Fug or Fine: Elle Fanning


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We probably need some kind of code word for, “Don’t worry — we are, now and forever, relieved that Elle Fanning’s quirky sense of style is not some kind of literally naked ploy for attention and/or that she does not look like some kind of homeless Miley/Lohan hybrid.” That’s a lot to type each time. At the very least I need to assign it a macro on my computer.

However, just because she doesn’t look like a street urchin or a runaway teen prostitute, doesn’t mean I think this particularly works either. It’s very… grim. She looks ripped out of a hybrid children’s book wherein her character attends a French boarding school, has some adventures that lead to a series of unfortunate events, lands in an orphanage run by a hag who serves cold mush, dares to ask for some more and is cast off into the street, becomes a pickpocket, meets a little boy who lives in a clock, gets adopted by a rich bald man, and then spends a bunch of time in the imaginary land she accessed through an old wardrobe. That is a lot for one outfit to evoke. Maybe… if she lost the hat?

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  1. Lynne
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    You may also need a macro for “thank you Fannings for eschewing spray tan”. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things about the sisters Fanning. California girls who are not afraid to be pale!

    • Ms Poopy Von Pants
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      Agree! I covet her pale, flawless skin. It’s nice she’s embracing it. I cannot get on board with the yellow doll hair, however. I’m not at all blonde, but that can’t be natural, can it?

      • Desires sin
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        Second! The hair color is awful. She looks like a pilgrim with witch hair and an Anne of Green Gables hat.

  2. Cortney
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    I might really like it in a colour, and with less heavy sleeves?

  3. Amy
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    Was she channeling Wednesday Addams?

    • jerkygirl
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      YES!!! Just the other day I commented that she reminds me of a blond Wednesday Addams, and now she wears this??? I think she reads this site and is taunting all of us. The dress is cute but the hat is too much. So she should ditch the hat and just go full Wednesday by parting her hair in the middle and wearing 2 straight pigtails.

  4. nichole
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    i think it’s okay. Probably more grim due to the dark background and carpet.

  5. Anna Svahn
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    She’s young, she can play depressed school girl all she likes.

  6. maryse
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    i give her a pass. she’s just developing her style. and her skin is so pretty.

    • ringthing
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      I agree. She’s at an age to try all the looks she wants to. The sisters Fanning are definitely quirky but not creepy (see Mary Kate & Ashley).

  7. Evalyn
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    I think it’s very near Thanksgiving and this is very near a Pilgrim outfit. Give the child a break. How hasn’t coveted a velvet dress?

  8. TonyG
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    Pilgrim outfit for her high school play?

  9. Lindy
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    All she needs is a straw boater to look like Madeleine of the kids’ books series: http://www.pepperspollywogs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/WindowsLiveWriter/MissMadeline_F769/image%7B0%7D%5B3%5D.png

    • Sandra
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      That’s what Heather meant by “….her character attends a French boarding school…”

      This character’s proper name is Madeleine Baudelaire Oliver Hugo Annie Pevensie.

  10. Megan
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    This outfit would look absolutely ridiculous on someone 10 years older. That being said, I don’t love it – but it’s also refreshing to think that Elle likely picked it out herself and isn’t already hiring a stylist. THAT being said, she should see about befriending Kiernan Shipka (if she hasn’t already).

  11. Emily
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    Re: a code word, I think “Bless her heart” would work in this situation. Example: “Bless her heart, she got the role of lead pilgrim in the school play!”

  12. witjunkie
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    Whenever anyone wears a peter pan collar, this is what I see in my head.

  13. lilywise
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    There’s gotta be a nice line between Pilgrim and Lohan.

  14. Kit
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    really, I think if she just lost the hat (and possibly changed her shoes), she’d be okay – the dark background makes it look much worse than it is.

  15. Lizzy
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    Did she just exit the set of a Tim Burton movie (Beetlejuice 2)?

  16. linda
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    Ditch hat, change shoes, lose peter pan collar, and make the dress sleeveless. Her jewelry looks pretty, though.

  17. pantsonfire
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    So, I mentioned in the last Elle Fanning post that I find the Fanning style to be creepily precocious. What I meant by precocious was not “too sexy,” which is how I think many people read it. I mean that it just feels too adult, too mature, too serious. And I was a precocious and serious child myself…but I didn’t dress like Diane Keaton or the goth version of the twins from The Shining. I am all about kids having fun with clothes…but is this…is this fun? Well, I guess maybe for her. But it still reads uber-conscious of high fashion in a way that feels unnatural for a 14-year-old, though I know she has the money and this is the environment in which she exists. But I keep thinking “They mostly come at night. Mostly.”

