dress by Marni, cuffs by Delfina Delettrez
Phenomenal photo, in spite of the fact that a girl Elle’s age probably has never seen a land-line phone, let alone a rotary. But her bitchy gossip pose is perfect for a precocious tween star. The dress is absolutely perfect on her, from color to fit – she was made for this color blue, and I love the cropped sleeves. That bronze cuff keeps the look a little more modern and a little less Mad Men.
dress by Carven, necklace by Marc by Marc Jacobs, shoes by Miu Miu
Well, this is just silly. I know it’s Teen Vogue, but a girl posing with the letters of her name (particularly when that name, Elle, is shared by a competitor magazine) just looks strange in a fashion editorial. At least it’s covering up that dress, which can only be described as Pepto Bismol pink. The skirt is too short – that plus the long sleeves make her look like an ice skater. The necklace just looks busy, and I’m not a fan of how perfectly it matches the shoes.
dress and shoes by RED Valentino, tiara by Louis Vuitton, cuff by Oscar de la Renta
About as expected as can be for an Elle Fanning editorial, isn’t it? A porcelain doll-like shot of her looking precociously bowlegged? It feels a little predictable, but perhaps that’s just because I’ve seen more than my fair share of precocious tween stars in darling little fashion spreads.
top by Bebe, ring by Aurélie Bidermann, necklace by Lena Wald
A gorgeous photo. When you’re working with eyes as blue as hers, it’s almost mandatory to do a beach or water-adjacent photo to make those baby blues sparkle. Also, I’m all about that adorable beach umbrella! It’s too cute for me to take to the filthy beaches of the Jersey shore, though, which is a shame.
dress by Miu Miu
She looks beautiful, but it looks like a yearbook photo, not a fashion photo, even with all the red lace. But I suppose that might be more accessible to Teen Vogue‘s readers than like, her riding a camel past some train tracks while weeping, or whatever.
dress by Christopher Kane, ring by Kenneth Jay Lane
Glee‘s Dianna Agron wore this on the cover of Nylon, but I much prefer it on little Elle. Dianna’s editorial smacked the reader over the head with Twiggy references, making this dress look kind of dated and cheesy. Teen Vogue brought much more subtlety and simplicity to the table, and it really allowed this adorable dress to shine. Also, the ring? Perfection.
dress by Prada, hairpin by Jane Tran
It’s almost comforting to know that in a post-Lindsay world, there are still angelic-looking young stars who seem happy, healthy, and very far away from crotch shots and multiple rehab stints.
Happy new year, dear readers!