Elle Fanning in Georges Hobeika Couture at “Maleficent” Private Reception

Posted on May 09, 2014

We’ve always been big supporters of the idea that one should dress according to the genre of movie one is promoting if one wants to make an impression. We tend to think dressing in character is a dicier proposition. It doesn’t always work, because the public and the press want to see movie stars on the red carpet; not people in character costumes. You can go to Disneyworld or Times Square if you want that sort of thing.

But she and Angie are particularly well suited for this approach, so we don’t mind it so far. This is all breathtakingly on point:

Elle-Fanning-Georges-Hobeika-Couture-Maleficent-PRLondon-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Elle Fanning attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney’s “Maleficent” are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace in London in a Georges Hobeika couture gown.

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Elle-Fanning-Georges-Hobeika-Couture-Maleficent-PRLondon-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Georges Hobeika Fall 2013 Couture Collection

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It is not, however, the best color for her, and the tight hair and consumptive eye makeup aren’t helping. Some stylist and makeup team got a little too ambitious here. Put her in Sleeping Beauty blue, with long princess hair and a clean face with Disney princess eyeliner. ย She’s very striking, but too many people on the fashion side of the aisle have taken that to mean she can handle edgier, editorial-style looks. We have yet to find that to be the case. Sorry to be narrow about it, but modern day Marcia Brady is always going to be the best way to go for her.

If anything, her sister is better equipped to handle the more editorial stuff.





[Photo Credit: Famous/ACE/INFphoto.com, Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images, Landmark/PR Photos, georgeshobeika.com]

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  • @Biting Panda

    Just wow!! Prettiest flower girl EVER!!

    But, really, why didn’t they see that this make up was a major fail???

  • asherlev1

    The makeup is terrible and the only thing bringing this look down for me.

  • sienna elm

    She’s just thankful that they opted to go sans Elizabethan neck ruff ~

    • sienna elm

      WAIT!! I just noticed the pockets in this gown. I suppose I can understand having pockets in a gown for a tissue…but actually posing with your hands in those pockets?? Really? Was she asked to stand casually? Is she worried something will fall out of the pockets? Really – I just can’t.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      that was a bit much, wasn’t it? I could see a necklace working with this gown, though.

    • Rhonda Shore


    • Agnes Gooch

      I had to lean in closer to the screen to figure out that neck ruff. Even on closer inspection, it looks more like a homicidal auto filter than a fashion accessory.

  • Mary Lauer

    Bridal gown dress, painful makeup. 8-(

  • texashistorian

    She looks like she’s ready to dance around the May pole. This is TOO much on point.

    • dalgirl

      I think she IS the Maypole here.

  • Hate the eye makeup. She looks as if she’s been crying for weeks. I love the modern princess stuff.

    I saw the thumbnail for this and Angelina’s photo and thought are they still in character?

  • sk8tfan

    I thought the consumptive pink-eye makeup failed a few seasons ago, surprised to see it back. I do like the hair on her. And the color’s too pale, but she still looks very pretty.

    • demidaemon

      Oh, it failed, but the MUAs of the world were not put on notice ans so thought the trend should return, because everyone obviously wants to look like they are dying.

  • MilaXX

    Totally agree about blue being a better color for her. She’s naturally ruddy so any makeup with pink or yellow tones just doesn’t work for her. Blue would provide better contrast for her skin and bring out her eyes and she never, ever should have pink or red shadows anywhere near her eyes. Still I love the way they are dressing for this pole dance.

    • mjude

      totally agree about the color. I cant help it but I love the flowers in her hair.

      • Paigealicious

        I got a flower wreath like that from the Renaissance Faire ๐Ÿ™‚

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Is she going to San Francisco? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 2ranma75

    absolutely agree with your comments on the make up. The redness of her face doesn’t help either.

  • Crystal

    Okay, look. I’m not a makeup artist. But when your client is palepalepale with pale hair and pale eyes, WHY WOULD IT EVER BE A GOOD IDEA TO PUT REDDISH MAKEUP AROUND THOSE EYES????

  • CB

    I just watched a Law and Order: SVU that she was on when she was about five or six so I can’t get over how grown-up she is! Love the dress, not a huge fan of the styling.

  • ellisd123

    I love this, and I love the photos that I saw of her and Angelina together. The part of me who loves Elizabeth I wishes she would have worn the collar.

  • crash1212

    Man, that hairstyle is not her friend. She should carry a picture of this and give to all future hair people with the admonition – NEVER do this again. Same could be said for all future makeup people.

    • Anne

      I don’t actually mind the hair, but I think it doesn’t remotely work with this look. She’s kind of a column of yellow.

  • Liz

    Love the dress, I would have done some thing different with the hair, it takes it to flower girl. Eye makeup is tragic.

  • Sarah

    Argh. That pic where she’s smiling should be pretty because she’s pretty and she’s smiling, but the makeup is making it scary. The dress is really lovely, though.

  • jdens

    I think the colour is lovely on her. Her skin looks ethereal. Agree the makeup and hair aren’t doing her any favours.

