Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Dakota Fanning at the Night Moves Premiere

Posted on September 10, 2013

Y’know, in our fantasy world where Dakota Fanning begs us for style advice, we’re pretty sure the words “Atelier Versace” never get uttered.


Dakota Fanning attends the “Night Moves” Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Atelier Versace.

Atelier Versace Fall 2013 Collection

Not that we don’t love the brand; just that it doesn’t strike us as the right aesthetic for Dakota. If she wants to go the sexy-sex attention-seeking route, we’re all for it. You’re young, hot and rich. Have fun. But Atelier Versace’s version of it? Not really, dear. We like the sudden infusion of contrast coming from a gal who seems to dump a gallon of bleach into all her wash loads, judging be her normal wardrobe, but this look just doesn’t feel like her. And it definitely needed something other than a topknot, for Coco’s sake. That right there tells you she doesn’t know how to wear something like this.

Sweetie, this look required big hair and a strong lip. Also: more jewelry. And probably a manicure. If you can’t make that kind of commitment – and you really don’t strike us as the kind of girl who can – then you should box this up and send it off to Selena Gomez, who’ll know exactly what to do with it. Let’s go find you some goofy Rodarte dress to try on.



[Photo Credit: Aaron Harris/Getty Images]

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  • Hate to say it, but that is MILEY’s dress.

    • random_poster

      Yup. She doesn’t have the right attitude for something like this.

    • Levedi

      Miley isn’t sexy enough to pull of that dress. She strikes me less as a sexy young woman as a coltish adolescent imitating sexy motions (badly) because she thinks that what women her age do for attention and validation.

      • Point taken. While I’m in no way a cheerleader for some of Miley’s more recent “outfits,” (or lack thereof, a la the wrecking ball or VMA disasters) I still think she has/had just enough spice to pull this off.

        I immediately thought of the lace crop-top & skirt she wore for the Hunger Games’ red carpet ~ April 2012. It was a more casual spin on this number, but the effect is the same. Even if she wore it today, TLO wouldn’t have to bill her overtime for the Kindly Gay Uncle advice.

        It’s a mix of character and style – Miley may have jumped the wagon entirely, but Dakota’s look is incomplete and interrupted.

    • EveEve

      It is a dress that should be worn by a woman who is taller and exudes sex appeal as part of her persona. Hollywood is full of such women. So is Vegas. Any woman for whom the word “pixie” could be in current use should hang this back on the rack. Sophia Vergara yes, Carey Mulligan no. Lauren Bacall in her early years would have killed it. Dakota either hasnt developed good fashion instincts yet, or hasnt hired a stylist who has…most likely both. Give Dakota time and she might grow in the direction this dress suggests, but she is a long way from there in her career.

      • Agreed! Lauren Bacall would have shot it out of the park. I love me some Sofia Vergara, but I’m not so sure this kind of top would be flattering on her. She rocks the sequin-mermaid dresses, yet this crop-style might take away from her amazing proportions and make it too top-heavy. Then again, she looks great in everything, so she can prove me wrong anytime!

  • NMMagpie

    I wondered what you both would say about this when I saw it on another site. 🙂

    I guessed right.

  • YoungSally

    Where are her parents??? Oh yeah, she’s old enough to make these mistakes on her own.

  • Scimommy

    She looks like she just got the dress on and is heading for hair and makeup. A definite could have been.

    • megohd

      I so agree! I think it’s a step in the right direction.

  • Madeline Zappala

    “knot top” is the cutest thing i’ve ever heard

    • 3boysful

      And that hair would be cute–at yoga, the beach, but not here.

      • Madeline Zappala

        I meant tlo’s phrasing! i’ve heard “top knot” and “high bun” but knot top is way cuter

        • 3boysful

          I know you did! And looking back at it, my own scalp is hurting, her hair is slicked back so tightly.

  • Randy Noak

    The cutesy “I have a secret” pose isn’t helping either.

    • marlie

      I get that that’s just how she is, but it really, REALLY affects how clothes look on her. Someone needs to give this girl some lessons on how to stand up straight.

