Dakota Fanning in Halston Heritage

Posted on April 19, 2013

Yesterday was a Hindenberg-level debacle of fashion carnage ’round these parts, so it’s nice to end the week with a bunch of looks that don’t piss our eyes off.

We kinda love this:


Dakota Fanning attends the “Orphans” Broadway opening night in New York City in a Halston Heritage top paired with a black jacket, Proenza Schouler booties and Cartier jewelry.

Very “chic college student.” Perfectly of her age and of NYC. We really love that jacket and the idea of pairing dark blue with navy and grey. We love the pants and we even like the odd little booties, which go perfectly; so much so, that we don’t think we’d like them with any other garment. The only thing we don’t much like is the top, which seems kind of shapeless and doesn’t seem to add much to the look. Still, overall it just works for her. The hair’s not so great (although the pink’s fun) and the makeup is typically non-existent, but it’s a Broadway opening, not a premiere of one of her films. Attagirl. You pretty much nailed this one.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • schadenfreudelicious

    I have said it before and will say it again, can this girl not find a colorist who could find her a flattering shade of blonde?..even the pink hair is better….

  • hughman

    Could use a little oomph. Go Full Liza or Go Home is my motto (applies to both Halston and pills, btw).

  • Trisha26

    Not a fan of the blouson but cute look overall.

    • Rand Ortega

      Have you noticed a steady while quiet comeback of the blouson? Not sure what to make of it yet.

      • formerlyAnon

        I know what to make of it. Only for the willowy. The rest will hunt for garments that “suggest” the blouson cut, will patiently wait it out, or look like would-be romantic unmade beds or thick-waisted persons wearing giant pillowcases. Been there, done that. I’ll wait it out. And pray that the peasant blouse is not on its heels.

      • alyce1213

        Yeah, e.g., Stacy Keibler earlier this week. Ditto what formerlyAnon said.

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    Sorry. Hate the pants and the hair! Roots! You have people. Handle it!

  • Imasewsure

    Really cute and funky. Would have loved something blingy somewhere but I can live without it. I even like the hair this time

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    Don’t get me started on the make up.There is a thing called powder. There is a thing called foundation. A good foundation is a girl’s best friend. They can take all that color unevenness go away!

    • She’s so young, and her skin looks to be pretty flawless, so I don’t agree so much about the foundation, but considering that she had to know that her picture was going to be taken, a little bit of powder or blotting paper wouldn’t have killed her.

      • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/John_Singer_Sargent_Alice_Vanderbilt_Shepard_Amon_Carter_Museum.jpg

        Totally in agreement with Marlie. Perhaps a little smear, but no more. She’s a young woman with fine pores and good color. That kind of translucent alabaster skin with a hint of blush isn’t uneven (damaged, gin blossoms, etc), it’s a healthy glow. Once upon a time it was our beauty ideal, celebrated in the paintings of John Singer Sargent in the early 20th C and Joshua Reynolds in the late 1700s. The freckles weren’t ideal then, but she’s a kid and it’s adorable.

        We’ve become so used to complexion ruining foundation powders that we’ve forgotten what healthy youthful skin even looks like. We want mannequins and geishas. Ms Fanning is doing what one should do to maintain it: don’t wear makeup all the time, stay out of excessive sun, and moisturize moisturize moisturize.

        If she followed everyone’s advice here by the time she hits 30 she’ll have skin like a cake donut.

  • You know, I scroll down, I scroll up, I check it on my phone hoping for more color to come through, I scroll again..I just..it’s just…there’s no there, there. But when considering venue, and the wearer, it’s all fine enough, but I want more than fine from her. She’s better than “fine”.

    • Yes. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. There are some elements that I like, but overall it’s just… “fine.”

  • Coolekat

    Bet it’s better seen in person. The last photo shows the dark blue, navy and gray referenced really well

    • BayTampaBay

      I hope so because in the photograph it looks like she pulled random pieces out of her closet.

  • lexilexi

    It looks a bit wintery to me, but then NY folks do like their blacks, browns and navys. (I guess it’s misspelled, but I don’t like the way navies looks.)

