Dakota Fanning in Chanel Couture at the Chanel “Metiers d’Art” Show

Posted on December 11, 2013

The hair and makeup wouldn’t have been our choices, but everything below the neck is SANGING.

Dakota Fanning attends the Chanel “Metiers d’Art” Show at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas in Chanel.

Chanel Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Girl, we’re gonna go out on a limb and say that this is a dress for you and only you. We doubt we’d much like this dress on anyone who’s not strutting a Paris runway, but Dakota’s personal style is usually so drab that we found ourselves gay-gasping at the sight of her in this. It just works for her – and we’re loving the addition of the sassy shoes instead of trying to put her in something edgy. The shoes and the dress play well with each other.

We may be the cheese that stands along on this one but we really love it. Yes, it’s an odd dress. So what? She’s an odd girl.





[Photo Credit: Cooper Neill/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • JR Labrador

    Love the dress, the von Trapp hair not so much.

    • SRQkitten

      That was my thought too, she was doing Von Trapp hair to celebrate SOM.

      • judybrowni

        Mine, too.

        But at least it’s better than the WTF? coif on the model.

        • SRQkitten

          Yeeeesssss….but that’s not setting much of a benchmark, no? I will own my crankies, still getting over the virus from hades but I do not understand how a young woman with sufficient funds to have a veritable team of gays who could ably advise her could leave home with such a meh ‘do.

    • Sam Smith

      My first thought, she should have been in Sound of Music remake. That dress is cray-cray and not in a flattering way.

  • teensmom99

    Spot on re the dress. Now I just want to know who copied whom–was Carrie inspired by Dakota for her Maria hair or was Dakota inspired by Carrie?

  • StellaZafella

    So many young stars lately try to make their mark on the RC by dressing oddly and missing the mark…Ms. Fanning owns the concept, others may leave now.
    Even the Swiss Miss hair is kinda kooky.That is all.

  • Just lose the Heidi of the Alps hair and I’m on board here.

    • Little_Olive

      A hairstyle with some structure would have done wonders. Maybe a chignon with a deep side-part?

    • littlemac8

      I don’t know why, but that hair and eye makeup are reminding me of Joan Crawford…do you see it? Not a good look for a youngster.

  • nannypoo

    Heidi spends the long winter in the cabin learning origami and here is the result.

  • MoHub

    Is she channeling a younger Angela Lansbury?

    • Aurumgirl

      She’s channelling Angela Lansbury. Not a younger one, just the one. The hair reminds me of someone much more matronly.

      I think the dress is kind of a joke, personally–and I also think she does, too; she just uses it as a gesture of playfulness. In any case, there’s something really aging about the whole look.

      • Vickiefantastico

        I agree! I first read “sanging” as “sagging”, and I thought it was going to be a post about her looking so old. It’s very aging on her.

  • 8daysaweek

    Love the dress and I’m okay with the face, particularly because she looks so comfortable and happy in this. The hair is awful, but I’m not sure what hair would have worked better. Her usual stick straight wouldn’t really do anything for the dress. Maybe a sleek, high ponytail?

    • mmebam

      I’m thinking topknot or Pinterest braid.

  • elemspbee

    Love the dress! And face and hair not offensive. Love the fresh face actually. The shoes–no.

  • Kayceed

    Interesting choice for the metiers d’art show – it looks like some sort of quilting technique.

    • Deb Oswald

      It looks like it was sewn together origami pieces! Sorta love it! And I like the shoes with it- not the hair so much

    • Qitkat

      As to the quilting technique, I agree, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. It slightly resembles “cathedral windows” but in an incomplete way. It probably took many, many hours, as this would be hand crafted, square by square, fold by fold. Very cool to see this in a unique dress.

  • Jumpingjacks

    would’ve been better without the sleeves

  • Janet B

    Interesting choice of hairstyle, at least it’s not hanging down.

  • lynnlee

    I don’t know, I really hate those stiff, big sleeves. That dress literally hurts my eyes to look at, and it makes her look pixelated. I get a lot of migraines though, so maybe that’s just a migraine thing.