      • CommentsByKatie

        Now we know why she’s drawn to goofy twee looks – because her posture and attitude look great in those clothes. Put her in this glamour outfit, and suddenly she looks scared and bland, poor dear.

  • MilaXX

    Looks like she copied the runway look exactly and it ain’t working. Selena or Miley could wear this better.

    • fursa_saida

      Or even Vanessa Hudgens, on a good day.

  • Sobaika

    That hair. She/her stylist has BAD instincts.

  • hughman

    Her role as “third snake on the right” at her ballet recital went unappreciated.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      I love you.

  • You mean topknot? Don’t know what a knot top would be…

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      One of those bandeau thingies made out of a scarf?

  • Little_Olive

    This I think is the best makeup I’ve seen her in (no shine!), although the lip could have been a bit stronger as TLO say.

    I actually support the direction this was going -simpler and bolder, but this clearly wasn’t the piece for it. Especially the skirt; she might have gotten away with the bustier thing.

    Oh, and why does the skirt have a “V” right there? Is it V for Ventilation? Ugh.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      V is for bedazzled va jay jay.

  • Mary Carpenter

    Looks like she was playing dress up in Cher’s storage closet.

  • Rhonda Shore

    she should wear the type of tea-length dresses Haley Steinfeld opts for.

  • steeg of their own

    I’m more convinced than ever that she does her own nails.

    • marlie

      In the car on her way to the event.

  • She looks like a little girl playing dress up in mommy’s disco closet.

  • Sarah

    Juvenile mermaid in need of a sweater.

  • marlie

    I mean, if the dress (as it is on the model) is supposed to show THAT much skin, putting it on a petite little thing like Dakota, and then having only a little strip of skin showing sort of defeats the purpose.

    That, and girl needs – at MINIMUM – some flashy earrings and a bold red lip. But really, she should just take it off and send it to a taller starlet who’s willing to jump into the “flashy” pool with both feet.

    • livesarah

      Yup, and I’m pretty sure it’s sitting a bit lower on her than on the model- not only does she have a shorter torso to cover, I think the straps are unmodified and they are a touch too long. She’s hunching her shoulders up, and it looks like she’s worried about flashing boob.

  • Pudgy Possum

    I don’t know…I think she’s working it! Sure, it’s not her usual style, but I don’t think a person has to care all that much about maintaining a “style.” Fashion is fun.

    • disqussant

      Agreed. I actually like the dress and styling. Doing big hair and dramatic makeup would overwhelm her and isn’t her style. The stripped-down, minimalist sexy thing is very chic.

    • Kate

      I love it too! She takes could-be obviously conventional sexy look and stripped it down to Dakota Sexy

  • sagecreek

    She’s trying on different personalities to see what fits. Fortunately for most of us, we got to do that in private.

  • a_liking

    even she is laughing at how ridiculous she looks. that’s a bad sign.

  • i think id like this just fine on her without the bare midriff.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    For a bralette style top, it’s not giving her ANY support yikes! I appreciate her stepping out of her style comfort zone but…. just not with this dress. Sofia Vergara would WERQ this.

  • Laurie Landry

    Ha! Put that on someone who knows what to do with it!

  • JauntyJohn

    Perhaps it was a dare.

  • tereliz

    Yes, Selena would know what to do with this Versace. She’d have the top altered so it actually fits, first, even if it was just with tape. They’re both too petite for a midriff look with such an unstructured top.

    I’d like to see Dakota go back to brunette, first of all. Next, get thee to Alice + Olivia! She always seems like a perfect fit for their princessy aesthetic, although I’d love to see her branch out into more modern designs: Rodarte for sure, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Theory, Tibi…

  • Jessica Freeman

    It takes someone with a completely different personality to pull this off. A little more va-va-voom.

  • Jacquelyn

    With her hair up and very toned down makeup she looks like she is in a state of constant surprise.

  • Belly dance costume.

  • Imasewsure

    I think she could wear it if she let someone else style it for her but it’s really Amanda Seyfreid’s “let’s try something different” dress

  • getouttadodge

    The dress is wearing her; she is not wearing the dress!

  • DinahR

    She tried to copy the model’s styling and it didn’t translate for her, poor dear. Happens to me all the time… well, kind of. Sadly, I never get to even try on Atelier Versace, but still.

