Met Gala: Elle Fanning in Rodarte

Posted on May 07, 2013

This is easily our favorite Rodarte dress in AGES.


Elle Fanning attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Rodarte gown paired with Rodarte shoes and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

Rodarte Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Daria Strokous

But ohhhhh, HONEY. Those EYES. We’re trying not to laugh.

A lot of ladies went this route last night, trying to punk up a relatively traditional look by slapping on a lot of eye makeup. It’s not a bad idea in theory and it even worked in some cases, but it sure as hell doesn’t work for Miss Elle. She would have been better off having those colors sprayed into her hair. And besides, once you go the tie-dyed route, you might as well forego any punk affectations, because they really don’t go together.

But we really do love that dress on her. And her hair looks pretty.


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  • Sobaika

    The eye makeup would have worked a lot better if they didn’t mimic the shape of an old man’s eyebrows. Good grief, people got paid to do that to her?

    • I know, right? If that’s all the skill or artistry it takes, I’m setting up shop as a makeup artist right now! Just slapping together some quick signage and I’m ready for business!

      • Deb_Lynn

        just spray some angry red & blue eyebrows onto a piece of white painted plywood and you’re set.

      • Chickadeep

        Nina Flowers from RuPaul’s Drag Race would set her to rights in no time!

        • demidaemon

          Nina would school all these A-listers on how to do punk–outfit, hair and makeup–in seconds.

    • aeb1986

      its like we either get NO makeup, or this. id prefer nothing.

    • MK03

      Seriously. She needs to fire her team posthaste.

    • Im guessing she did it to herself

    • drdarke

      “The Ambassador From Planet Mentat is here to see you, Captain Picard – ”

      That’s one weird mash-up of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and DUNE she’s got going there.

  • Joan Baez-in-a-straight-jacket-goes-to-prom.

  • Do I have to turn in my Bitter Kitten card if I admit I don’t get this dress?
    When I saw thumbnails of it last night all I could think was “is this a tie dyed tablecloth with a bib over it”?
    Upon seeing large and more images, I still think the same thing.

    I do not acknowledge her makeup.

    • Wrenaria

      Right there with you. Do not get.

    • roble ridge

      Count me in as not getting the love for this dress. To me, it looks like some hobo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley made this dress.

      • Glammie

        As a Berkeley native that’s probably why I like it. Didn’t a Mulleavy sister or two go to Berkeley?

      • maggiemaybe

        YES! THIS! It has Sproul Plaza drum circle written all over it…

    • MilaXX

      It’s not you, it’s Rodarte. Their stuff often look couture by way of the prom dress from Pretty in Pink to me.

    • RebeccaKW

      I like the skirt, but I don’t get the top. That bright white is just jarring.

    • Her makeup makes her look cross-eyed. And I don’t love the dress, but I get it.

      • Little_Olive

        That’s what it is! And at the same time, like she is permanently surprised.

        Even if you dig the idea… c’mon people. It’s not even symmetrical. These kind of experiments require perfect execution.

        She looks like a hippie after a looong trip of acid.

  • Synnamin

    I think her sin there is that she left her eyebrows natural and the rest of her face too plain. If you’re going to go that route, you need to COMMIT

    • MilaXX

      Yes! I wish the makeup artist had hidden her brows.

  • In the last snapshot it looks like even she is trying not to laugh. I find the whole thing cute.

  • A.W.

    I’m not getting the dress at all. It looks like a summer camp’s flag with a tshirt pinned to it and draped over her chest.

  • twocee

    Someone confused “punk” with “sci-fi.” She looks like one of Kirk’s love interests. The William Shatner Kirk, not the Chris Pine Kirk.

    • MilaXX

      T’Pelle from the planet Blondie.

      • homespunner

        Liquid Sky

        • MilaXX

          lol, cute!

        • Indovina


          And, also, any further related comment would seem inappropriate.

    • Celandine1

      Thank you for my biggest laugh of the day.