    • AmeliaEve

      It’s still quite cold in New York, especially at night.

  • MilaXX

    I like this look. It shows a bit more personality than most of her RC looks do.

    • CPK1

      me too, she looks chic and age appropriate

  • C. C. Winslow

    Crotch is insane, but perhaps because she has her hands in the pockets. Otherwise, very cute.

  • myristica_fragrans

    this would work on kate moss, but makes her look like she’s trying too hard. i can’t explain it.

  • BrooklynBomber


  • TheAmericaness

    If she had Woody Allen next to her it would complete the picture for me, but then the mental picture makes me vomit a little and I feel ashamed.

  • Laylalola

    How old is she now? I’m tired of being delicate with her because she’s young: Pay someone to show you how to do your hair and makeup already.

  • PrunellaV

    Looks like a bunch of mismatched blacks to me.

  • I can’t get past that awful hair.

  • formerlyAnon

    Cute. Love the jacket. She’s getting away with the trousers. Thousands couldn’t.

    • I also don’t think it’s intentional, which makes it excusable – given the venue – in my book.

  • ZZZZZZZzzzzzz…….

  • It’s an OK look…but HALSTON? No….

  • Would it have killed her to slap on a little lipstick or something? But I kind of love the hair. I’m NOT a fan of the pants, though.

  • BTW, anyone get a bit of a “young Drew Barrymore” vibe?

  • nannypoo

    I wish she would trim those ratty ends. I like the outfit. It’s a little hard to see the details because of the dark colors, but she looks pretty and stylish.

  • Qitkat

    Looks like navy and two different shades of black on my monitor. And it’s a good, big one 😉

    Dakota looks like a pretty, normal 19-year-old to me, casual with her clothes and makeup and hair. It’s just fine, a cute look, a cute jacket. I want to see the purse better, with its tiny strap. I wish I could carry a tiny little purse and be look 19 again. I’ll bet she takes it all for granted. Someday, my girl…enjoy the heck out your life now.

    Sorry, I’m in a weird mood tonight.

    • alyce1213

      I agree with everything you said. Not weird at all.

    • formerlyAnon

      As I commented to a friend recently, I try to age gracefully and with gratitude, but sometimes it’s hard.

      • Qitkat

        I meant to tell you how much I loved this. I may steal it and put it on a pillow or something.

        • formerlyAnon

          You’re so kind! Credit to my mom, though. Her VERY characteristic statement of the same general idea was to say “I am trying to learn to be positive and not complain, so people will still want to be around me when I’m old.”

  • kathrineb

    I will always hate big shoulder pads.

  • In the second picture she looks a lot like a young James Spader. And I mean that in a good way!

  • I would wear this to the theater! Cute.

  • E. D.

    I don’t mind this on her, but she needs to do something different with her hair.

  • marilyn

    She better enjoy that hair while she can. At a certain point in her life, roots growing out in a contrasting color, and the part-in-the-middle-hanging-down-straight do (=fake surfer girl) with splintery hair will date her. The jello colored ends are strictly a tween thing.

  • susan6

    That crotch is insane.

  • sado


  • PeaceBang

    I love it. It’s very NYC and I find it totally refreshing that she’s got minimal make-up. We’re so conditioned to expect the ridiculous contouring and Kardashian eyelashes nowadays, I appreciate seeing actual skin. Someone critiqued her as being blotchy and shiny? Maybe a teeeensy weensy bit but that’s because she’s not been airbrushed to perfection. Love the outfit although i would have added a bit of rock & roll bling.

  • disqus_DBuRXJhki4

    Who cares if she doesn’t wear that much makeup? It that seriously a problem?

  • I’m thinking of Kay Thompson in “Funny Face” extolling the virtues of a MARVELOUS MOUTH (read: lipstick).

  • xmixiex

    how someone wearing cartier, halston and PS can’t be bothered to do their make up is beyond me.

  • Does she have a little red purse? I would like to see what it looks like.

  • pulpytomato

    She’s young. She’s having fun with fashion. It’s fun watching her style develop.