Cannes Style Double Shot: Elle Fanning in Chanel and Zuhair Murad Couture

Posted on May 21, 2016

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Since we pretty much trashed her last look, we feel compelled to do Miss Elle a solid and show off her latest two, which she got pretty much perfectly right.


Elle Fanning attends photocall for “The Neon Demon” during the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France in Chanel.

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How cute is this? We could’ve done without the platforms, but everything else is perfect. It turns out you only need to add some strong black accents to her usual pale and washed-out dresses and they really pop on her.



Elle Fanning attends the premiere of “Neon Demon” during the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France in Zuhair Murad Couture.

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This is gorgeous, although we have to utilize our bitchy fashion blogger voices and say that it’s a teeny bit expected from her. She is, after all, literally a Disney princess. These kinds of fantasy/romantic looks are tailor made for her. Not that we’re complaining. She looks absolutely beautiful. Sophisticated, but still youthful and fresh.



Style Credits:
First Look:
Chanel White Tiered Lace Dress with Black Contrasting Satin Tie from the Fall 2016 Collection
Second Look:
Zuhair Murad Pink Sheer Floral-Embroidered Strapless Gown Featuring Underlying Corset and Big Bouffant Skirt with Train from the Spring 2016 Couture Collection
Tiffany & Co. Jewelry

[Photo Credit: Laurent Koffel/, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Andreas Rentz/Getty Images, Alex B. Huckle/Getty Images]

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  • steeg of their own

    The first one is fine, but I can’t give a pass to the second. You can see the scaffolding under that sheer skirt, like an ugly crooked butt-trellis upon which those limp roses are hanging. I expect better from a couture house, they should have known that work would show under camera flashes.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      on the other hand, “ugly crooked butt-trellis” would be a great name for a band.

    • CommentsByKatie

      They could easily have put a lining there and they chose not to; it was meant to show. It does indeed look like a trellis with flowers on it and I think that was the point. For me, it’s beautiful.

    • Little_Olive

      I think it’s intentional. I don’t think it looks bad actually.

      • jen

        I love that part actually.

    • BrooklynBomber

      How did I not notice the ugly crooked butt-trellis the first time around? Now it’s all I can see!

    • Daenyx

      See I’m just the opposite on how I feel about the looks; I HATE the first one and adore the second. I agree with TLo that the black helps keep her from getting washed out by the white, but the shape is just…. ugh. I think I’d hate it less with the black leggings/tights the runway model is wearing. The butt-trellis doesn’t bother me; she looks like a walking garden to me in the gown, it’s beautiful.

    • Bridget Smith

      I LOVE that element, actually, the way it combines hoop skirt construction and the appearance of a rose trellis. I think it’s pretty and clever – adds something interesting to a somewhat expected dress.

    • Judy_S

      I am sure it is intentional and I really don’t like it. Too easy a bit of cleverness.

  • Tejanala

    The first is really cute and the second is stunning, to me!

  • I think these are both pretty perfect. Not many people could pull off that first one without looking silly, but it was made for her. Instead of the draggy platforms, though, I think she could have chosen something much more casual and cute–maybe even a pair of oxfords.

    • Shouldercat

      Yeah, those supershort 60’s style sex kitten frocks need low-heeled to flat shoes.

      • girliecue

        Or go-go boots.

        • Leah Elzinga

          or t-straps

    • gefeylich

      Yes. I’m a sucker for babydoll dresses when worn by the right person (who HAS to be under 25). Think how overly precious that first dress would have looked on Taylor Swift. But little Elle nails it.

      The second dress is pretty-pretty; but again, she nails it. Good job, kid.

  • N

    The 2nd look is so very beautiful, ethereal and delicate. Very pretty gown and Elle pulls it off to perfection.
    The 1st look is ok from the ankles up.

  • Robert Sanchez

    She is giving “Carroll Baker in ‘Baby Doll'” realness in the first outfit. In the second, it’s beautiful, but not a fan of the visible mini-hoop over the hips.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Yup, Baby Doll was my first thought too.

  • laura

    She can do the second look in her sleep. Pretty, yes. But, as you said, expected. I do love her head styling in the first look.

  • Gatita

    Can’t sign off on that second dress. The skirt is as sheer as anything a Kardashian would wear. And I hate seeing the latice.