  • Missy Covington

    Quite frankly I would have been more willing to go along with the eye makeup if she looked like she loved it or she was having a lot of fun with it. Because she’s young and you’re supposed to commit crazy, giggly, wonderfully horrid eye makeup crimes. (With blue shadow…which you shall then develop a strong aversion for in your 20s that lasts over a decade.)

    But it just…doesn’t look like she’s working or loving the eyes in any pictures I’ve seen.

  • judybrowni

    Eye makeup for a demented elf.

  • kipper

    sigh – there is NOTHING less ” punk ” than hippy tie dye – even if it is a very cute dress…. but what is she 12 ?

  • lucyloo222

    The skirt part of the dress is pretty but from a distance it looks like the top was safety pinned onto it, which now that I think about it, might have been more appropriate to a punk themed dress up party. Hair = pretty. Eyes = HAHAHA.

    • Little_Olive

      As with 99% of Rodarte’s garments, they look like they’re in the first fitting. Ugh.

  • another_laura

    I wish I could see her shoes! She’s been wearing some dreadful shoes recently and I thought maybe she would pull out something truly memorable for this event.

  • Janet B

    Adorably silly.
    She/Her people didn’t have a clue or just wanted to make me laugh.

  • hughman

    Yeah, ain’t nothing punk about “surprised Catwoman” make-up.

  • MilaXX

    A few gals did employ the hair chalk, but this, this literally looks like a little girl playing dress up.

  • TonyGo

    Can someone explain why her face always looks so greasy/oily/shiny and how to fix that?

    • egurl

      uhh, she’s a teenager.

    • Missy Covington

      It looks like, with the exception of the eyes, she goes with a relatively clean face.

      Little foundation makeup+teenaged skin+lights/flashes/heat of lots of people=shiny face

      • As I’d mentioned in a previous thread about her sister Dakota, there’s nothing wrong with a clean, makeup-free face, especially when you’re THAT young. But at the same time, knowing that pictures are going to be taken and flashes are going off, an event like this necessitates AT LEAST a little powder to take away some of the shine.

  • appliquer

    Big no.

  • Louise Bryan

    This reminds me of a birthday party I went to when I was nine, and the theme was to come as hippies. My mom got me some bell-bottoms, let out the hem and added a row of braiding to the bottom (which made them just long enough not to be floods). She added a scarf belt, and I won the prize for the best costume. Thinking back, I probably looked about as much like a hippie as Harriet Nelson. I’m looking at the thumbnail for Elle Fanning for BULLETT Magazine, and she looks far more punk there than in this getup.

  • TonyGo

    And would this dress be considered Haight Couture?

  • This looks exactly like the face of a child playing with her older sister’s (moms don’t usually have those colors) makeup, right down to the focus on the crazy colors and completely ignoring the “boring” (which you will later find out is the most important) side of makeup, like foundation or powder. I refuse to believe a professional did this. I know shiny face is her thing, but at least it usually comes with barely there makeup… when the eyes are that heavy it makes the apparent lack of powder even worse, and that look would be ugly as hell no matter what!

  • Girl, stop playing in your mother’s make up bag…..

  • Love the (non-punk) dress, but the eye makeup was distractingly bad.

  • H2olovngrl

    Pink eyelids….nooooo!

  • crash1212

    This looks like the job I did on my own face when I was 11 and got into my mom’s make-up drawer. It’s a crying shame and a crime against make-up people if she actually paid somebody to do that to her face.

  • That hair is awful… just keep your natural color, Elle!!
    I hate the dress. It’s just a dyed piece of cloth with the Batik tecnique.

  • Beardslee

    I think it’s silly to invite a middle schooler to such an event. Tom and Lorenzo, you are so right, those colors in her hair would have been so much fun, and waay better than that goofy makeup. Great dress.

  • Jellybish

    Aiming for punk, landed on Outer Space Tie Dye Princess.

