megillah.

  • PhillipWilde

    The dress is quite nice, but the shoes, cape, and eye makeup ruin it.  Also, does anyone else find it funny that she’s wearing a headband, but she still has all kinds of hair in her face?  OUT.

  • out, the shoes are vile and the cape looks ridiculous!

  • fashionablylate

    IN. Shoes are bad, cape is silly, but the rest is cute.

  • In.

  • Minus the cape, I was struck by how Rooney-Mara-as-Alice-in-Wonderland she looked. Which I guess is a good thing? With the cape, yikes!

    A very hesitant IN, but only because she was smart enough to remove the cape for the pictures. But she needs better shoes next time.

  • in an actual color, those shoes would be sigh-worthy.

  • Louise Bryan

    The cape seems more like a slash of color than a pop.  My initial reaction was, “How utterly colorless. Not good.”  Out.  Sorry.  (Geeze, everything’s out today for me.  I feel so bitter.)

  • nancymae

    IN. She’s 18.