  • I want to put her to bed and give her some paracetamol. Such a waste when she’s in that lovely dress (which someone should’ve worn to the Met Ball). I even like her hair.

    • marlie

      That dress would have been perfect at the Met Ball! Though I wonder if her stylist had already “claimed” it.

  • flamingoNW

    LOVE the dress. Agree on the make-up. The hair flowers and ribbon is too bridesmaid-y or ballet costume.

  • Sooooooo close, yet, no cigar for her. I couldn’t agree more that that pale yellow is not helping her. The shape of the dress is perfection. pale lilac or blue would’ve slammed this one down.

    • decormaven

      Pale lilac- that would have been fabulous.

  • The dress is pretty, but she looks like Maleficent punched her in the face. A couple of times.

    • ankali

      Like really, really hard.

  • kmk05

    Hate the makeup, and am not 100% on board with the satin strip flowing down but overall this is fabulously on point. She looks ethereal and while it is on the border of being a costume, she handles it beautifully.

  • Danielle

    The makeup is TURRIBLE and that twee floral headband is way too literal. Basically from the neck down, I love it. (POCKETS!!!)

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That is truly a princess gown. I do wish they had gone with softer hair and less consumptive makeup.

  • If they were TRULY committed, her dress would magically change from pink to blue (to pink to blue to pink…) as she walked down the red carpet. Obviously her team is slacking.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Someone get Cinna involved to make this happen! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • CeeLayton

    Consumptive makeup. Spot.on. I hate the 1980s first prom hair SO very much.

    • Laura Abrahamsen

      Yeah, my headpiece for my 1987 wedding had similar flowers and that exact shade of picot-edge ribbon. I blame Tatum O’Neal’s and John McEnroe’s wedding photos.

  • marlie

    She looks very, very, pretty. I actually don’t mind the pale dress on her this time, though the “consumptive” makeup will always be unflattering. I think her hair is very pretty too, but maybe it was a half step too far into “costume.”

  • Jennifer Bober

    That eye makeup is just scary. I’ve often had to fight with makeup people about the tones of makeup they want to put on me. Even if you’re going for a more editorial look, you need to work within the color wheel appropriate to the person in front of you.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I disagree with y’all. Love this from head to toe, and perfect for the occasion. That first photo is the best I’ve *ever* seen her.

    The close-up where she is grinning and looking blotchy, I put that down to unbalanced color in the photo, probably due to bad lighting. Sometimes Photoshop [Command+M] can be your friend.

  • mrspotts66

    love everything except the peach ribbon on the back of her head.
    otherwise, nice.

  • greymain

    why the consumptive eyes???? ALWAYS ????

  • V No Privacy

    So beautiful but for the makeup. Disney World is two words ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jessica Freeman

    Hate that shit in her hair, but otherwise love it. At least this pole dance is much better than the Stone/Garfield situation that was burning our eyes.

  • deelup

    While I agree a different color would be an improvement, I think she looks gorgeous (aside from the ebola makeup).

  • lamamu

    Blue is a better color for her, but I wonder if she wouldn’t have blended into the blue carpet for this event.

  • KendraMR

    Lovely gown, wish it was in a different color. As for the makeup, she looks like she has two black eyes.

  • msdamselfly

    She looks amazing in front of that backdrop

  • SewingSiren

    LOVE. Everything about it perfect for a teenage actress playing a princess who falls into a deep sleep for one hundred years at a May premiere on a blue carpet. Claps.

  • Janet B

    Gorgeous dress. Could’ve been so lovely with better styling. Although a different color might have been better.

  • KinoEye

    Agreed 100% on what she can and can’t handle. Dakota is definitely the sister you put in the edgier editorials. She’s got the face and presence to pull it off. However, magazine editors and stylists — do NOT take that to mean you should put that woman in Lolita drag, though I know the temptation must be great. Just stop with that nonsense, OK?

    Anyway, her style team just loves non-colors or pastels for her, don’t they? Her skin tone is screaming for saturation. And makeup inspired by tuberculoid prostitutes in turn-of-the-century Paris looks good on precisely no one.

    • Qitkat

      Your last sentence is genius. I think her skin tone is tricky to dress and style, makeup wise. She is so pale, and so pink, all at the same time. But I think she might be one of those rare people who can wear almost any color, if extreme care is taken with her makeup, but we have seen over and over on these pages, that rarely happens. She’s so young, and has lovely, clear skin, that she may insist that she not be given the heavy-handed coverage that so many others opt for. I say bravo, for her, there’s plenty of time for that, if ever. So this may always be an issue if she goes minimal on the overall coverage which could tone down her natural ruddiness. I’m completely guessing on this, of course. Coming from a gal who has always preferred minimal makeup, except for my unfortunate navy blue mascara/eyeliner period of the late sixties ๐Ÿ™‚

      • demidaemon

        I think she should take advantage of her pale skin, though, to wear more saturated colors, as those with darker skin tones should love every part of the color wheel. It seems a travesty to wash her ut when those colors would emphasize how beautiful her skin is.