  • Well, I suppose there were worse: Beyonce’s first and foremost. THIS is extremely bad. The proportions are off: the white top/breastplate stops abruptly at somewhere underneath the boobs; the boobs look very cauliflower with that pleating/gathering at the bust; the top’s jagged edge reinforces the abruptness; the top is not congruent to the tie-dye skirt. It’s just bad.

  • kmc1138

    Oh my god tie dye at a punk event? Faux pas. FAUX PAS.

    I’m being really bitchy today. I normally don’t even comment. And I’m only moderately sorry. 😀

  • That’s some original Star Trek-level eyemakeup.

  • TheAmericaness

    Very sweet. 🙂

  • With all this crazy eye make up all I could thnk last night was Mrs. Potato Head in Toy Story saying “I packed your angry eyes!”

  • RinPauler

    Rodarte’s recent collection makes me want to jump off a river. They had a bunch of finale dresses in tie-dye and I just couldn’t believe how cheap they look. The dress above almost escape from that 9th-grade-homemade-disaster because of the top.

    Love it on Elle, but agree with you guys on the eye make-up. She looks like a crazy bird-girl

  • It’s funny because the makeup on the runway was far more punk-esque than this… this is just bad.

  • It’s not a punk gala if there’s no Helena Bonham Carter there.

    • Chickadeep

      Christina Ricci is subbing for HBC, in the requisite tartan Westwood number.

  • ojosazules

    I’m officially disappointed by the Met Punk Gala.
    Tie dye? Really, Elle?

  • Chickadeep

    Tie-dye does not equal Punk, but it might have worked if she’d gone all out and done a Pris-from-Blade-Runner/Adam Ant streak across her eyes, nose, and cheeks.

  • See, the other strong eyes I saw were more Siouxsie Sioux, but they still half-assed it (when you put up the woman I’m thinking of, I’ll say this again) and at the Met Gala – GO BIG OR GO HOME. Can’t do Siouxsie eyes with a nude lip. Nope nope nope.
    This eye-makeup is just terrible. In the words of another blogger I read, it looks like Dakota pranked her and told her the Met Gala was hippie themed rather than punk.

  • The eye makeup reads 80s Brit Pop and the dress reads 70s hippy. Both of which are poles away from punk.

    These celebs need to watch Sid & Nancy, FFS.

  • SewingSiren

    The tie-dye is all kinds of wrong. But the eye make-up (while completely cray-cray and unflattering) made me think of Soo Catwoman and you can’t get more old school punk than that.

  • She’s gone Abba glam, Solange went disco. The theme was punk, people, not 1970s.

  • This is the perfect age-appropriate dress for her, but I guess she never was taught that you don’t match your eyeshadow to your outfit….especially when it’s tie-die.

  • It looks like a costume for a high school play.

  • louised

    Those eyes are tragic. I’m not a fan of the dress either – it looks like the T-shirts my sister made at camp in the 70s. The way her hair is styled up-top isn’t bad, but those straggly ends are not cute. I guess it would work if the entire look was hippie, but again, those eyes…it’s like Toyah Wilcox went to Woodstock.

  • Her eyes look like those foil pinwheels kids play with.

  • KayEmWhy

    Take me to your leader.

  • Qitkat

    I’ve never seen her nail “porcelain dollhead” so perfectly. Too bad the makeup was put on by the six year old owner of the doll.

  • This dress is like a Tie-Died T-Shirt I made in the 90’s. Hate it. Wish this was an in or out, because she’d get a MAJOR out for me. EPIC FAIL.

  • Punk….really wasn’t *that* long ago….. amnesia much?

  • SaraQ

    I almost wonder if she’s trying for a zigyy stardust look with the eyes.

  • This MET GALA is going down as a huge fashion train wreck!

