Elle Fanning Style Double Shot

Posted on May 15, 2014

Really, stars. You shouldn’t have. Yes, we make our living telling all y’all what you’re doing wrong in your style, but you really don’t need to give us more opportunities to do so. You really don’t need a “walking into David Letterman” and “walking out of David Letterman” outfit. One will suffice.


Elle-Fanning-David-Letterman-Vivienne-Westwood-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Elle Fanning makes an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” in New York City to promote her new movie “Maleficent” in Vivienne Westwood [second look].

Elle-Fanning-David-Letterman-Vivienne-Westwood-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)


Hello, 1995!

The pajamas are cute (although we still maintain she should stay away from pastels). Those shoes are hideous.



Elle-Fanning-David-Letterman-Vivienne-Westwood-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Elle-Fanning-David-Letterman-Vivienne-Westwood-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

Still don’t think she should be wearing pink, but that looks pretty spectacular on her, in a fairy tale princess kinda way. The hem’s weird and you can see too much of the infrastructure in the bodice, but we’re surprised by how much we like this on her. We never would’ve thought she’d look this good in this dress.




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  • VioletFem

    She is stunning in the second outfit, like she is dripping in pink.

    • Anna

      The second outfit looks great on her, albeit slightly sophisticated for her age. I love that it has a Princess Aurora vibe – which is a role Elle was pretty much born to play.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        This dress does have a Princess Aurora vibe, and yes, Elle does have a fairy princess air about her.

  • sugarkane105

    I kind of love that she rolled up in her PJ’s. But that yellow eye shadow needs to burn a thousand, fiery deaths.
    The second dress does work better than it should – but I’m still waiting for whoever is in charge of this girl’s look to actually use colors and textures to her advantage. She always looks like she has a fever.

    • kimmeister

      Well, she appears to have wiped off the jaundice eye shadow for look #2.

      • Anapestic

        “Jaundice” would be a great name for a makeup line in an SNL commercial.

        • Mrs. Julien

          To go with the cyanosis and frostbite cosmetic lines.

    • Jennifer Bober

      I so agree about that eye shadow. It does NOT work with her skin tones. Would someone please dress this girl in a nice saturated blue? Pretty please? It would look so good on her.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I was wondering if maybe David Letterman’s Makeup Gays took one look at her and pulled out the remover wipes.

      • kmk05

        We can only hope, because they added some nice inner eye highlighter too.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Was she on her way somewhere else after taping Letterman? She can’t have worn that on the show – there are no wrinkles. It’s pretty on her, or would be if not for the distracting shine. It’s TOO shiny.

    This is the way to wear pajamas on the street, Mindy.

    • VioletFem

      She did wear the dress on the show. Maybe one of her handlers has a steamer on hand.

      • FibonacciSequins

        Wow! Or maybe it’s made of some magic wrinkle-free fabric.

        • VioletFem

          I need that fabric in my life!

    • demidaemon

      I don’t care how famous you are. I deplore people who wear pajamas in public.

  • Danielle

    I’m getting shades of candy striper in the first. The second is pretty stunning.

  • Glam Dixie

    The satin gown seems a bit much for a visit to Letterman. The jammies and the shoes are both ugly and even more ugly together.

    • demidaemon

      THANK YOU!

  • hughman

    Who told her to hold her hands like Malibu Barbie?

    • Glam Dixie

      Probably Skipper.

      • Sarah

        She could play Skipper in a movie. Maybe that’s her plan….

    • Constant Reader

      THAT’S what’s bugging me… even more than the problems I mentioned in my earlier comment!

    • Wendi126

      More like Icelandic Barbie

      • melisaurus

        Maybe her people are nordic?

    • mickiemonkey

      And that’s a whole lotta rings.

  • Constant Reader

    The second outfit is one of those where I like the idea but it fails in the execution. It also strikes me as too “evening” for the middle of the day with a lady in a chambray shirt in the same shot. I would love to have that top outfit — but to wear as actual pajamas and not walking down a city street.

