If you’ve read the latest issue of Grazia, you’ll know there’s a new breed of uber-celebrities taking over Hollywood. They’re rich, famous, talented...and er, children. Yes, it’s the rise of the Chadults (that’s child adults) and Elle Fanning is head of the pack.
The young actress has got as much poise as her elder sister, Dakota and well, the most graceful of grown-ups too. She can hold her own against the trendiest of red carpet dressers thanks to glad rags from Marc Jacobs, Azzaro and Valentino (that’s couture, dahling). And now she’s following in the fashionable footsteps of Kirsten Dunst and Chloe Sevigny by becoming the muse of one of the hippest houses in town, Rodarte. And all at the tender age of 12.
Elle Fanning in Rodarte; Rodarte's S/S'11 collection
Pah all you like, dear readers, but during the promo tour for Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’, little Miss Fanning looked impossibly cool working a gladiator-esque creation from the S/S ‘11 catwalk, and the Mulleavys clearly took note. In fact, they loved Elle's cutesy kookiness so much, the designers have enlisted her to star in their eight-minute film, ‘The Curve of Forgotten Things’.
The collaboration with director-photographer Todd Cole premieres next Tuesday on Nowness.com and channels the softness of the sisters’ latest collection, which was inspired by their childhood backyard - so Fanning Jnr is the perfect pre-teen for the job, dontcha think?
These newly-released images say a ginormous ‘yes!’. Looking suitably dreamy, Elle explores an abandoned home while dressed in a buttoned-up blouse tucked into a beige tiered skirt and those brilliant Kirkwood platforms.
‘It’s inspired by Northern California, and the Seventies’, Cole tells WWD. ‘It’s about this girl who exists in this strange place outside of time.’ Ooh err, how Grazia Daily loves a touch of Rodarte eeriness...
So you see, folks? Tween queens are all the rage these days, whether you like it or not.
by Jessica Vince