W Magazine December 2011 | Dakota & Elle Fanning by Mario Sorrenti

Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, W Magazine December 2011 cover, Mario Sorrenti

Dakota and Elle Fanning both made a delightful appearance on the W Magazine December 2011 cover wearing Valentino Haute Couture no less. Much thanks to Elle Fanning who has been one of the underage darlings of the fashion world this year; from appearing in numerous editorial spreads including Vogue US (alongside her sister) and the cover of LOVE Magazine, fronting the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign to being Rodarte’s muse and seating front row at her first New York Fashion Week, the list goes on. Everything seems to be going right for Elle Fanning while her sister, Dakota Fanning took some time off to complete high school.

Shot by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Lori Goldstein for the pages of W Magazine December 2011, Dakota and Elle Fanning reflect a refined and poised innocence wearing the likes of Chanel Haute Couture, Dior Haute Couture, Rodarte, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture and Givenchy Haute Couture (in that order). Check out the full editorial spread below.

Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, W Magazine December 2011, Mario Sorrenti

Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, W Magazine December 2011, Mario Sorrenti

Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, W Magazine December 2011, Mario Sorrenti

Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, W Magazine December 2011, Mario Sorrenti

Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, W Magazine December 2011, Mario Sorrenti

Also, read about the cover story interview on the W Magazine website.

Image credits: Mario Sorrenti/W Magazine

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers | Elle, Chloe, Hailee, Lara, Nyasha, Mariacarla, Kristen, Daphne

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 is now out in stores and LOVE Magazine has finally released images of all 8 covers of its supernatural-themed Issue 6. The first three covers starring Elle Fanning, Chloë Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld have already been released and are now in stores. The remaining five special edition covers starring Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy and Daphne Groeneveld  will be out in stores on September 1st. All LOVE Magazine Issue 6 covers were shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

LOVE Magazine Issue 6 Covers, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld

The question now is which cover to get. I’m leaning towards Mariacarla Boscono or Elle Fanning. They are all stunning in their own right and it seems that fashion folk cannot stop seeing enough of in-demand photographers, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott’s stunning visuals.

Image credits: love magazine

Elle Fanning | Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning stars in the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 ad campaign shot by Juergen Teller. The ads feature Elle Fanning donning heavy outerwear and dresses that seem too big on her but she pulls it off with ease by staring rather blankly into the camera looking like she owns it; albeit a little nonchalantly. The photos are dreamy with a slightly surreal atmosphere but I’m unsure of the outfits selected here. I wish the stylist had chosen more outfits with those eclectic prints and that striped colour-block coat plus a metallic piece. But that’s just me. Otherwise, selecting Elle Fanning for the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 ad campaign would have proved to be a winner.

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Elle Fanning, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Looking back at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 ad campaign again and you realise that Elle Fanning is only 13 but she has over a dozen editorial spreads to her name including this one. With the age factor in mind, the Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign starring Hailee Steinfeld instantly comes to attention. I had written in an earlier post about the ad campaign that the Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2011/2012 collection needed someone more appropriate to model as Hailee Steinfeld looked somewhat young. But I have recently gained enlightenment.

Ad campaigns have always been about the collections, the clothes, the bags, the shoes and the accessories. The model is merely that, a model to show the collection off. It is about selling dreams and fantasies, breaking away from the norm to grab consumers’ attention. You don’t relate to the model or celebrity wearing the collection; you see the collection for what it is no matter who is modeling it. Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld are just two young starlets modeling designer clothes, heck, they even wear designer clothes (yes young girls be jealous). Let’s just look at the ad campaigns as such, you don’t have to read too much into it. It’s just simply beautiful clothes on pretty young things.

Image credits: fgr

Hailee Steinfeld for Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2011

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Hailee Steinfeld, 14, was first announced as the new face of Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2011 in May this year, taking over Lindsey Wixson who was one year older than Hailee is now when she first fronted the Miu Miu ad campaigns more than a year ago.

Lindsey Wixson Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2010

Lindsey Wixson for Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2010

In the latest Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2011 ad campaign, Hailee Steinfeld makes her first appearance as the face of Miu Miu. The ad campaign was shot by Bruce Weber who took over the reins from Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot and styled by Joe McKenna. The images were meant to channel a forties film noir mood but I’m not sure about the first few photos which were very country-inspired and rustic with the greenery and railway tracks. It started to fit the mood only when she enters a house -and eats a slice of pizza. Yes you read right, there’s a photo of her eating pizza! How peculiar. The photos of her posing outside the house were incredible, totally refreshing but not film noir. Forties? Yes maybe. I just wished they did all the shots in the house and darkened the lighting a little. If you can visualise that, I think you would have a better sense of where this collection is coming from. That aside, this collection is super!

