Elle Fanning in Vivienne Westwood at the 2014 HFPA Grants Banquet

Posted on August 15, 2014

Elle Fanning and her distorted-beyond-recognition lower half would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

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Not that we’re criticizing, darlings. Perish the thought.

But no, it’s true this time. We actually like this a lot. We’ve spend the past few years faux-shrieking and faux-crying over the fact that her color preferences could be classified as “ghostly,” and that she’d blossom if she’d just learn to not be afraid of color (and probably fire the stylist who thought Casper would be her fashion icon). And while it’s true that 95% of the lady population is likely to avoid any dress that adds volume to their hips and butt, Elle is currently one of the select few who can really make a shape like this work.

But pairing gold shoes with it took it straight to Happy Holidays.




[Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, PacificCoastNews]

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  • TinyDynamo

    Girl. That is a Woman’s Dress. Pack it up & ship it to a grown up, please!

    Love the color, though. HATE the hair.

    • That’s my problem with it too. Maybe even her older sister, but this is a big girl’s dress.

      • Badriya Al-Badi’a

        I think if her hair and make up had been done like a grown up’s, this could have really really worked for her. If you’re going to wear a dress like that, you have to commit to the drama all the way from head to toe and *inhabit* it, not just wear it.

        • Little_Olive

          Nah, I think that would have just added to the feeling that she’s playing dress-up in mama’s closet.

      • formerlyAnon

        In the first photo at least, the impression that she has not mastered the hobble skirt contributes to the problem.

    • Just Me

      I was thinking the exact same thing! The Bitter Kittens are have a psychic connection now. Spooky…

    • lunchcoma

      Agreed. This is far, far too mature for her at this point.

    • MilaXX

      Agreed – that’s far too Jessica Rabbit looking for someone not out of high school.

  • @Biting Panda

    LOVE it!! I don’t know, I think the gold shoes helped to add whimsy to an otherwise “adult” dress.

    (Looking like the hair tone is a touch warmer and her face is luminous without being ghostly. Well done.)

    • dustinrhodes

      I agree! I love this full stop.

    • Kent Roby

      I love it as well! And I am totally fine with a young’un wearing this type of adult dress; it only distresses me when girls go the too-sexy too-exposed “adult” route (I’m looking at you, Vanessa Hudgens!)

  • SewingSiren

    Provocative. Who knew she could manage a Westwood. With the proper attitude too,

  • guyfromhoboken

    My problem with the fanning girls is that their hair color always seems a touch too yellow / brassy for their skin tones. They need to tone down the hair color.

    • Wink

      The color is ‘chicken fat yellow.’ It’s all the rage. Everyone’s doing it, Sweetie. Everyone!

      • Constant Reader

        Now I have the “Go you chicken fat, go” song from elementary school calisthenics in my head.

  • Anna

    I love the colour but am not sold on the elements: cat ear/tucked in napkin, pointed boob things, saddlebags, bustles (also pointed). I do agree that she is one of the select few who could make it work.

    Love the bracelet though and make up is on point. Luminous, instead of her usual consumptive.

  • JasmineAM

    HAAAAAAAATEEEEE THE HAIR COLOR SO MUCH! Not to be all get-off-my-lawny, but this whole getup looks too grown for her.

  • KateMaryC

    I would just love to see her with a new shade of blonde. This is almost yellow. She needs some definition around her face.

  • The print in that dress is straight out of 1930’s tenement wallpaper. And/or bad chintz slipcovers.

  • If you’re going to wear a dress like that, then keep your hands off your hips. Let the shape do the talking.

    • StellaZafella

      Where to put them though, Kiltd? This is a serious question: If you put them down or in back you crush the line of the super-draping, it’s sort of the “paniette dilemma”, can’t put your hands down, can’t fold your arms without looking petulant and defensive. This is a hard design to wear without pockets.

      • Too True, Stella. Its really an editorial only dress. Cause then you can have your arms wildly akimbo without it looking ridiculous.

      • Jackie4g

        That’s easy. Stick your arms straight out at the sides, then fold them in at the elbow with your hands in loose fists under your arms and make sure to cluck at regular intervals.
        I like the print very much. I think two would do: the fanny treatment or the hip treatment or the bust flap treatment, but not all three.

