Elle Fanning's Dressing DNA: From Teen Chic To Hollywood Glamazon

12 May 2014 by

Elle Fanning is maturing into a fabulous fashion flower (Getty)

Last week Elle Fanning transformed from child actor into a bona fide woman with a stylish string of wardrobe winners. Promoting her latest flick, Maleficent, the sister of Dakota Fanning (you know the one who appeared as the child in practically every film in the noughties) has not only stepped out of her sibling's style shadow she also laid down the garment gauntlet to her co-star, Angelina Jolie. She may be sweet sixteen but this little lady is proving her wardrobe worth and here are the five reasons why we name her ‘Elle The Exquisite’...

1. She's A Clothing Chameleon

Elle's style swings from glorious gowns to risky Rodarte numbers (Getty)

Elle, the face of Miu Miu, is one clever clothing chameleon with her fashion fluctuating from glorious glamazon to red carpet rebel. At last year’s Met Ball the actress appeared in a printed Rodarte dress and finished off the look with a bold choice of eye shadow, showing that she certainly wasn’t fazed by the punk theme. Her daring dressing approach has seen her switch with ease from tackling platform Prada looks to oozing old school Hollywood glamour, as she did at the London premiere of Maleficent last week in a lemon Georges Hobeika gown. On that occasion the dress and beauty look combined to make her every inch the crowned princess of fashion.

2. Bare Faced Beauty

It is all about the barely there make-up moments for Elle (Getty)

Apart from her Met Ball moment last year the actress is usually reliant on her natural and youthful beauty doing all the talking. If any make-up is even applied at all, it’s keep to an absolute minimum and Elle is all the more radiant because of her stealth approach to make-up application. So norm core, we love it!

3. Girly Accessories

Elle heads up the best dressed lists with her penchant for head bands and fash-forward footwear (Getty)

Unlike Lupita Nyong’o and her hair band wearing ways, Elle’s age gives her the perfect justification to wear the accessory and use the girly card to her advantage. Elle always accessories with a somewhat magpie eye, filling her nest with an array of treasures from embellished Marni flatforms to princess inspired heels. Her teaming of floral headbands with floor length gowns shows that she is wardrobe wise beyond her years!

4. The Angie Angle

When you are staring alongside a major Hollywood player, you have to bring a seriously stylish selection to the table (Getty)

If you are acting alongside Hollywood royalty and someone with as much red carpet experience as Angelina Jolie you are going to have to bring a seriously stylish selection on the promotional tour. Elle has done just that, she went for matchy-matchy with Angie at the London photo call for Maleficent and got shorty in Valentino whilst Angelina jumped into a jumpsuit the next day at the Paris photo call. Perhaps the pair shared fashion tips during the breaks on set, as the Elle Fanning of late is definitely a more mature dresser.

5. The Super Stylist

VIDEO: Both Elle and her sister Dakota are styled by Samantha McMillen (The Hollywood Reporter)

The super stylist behind Elle’s look is Samantha McMillen, who was named as one of Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists this year. McMillen has been dressing the Fanning sisters since 2012 and hasn’t looked back since, conquering the red carpet one Elie Saab dress at a time and if that wasn't enough she recently added Kim Basinger to her client list #major. The stylist states that the two Fanning ladies have very different styles, ‘Dakota is old school Hollywood, but a younger version of that, and Elle is a mix of bohemian and sporty,’ so it seems there is no style swopping when it comes to these siblings.

Check out some of Elle's wardrobe winners below...

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Elle Fanning in Christopher Kane at Comicon - July 2014 

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Ella Fanning in Rebecca Minkoff SS14 Marlow Crossbodu, Los Angeles - 28 July 2014 

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Elle Fanning at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - January 10, 2013

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Elle Fanning at Louis Vuitton Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week - October 2, 2013

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Elle Fanning at the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting Awards - November 7, 2013

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Elle Fanning at 'Maleficent' Japan premiere - June 23, 2014

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Elle Fanning at 'Maleficent' press conference for Japan premiere - June 24, 2014

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Elle Fanning at the 'Low Down' premiere - January 19, 2014

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Elle Fanning strolling on 'Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore' - March 5, 2014

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Elle Fanning at the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week - March 5, 2014

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Elle Fanning at the Marie Claire's Fresh Faces Party - April 8, 2014

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Elle Fanning strolling along the 'Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore' - May 5, 2014

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Elle Fanning at a photo call for the film 'Maleficent' - May 6, 2014

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Elle Fanning at a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's 'Maleficent' are exhibited - May 8, 2014

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Elle Fanning at a photocall for 'Maleficent' - May 9, 2014

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Elle Fanning at the World Premiere Of Disney's 'Maleficent' - May 28, 2014

Elle Fanning in Rodarte at Met Gala - 6 May 2013

Elle Fanning in Lanvin at GLAAD Media Awards - April 2013

Elle Fanning in Dolce & Gabbana at 'Ginger and Rosa' special film screening, Los Angeles - November 2012

Elle Fanning in Oscar de la Renta at 'Ginger and Rosa' film screening, Los Angeles- November 2012

Elle Fanning in Rodarte at Dinner in celebration of Rodarte at Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles - January 2012

Elle Fanning at Children at Heart Gala Dinner and Celebrity Fantasy Auction, New York - November 2011

Elle Fanning at Rodarte SS12 Show, New York Fashion Week - September 2011

Elle Fanning in Oscar de la Renta at The 15th Moet British Independent Film Awards - December 2012

Elle Fanning in Prada at 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' film premiere - November 2012

Elle Fanning in 'Ginger and Rosa' film screening after party, New York - November 2012

Elle Fanning in Rochas at 'Ginger & Rosa' film premiere, 56th BFI London Film Festival - October 2012

Elle Fanning in Calvin Klein at Elle Magazine 19th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute - October 2012

Elle Fanning in Chanel at Chanel Fine Jewelry 80th Anniversary of the 'Bijoux de Diamants' Collection, New York - October 2012

Elle Fanning at Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week - September 2012

Elle Fanning in Miu Miu at 'Ginger & Rosa' film premiere, Toronto International Film Festival - September 2012

Elle Fanning in Rodarte at 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards, Los Angeles - January 2012

Elle Fanning in Louis Vuitton at 'We Bought A Zoo' film premiere, New York - December 2011

Elle Fanning in Chanel at the Chanel Intimate Dinner At Robertson Boutique, Los Angeles - October 2011

Elle Fanning in Marc Jacobs at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards, Los Angeles - June 2011

Elle Fanning in Valentino at Costume Institute Gala Benefit, New York - May 2011

Elle Fanning in Valentino at 'Somewhere' Film Premiere, Los Angeles - December 2010

Elle Fanning in Valentino at 'Somewhere' film premiere, 67th Venice International Film Festival, Venice - September 2010


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