She speaks in hurried, breathless sentences punctuated by squeals and "Wow!" At 13, Elle Fanning belies her status as fashion's latest muse with pure, unadulterated joy. There's a lot to be excited about. As she's grown seven inches in the past two years (at 5'6", she beats her 17-year-old sister, Dakota, by roughly two inches), her star is rising in more ways than one.
Cardigan, $2,000, dress, $3,000, Dior; skirt, price upon request, D&G; shoes, $630, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; bracelet, $260, House of Flora. On lips: MAC Tinted Lipglass in Pink Poodle.
Bracelets $95 each, Pono by Joan Goodman; femmegems.com.
Fanning has been acting for years, but a stirring turn in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere last spring marked her arrival as a leading lady on film and the red carpet. The young actress/ballerina's willowy figure, elfin features, and innate sense of style have attracted everyone from Rodarte's notoriously discriminating Laura and Kate Mulleavy to Marc Jacobs — in whose ads the elder Fanning frequently stars.
Top, $550, collar, $490, Louis Vuitton; gloves, $40, Carolina Amato.
Bags $258 each, Furla; furla.com.
In May, Fanning, along with her sister, attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala as the special guest of Valentino, who dressed both girls head to toe. "It was incredible," she says calmly before surrendering to starstruck giddiness. "I met Beyoncé! I've loved her forever. She's so beautiful. And Alexa Chung! She is my style icon." Chung and Fanning share a love for all things vintage. Her latest obsession? An orange letterman jacket bought on a surprise birthday thrift-store shopping trip to San Francisco.
Dress, price upon request, Prada; gloves, $25, LaCrasia Gloves.
Dress $847, Sretsis at Bleu on La Brea; (323) 939-2228.
Beguiled by the beauty of a child well beyond her years, Hollywood's heavyweights are calling. This month, Fanning stars in the Steven Spielberg — produced, J.J. Abrams — directed sci-fi Super 8. Films with Francis Ford Coppola and Cameron Crowe are soon to follow. In between, she works her own version of the L.A. party circuit. "Everyone in my grade is turning 13, so there are bunches of bar and bat mitzvahs," she says. "They're very dressy. It's fun picking out outfits. One girl, for her bat mitzvah, wore a huge red ball gown!" Something tells us Fanning still stole the show.
Dress, $4,990, Lanvin; belt, $215, Meredith Wendell; bracelet, $150, Emporio Armani; tulle (worn as headpiece), Manny's Millinery Supply Co. On hair: TRESemmé Climate Control Finishing Spray.
Shoes $39.95, Gap; gap.com.
A spoonful of sugary pastels and fluffy textures makes Dressing up most delightful
Coat, $4,310, dress, $895, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; shoes, $1,055, Nicholas Kirkwood; bangles, $23 each, Pono by Joan Goodman.
Sunglasses $450, Thierry Lasry at Luxuriator; (310) 274-4494.
"I love clothes. I always look at runway shows online and know all of the models. I think it was passed down to my sister and me from our mom. She always loved dressing us when we were little."
Dress, $4,195, Stella McCartney; tights, $15, DKNY; bracelet, $260, House of Flora.
Jacket $150, Banana Republic; bananarepublic.com. Belted Skirt $365, Robert Rodriguez; (213) 629-2800.
"The best part of my day is picking out my outfit. I love looking through my closet and putting things together."
Top & shorts, price upon request, Les Copains; shoes, $630, Miu Miu; bracelet, $440, Sonia Rykiel; camisole, editor's own.
Sweater $78, Kensie; kensie.com.
Shoes $195, Cynthia Rowley; stanleykorshak.com.
"It's going to be really weird when my sister goes to college. I mean, we definitely fight — we're sisters. But she's my only sibling, so it'll be sad."
Dress, price upon request, Antonio Berardi; headband, editor's own.
Bra & Briefs $52.50 & $30, Cosabella; shop.cosabella.com.