      • MilaXX

        This is where a clutch is helpful. You hold the clutch in one hand and then you don’t look odd keep the other arm straight down. However none of that matters because this whole look is far too grown for her.

  • KendraMR

    Her hair color is making my eye twitch. It looks like she killed scores of Woodstocks and made a wig.

  • Belle239

    That back looks like it got stuck in her bum and needs yanked out. Would love to see her pretty face with shorter hair. This straighter than straight style is getting tiresome.

  • Radish

    I could get my hair to look like that with $8 and a trip to Rite Aid.

  • Wink

    Her ass has origami wings.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, I was loving the dress (as envisioned on an adult) until I saw the buttwings. No one needs those.

  • cognativedissonance

    Vulvas. Vulvas everywhere.

    • Anna

      Can’t UN-SEE now!

    • Constant Reader

      I thought it was just me seeing that. The color (while pretty as a dress color, and very pretty on Elle) is not helping.

  • HobbitGirl

    Am I the only person who thinks the print looks vaguely like an intestinal parasite?

    • StrandedFashionista

      Or a centipede.

    • Jackie4g

      I like the print. I like the colors and I’ve never minded William Morris, which is what I see, albeit updated, for the print.

  • StrandedFashionista

    I was completely on board till in the 6th picture her butt looked pointy. I don’t mind volume, but that was ridiculous.

  • Dany

    Pairing gold with this takes it straight to a Hallmark greeting card.

    Also, Why must you do this to me Elle…why must you INSIST on your Children of the Damned hair. Ugh.

  • RescueMe23

    Hate it. Poor thing – she looks so pleased with herself too.. Honey – you’ll get hips soon enough, and when you do you won’t want them.

  • Just Me

    I look at this dress and sooooo want to see Dita wear the shit out it.

    • StellaZafella

      Dita would have the right shoes, hair and accessories and pose the hell out of this…but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dita in Westwood.

      • Glam Dixie

        Dita would also NOT have a sock tan.

  • decormaven

    Oh, for some different shoes! She’s pulling off wearing this tricky dress, though, so kudos to her.

    • Jackie4g

      What shoes, please?

      • decormaven

        Hmm. Black stiletto pump. The construction of the dress is tricky enough.

        • Jackie4g

          I think the black might be heavy. Is this, perhaps, a good time for those high color suede pumps the stylists are pushing? If the suede could be found that tones with the colors in the print, I would like that, too. Actually, this is a good time for a color that matches one of the colors in the print, like the coral for now and the burgundy for fall. It seems like no one approves of matching shoes anymore, but I think this is an instance where the matching would make sense.

      • sweetestsith

        With her age, I would actually lean towards a colored strappy sandal. Orange, purple/plum, pink, raspberry, yellow. Not necessarily in the worlds brightest shades, just something simple with a bit of contrast.

        I would also switch out the bangle for sparkly earrings and a honking ring. That might be personal preference rather than “it would look better” though.

        • Jackie4g

          Personal preference is totally welcome in this kind of discussion. That’s how our eyes are opened. See above for mine, in my reply to decormaven.

  • paintedfish

    if i just took out the lining, my hips and butt would fit in the origami; perfect! just like expandable luggage.

  • Mothra

    Finally a little color on that little whispy thing but that is easily the awfulest dress ever for fit and style. Also, hello hair. How about some action on that?

  • cindiaune

    At least it gives her the look of having breasts :O

    • kimmeister

      That’s probably why she picked it.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love the colour on her, but I’m with the BKs who have pointed out that the dress belongs on a grown woman.

  • Holy shit, and then she turned around.

  • R.A.

    I do adore the shoes though.

  • Sophie

    I like the colour, but the butt wings look rather strange. Let’s just say I only like the front view.

  • StellaZafella

    I folded 600 napkins for a banquet just like this once upon a time…one sit and flip of the wrist and all that work was gone. But that’s Westwood.

  • boweryboy

    It’s a fabulous dress, but then again I love just about everything Westwood has done since her Buffalo Girls collection, so I’m biased. However, this is not Elle’s color. Not at all.