  • morecoffee

    ugh – i hate babydoll Chanel. Shoulders and up is gorgeous that day, though.

  • empath

    The underlaying structure in the Zahair Murad should not be seen, and certainly takes the gown out of ‘couture’ for me. The dress should have a lining or should not be constructed with the lattice. The magical illusion is lost by seeing the construction underneath.

    • N

      The corset visibility is obviously intentional – it’s not there for construction, it gives the look an additional sultrier romance dimension, and that’s what separates Couture from standard ready-to-wear gowns.

    • AlisonHendryx

      I completely disagree. Especially considering the movie they are premiering, showing the structural undergirding is intentional, interesting, and special.

  • altermyego

    I think part of the reason why the first one works so well is because that is some of the best hair and makeup I’ve ever seen on her. That baby doll dress could’ve easily gone so wrong. But she looks great.

    I hope I never see pink eye shadow on her ever again.

    • KiP07

      Yes! I feel like a lot of the time her outfit is ruined by makeup that makes her look feverish and sickly. Her makeup in that first shot is fantastic–perfect eyeliner and lip color!

  • GillianHolroyd

    I’d like the 2nd look better if it weren’t such a dirty pink. Really I thought it was gray which is a bit drab for her coloring.

  • quiltrx

    Her head is pretty much perfection in the first look.
    The second dress is SO her, but I’m over the trend of visible underpinnings in sheer gowns. I want to *wonder* how it looks the way it does, not see all the details.

    • mom2ajs5

      Yes, it bugs me too!

  • Tarquin

    The Chanel is a shapeless sack o’nothing. The Zuhair Murad looks too tight and would look infinitely better if it were lined.

  • teensmom99

    Love what colors do to the pale look. And if there is ever a place to parade your Disney Princes Look, it’s Cannes.

  • Eva_baby

    Her hair and make up are great in both looks. But I can’t with the first dress it just looks like a sack of misshapen ruffles with a big black bow. The color combo is great, but I am not feeling the fit.

    The second look should be perfect, but like others have stated, I don’t want to see the wizard behind the curtain. Let the architecture remain a mystery and just be a pretty dress.

  • Daisy Walker

    Though I hate them both, I’m WAAAAY more done with lace than I am with sheer, so second look gets a pass. First look should be thrown in the Med. But great head game for both.

  • Shouldercat

    That second dress is everything! Love the visibility of the corset trellis extension over the hips.

  • Gatto Nero

    She nailed both looks (with the exception of the shooves). The Chanel looks like it was made for her.
    The second one especially is a stunner. And I like the visible architecture.

  • The platforms take the first dress into pure Lolita territory. *full body shiver*

    • boingboing

      Yup. It’s kind of icky.

      • SRQkitten

        Yes, baby doll dress + stripper platforms = seriously icky.

  • GoddessOfThunder

    I’ve really been on the fence with Chanel for some time – but THIS looks perfectly amazing on her — I’m getting a whole Sharon Tate vibe .

  • OrangeChia

    Blech. No thanks on either look.

  • aslish

    The second dress is sooo amazing. Perfect marriage of classic and trendy!

  • stellavision

    THAT is Zuhair Murad? Color me shocked. I would’ve guessed Elie Saab for sure — looks way too demure to be J.Lo’s favorite designer!

  • OffToSeeHim

    I really like that first one, in the last picture she looks like a model. I even like the shoes with it. The second one is, as you say, somewhat expected but I think the princess bun takes it over the top in that direction.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Her makeup is really helping the first lip not to wash her out – the brighter lip and ever-so-slight smoky eye are keeping her face from disappearing into the dress. No brights in the makeup with the second dress. Somebody else mentioned scaffolding showing through by accident, I think that’s on purpose. Does that seem like the kind of mistake a couture house would make?

  • MilaXX

    First look is lovely. For some reason I get Bridget Bardot from it. Hate the platform pumps. Second look is pretty but I wish it was lined or better lined.

    • Alison

      Had the same Bardot thought at first, but then in the fourth picture she looks exactly like Baby Adele.

  • evave2

    I like both looks, but I must say that the first look with THOSE SHOES, well, does anybody else think her feet are going to be swollen up to brobdinagian proportions. YIKES they look painful. And I think the first Chanel dress has been worn by at least one other person at Cannes this week (or it’s cousin, I mean the ruffled tiers, was it Chloe Sevigny?) but I like it in both iterations.