    • VioletFem

      My first instinct was that that the second outfit was too “evening”, but I feel like you can get away with that if the celebrity is making an appearance on a late night tv show that airs after 11:30 PM.

      • Constant Reader

        Good point. I didn’t think about that.

  • Anna

    The second dress is certainly eye-catching, but the more I look at it, the more it’s reminding me of what was left of Cinderella’s dress after Lady Tremaine had her stepsisters tear it apart.

    Makeup is consumptive, as always.

  • LeelaST

    Definitely PJs! I don’t like her in the dress, looks about 10 years (or 20) too old for her; and that interior construction situation is inexcusable. Very odd.

  • lexilexi

    I think the second dress belongs on an older woman.. and NOT on David Letterman.

    • hughman

      David Letterman could never pull off that color.

      • FibonacciSequins

        He’s too fair.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Agreed. The dress give her hips and boobs and cuves, and it’s pretty….but she’s 16. The draping, the hem, and the collar all make me think it would look better on someone more mature than her.

      I like the pj’s, but the orange eyeshadow and the shoes kill it.

      • marlie

        I really do like the dress on her, but I completely forgot that she’s only 16. Maybe it would be better suited on a slightly older ladystar.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Yeah, it’s not uber sex-bomb or anything, although that’s a bit more of her cleavage than I care to see. But it just seems like that’s a dress designed to define and accentuate your curves, while also hiding any minor (perceived) body flaws. I just can’t see why a 16 year old would want or need that type of dress.
          I don’t expect her to show up in jumpers and mary janes all the time, but this just seems like it went too far in the other direction.

          • marlie

            I think what might push it over the edge for me is the corsetry aspect of it. Westwoods designs are meant to highlight the corseted bodices, and that’s a little too much for a 16 yo in my book.

            And to not sound like an old lady telling the kids what to wear and not wear, back in my prom dress shopping days, I refused to try on any of the Jessica McClintock (or the like) dresses that had the laces up the back (corset-lite) because *I* thought they were too mature.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Yes, I remember trying on a dress for prom that was off-the-shoulder and fit me like a GLOVE, but even I could tell that the styling was too mature for my 17 years.

            And I feel totally at ease with my old lady leanings. I can sound like one for the both of us, if you prefer.

            Get off our lawn!

      • Beardslee

        This is a dress for a woman, not a girl. The pajamas she wore in were just right for a kid. This dress – absolutely not.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Ahhh, I feel vindicated. Thank you.

      • Anna

        Elle is stunning, but she’s still a kid. She has a really innocent face. The prude in me comes out when I see a kid wearing something that is kind of sexy.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Yes, if she didn’t have such a sweet baby face, it might not strike me as so incongruous

          • Anna

            You know, Elle is probably going to have that baby faced innocent look well into her 30’s. Not such a bad lot for her though 😛

  • Alyssa

    I’m shocked at how much I like her in the Westwood. I can’t blame her for arriving in PJs. Why bother getting too fancy when you know you’ve got a killer dress waiting for you?! I reserve the right to retract that statement if she actually wore the PJs on the show though. Glad she changed out of the consumptive eye makeup as well.

  • Sarah

    Ooh. That Westwood is divine. She looks so good in it, fit-wise. It needs to be a jewel tone, with an up-do and jewels on a red carpet though. Not on a sidewalk with day hair, shoes, and jewelry. The jammies look okay for cookies with grandma.

    • kimmeister

      Only 1-2 cookies though, or else the midriff portion of the look will go awry.

    • JauntyJohn

      I picture it in plum, and then I love it.
      By the way, I am setting a personal goal to use the phrase, “I picture it in plum” three more times today.

      • Ginmaru

        So I set you up with the question, “do you know where the hamster went?”

      • alyce1213

        I love plum. My new couch is plum. Feel free to “picture it.”

