Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Elle Fanning in Chanel on Jay Leno

Posted on January 03, 2013

Oh, honey. No.

Elle Fanning makes an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ in Chanel.


Chanel Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Karlina Caune (VIVA)

Chanel Resort 2013 Collection Sandal

We want to support a young ladystar in her quest to not dress past her age or rush headlong into adult sexy-sex looks, but she makes it awfully hard sometimes. We like this dress, but she’s just too young and too pale to offer anything in the way of edginess or contrast to the look. All it does is knock a couple more years off her age, making her look like she’s a tall nine-year-old. Also, the lavender sandals were a terrible choice. Totally off-season, in terms of color. She might’ve been able to save this with a pair of silver pumps and some sort of funky belt, but it would be easier just to pass it on to some other girl and start over.


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  • captrenault

    At this time of year, that dress looks like a wadded-up Kleenex.  On anyone.

  • AuntieAnonny

    There is no defending those sleeves.

  • Miss_Led

    She looks ready to jump down the rabbit hole.

    • And judging by the puffiness of her dress, she can parachute down the wonderland safely.

  • Sobaika


    • MilaXX

       Both Fannings need the color memo stat.

    •  And look into some reasonable makeup, if you’re going to be on camera. It’s just part of the job. You have about two years before Kiernan Shipke puts you out of work. Try to make the most of it.

    • jennsilentcrow


  • EverybodysStarling

    Gosh, she is swimming in it. The fit is horrible.

    • Introspective

      the biggest problem would be how positively large and washed out this dress is making her look. Its horizontally striped, white, and full of unnecessary volume in the sleeves, at the waist and in that flouncy skirt. Just HORRIBLE. She is too much of a seasoned regular on the RC for this kind of faux pas. The model looks a mess in it, never mind Elle with her Nordic coloring…

      An aside: I remember when Ive sat in studio audiences years ago that we were instructed n advance to wear anything BUT white because it washes people out under the cameras. That was mandatory for the *audience* where a camera might graze on us for about 30 seconds in a one hour taping.

      You mean to tell me that her stylists didnt know that shed be on camera?? under lights?? for 20 mins at least??? Girl fire your gays. Immediately if not sooner!!

    • NC_Meg

       The fit is awful and it’s so PUFFY. She’s a tiny little thing but she looks like the Michelin Man when she sits down. Geeze, girl.

      • kschwarting

        Yes, that’s the worst offense–she’s a small girl, and this concoction makes her look effing huge. 

      • She’s 5′ 7″, not so tiny.  She’s normal sized, but this monstrosity makes her look huge.

  • MK03

    I am so over this one. More often than not, she looks terrible. Whoever is dressing her and doing her hair/makeup need to be fired.

  • TheLaurenJean

    I don’t mind the dress when she’s standing up, but sitting down its just a travesty.

  • j_anson

    Seems like you guys have been dinging shoes for being off-season a lot lately. I dunno. A frosted lavender “feels” pretty cool and wintry to me. (Which is not to say I approve of either the shoes or a the look as a whole – totally agree it’s not working. I just don’t see it as a seasonality issue.)

    Maybe it’s just that I live in California, and “frosted lavender” is pretty much as cold as our winter gets. 🙂

  • This should have been called “Girl, burn that choker”

  • I like the shoes – not at this time of year or with this dress, I just like them. Terrible dress. The skirt bit is nice enough but the top half embiggens her ridiculously. 

  • Those are awfully grown-up shoes to be wearing to your first communion.

    • EverybodysStarling

      That really made me giggle – and I was in bad need for a giggle. Thanks! 🙂 

    • Celandine1

      Ah, first communion, pretty much the last time a girl can wear white patent leather shoes unless one grows up to be a stripper or a drag queen. But I digress. Poor Elle, must have had a difficult time outrunning the nanny while wearing mommy’s shoes.

  • Nah, this dress is tragic no matter how you slice it.  Puffy sleeves and an awkward length even make the willow model look stumpy.

  • oatmealpie

    Anne Shirley wants her sleeves back.

    • shirab

      She should have borrowed the brown gloria dress instead, no?

  • Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

  • Color, please designers, send her some color, and send the puffy sleeves to the set of Seinfeld.

  • Yowsers. Reminds me of the frilly dress my mom forced me to wear to my brother’s first communion when I was 10. Unlike Miss Elle here, I recognized that I looked a fool and was pissed!  

  • MilaXX

    Yeah the color is not for her, and I hate both the shoe & the choker, but I adoree this kid’s effervescence.  With the right aessories I might have given her a pass. That smile is a killa.

