At 'Maleficent' Japan Premiere, Elle Fanning Wears a Glorified Alexander McQueen Nightgown and Still Kills It
You guys, I’m starting to feel a little bad for Dakota Fanning. Even though I absolutely adore the actress and have never stopped loving her from the moment I saw her precious little face in I Am Sam (and seriously, how cute was she in Uptown Girls?), I’m starting to get the feeling that she’s being out-shined by her little sister, Elle. And not just by a tiny bit, but by a lot. A whole lot.
Not only is the 16-year-old star a refreshingly talented actress who’s set to make it big and has already worked with such esteemed Hollywood figures as Steven Spielberg, Matt Damon, and, most recently, Angelina Jolie, but she also has a refined sense of style that’s both quirky and surprisingly mature.
The latest piece of evidence that the younger Fanning sibling has a killer fashion sense (and one that, it’s easy to argue, far outshines her sister’s): The ethereal, dreamy Alexander McQueen number she wore to the Maleficent premiere in Japan (yes, that style-packed press tour still isn’t over). With its Edwardian sleeves, sheer lace fabric, draped fit, feathered hem, embroidered detailing, and romantic silk bow, the couture creation was a breathtaking look at just how grown-up Fanning’s style can be, all while staying true to her trademark, charming innocence.
Not only was the tiered, lacy number just the latest in a string of overtly princess-inspired numbers Fanning has donned during the Maleficent world tour, but it’s also proof that this young actress can wear just about any piece or trend and make it look absolutely amazing. I mean, we’re talking a glorified nightgown here — a nightgown that looks more high fashion, elegant, and stunning than 99 percent of the pieces that come down the red carpet on a daily basis.
And paired with rosy cheeks, barely there makeup, a lack of accessories, and a head full of soft, romantic waves, Fanning is truly the picture of purity (and perfect style) in this all-white ensemble.
Now do I think we should all ditch our night-out dresses and special-occasion ensembles in favor of lacy nightgowns and slinky slip dresses? No, that's probably a style best left for Fanning to master. But if there's anything we can all take away from this wonderfully whimsical gown, it's that injecting a little fantasy, romance, and charm into our everyday ensembles can be the simplest way to look beyond chic and feminine.