    • cocohall

      I can’t look at a Missoni dress without having the same reaction. The sleeves on this dress replicate the pattern of the aura I get right before a migraine. But otherwise I like it, and I am glad she is wearing some color. She often looks washed out in the clothes she chooses.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m not loving this dress. It looks overthought and very, very busy. The techniques showcased in the bodice, skirt and sleeves are fightiing each other-at least on my screen.
      Totally SOM hair. Let this not become a trend.

    • Constant Reader

      I hear you on the headache-inducing pattern. I’m just grateful that the uncles still don’t have moving ads on their site.

      I still like the dress on Dakota, but could do without the Heidi braids.

      • DuBey2

        With you on the moving ads… I almost lost it on another site where I kept getting distracted by a bouncing jingle bell — was this close to throwing the computer!

  • Love it.

  • marlie

    I think the dress is rather ugly, but for some reason it’s working for her. And her hair and makeup look cute.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    I was about to ask why she was standing in front of a vintage Corvette, but I just googled the show and apparently the guests of honor were seated in vintage cars to watch Karl’s new movie about coco ( and Geraldine Chaplin is Chanel! which I love! ). He really is one of a kind.

    • Erica

      Ah, I should have scrolled down before I commented on the car.

  • bellafigura1

    Oooh, I don’t know. It’s soo high-concept, it’s almost wearing her. Although I have to agree, she’s giving it a pretty good effort. I think the make-up would have been fine with a different hair style. Long, low ponytail? This hair is too theme-y for the dress.

  • mjude

    I wonder what the dress feels like? any hoo I like the look on her.

  • crash1212

    Well, her hair choice, while not the best and not entirely flattering to my eye, is infinitely better than what the model is sporting. I think it’s interesting that every celeb who’s attempted wearing something from this collection has taken the giant belt off altogether or replaced it with something smaller. I think that’s a shame because it’s those big old honkin’ belts that balance these odd dresses out.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Nicely done, Fanning Number One! It’s still a neutral palette but the dress is so interesting that it doesn’t matter.

    Heidi Hair seems to be having a moment, so I’m going to let that slide, but that’s NOT the right eyeliner for her.

  • SewingSiren

    I love it too. So much better without the horrid belt and cowboy hat that Uncle Karl showed it with. It’s just perfect for the holiday car show effects on Dakota’s calendar.

  • GorgeousThings

    The only person I could see wearing this besides DF is Cate Blanchett.

  • conniemd

    That’s an amazing dress. The hair and make-up would have worked for Maria in the Sound of Music.

  • Erica

    Here’s what is odd about this. I live in Dallas. They had this show at Fair Park, in one of the buildings that hosts the car shows during the State Fair. And, there she is, standing in front of a car. For a Chanel fashion show (with the dated curtains in the background). Did someone forget to take the car away at the end of October?

    Otherwise, I think she looks adorable, even with the Heidi hair.

    • Peta Jones

      Hi Erica, I read the article in the Dallas Morning News, and here is the why of the car…
      “Rows of vintage American convertibles parked for a Chanel drive-in
      movie. Ice cream and popcorn stands. Spiked cherry lime-aid cocktails.
      And these were just the sights that welcomed guests in the first 10

      • boweryboy

        Fun. I want to be the gay planning these gatherings.

  • GreatPumpkin

    I would love this dress if it wasn’t that fleshy color–as it is I can only see festering wounds, and it’s disturbing me. But Dakota is carrying it off as best as anyone could hope too, and I even like the kooky hair.

  • Rand Ortega

    I hear yodeling. Crack induced yodeling.

  • lifeisastory

    Hate everything about this. From a distance the squares in the font panel look like wadded up pantyhose.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    So now we know who’ll be playing Maria in next year’s Sound of Music LIVE!

  • LipstickForPigs

    The thinner belt and shoe choice saves it. Glad to see she found something to reduce the shine.

  • Diego!

    I hate the Sound of Music hair, but she looks amazing!

  • boweryboy

    Nuh uh. Yet another ugly dress from that horrendous cowgirl collection that needs the belt. Without the belt the dresses because shapeless overworked sacks. Plus, her gays need to steer her away form the Heidi hair stat.