    • demidaemon

      Not only her style team, methinks. I think she has a predilection for the color scheme as well, which maybe she’ll grow out of in the next ten years, once she realizes it does not pair with her pale skin. I hope.

  • Qitkat

    That is the most adorable hair style. Love everything about her look.

  • SugarSnap108

    Beautiful dress, but matching a gown to your skin tone never works. Her hair looks exactly like mine did every year for the Nutcracker (Waltz of the Flowers). And the makeup is tragic.

  • susan6

    As I was scrolling down, I was mumbling…”not a great color on her….put it on a black woman who can make it sing….but I guess it’s princessy. What’s with the eye makeup? Pink eye shadow makes anyone look consumptive….” Then I read T Lo’s comments and pretty much had to high five myself!

  • B_C_J

    The dress is perfection & she is wearing it beautifully. The makeup is a travesty.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I could love the gown on her if her makeup hadn’t been so royally messed up.

  • Jenna621

    She looks so pretty, excepting the eye makeup. Why?!?!

  • elemspbee

    shoulda ditched the flower girl headgear and kept the neck piece.

  • Imasewsure

    I hated the hair until I saw it was Ren-Fair flowers which is really cute…. agreed about the color (and the makeup) but that is a really lovely dress

  • Mothra

    Yellow is so hard to wear and she is not wearing it well.

    But to be fair I don’t like it on the model either.

  • semirose

    I think if her hair provided some contrast and her eye makeup was better this would work. Love that dress.

  • Nathan

    I think they were trying to go for “girl who just slept for 100 years.” I guess no one stopped to think that of course that would look terrible.

  • WTF with the mauve eye shadow? she looks like she’s got scarlet fever! fab dress on the other hand-

  • Jennifer L.

    Off topic slightly – Hobeika would have been a good choice for the recent Met Ball methinks.

  • Tricia Rose

    I don’t have a reason… hence the irrational part… but for some reason seeing this has sent her to the top of my “Irrational Hate List”. It’s totally unfair, and I am ashamed of my irrational hatred…. but it’s there. It’s there.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Is this a costume from the movie??? Soooo bridesmaid/flowergirl/wedding get-up.

  • bluefish

    Gorgeous dress. Love it.

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t actually like anything about her head. But overall, this works.

  • ItAin’tMe

    Aw, c’mon. NO jewelry? Not even earrings?

  • Andrea Lentz

    Weird makeup but I do appreciate that she dresses her age.

  • CT14

    Ugh. Pink eyeshadow ruining everything! She looks ill. I can’t even give the dress a proper look, b/c I’m too distracted by the ugly makeup on her pretty face.

  • KiP07

    Thank you TLO! I have long thought that Elle’s particular look didn’t suit this kind of makeup! Just because her sister can sometimes pull it off and fits in some of the same general categories (blonde, blue-eyed, babyish-faced) does not mean it will work for Elle! As the Fanning sisters demonstrate, there are many shades of babyish-faced.

  • Pretty, but the flowers in the hair make her look like the tallest flower girl on the planet.

  • Jeremy Thomas Porta

    I’m sorry, but I really hate the fact that that dress has pockets. She should wear gloves if she needs to do something with her hands.

    I absolutely agree with the princess styling, it would have been THE way to go here.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    That dress is gorgeous. Completely gorgeous.

  • VicD

    Jr. bridesmaid? Thank god she put the “ruff” type accent on her head rather than around her neck.

  • MissAmynae

    I love it- even with the makeup. There is something going on with that close-up pic, either the white balance, or harsh flash, or she’s flushing a bit from laughing. If anything with the makeup, I would tone down her blush. She already has rosy cheeks and great bone structure, no need to paint that much more on.

  • Pretty, pretty princess! …And for once, I actually think the consumptive makeup is working.

    (I know! I KNOW. Don’t kick me off the BK team!)

  • demidaemon

    Agree on the color. I think the hair could work, but the make-up does not. It’s all a bit washed out, though.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I actually really like this. The consumptive make-up is working for me. She looks like a real princess, not a dragged up Disney one, and I like that.

  • lilibetp

    I LOVE everything but the eye makeup.

  • Honestly I love the hair, the flowers and ribbons do it for me. But the makeup is atrocious, red eye makeup looks good on exactly no one.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I love the pockets and hate the I-am-in-ballerina-school hairdo. Feh. But still – a gorgeous dress WITH POCKETS? That’s dreamy.

  • kat89

    The dress is adorable but would look better in blue like you said, but the hair is a bit too twee-First Communion, and that pink eye makeup is horrible. She is a very pretty girl but it seems like she’s always dressed like she’s either 5 or 40.

  • Malibufire

    No one looks good in pink eye shadow. That’s a trend that needs to stop, pronto.

  • She’s so cute!

  • SierraDelta

    Please, Elle, come to my house, and we’ll go through my jewelry box together to find something nice for you to borrow.

  • Joe Schmartin

    The makeup artist is apparently an Orphan Black fan who’s clearly on Team Helena.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Yeah, maybe I’m still in Orphan Black mode, but she’s rocking serious Helena face.