  • kimmeister

    Yikes, that much visible boning on look #2 is a fail no matter what. And it’s WAY overkill for a Letterman visit.

  • deelup

    If Aurora went to a toga party…

  • dea

    I don’t really like the second dress, looks all 80’s prom to me.

    • leahpapa

      Yeah, the Uncles’ enthusiasm for it had me questioning my taste, because I really don’t care for it, not on her and not as a garment. She was so luminous in “Super 8”; I wish her stylist and makeup folks would channel a 70s-inflected American look more, because I think it really works on her.

    • SugarSnap108

      Whew, I thought I was alone. I hate it, actually. Everything about it.

    • EveEve

      Agree. The visible boning is amateurish, and it reeks of the mothballs in the Disneyland costume closet.

    • demidaemon

      Exactly how I felt.

  • Sophia Finfer

    The second look looks utterly absurd to me as something to wear during the day. It must be what she wore for the interview (?), which is fine since it’s a late night show. It looks INSANE to me outside though. Very pretty, just totally out of place. Agree 100% about the pastels.

    • FibonacciSequins

      No wrinkles though, and that dress looks like it would wrinkle the second you sit down in it.

      • Sophia Finfer

        No wrinkles after a sit-down interview is very impressive. I’m also curious to see how it looks on tv. On the street, it looks nothing but ridiculous to me.

  • @Biting Panda

    NO. Fancy PJs and a satin sheet twisted into a dress, are simply childish, not young fashion diva.

  • Yvette Florio Lane

    My daughter had a princess nightgown just like that when she was about 3. Is it wear-your-jammies-to-work week? Is there something wrong with her arms?

  • MilaXX

    Not crazy about either looks, but I think I dislike the first one the least. That could at least be salvaged with a better shoe. I completely hate the pink satin dress. Pink is not your color when your skin leans towards pink. Can we talk about the orange-y yellow eye shadow in the first pic? Why?

    • mshesterp

      I’m a pale pink-hued girl myself, and I had NO idea until recently when I got a makeup concept that because I’m so pink, I should avoid all pink-y lipsticks, blushes, and any clothes that resemble my skin color. I needed to move towards corals. I just thought I liked pink (and it looked fresh), but I make everything (including myself) look SUPER pink when i wear that tone–and that’s what that 2nd dress is doing to Elle. Love the design, hate the color. Even a peach would’ve been better. Move away from the pinky pinks, dear!

    • I cannot comprehend any situation in which that orange eyeshadow would be appropriate, required, or deployed in a way that does not send me running screaming to the nearest eye wash station to try and wash away the seeing of that via my eye bulbs..

      The same applies to those shoes. I saw them. I cannot unsee them. I will have nightmares about them. 🙁

    • random_poster

      I agree with everything you said. I really hate that dress.

  • ktr33

    The Westwood just looks like slimy boiled deli counter sliced ham made into a dress.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I wish Elle would let her natural hair color grow out. I don’t think that shade of platinum is flattering to her complexion.

    • Are you telling me that’s NOT natural? What the FUCK? Like she isn’t white enough already? Oh my God, I’m about to have a fit. I was just pitying her for that awful genetic color combination. Like she’s actually albino.

      • FibonacciSequins

        It was a slightly darker blonde when she was younger, and usually blondes go darker as they grow up, not lighter. So I’m thinking she lightens it up some.

      • Tracy_Flick

        Her roots look light-to-medium brown.

  • Ashleigh

    is her right arm paralyzed? loosen up girl!

  • Sam Erin

    Outfit 2 = another literal interpretation of her character. Would much rather have to be Maleficent on this pole dance than Aurora.

  • KinoEye

    Gotta disagree with the Uncles on the second dress — looks like a bad satin prom dress. The tuberculosis makeup is, once again, no bueno.

    • demidaemon

      I love how everyone is repeating my exact thoughts here! 🙂 I would look at the comments ahead of time, but I always want to get my first impression out there before I read everyone’s thoughts.

