Best Dressed Teen 2012 – Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning has virtually stolen the spotlight from her older sister, Dakota—and from a host of other burgeoning starlets.

Not only did this precocious 14-year-old actress land a role in the upcoming Sleeping Beauty movie, Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie, she also was just nominated for a 2013 Critics’ Choice Award for her part in Ginger & Rosa.

She is no shrinking violet on the style scene either. So it’s no surprise Elle was elected the Best Dressed Teen of 2012, continuing her winning streak from last year.

A radiant presence with her alabaster skin, her deep gaze and those angelic blonde locks, Elle makes a strong impression whether she’s a girly goddess on the red carpet, a fairy tale fashionista at a film premiere, the girl-next-door for Teen Vogue or an artsy rocker chick covering the latest issue of Bullett magazine.

She achieves such grace by mixing cute with couture and princess with punk, all with a young and fun flair. And she’s not afraid to take risks. Remember, Elle was the one who colored outside the lines and dared to wear a sunny piece from Rodarte’s Van Gogh-inspired Spring 2012 collection at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

In fact, this PYT often leans towards high-concept looks plucked straight from the runway, favoring bold names like Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Rochas.

One of her most memorable ensembles of the year was actually an ode to androgyny: the print-happy Miu Miu Fall 2012 trouser suit she wore for the Ginger & Rosa premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

It’s not hard to see why Elle has captivated the attention of film directors and fashion designers, carving out a glowing role in the movie biz and in the style world with more panache than starlets two or three times her age.

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16 thoughts on “Best Dressed Teen 2012 – Elle Fanning

  1. Yeliz

    I voted for the adorable Kiernan Shipka. I did love a lot of Elle’s looks, but there were also looks which were ridiculous. Kiernan, however, was pretty and age appropriate all the time.

  2. pipsqueak

    Another winner that I voted for! I see great future in this girl. She’s got a much wider range than her sister, both in fashion and film.

  3. Amy

    I like Elle: she’s quirky and age-appropriate which is no little achievement in Hollywoodland (hint: Chloe Moretz).
    But my pick was Kiernan Shipka for sure.

  4. Quinn

    I voted for her last year, but I can’t recall anything outstanding from her this year. So, my vote goes to the adorable Kiernan Shipka. I love ALL of Kiernan’s look this year. always so polish and age appropriate. sad that she didn’t win.

  5. Moxie

    I was torn between Amandla and Kiernan. Elle tried a lot of new things this year (except hair styles), but a lot of her looks were total misses. Definitely not best dressed.

  6. ally

    I love Elle Fanning and Kiernan. They’re so different but both are incredibly fashion-forward. They dress to their youth, unlike some younger actresses (Chloe Moretz and the whole Disney channel crew)
    Congrats Elle!


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