  • traced89

    There’s really no nice way to say this, but…she’s not aging well. She’s that stereotypical girl whose features work well on a kid but not on a woman.

    • marlie

      I’m sorry, but WHAT? She’s 19! She’s probably still growing. Her features look fine, and I don’t think it’s quite time to write her off.

      • leogirl87

        She stopped growing in 2010, according to her doctor.

        • marlie

          Maybe she did. That’s beside the point. The point that I was trying to make was that it’s ridiculous and vastly premature to write off someone who is 19 years old as “not aging well” because she’s only barely an adult. When I was 19, I may have finished “growing” but it took YEARS more before I “grew into” my body.

    • Are we looking at the same face? She’s lovely.

    • jcars

      Yeah, something’s off. She still has that round babyface. Better make-up might help. There’s just something very bland here.

  • valerie saenz

    The dress is vaa-vaa-voom while her attitude is demure.

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    She looks like shunned Amish.

  • veriance

    She looks surprised. What do mean this is too much va-voom for me?

  • HM3

    That neckline is crazy-unflattering, and up close (I hate to say this about AV), looks cheap. It is simultaneously giving her no-boob and saggy-boob. Someone long and lean, but with a little more meat (NOT necessarily boob) on her bones might’ve rocked this: Lucy Liu, Charlize Theron, or Nicole Kidman.

  • TigerLaverada

    Waaaay too much look for her to pull off. She looks very insecure, and rightly so, I’d say.

  • Fannie Wolston

    She does look thrilled to be wearing that frock, looks comfy too, a mere slip of a beaded fantasy. I just wish she wore a wig or a hat

  • Anathema_Device

    She looks like a chorus girl in “Littlest Mermaid: The Musical.”

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    The top looked great when she paired it with cropped pants and a tuxedo jacket afterward.

  • CommentsByKatie

    That’s two fails in a row from Miss Fanning. Sweetie, you’re making me nervous!

  • VioletFem

    With the right styling this could be her dress.

  • Eric Stott

    The belly strip and sheerness take this pretty close to slutty

  • nannypoo

    She seems to be flailing around looking for her grown-up style. This is not it.

  • Synnae

    This look is not helped by her looking very uncomfortable wearing it. Versace requires attitude and well, she hasn’t tapped into that yet.
    But happy she at least got the somewhat lined version…

    • broke&fashionable

      I was just about to post at the very least I give the girl credit for not flashing undergarments.

  • Claudia Toia

    at 1.63, dakota’s just too short for this look. on the model the dress achieves a siren effect, mostly because it draws attention to her fit abdomen and long legs. not the case with dakota.

  • demidaemon

    I just think the top looks way too low on her. The super thin spaghetti straps are not helping, either.

  • elemspbee

    this is awful. I’m about irritated with how this girl wears her shoulders as earrings. If you have to hike up your shoulders to keep the top on, you most absolutely should not be wearing the garment.
    maybe I’m being too mean about her posture here–does she have some kind of physical challenge that leaves her to stand like?

  • This girl is an over-rated mess.

  • HVM

    I don’t mind the dress for her but it definitely needed a head more dramatic than yoga hair and make up to make it work.

  • quiltrx

    This is obviously Cher’s dress. There’s probably a matching headdress somewhere.

  • Lilyana_F

    That’s not working at all for her..

  • lobsterlen

    What would make this look really work is finger cymbals!

  • andreawey

    she’s too sweet and petite for this…’s too much dress for her…..

  • leogirl87

    She needed to shorten the straps and it would have looked much better. The bottom part might have been worn a bit high as well (needed to be taken in a little), but it’s hard to say.

  • likingrob

    Just doesnt quite cut it. “Jane” would give her some “Pain”.

  • mariahwg

    Disagree. If she had a strong lip, she’d look amazing.Her aesthetic takes this to a wetsuit kind of look, which simplifies it.

  • amanda lynn

    you’ve got to have a face to pull off a look like that. she’s faceless.

  • Kristy Sheldon

    I loooooove Dakota Fanning, but T and Lo are spot on, once again, with their take on this.