  • Imasewsure

    Off with her head… no really, if you scroll down to where you can’t see her head in the picture, the dress is really cool and interesting.. I’m blaming the rest on mushrooms (or whatever drug the make up artist was partial to that day)

  • Claudia Fernandes

    i think it’s cool and funny, she can do it at her age

  • Glammie

    I lived through the punk era–and have the ripped paint-splattered tees to show for it, but, wow, even at the most extreme, we handled the eye shadow better. Get a cat’s eye going if you’re going to do a ton o’ color.

    Adore the dress though. Me want.

  • conniemd

    Rather than the weird eye make-up. I’d have love to have seen her have some red or blue feathers wound into her blonde hair. Would have given it a punk look. Even play with some kool-aid color dyes would have worked too.

  • nannypoo

    What the fuck is wrong with whoever styles this girl? She looks awful.

  • Anniebet

    Put some sunglasses on her, or a mask and that would be a pretty amazing outfit.

  • Like the idea of her coloring her hair instead of her eyes

  • ballerinawithagun

    Disgusting dress. Carnival booth, spin painting in the ’60s.

  • MissAmynae

    This was my dream dress for her- saw it on the runway and hollered “Elle!!” I wouldn’t mind the eye makeup if she had some great color on her lips. That would take it from circus to punk.

  • bd73

    i see this as an interpretation of a teenager’s fledgling concept of good eye makeup in the ’80s. a sendup, if you will. as a joke it is hilarious.

  • lrober03

    Omg, blue and red streaks in her hair would have looked so cute. Pity, only someone her age could have worked that.

  • elzatelzabelz

    HATE the eye make-up with a passion. HATE.


  • Call me Bee

    Oh brother–a hot mess from tip to toe. Including the dress.

  • formerlyAnon

    I can’t believe her makeup artist had seen the dress. It’s not sci-fi enough for those eyes, not by a looong shot.

  • quiltrx

    I’m not loving the cheap-looking way the bodice attaches to the skirt, but if I sort of squint past that, it’s pretty fabulous. And I will put up with the makeup and call it misguided youthful exhuberance. I think if she had a stronger lip (and maybe indeed sprayed a little of the color on the tips of her hair) she could have had an almost alien-princess-on-Star-Trek thing going on.

  • I’d like the dress better without the lobster bib.

  • Anathema_Device

    I find it hilarious that she wore tie dye to a punk-themed event. That’s a pretty punk-rock FU, when you think about it. I hope it was intentional.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    alien hippie

  • HATE that dress. Floor length Haight Ashbury with a stiff white bib attached.

  • JauntyJohn

    I have to confess, I have never really gotten this girl’s message.

  • but sjp’s watered down floral was so punk? seriously now.

    i like the look but wish she’d taken it further. i think the makeup would have worked better if she’d gone more full on with the hair. a huge messy death punk style fauxhawk would have done wonders. cute though.

    • “but sjp’s watered down floral was so punk? seriously now.”

      Did you read what we actually wrote about it? Because it doesn’t sound like it.

      “Punk” was a suggested theme for the evening due to the exhibit, but no one was required to follow it.

  • bellafigura1

    The poor kid, the eyes are just, wow, truly horrible. My mantra with young actors: less stylist, more mom.

  • mhleta

    I’m not a fan of this dress at all. It looks like she tried to MacGyver an outfit out of her table cloth and dinner napkin. Bad shape, bad design, bad colors.

  • Honey, get those fugly split ends trimmed, for chrissakes.

    The eye makeup is laughable–I’m getting a “disco drag queen” vibe more than anything. I mildly like the dress and its tie-dye homage, and it looks good on her. But the overall impression is very odd indeed.

  • EEKstl

    Agreed. And besides, those eyes are not punk. True punk eyes are Nancy Spungen black kohl, preferably running down one’s face after a night of slamdancing and drugs.

  • YayaGurl

    She looks like a human rocket pop but I’m digging it.

  • bitterk

    A for effort, D for result. If you are going to go with that eye makeup (loud applause) you cannot wear Laura Ingalls hair (louder booing).

  • kathrineb

    Tie-dye is not punk but I do like the dress. Those eyes are way too much!