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu2 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu3 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu4 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu5 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu6 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu7 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu8 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu9 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu10 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu11 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu12 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu13 F/W 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Miu Miu14 F/W 2011

‘I had such an amazing experience working with the Miu Miu team on this new campaign. It’s so much fun to have the chance to work with such a gifted designer and wear these incredible clothes. I feel so lucky to be a part of it.’ -Hailee Steinfeld

So how does Hailee Steinfeld fare in this one? Here’s a little background information on how she got the gig. Miuccia Prada first noticed Hailee wearing her creations and loved how she wore them so much that she invited her to attend the Miu Miu show in Paris. From there, a partnership blossomed. Here’s a look at some of her appearances on the red carpet.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Prada Spring 2011 at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Miu Miu Fall 2011 at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) Awards.

Credit or no credit to Hailee’s stylist, Karla Welch. If you have seen more photos of Hailee Steinfeld on the red carpet, you will notice how she is slowly aging or maturing if you will and she’s only 14! Girls her age should dress her age. In the above ads, she has aged at least 10 years. I don’t know if it’ll bode well for Miu Miu’s cause because although Miu Miu is Prada’s more youthful line, she is just simply too young for that. I mean if maybe a young unknown model who poses for these ads and looks older (like Lindsey Wixson for Miu Miu), it’s definitely fine but I’m sure most people would have identified this young girl as the star of True Grit who is incidentally very young. If you are a twenty-something customer who sees Hailee Steinfeld in these ads, what would you think? Awkward moment, uneasiness? But the bottom line is that this Miu Miu collection definitely needs a more suitable person to model.

I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem to work for me. Of course, Hailee’s not the only one who has been in this situation. Dakota Fanning made her first appearance in Marc Jacobs ads when she was just 13 and her younger sister Elle Fanning, 12, is currently Rodarte’s muse. Rodarte can get away with that as their line is more youthful and Elle does look somewhat age-appropriate but not Marc Jacobs! That was major if you remember the controversy back then and now Dakota’s back as the face of the Marc Jacobs’ Oh, Lola! fragrance with the bottle stuck between her legs!

I think the ‘want’ to be different and the idea of nonconformity is what appeals to these designers. With respect to that, I think it is relatable, everybody wants publicity. I was going to write that lines have to be drawn but with nonconformity, I think there are no boundaries. Just like fashion.

Check out the full Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show below.

Image credit: hailee-steinfeld.net, miumiu, models.com

Florence Welch for Gucci

The amazing Florence Welch, 24, front woman of indie band Florence + The Machine was chosen as the new face and muse of Gucci by Frida Giannini to mark Gucci’s 90th anniversary. The pair had met at this year’s Grammys where Frida was captivated by the singer’s presence. ‘She has a powerful personality and an entrancing quality to her performances. She also has that confident and self assured look that goes hand in hand with the Gucci woman,’ Frida said in an interview with Dazed Digital. Heck, the Gucci Fall/Winter 2011/2012 collection was even inspired by her. ‘As I was imagining this collection I was thinking of a strong and somewhat mysterious muse. Florence is that kind of woman,’ added Frida.

Of course Florence is no stranger to fashion. Topshop apparently custom-made her entire wardrobe for Glastonbury 2009 when Florence + The Machine was beginning to make their mark. Am really looking forward to what Frida and Florence will come up with. But to be honest these designer-muse pair-ups only excite me for that particular season or two, after that it just dies down and becomes less interesting. Elle Fanning for Rodarte, Blake Lively for Chanel to name a couple. The other pairing that I’m excited about is Hailee Steinfeld for Miu Miu. Fashion moves fast and so does a designer’s muse. Here are some of Florence Welch’s stunning looks.

Florence at the Met Gala 2011 in Yves Saint Laurent.

Florence at the Oscars 2011 in Valentino Couture.

Florence at the Grammys 2011 in Givenchy.

Florence in Valentino outside the Valentino F/W 2011/2012 show in Paris.

Florence at the Givenchy F/W 2011/2012 show in Paris.

Florence at the Chanel dinner in honour of Blake Lively at Paris Fashion Week.

Such impeccable style makes one wonder if Florence Welch has a stylist and the answer is yes. Her name is Aldene Johnson, check out Aldene’s other work here. And you have got to check out her input in this video where she was the art director alongside Louise Corcoran. Brilliant stuff.

Fans of Florence should also check out this interview from 2009 by the Daily Mail.

And one more to keep-a tumblr dedicated to Florence Welch.

Image Credits: popsugar, bellasugar, stylebistro