  • Annabelle Archer

    I am choking on all that preciousness.  I really like her bold choices, even the ones that wouldn’t be called flattering, at least they are a risk, but this dress is not bold, it’s bland and ill fitting. How…sad.

  • Athenrein

    I love it on the model, with all the accessories. It’s so sad on her, and it’s a shame because she’s so happy.

    • RebeccaKW

       I like it on the model too, with the edgier accessories.  Well, not those hideous sneaker platforms.  Ugh.  But it’s definitely got a gothic charm to it and I think that side is what should be played up rather the princessy side.  And Elle can not work that edgier style, at least not right now.

      • Athenrein

        Oh. Sneaker platforms. I think my brain must have refused to process that because I thought they were just cute black sneakers. Well. Almost all the accessories, then.

  • another_laura

    oh GOD no!  This dress is nobody’s dress, I’m afraid.  Well, maybe AudreyBot could pull it off with some spectacularly contra hair and accessories.

    • zuzu

       Courtney Love might have made it work with the full 1992 kinderwhore look, but that’s about it.

  • laurenoodle

    I’m not sure which is worse, the dress or the hair

  • Jena Marie DiPinto

    It’s Alice In Wonderland, it’s Anne of Green Gables, it’s late 1980s junior bridesmaid, it’s Clara in the Nutcracker… and I think the hair isn’t helping, that pulled-back-with-a-ribbon that is a completely old-fashioned little girl hairdo. And then wearing her mother’s shoes. Any one element of this could work in another setting, but they are all so perfectly working together to work against her.

  • Instead of blaming the girl who’s wearing it, why not put blame where blame is due – ON THE DESIGNER!  The dress is horrible.  She wears it as well as it can be worn.

  • Cliff Perkins

    The only accessories that would make this work are a shepherd’s staff and a couple of sheep.

  • Monday1900

    Horrible–looks like something from Martha Pullen’s Sew Beautiful magazine.  Several sizes too big, unflatering.  Can’t believe that’s Chanel.

    • Aurumgirl

       I can.

  • Joyce VG

    I have been needing to Google Elle Fanning because I have no idea what she has been in.  This dress is hilarious. 

  • rahrahbowbow

    Oh… Emmm… Gee…  I glanced at this picture and assumed it was an entirely different actress…  Standing, sitting, doesn’t seem to matter, this dress added about 30-50 pounds to her appearance…  She is a tiny lil’ wisp of a thing and this dress makes her look much larger than her actual size…  And no one wants that…

  • I love the shoes, but not with this dress. I HATE the dress – how is it that it makes this wisp of a girl look huge? Also, I know she’s young, but a hairbrush and a little makeup for a TV appearance are most definitely a good thing.

  • SewingSiren

    Holy 80’s confirmation dresses Batman! I Like it.

  • TLJezebel

    Princess Diana called. She wants her wedding gown back.

  • Poor man’s Cosette. That’s all I can see. Maybe it is because I have been on a Les Miz binge lately.

  • bertkeeter

    Sister Wives…Zout!

  • Judy_J

    Little Bo Peep, go back to your sheep!

  • mjude

    the dress looks so big on her.  white is not her color, but i do think she is adorable.

  • That’s no frosted lavender!  That’s WASHED DENIM. 

  • twee as fuck?

    • l_c_ann

      Would this lead to the maxim “You’re never too young to be twee”?

  • Whollyholeyholy

    At first I thought the dress was ok, just not for her coloring, and not for sitting. But NO. The sleeves are horrid. Take ’em off. Cap sleeves, strappy sandles. Summer time. Could be gorgeous.

  • Andrew C

    She’s 14 years old for Pete’s sake. 

    • l_c_ann

      She’s wearing frickin’ Chanel.  That dress might cost more than  my 10year old car’s worth, and that dress plus those shoes indicate she’s past early innocent teens and well into the dress to be talked about crowd.

    • Carrieanno

      Thank you.  Couldn’t have said it better.  I find her absolutely refreshing (even if the mom in me is saying “honey, your posture.  Sit up straight.”)

  • Jecca2244

    that hair color kills me. she looks like she has TB. and it is 200 years ago.

  • nannypoo

    Dress and hair are truly awful, but she looks like she’s having fun. I guess that’s something. She’s had a lot more bad looks than good ones recently. I wonder if she has a new stylist.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Bless her heart, she looks like my old roomie after her large weight gain. At least she has a smile!

  • kelsita421

    so sad, especially since she’s so darling otherwise! i mean really, could her facial expressions be any more refreshing? love her.

  • True, the dress is terrible, but good gods she’s cute.  I wouldn’t want to be 13 (14?) again as anyone, but if I had to do it as someone, I’d want to be her.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Where’s Jay’s jacket??? He looks like a high school math teacher from the 60s and not a talk show host.