    • pantsonfire
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      That said, kudos for individuality and this really doesn’t bother me oh-so-terribly. None of it is horrible and obviously it’s preferable to conformity and/or cheap over-exposure. And if this is how she’s feeling lately, well, then, I guess sometimes a gal feels like a Puritan. Maybe she’s studying them in school.

  18. mara
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    she looks like a pilgrim. She’s a little early for thanksgiving costumes.

  19. Kate
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    I think it would kind of fun and charming if it weren’t black. And perhaps if it weren’t velvet.

  20. Chrissy
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    I actually like this dress, but the old-fashioned shoe and the hat make it look too much like a pilgrim costume. I think with different styling, and her young age, this could have been cute.

  21. aurelija
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    She looks like she’s a character in The Crucible!

  22. Jules
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    I’m glad there’s not a “A” embroidered on that outift. Touche’

  23. Tarryn
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    I really like the shoes, though I don’t know how I feel about a 14-year-old wearing high heels. Maybe that’s just because my mom forbade from wearing them until I was at least 16.

  24. vandalfan
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    “In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines… ”

    This would be adorable on Posh’s little girl, or JLo’s. But no one over age six. I mean, even the shoes are velvet!

  25. Shanti
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    I don’t mind this. It’s cute, in a Gothy sort of Wednesday Addams way.

  26. qwertygirl
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    She looks like something out of the Gashlycrumb Tinies. That’s a compliment. I love the Gashlycrumb Tinies.

  27. Bottle Ginger
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    This dress should be worn by a much younger child, someone of grade-school age.

    Her sister did the same thing in her mid-teens, dressed like a grade school girl instead of a fun-loving teenager. It was kind of creepy, like her people were trying to keep their child star from growing up.

    • pantsonfire
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      I agree with this. How do I reconcile this with the fact that I get a weirdly adult vibe from her sartorial choices …hmmm. Maybe it’s like an adult’s approach to overgrown, somber children’s wear. Is she making an artistic statement about the death of her childhood? That’s my working theory at the moment. I can’t wait to see what she wears next.

  28. Shiitake
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    Makes me think of an unembellished Lolita-style dress.

  29. Guerra
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    Wow this is a costume & not a good one

  30. JosiePunk
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    Man, I wish she would have stood about 4 inches to her right, so she would have been directly underneath the “A” in the Chanel sign. Witches hat……….

  31. Laura
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    What is she, a Dickens’ character? No.

    • Bottle Ginger
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      Yes, she is a Dickens character.

      She’s “The Infant Phenomenon”!

  32. Laura
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    I mean, I’m glad she’s not climbing out of limos flashing her Britney but geez. Can she join this century?

  33. Lux
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    If the styling and accessories were different, I think this could work. Like, for instance, what if she were wearing purple shoes?! And if her hair were down and well-coiffed instead of in a braid, that would be a major improvement, too. I’d also get rid of the hat. A few changes and this could be good, really!

  34. gin_in_teacups
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    If she got rid of the hat, and if the sleeves were short. Maybe colorful shoes.

  35. Miss Louise
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    Another heavy dress and bare legs combination? Christina Hendricks did this the other day too, and I didn’t like it there either. My hair and complexion are almost identical to the Fanning sisters, so I’m all for the famous ladies owning the pale, but I’m bothered by the bare legs with dark velvet. Unfortunately, though, tights would make this even more costume-y. What to do?

  36. vanillasky
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    A character from “The Others” game proper.

  37. drlemaster
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    I was against this at first glance, but Heather’s text has convinced me otherwise. If you are teen, and want to wear some sort of children’s lit composite, you should go for it.

  38. house mouse
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    The hat is a bit much. Or the braid? I feel like if she just lost one or the other, everything would be fine.

  39. Elaine
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    There was a pilgrim in Les Miz?

  40. Emma
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    She looks like an extra from ‘The Crucible.’

  41. Amy
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    If you can’t think of anything nice to say to a 14 year old about her outfit, you should just stick to telling her she’s really pretty.

    I wore some damn fool get ups at her age and I turned out ok eventually. I like the outfit anyway – think of her as Swinton in training.