  • grasshack

    sweet – but looks like she’s playing grownup

  • crash1212

    I love this. I fully support her walk into Vivienne Westwood-land.

  • EveEve

    Jiffy Pop Tushie

  • nannypoo

    I can’t think when I’ve seen a more age-inappropriate outfit. She’s 16. Someone should remove the butt flounces and ship it off to Vanna White.

  • frannyprof

    I love everything about this. Even the gold shoes.

  • marlie

    I love this color on Elle, and I think she looks really pretty. Though I wonder if she’s quite mature enough to really pull it off. Still, she looks good.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I don’t like that shade of red on her at all, plus the neckline and that mess at the hips are not taking me to a happy place, holidays or otherwise. I say NO to this one.

  • Mr. J.

    That dress is a hot wrinkled mess.

  • Richard

    It seems like all Vivienne Westwood dresses have that same exact neckline??? and are all of them made out of shiny slightly heavy fabrics?

  • Denise Rambo

    This is WAY too grown up for her.

  • yayito83

    i dont like this dress at all, she’s 16!!!! love the make up

  • David Kresner

    I love that Westwood keeps reinventing that pattern. Sun and Sea and Piracy!

  • Maybe it’s a matter of preference (and possible an issue with the lighting) but that flat shade of yellow blonde never looks good to me. It just emphasizes how fake and dyed it is without doing anything interesting. Like a wig made from hay.

  • formerlyAnon

    I agree with those who think this would be more impressive on a grown woman. I like the dress, and it looks fine on Ms. Fanning, but it cries out for someone else who:
    1) had, or wore undergarments to fake, a fuller bust
    2) looked as if she had truly mastered the hobble skirt + sky high heels combo
    and finally,
    3) gave the impression that, whether she was choosing to or not at the moment, could conjure up a smoldering glance.

    • demidaemon

      I really think this is a dress for a woman with a voluptuous rear, so as to avoid the whole crumpling in on itself effect.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Honey, pack it up and send it to Lupita.

  • BlairBear

    I hate the bodice. Why does Westwood have this deep seated urge to fuck up the female bosom?

  • Imasewsure

    I like it… and it reminds me that I better start my Xmas shopping soon!!

  • kmk05

    I LOVE this, even though It looks a little like she’s playing dress-up and the dress is wearing her.

    But I simply can’t hate: I mean, look at the fresh face! The smooth hair! The waist pose! Her gorgeous smile! She looks like a modern 18 year-old sophisticated debutante.

  • unbornfawn

    You are so not old enough for this dress dear.

  • papillon

    I’m sorry but I HATE this dress. The colour is lovely but all the folds and the volume around the hips and the butt – it just looks crazy and terrible to me. And the bodice looks as though she slept on it in the car on the way to the event. I can’t get behind this one – but I do love those shoes.

    • 3boysful

      Agree–I actually like the fabric, but I am SO over the origami bodices. And now they’ve gone to origami hips. Just what we gals want–clothes that really do make our asses look huge!

    • Gatto Nero

      It’s typical Westwood — random folding, draping, and bunching that doesn’t flatter the body or play off of it in a beautiful or interesting way.
      The color’s great on her, though.

  • WaterGhost

    What a peculiar hair colour. It almost has a green tinge.

  • Julie Chase

    She looks like a mini Jamie King.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Color is a step in the right direction.

    The butt points are unfortunate.

  • heuristicvalue

    I canNOT with that butt. Does she have to poof it back out after she sits down? Oh…she is a celebrity, she does not sit.

  • lundibleu

    I really like the colours, but that pattern and the shine on the fabric just REALLY makes it look like wrapping paper. I’m just glad she didn’t have a bow on anywhere…

  • Love the dress, the smile, the side part(!) and yep the shoes, which speak to the bracelet!

  • demidaemon

    What cute wrapping paper she has on. And she even used the crumpled bits to make titbows!

    While I appreciate the color, I really don’t like the silhouette of the dress.

  • Columbinia

    Sorry, no, not on a girl who’s only 16. She should be at least 10 years older for this dress and these shoes. She looks like a kid playing dress up with stuff she found in grandma’s attic.

  • So glad she is wearing a color, but it does look like wrapping paper. Pack it up and ship it off to HBC.