  • twocee

    Horrible.  Just horrible.

    But she’s smiling!  She doesn’t look miserable!  Thumbs up for that.

  • Dot

    Jesus, all she needs is a big bow in her hair and some giant tendrils. VOILA – POLLYANNA!

  • Imasewsure

    Yes this has to go to the Audiebot, maybe paired with thigh high hooker boots and a lot of visible tattoos…

  • I continue to despise those photographs of the models in these Chanel clothes – they’re so badly lit they look like I stumbled over the photoshoot and snapped them with my point-and-shoot camera.

  • That shit cray.

  • pookiesmom

    I don’t think this is anyone’s dress. It’s like Laura Ingalls Wilder ripped up her bed sheets to wear to the hoedown.

  • GorgeousThings

    You think so? All I could think was that she had raided Carol Channing’s closet for dresses she had worn on “Love Boat”.

  • littlemissstrange

    OH GOD NO. Just NO to everything. The dress is bad enough but then you top it off with that styling…. shes like a pedofantasy and the Michelin man.

  • AzaleaP

    Whose dress is it? Giselle, awaiting Prince Edward maybe?

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Oh, bless her heart. That’s just wrong on all levels.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i have no words for the dress, but can we please stage a hair color intervention for this girl?….my junior high girlfriends were achieving a more natural shade of blonde from a perioxide bottle in 1975!

    • Dot

      I feel like she goes into the salon and asks them to dye her hair yellow.

  • She looks like pollyanna in a 60’s disney movie.  All she needs is a straw hat and she can join the apple dumpling gang.

    Who in their right mind talked her into that thing.

    • vandeventer

       Yes! Pollyanna was the first thing that came to mind.

    • meowing

      At her tender age, I forgive her all kinds of mistakes.  However, I assume there’s some adult stylist behind her, and that person is culpable for allowing this huge mistake.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Oh look – it’s my flower girl dress from when I was in my uncle’s wedding! I was 6. My mom made me stand at least 30 feet from everything, not touch or do anything except breathe & do that sparingly. 

    If she had on the model’s black platforms & belt, I wouldn’t have been mad at her.

  • That isn’t anyone’s dress, except possibly someone under one

  • kimmeister

    Most celebs end up looking like bobbleheads in pictures.  This dress is doing the exact opposite, her head looks tiny on top of that big poof of a body (the dress’s fault, not her body’s).

  • EEKstl

    No no no no!  Way too puffy, especially when the camera is going to focus on your top half 90% of the time.  And yes, the sandals were a very bad choice.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She looks like she was cast in a Lifetime movie about size acceptance, as a character bigger than she really is. The Square Pegs “slender face, full body” attempt that never really works. The hair is pretty bad as well. The whole thing is giving me a “Honey Boo Boo in ten years” vibe. 

  • I appreciate that they’re not loading the slap on a 14 year old, but with her coloring how is white even an option?  Good lord.  Young and fresh = good.  Infantilization = awful.

  • Louise Bryan

    Very storybook, little girl.  Interesting holiday choice, but better with green shoes and a funky gold belt maybe.  Then she wouldn’t look like she popped up out of the American Girl doll box.

  • geez, when worn unironically, this dress is kinda … unironic.

  • Does she dress like crap to be ironic and/or send a message? I hate everything she wears. She’s skating into Olsen territory.

  • formerlyAnon

    During the ’80s, many of us wore dresses that were too large and overwhelming in the sleeves & shoulders and we looked like pretty linebackers.  It is sad to see someone who is not being coerced by a retail juggernaut and who can hire professional help make the same mistakes.

  • SugarSnap108

    Oh, that poor child.  I don’t think anything could save that dress, especially on her.  Actually, the aggressive puffiness of the top makes it an awful sit-down dress for anyone, IMO.

  • mardia

    Oh holy crap NO. The first thing I thought of was Anne Shirley (from the Anne of Green Gables books) and how she would’ve ADORED those puffy sleeves. And fyi, those books were set in the 19th century. SWEETIE NO.

  • Hand-me-down Eastertime First Communion dress and shoes. Down to the half-assed hair done by a mother screaming at her other kids to stop fidgeting in the sunday clothes, goddammit, and get in the car! 
    This reminds me of when I was almost 12 and my grandmother was insisting I get my first communion soon, or I’d “look more like a bride in the white dress!” Ah, Catholic weirdness. 

  • luluransom

    I’m sorry, but that’s no one’s dress.

