Dakota Fanning: The red carpet's next big thing?

dakota-fanningImage Credit: Kyle Rover/startraksphoto.comI totally agreed with my colleague, Tim Stack, when he predicted Avatar star Zoë Saldana would be this year’s most promising fashionista. That was then, when she wore that magnificent Roland Mouret gown to her film’s London premiere. But after two extremely disappointing turns, first at the Golden Globes and more recently at the Oscars, where she wore her atrocious pom-pom confection, I’ve all but lost total faith in the actress’ taste. Why she thought wearing a tattered crimson quilt and a costume borrowed from the Moulin Rouge to two of this season’s most prestigious red-carpet events is beyond me.

But just as I was about to lose all hope, Dakota Fanning stepped out in this stylish sequined Valentino mini (left) at The Runaways premiere this past Thursday in L.A., and it worked on so many levels: her age, frame, the event, and so on.

The 16-year-old star is no one-trick pony, though. Fanning brought it just as fiercely to New Moon‘s L.A. premiere last November in a playful lace Valentino mini and I-want-them-now heels. She even knows how to make nude tones work on her porcelain skin, as we saw at last year’s NAACP Awards. Seriously, can this girl do no wrong? I’m anticipating some lovely summery frocks for this summer’s Eclipse premiere.

Dakota, I dub thee my new red carpet style crush. What do you guys think? As a disclaimer, I’m totally on board the Lea Michele-style icon-to-be train, but what movie actress should inherit the fashion throne? Sound off below!


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  • juan

    zoe still have 3 movies to come this year, dakota is cute and talented but she only have one movie this year and 30 seconds in twilight 3. so your not going to see too much of her in the rc.

    • Rachel LaPinsk

      Dakota Fanning will CRUSH Zoe Saldana. You are deluded if you think there’s any any real comparison to someone who was a body-double on a grown up smurf adventure.

      • mtraptor

        Wow…someone’s really invested in Dakota Fanning.

      • Siskel

        Twilight is the dumbest thing on the planet.

      • The Truth

        Why is this a competition? Seriously, why is it?

      • Julie

        please… Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart both look like hangover loogies… im sick of these kids that look like they are dying from kidney failure… a cute dress doesnt cover your head

  • petuniafromhell

    I feel the same way about Zoe!!! I was soooo dissapointed in her choices for the big events!

    • Kim

      And she’s not much of an actress, so she better get her fashion stuff together so that she at least has something to cling to.

      • Stephanie

        Wow, Kim, really? Are you watching the same movies I am? She has talent, for sure. Wasn’t impressed with dress choices, but saying she can’t act is WAY off base.

      • angel5

        kim you just a hater zoe is more talented than your prcious dakota cant even be compared.

  • Sara

    LOL. I thought Dakota’s dress here looked incredibly ill-fitting and un-flattering, whereas I loved Zoe’s dress at the Oscars. Personal taste, I guess.

    • KYTessa

      Sara I was just thinking the same thing. Dakota needed a good alteration on that dress.

  • Heather2

    I agree. Dakota has a sense for style and what looks good on her. She was gorgeous in this.

  • Tina

    I agree, Dakota seems to be pretty consistent when it comes to the fashion

  • GGG

    So basically you only like mini-dresses? How obvious. Dakota looks great – but why must you knock Zoe? Must people who truly love fashion, understood her risks and felt they paid off. You have juvenile taste…

    • and your spelling and grammar are quite juvenile.

      • Sally

        Not to mention the ridiculous claim about ‘most people who know fashion’. Believe me, ‘most people who know fashion’ were appalled at what she was wearing.

  • tex

    Lea Michele tho

  • Joseph T

    oh i agree! she has done a really excellent job and I have been impressed.

  • jodipo

    I like Dakota, but think Emma Watson is the young fashionista to watch

    • jen

      i was gonna say, what about emma watson?! she’s the face of burberry for crying out loud. about dakota fanning, though, she seems to have skipped that awkward child-actor-to-teenage/young adult-actor stage, no?

    • juan

      your right!! Emma Watson is hot and cute.

    • Celia

      Emma Watson has already been deemed a fashion icon. The girl has got style.
      I think Carey Mulligan and Dakota Fanning both have future fashion icon potential. So does Gabourey Sidibe. She consistently looks gorgeous on the red carpet!
      Zoe Saldana is fabulous. I loved what she wore to the Golden Globes. It was very romantic.

      • orville

        Not so sure about Carey Mulligan. She looks so uncomfortable at high-fashion events.

  • Tracey

    loved Anna Kendrick in Pucci at the BAFTAs. She is one to watch as well

    • Cheri

      I thought Anna Kendrick was one of the best-dressed at the Oscars!

  • noam

    agree with emma watson (who has been style-crush-worthy for years now) and anna kendrick, and think carey mulligan’s taste is pretty promising as well.

  • mark

    amanda seyfried

    • LPR

      I loved both Zoe’s GG dress and her Oscar dress and lots of others agreed. I think Zoe totally knocked it out part with just about everything she wore while promoting both Star Trek and Avatar. Not only that but comparing Dakota Fanning and Zoe Saldana is like comparing apples/organges. One is a teenager and the other is a woman for starters.

    • Rimlit

      “amanda seyfried”

      lol, I can’t help but see the resemblance too, Mark.

  • mccliza

    Dakota looks good, but sadly, not like a 16-year-old, star or no star. And, she needs to make super sure she’s not taking posture lessons from her co-star, the dreadful-looking Kristen Stewart! She’s thisclose to slouching.

  • Dre

    Saiorse Ronan
    Emma Watson
    Carey Mulligan
    Anna Kendrick
    Dakota Fanning

    In that order

  • Jackie

    I’d say Lea Michele is one of the most consistently best dressed. Ditto on Emma Watson. If I had to add another, I’d add Anne Hathaway.

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