  • fitzg

    Change both of these to any shade of blue or a jewel tone and I’m in.

  • Jangle57

    Based especially on that second dress, I think she should avoid pink like the plague – with all the pink in her skintone, she just looks like a mass of pink. How about a light or medium gray instead?

  • altalinda

    Hate the second look in every way.

  • lbl

    Most of the Vivienne Westwood dresses I’ve seen are too much for anyone under thirty. This is not an exception.

  • marlie

    The Westwood looks pretty fantastic on her. Pink still isn’t her best color, but THIS shad of pink isn’t so bad (though I agree that the satin shows too much of the architecture of the dress). As for the pajamas? They are not for public outings/appearances, missy.

    • demidaemon


  • tonibaloney

    Those shoes are GOL(gag out loud)-worthy. Barf.

  • Girl has too much pink in her skin to wear pink. Embrace the icy blues and never wear orange eyeshadow ever again.

  • SewingSiren

    Look 1: Do she and Mindy Kaling have a psychic link? Because here they are on the same day with shiny faces and pastel pajamas. There must be a connection, but what?

    Look 2: That is some perfect Sleeping Beauty. Love it with no reservations. None.

  • Adriana

    She needs new makeup people! Why does she always look so consumptive and shiny?

  • Imasewsure

    I think I’d like the second dress if it were shorter (and with combat boots which is how I want all Westwood gowns to be accessorized). I’m kind of digging the Pillow Talk vibe of the first outfit although I agree that she should back away from the pink as a rule

  • Can anyone verify that she has acting ability? I cannot see what she has, other than her sister’s name, that warrants all this attention and roles.

  • Melanie

    My gods at the scroll-down fug on the pj’s. It just kept getting worse. The second is a definite GTINYD look for me. I don’t wanna see a 15 year old’s decollete and the drapes are doing nothing for her figure.

  • boweryboy

    Awful. All of it.

    • GillianHolroyd

      yeah, that about sums it up for me too.

  • Mothra

    She is just not a girl who should wear pink. If that second look was an ice blue, she’d look fabu. the fabric on that second dress looks incredibly luscious. I want to drink it.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    An almost literal call-back to the animated dress in Sleeping Beauty. And pajamas. Oh my. They are really driving the point home, aren’t they?

  • malarson2

    Just young. All of her choices can be chalked up to youth, methinks. And I’m ok with that.

  • Anplica Fiore

    While she looks good in the 2nd look, it brings to mind a cougar dress at a 1980s-90s prom…

  • Sissy

    she’s adorable, truly. but woof – that dress. feeling the pjs.

  • msdamselfly

    Love both outfits, including the green shoes

  • MoHub

    Is it my monitor? The second dress looks more lavender than pink. Or at least orchid.

    • marlie

      It’s kind of a pinkish-lavender to me too. I actually don’t hate this color on her because it’s a little richer than the washed-out pinks she sometimes likes.

    • marlie

      It’s kind of a pinkish-lavender to me too. I actually don’t hate this color on her because it’s a little richer than the washed-out pinks she sometimes likes.

  • shopgirl716

    She’s just so…. Young! Seems like she’s mainly having fun with it all. She reminds me of my friends’ teenage daughters who are still figuring out their makeup and style.

  • Lilithcat

    God, I hate shiny satin! Particularly shiny pink satin. The length of that dress is godawful.

    You really don’t need a “walking into David Letterman” and “walking out of David Letterman” outfit. One will suffice.

    Truly. Particularly when the first is pajamas and the second is formal wear. It’s like she lives at the studio or something. Very odd.

    • That’s Michelle Visage’s least favorite dress length.

  • Valerie

    That first outfit honestly looks like a pair of jammies my grandmother died in. I shit you not.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    The second dress is like a modern re-interpretation of the classic Princess Aurora gown, so I’ll give it a minor pass (though it is really tricky and I don’t think I would like it under other circumstances). The first outfit is just hilarious, if she wanted to go out in pajamas she should have really committed and worn fuzzy slippers to match.