  • Shannon Maxham

    On the other hand, she looks like she is having the time of her life. 🙂

  • guest2visits

    It’s so weird to think that this dress was designed for adult women to wear. It’s like a Judy Garland-Dorothy dress.
    Elle’s 14 and it even looks too childish for her.  And then the awful choker and shoes; it’s all too weird.

  • Why are the lavender heels off season? What constitutes color being off-season, such that it would affect the overall aesthetic of a look? Just curious

  • kcarb1025

    Doesnt anybody look in mirrors before they step out or in front of cameras anymore?

  • margaret meyers


  • The model’s face and stance says “Girl, take off my dress”. 

  • NCDFan

    I’d like it better in a color but I actually like it. It’s not at all edgy but with that face and those facial expressions, edgy is a waste of time.


  • quiltrx

    Save this for Easter, honey.  It’s ALL the wrong season to me, and that dress has to be styled with an edge (which it wasn’t) to avoid twee as fuck.

  • Oh, honey, no. Poor child looks like one of Princess Di’s flower girls.  

  • jw_ny

    can’t stop chuckling…she does look like a big nine year old.  

  • akprincess72

    Pretty girl, horrid dress, regrettable shoes.

  • barbarienne

    If you’re going to wear a First Communion dress, you must be far enough from 8 years old that no one can mistake you for a kid who got lost on the way to church.

  • Is this her first communion dress? 

  • John Gregor

    It kinda reminds me of the Drew Barrymore / Johnny Carson interview –

  • RzYoung

    Another choker! 

  • I think that outfit may be the worst thing I’ve EVER seen on here, and that’s saying A LOT. HID-EEEEE-OUSE.

  • a funky belt? When I hear funky belt, I’m thinking court jestor at NY Fashion week whose 9-5 is apartment manager in Hells Kitchen. Sorry lads but a “funky belt” is so not a solution. Ever. She always wears pale. Why is anyone surprised? I don’t think the dress is awful. The choker is and the shoes are and the non-existence of any make up whatsoever. It’s something to work with.

    •  “a
      funky belt? When I hear funky belt, I’m thinking court jestor at NY
      Fashion week whose 9-5 is apartment manager in Hells Kitchen. Sorry lads but a “funky belt” is so not a solution”

      Well then; you’ll have to take it up with that court jester/apartment manager known as Karl Lagerfeld, since he put the runway model in a … wait for it … FUNKY BELT.

  • Truly_Outrageous

    And the hair is definitely not helping.


    I kept looking for the shot of her recieving her first communion……..

  • snarkykitten

    it looks like the junior bridesmaid dress my mom wore to her brother’s wedding. The one where the bride picked out the same pattern for women & my grandmother tried her best to alter it for a tiny 13-year old girl.

  • littlemac8

    Thank you, BKs for the most hilarious comments of the new year!  I’m whistling while I work because of you!

  • jennsilentcrow

    All I can say is my 9 year old would not dress her american girl dolls in that thing. 
    And in the wise words of my 13 year old…SHE”S 14 not 5!!!! What is wrong with her/her stylist/her parents?
    ******Now if this is a case of letting her do what she wants because she 14 and whats the harm?….I take it all back.***

  • schlomosteel

     i’m not sure this is *anyone’s* dress.

  • PhillipWilde

    On the model, it looks edgy.  On Elle, it looks like a christening dress.

  • kimd19

    it would have worked if it was sleeveless.. cause i think that is whats holding the look off.. also the sandels… and last but not least. the hair!!! if it was down (with a bit of curls) it was had been flawless with the makeup

  • When Marshmallow Attacks

  • When Marshmallow Attacks.

  • sweetsadness

    This child is being idiotically advised.

  • DesertDweller79

    This dress looks bad on the edgy-styled model.  It is a trainwreck on her.  Ugh.  Terrible.

  • Lilak

    Girl needs a bigger head … The one she’s got is too often overwhelmed by her costumes.

    In a related matter:  As much as I hate the dress and shoes, it’s the late-for-school hair that’s bothering me most. 

  • briecee

    How the fuck do you manage to make a Fanning girl look fat?!?

  • andreawey

    I always want to put sweaters on these types of pale waifs…….just sayin’ they look cold

  • wamalarkey

    My secret desire (well not secret anymore) would be for TLo to create a section on their site for the bitter kittens to upload their OWN pictures of friends & acquaintances gone astray into “that’s not your dress” world. I have 2 such pictures (both of them wedding dresses god forbid) that are easily falling into the category. One of which is even a “good god did you turn sideways to look at yourself in the mirror before saying yes to that dress?!” LOL …I’d blur out their faces, I promise. 

    Just thought I’d put that out there…