    The second dress makes her look like she is her own big sister to the first look, she looks much much taller (maybe it’s the hair?) but she looks great.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    i’m just glad she’s not wearing any of those awful shoes anymore.

  • MissMariRose

    The first one looks like a very fancy nightie. The visible boning on the second one reminds me of those horribly tacky Pnina Tornai dresses on Say Yes to the Dress. But this one is much cuter than those monstrosities.

  • Little_Olive

    The first is ruined by the shoes IMO. But a big step in the right direction.
    The second was made for her. Perfect hair as well. She looks young and sweet rather than childlike and twee, which is not easy with her features and coloring.

  • Byodo-In

    The shoes in the first look make it Lolita hooker. The second look is stunning, but I don’t understand the exposed boning giving it shape around the hips.

  • ServoCrow

    “We could’ve done without the platforms, but everything else is perfect.”

    YES, THIS. It’s such a sweet, floaty number & those shoes just do not work with it. Otherwise gorgeous.


    She is so beautiful with her hair pulled back in that elegant chignon, just stunning head to toe there!

  • Eric Stott

    I look at the second look & see Grace Kelly possibilities

  • sgac37

    Either her skin’s improved with age, or her makeup artist has finally solved the shininess problem she used to be plagued with. Her face looks really good.

  • Qitkat

    Only a Fanning could pull off a Victorian lampshade.
    I like the trellis-like scaffolding under the princess dress, it is certainly intentional, very pretty gown. She is showing fabulous posture here too.

  • Tee

    Chanel should launch a younger line like Miu Miu.

  • Michele

    The white one is a little too creepy for my taste but at the same time, she’s wearing it well. The second is gorgeous. I like the trellis. I always wanted one. Er, in my garden. : )

  • steph

    Hate the platforms in the first look.

  • Lauren

    Her head styling is perfect in both. This sounds a little insipid, but she just looks so PRETTY.

  • macwell

    Both are great looks for her – black platforms notwithstanding. Is it me, or does she NEED to be in a movie, playing Michelle Pfeiffer’s daughter?

  • Anna Cabe

    A little precious for my tastes, but they suit her so perfectly, and they don’t wash her out as much as usual.

  • marlie

    I like both of these. I was inclined to hate that black bow on sight, but overall the bow plus the shoes makes it a little more interesting than her usual colorless fare. The second dress is lovely, and I’m struck by how she’s starting to look like a you woman, as opposed to a teenager. I know the underpinnings of the dress are supposed to show, but I think I’d like the dress better without it (or lined).

  • CatLady

    First: high contrast really does work for her.

    Second: needs more lattice. It’s bad design to have it right on her hips and nowhere else. The necklace is pretty. It looks like jewelry is starting to come back.

  • Dhppy

    I think the updated Courtney Love Chanel look needs the platforms in order to take it out of silly sweetness. The Zuhair Murad gown is lovely on her.

  • Linda LaPaz

    I hate shooves, but this first look is a perfect deployment of them.

  • Beto

    Somehow the first one reminded me of Twiggy (sans the platform of course). The second one is very beautiful and she wears it flawlessly

  • Myra Amler

    Wow! She looks lovely.

  • 60Gal

    It’s the visible “Underlying Corset” that bugs me. Looks like they took it straight off the manikin.

  • Imasewsure

    I love the first look but she should have worn the tights too since it somehow balances it out.
    Love the second one too. Doesn’t matter if it’s expected if it is lovely couture on the right person

  • Dellie

    What’s going on with Chanel, Dior and Gucci with the long bow-tie look this season. Its a bit played out, but I like her look here. IMO Elle needs to wach the pales… it works here but it just washes her out. I agree on the ballerina look, looks beautiful but its a been there done that. I do look the see thru skirt (I know L+T don’t) but for me its a bit sexy to usual drab. Her face and attitude is Boss Lady. Love it.

  • Kaonashi

    The Neon Demon dress works like gangbusters on her; I love the detailing. I’m afraid the first look is a bitch too twee for my taste, and the shoes are horrible.

  • Bish

    I feel like the lady in the last photo in the red and black dress has my exact reaction face. I also think her dress would have looked fab on Elle and been unexpected for her.