    Did anyone else’s mom or grandmom tuck their hanky up the sleeve of their dress? This dress is that x1000.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I don’t like the hair and makeup either, but they’re both an huge improvement compared to her usual stringy hair and shiny face.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the dress. but hate the shoes.

  • Kent Roby

    That is one crazy pixelated art project of a dress (and it’s completely fucking with my eyes), but at least it’s “different”.

  • bertkeeter

    I’m sorry KARL but your OUT! AUF WIEDERSEHEN!

  • MilaXX

    I like everything but that Heidi hair. It’s a Fanning in a color and her roots are done. Alert the press!

  • GillianHolroyd

    It’s an advent calendar with 2 sets of sleeves.

  • I love it too! I think it’s wonderous.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The dress is fun and, if I stare at it long enough, I’m sure I will figure out what picture is hidden in the Magic Eye pattern.

  • clatie

    Well, the dress is interesting, I’ll give you that. It reminds me a little too much of those folded gum wrapper things we used to make at summer camp. But I loved those things so I’ll allow it.

  • Andrea Lentz

    I think this is way too much dress for her, it’s overwhelming. The swiss elps hair isn’t that awful but she will never not be shiny will she???

  • blondie65

    I am too distracted by that gorgeous car…. looks like a 1958 Vette… beautiful machine. The dress is interesting but not crazy about the sleeves..hate the hair. Luv the car (did I mention that?)

  • annabelle archer

    Love it all. Usually I’d hate the hair, but aside from a high pony tail, I don’t know what I would have advised. Clearly, she wanted to go for the runway styling but knew better than to try that hat. Smart girl.

  • luluransom

    Do love the dress on her. That is one weird hair-hat though.

  • In_Stitches

    I love it! The pixel-ated effect is gorgeous and lovely with her skin tone. I do think the hip flounces AND the sleeves are a bit too much; they clutter the image and ruin the effect. One or the other would be lovely.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Everything except the hair.

  • Nancer

    That dress is all kindsa crazy! But I like it. This is fashion, forward, different, and yet I think it still manages to flatter her figure. I’m digging it.

  • alyce1213

    She’s a young, pretty blank canvas and this works for her. She could have had her hair up and braided without it looking like a hair hat — what a bad hairdresser. I also wish she’d gone for a shoes without a high platform, I was hoping they were over.

  • Lilithcat

    That dress hurts my eyes! I usually love intricate pleating like that, but there is something about this one that makes the dress look out-of-focus. Or like my glasses need cleaning.

    Hate the shoes. And the hair.

  • kimmeister

    I love this dress on her, especially without the huge belt. I marvel at the hours of work that must have gone into making that dress.

  • zuzu

    The workmanship on that thing!

  • ballerinawithagun

    Perfect for an “Art” show. I like the hairstyle simply because her hair is so limp.

  • stubbornthoughts

    This dress looked all kinds of strange until I saw the full body picture of Dakota in it. SINGING indeed! There should be a category called, Girl That Is SO Your Dress.

    Regardless of the hair, I would give this a WERQ based off the dress + wearer alone.

  • melanie0866

    Really, TLo? Dress looks like it was made out of gum wrappers.

  • Tracy_Flick

    It looks a lot better on her than the model. I like that it’s unusual without being unflattering.

  • Sarah

    I like it too! You are not a solitary cheese(s)

  • Judy_S

    How to solve a problem like Dakota.

  • Imasewsure

    I think it needs a clunkier shoe but these are pretty good. The dress is really cool (for lack of a better word) and fun. Hate the “I’m Liesel and I DON’T need a governess” hair though… not just here but everywhere outside of a Swiss Kindergarten class

  • frannyprof

    Loving it.

  • Kt

    Love it all, hair and makeup too, actually, but ugh, those shoes look so damn ouchy.

  • Aidan B

    I love this!! While I’m not offended by the hair, had it been different, this woulda been a werq.

  • KinoEye

    Finally!! Her stylists are taking advantage of her unusual looks. Want to take it to the next level? The ubiquitous pixie — maybe the classic Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby cut? She would WERQ it for all it’s worth.