    • that’s a popular look among the young women of east oakland, wearing pajama pants and a tank top with fuzzy slippers to run your errands or whatever. the hair must be in a sloppy topknot held by a single hair band. no hairpins are allowed. sunglasses are optional. large hoop earrings may complement the look.

  • teensmom99

    I had those pants/pajamas. Mine was Willi Wear & I had a skirt too

  • Ginmaru

    But where’s the six white horses and her coach with the rat footmen?

    • she’s sleeping beauty, not cinderella.

      • Ginmaru

        Oh man! I have totally lost my Disney princess cred. Next, they will take my Frozen soundtrack away from me!

        • my granddaughter, the noteworthy six year old fashion critic leenabelle, spends most of her time waltzing around the house singing along with the frozen soundtrack. “just let it go-oh-oh-oh…” or something like that.

          • Ginmaru

            I have no excuse for my odd attachment to those songs. My boys are too old and completely uninterested and the cats don’t care. My husband got it for me on Netflix and then sat down and watched it with me. And now HE sings it around the house which is a good thing because my voice can cut glass.

  • I love the shape/silhouette of both outfits but the color stories are upsetting me. I could almost accept the pink pajamas but then she paired it with those ugly shoes and orange eyeshadow that double clashes.
    Eta: I also think she should reconsider her hair color. I know it’s a Fanning trademark but I think that’s half of what makes her look so simultaneously washed out and flushed.

  • save_the_hobbit

    I think you guys are on crack because she looks like a 50 year old debutante in that second outfit.

    • Little_Olive

      I was gonna say. It’s like HBC was in one of her Vivienne Westwood frocks and some spell turned her into a child.
      The dress is wearing her, really. And that hemline is all kinds of wrong for her.

  • frannyprof

    Cannot wait to see “Maleficent.” Can. Not. Wait.

    • FibonacciSequins

      It looks over-the-top, in the best way.

  • SugarSnap108

    I think the PJs are terribly unflattering. But they’ve got nothing on that eye shadow. WHY?

  • that eye shadow is nauseating. what was she thinking?

    eta: i just noticed she took it off for her on stage look. maybe letterman’s makeup crew clued her in.

  • DTLAFamilies

    I can’t sign off on either outfit. She has pink skin, pink cheeks, pink lips–she should not be wearing pink!

  • Judy_J

    That pink dress brings to mind Princess Aurora in the Disney cartoon. I keep wanting little fairies to have a magic fight switching it from pink to blue.

    • conniemd

      One of my favorite childhood memories from sleeping beauty was the changing of her dress from pink to blue to yellow (?).

  • nannypoo

    I like the pajamas better than the dress, although she sure is pink.


    I think both outfits, but especially the second one, are ugly. That dress is a terrible length for her and somehow it doesn’t seem that she’s actually wearing it, but is just in it. And what will it take for her to change up her hair, or even to get those roots done? I just don’t get her. I guess it’s because I’ve never seen her on screen in anything and I don’t know anything about her except what I see on TLo, and it happens that I don’t like the way she dresses.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Pinky McPinkerton is just too pink….

  • B_C_J

    I am uncomfortable with how exposed she is on top in the second outfit. She is quite young still. The dress is a bit mature for her & the length is awkward.

  • Tricia Rose

    They are both hideous. The second dress is completely over-dressed for Dave Letterman, and is made for someone double her age, in a different color mind you. Gross Gross Gross.

    • Amel

      Yep, I think the second dress is pretty and even *sort of* works for her, but it does look too old for her, maybe especially with her school-girl long straight hair

  • lamamu

    Love the outfits. HATE the colors against her skin. Just no.

  • venusvelvet

    Mary-anne walking in, Ginger coming out.