    • llism

      Oooh!! I’d LOVE to see that hair on her!

  • Sly

    LOVE. THE. DRESS. Love her! It all works so well for her. And I love the Heidi braids.

  • Honestly, I think it’s great. If it weren’t for the Heidi hair, I’d say she nailed it.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp


  • nycfan

    She looks like a living Minecraft character.

  • Kate4queen

    My first thought when I saw this was ‘Minecraft make dresses?’ my dd would wear this in a heartbeat.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Adorable. The dress is crazy, but totally works for DF here.

  • Samantha Irene

    I kinda think the swiss miss hair works with the dress. It’s got that quilt looking pattern and kind of a upmarket / edgified handicraft feel to it – I say it’s a win all around.

  • Robin Murray

    I’d like it better without any belt. Other than that quibble, this looks like a very fun dress to wear.

  • Trickytrisha

    Love the dress, but this is one time I’d advocate for the hideous hat the model’s wearing in lieu of that silly hair. The over done cat eye doesn’t really work either, IMO. Her head says Librarian in a Community Theater play; the rest of her says she’s a more restrained and tasteful Gaga.

  • jw_ny

    It’s an ugly and crazy dress, but I’m generally an advocate for risk taking and stepping out of the box when it comes to celeb dressing; for that I give her kudos. What is it…quilted napkins? Anyway…I like the cray in this instance.

  • rh33

    This reminds me of a Color Theory 101 project.

  • Milos Mom

    I love the entire look…. Someone is all grown up and serving it with REAL style. Take that Miley…

  • Jacob Bowen

    To me this looks like the stewardess on the cruise ship got tired of making towel animals and so they stepped up to making napkin dresses.

  • pookiesmom

    I feel like we’re on different planets today, TLo. I hate this dress so much. The only good thing about it is that it looks like it’s made of tiny origami papers and would therefore go up in flames quickly, with minimal toxic fumes.

  • Joanie

    I love the look, especially without that big ass belt the model was wearing. She looks adorable. And as much as there is going on with the fabric work, it still seems rather floaty and ethereal.

  • Lilak

    The Empress of Etsy working an auto show??

  • formerlyAnon

    The shoes normalize the dress, which requires someone young, but with confidence in their clothes, to pull off. So she makes it work. Hair is . . . odd.

  • Jenna

    The amount of money this hideous thing must have caused in simply manhours needed is nearly enough to make me sit for a moment with my head between my knees. I’ve had to help my great aunt make those little origami bits of hell for quilts and they are soul-crushingly involved. And there are hundred of them. No way I can see to automate the making of this so perhaps it’s strictly a one off ‘couture’ piece that isn’t ever expected to be replicated? Please?

  • mila_8

    That she can stand there without sticking her fingers in those boxes is a triumph. I’d have no idea what to do with this and would just be fiddling with it all night. Her and only her, I concur!

  • ThesisMonkey

    fun. looks like a pixelated picture.

  • prettybigkitty

    I think the dress is amazeballs. Totally works for her.

  • Aaminah Khan

    At least she’s *wearing* makeup for once. Even if it’s awful makeup that doesn’t suit her face at all. Baby steps?

  • brown-eyed girl

    Sorry, all I’m hearing is “The Lonely Goatherd.”

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Love the shoes!

  • AndreaSkates

    Sadly, the Greta-from-The-Sound-of-Music hair just fights with all the origami awesomeness of that dress.

  • ConnieBV


  • livesarah

    She looks her age, she doesn’t look washed out, and she actually makes a tricky dress work really well. I detest her usual style, but this is pretty awesome.

  • That is the most marvelously weird dress I’ve ever seen, and I LOVE IT. The pixel effect is amazing–I can’t even fathom how long it must have taken to sew all those individual chevrons and squares! She is made for this dress.

  • RuthGo

    That is a fucking fantastic dress. Its so great that I don’t even mind the hair.

  • LML

    I don’t care what the haters say, Dakota (both the fanning sisters, actually) is awesome and such an original. She’s not the cookie cutter young hollywood star, and that, at least to this 18 year old, is really inspiring.

  • H2olovngrl

    She looks like she should be selling pudding.