  • Gatto Nero

    The Westwood dress has potential, despite the visible boning and the weird hem. (So many of Vivienne’s pieces just look unresolved to me.) Not liking the overdose of shiny fabric, though.
    The PJs look like an ensemble for summer brunch on the patio. But the colors are not good. And hell no to the shoes.

  • Amel

    Only Rihanna can wear PJs in public and make it look good

  • Kent Roby

    There’s much to dislike about these looks, but I’m too much in awe that such a young girl has mastered The Perfect Hair Flip.

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    I don’t even remember the 90’s…the Clinton decade right?
    The second look is beautiful.

  • alyce1213

    I’m gonna give her the benefit of the doubt for two outfits, this time. The on-camera Westwood is a wrinkler, so I bet her stylist advised her not to wear the dress in the car, and take it and change there. The pink PJs are cute for a young gal like her. The Westwood is a bit womanly and too formal for Letterman, but it’s a very nice dress.

  • demidaemon

    1) Another sleeper set. Excerpt this one isn’t fancy, it’s just old-fashioned. Is this a new trend? (I hope not!)

    2) Fancy prom dress.

  • what not

    Am I the only one who really dislikes Elle Fanning’s hair color choice? It works on Dakota, but somehow on Elle it seems both overly precious and unflattering.

    • PastryGoddess

      I think it’s because she’s pinker(tm) than Dakota. AND she insists on punched by a baby makeup.

  • cocohall

    Could this child just once wear something that doesn’t make her look like her makeup was done with strawberry Pop Rocks? She always looks like she has taken pink sugar and rubbed it into her face. She can wear all the high fashion she wants, but until she figures out her make-up she will always look like a little girl who got into mommie’s make-up drawer

  • a_liking

    I sincerely believe that all of her outfits would look SO MUCH better if she simply went for a darker shade of hair. she’s wayyy too rosy for that bleached of hair. trust me, I am a similar shade of pasty pink, and dark hair really flatters it.

    • Annistella

      Me too! I used to be blonde (Fanning-esque colour) until my hairdresser staged an intervention. She sat opposite me and said ‘do you realise that from the neck up you are all the same colour?’. Contrast between colour and skin tone is the key. I have rosacea on my face and neck and going dark was a revelation. It neutralised the redness. Incidentally, that dress is hemmed too short. It is like her people tried to make it footpath appropriate but to me she looks like she just came out of the bridal wear shop change room and the staff said ‘put these shoes with it, just to get an idea what it would look like’.

      • smh4748

        I hope you tipped your hair stylist extra that day! 🙂

  • eight_of_nine

    That pink satin thing is the worst. Wearing it on a dirty NYC street just makes it look even more ridiculous.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    I so dislike her hair color. It’s so…YELLOW.

  • livesarah

    She should never wear pink, but that dress is a thing of beauty. And I don’t care what people say about pyjamas in public, I’m 100% in favour!

  • quiltrx

    I love the Westwood, maybe just not for her (such pink coloring). I love that it’s serving Aurora realness while bringing the funk too.

  • Joey Melliza

    Gurrrrrrrl, that’s not your dress. FedEx that pink silky thing to Lupita at once, to cheer her up from that African tribal disaster she wore at the MET gala.

  • Nopinkertons

    Every time I see a picture of her, I’m struck by how much she looks like Angela Lansbury….and not necessarily young Angela Lansbury. Is it the pink makeup or the white hair?

  • FridaStaire

    Oh no! That is her mother’s dress!

  • sunflower

    The Westwood is pretty, but the color is bad for her and it seems like an odd choice for a talk show

  • MM4321

    She needs to ease up on the hair bleach (her sister, too). It just washes her out.

  • Mary Lauer

    Why on earth does she want to wear the WORST color for all the pink already in her face? And I think the shoes with the pajamas would have been STELLAR if they were a bright medium blue instead of that citron green.

  • Haley Buchanan

    The second outfit would be perfect in a blue or a green. She’d truly look like a real-life Disney princess!

  • RutGot

    Wow, I think these are both kind of terrible.