We've already posted once about the superlative looks from Monday night's big gala at the Met—where all the pretty little starlets busted out their weirdest wigs, fiercest makeup and most mesh-and-leather-heavy looks to celebrate the opening of "PUNK: From Chaos to Couture" at the Costume Institute. But we saved the best (and, um, worst) for last, plucking two noteworthy looks from the crowd and keeping them aside for our weekly fashion feature. Who's our Style Superstar today?
It's Dakota Fanning, whose black, bold Rodarte dress was our favorite look from the evening. Dakota went a little less wild than a lot of her fellow attendees—from the front, in fact, you might think that this was just a simple black gown with trendy cutout details. But that peek of black-and-white coming around at her waist is your tip that there's more going on here; the other side of this dress is made entirely of mesh from the bum up, with cool graphic applique wings at the shoulders and wrapping around her lower back. It's a perfect pick for the evening—high fashion at the front, a punk party at the rear!—and while not everyone loved Dakota in this dress, we think it makes her this week's Style Superstar. (Another critic complained that it "looks like a skeleton is grabbing the actress at her waist"—uh, YEAH IT DOES, and it's AWESOME.)
Okay, wow. Can we talk for a sec about how freakin' gorgeous Dakota Fanning looks in the March issue of Glamour? Not that we're surprised—the girl has been in the public eye since forever, and we knew she'd shed the mantle of child stardom in favor of more adult projects—but her appearance in the magazine comes with a definitive declaration that Dakota is, officially, all grown up. And with her effortlessly glamorous spread and candid interview, we have to agree.
For her part, Dakota still hasn't let stardom go to her head; she shows the same poise and grounded attitude that's always set her apart from the highly visible, hard-partying Hollywood crowd, even as she's getting more attention for her red-carpet appearances. Asked whether she's enjoying her moment in the style spotlight, she replied, "It’s really fun when you’re getting dressed for something. It’s not when you’re in the rain with an umbrella and trying to carry a case of water"—a reference to a much-scrutinized photo of the actress running errands in New York, sans makeup and... well, some other stuff. Or in her words: "Yep, that’s me, alone, coming from Duane Reade. I’m not wearing a bra. Deal with it."
Despite her best efforts to keep it a semi-secret for fear of seeming like an obsessive creepster, it's common knowledge by now that Kristen Stewart is a total raging fangirl for indie-folk-rock musician Jenny Lewis. (Sorry, KStew: everyone knows.) And when we caught up with Dakota Fanning, who became BFFs with Kristen after they worked together on the "Twilight" films and "The Runaways," and who stars in the Sundance entry "Very Good Girls," she told us that her friend was très J over the movie—for which none other than Jenny Lewis did the score.
"You have no idea," Dakota said, laughing. "I was like, dude, Jenny Lewis is doing the music, and she freaked out. She was so excited."
And whatever happens with "Very Good Girls," Dakota says she can at least count on Kristen being an avid audience for the film.
The sun has nearly set on "The Twilight Saga" film franchise, but before MTV News bids one final farewell (so dramatic, right?!), we had to check off a few items on our to-do list. Or, more specifically, Josh Horowitz had to complete his "Twilight Bucket List," which, if you know anything about Josh Horowitz, is a litany of weird, awkward things involving the cast, like "prolonged physical contact" and "provoke startling revelations."
Yet, the stars assembled at the New York premiere of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," including Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Casey LaBow, Kellan Lutz, Maggie Grace and Dakota Fanning, were oddly willing to participate. We'll blame it on the a-a-a-a-a alcohol.
So pour your own celebratory shot (but only if you're legal, kids!), and drink in this final "Twilight"-themed After Hours.
Here at Hollywood Crush, we've got a proud Friday tradition of naming one fiercely fashionable individual to the position of Style Superstar: an honor we bestow on whichever lovely lady happened to put together the best look of the week. And things being what they are, our Style Superstar has only ever been a lady. UNTIL NOW.
Because let's be real, there was nothing—nothing!!!—in the closets of Hollywood's finest females this week that could compete with Robert Pattinson's emerald Gucci suit at the "Breaking Dawn -Part 2" premiere. I mean, that is a suit. A suit for the ages. A suit that may or may not have caused our underpants to burst into flames at the mere sight of it, it's so...so...SUITABLE. And though Rob already earned a style retrospective this week for his long-standing penchant for colorful menswear, this gallant green number in a teeny tiny houndstooth print deserved its own spotlight. With a light blue shirt, a skinny black tie and his creases all perfectly placed, the actor outshone even his lady costars' gorgeous gowns with manly panache. And he is, with our congratulations, this week's Style Superstar.
For teenage celebs, the dress-related stress of making a public appearance comes with an extra challenge attached: How to dress up without dressing old. Fashion-conscious young stars have a fine line to walk when it comes to what they wear on the red carpet, and the most savvy ones take a lot of care to keep their wardrobe from maturing before they do! And this week, we've got two young ladies in our style spotlight—one with a youthful, flirty look that's as colorful as she is, and one whose attempt at a grownup transition ended up as a washed-out misstep. Who's on the radar for Style Superstardom?
It's Chloe Moretz who's this week's winner—sporting a dotty Kenzo dress in a bold, shiny violet fabric when she arrived to accept a Big Screen Achievement Award at CinemaCon. The actress has had trouble before in striking the right balance and dressing her age, but the event's award-winner for Female Star of Tomorrow's look is clearly on her game today: This ensemble is fun, flattering, and not too formal for the 15-year-old star. And since she's made the savvy choice to let the dress speak for itself, with nothing but soft hair and strappy shoes to complete the look, we've got to award Chloe props for fashion maturity along with her Style Superstar honors.
While scanning a list of Dakota Fanning’s upcoming projects, a recurring theme appeared to emerge. What exactly do "Very Good Girls" and "Now Is Good" have in common? Sexing it for the first time.
"Very Good Girls" is about two Big Apple besties who pledge to lose their virginity right after high school graduation. However, when they fall for the same guy (a street artist, obvs), things get more complicated. Then there’s “Now Is Good,” which follows a teen, terminally ill with cancer, who wants to live her life without treatment and in the arms of Jeremy Irvine. She also wants to lose her virginity.
Despite the obvious thematic comparisons, Dakota insists it’s not just about sex in either of these films. “Not really, actually, not really,” she told MTV News recently. “It says that, but they’re not really. They’re a lot more than that."
Dakota Fanning and the entire "Twilight" cast are only one film away from the end of the saga. With "Breaking Dawn – Part 2" set for release this November, it’s still a few hot minutes before fans get to bid the beloved franchise a final farewell on the big screen, but once it does happen, expect a lot of glum Twilighters.
When we caught up with Dakota recently, she admitted that it’s a pretty bittersweet time for the "Twilight Saga" stars. "I mean, I’m excited to see the last installment," she said. "And I know it’s sad for the fans and sad for the cast. It’s been such a journey, but I’ve been really fortunate to be a part of it, so I’m grateful for the time I got to be in the films and work with those people."
No matter how much they make us ugly cry, we just can't quit stories of young love lost. And the latest entry in the eyeball-drenching canon looks to be a doozie. The new trailer for the big-screen adaptation of Jenny Downham's "Before I Die" (given the slightly less dour movie title, "Now Is Good"), debuted on Yahoo! Movies and already has us reaching for the Kleenex.
The film stars Dakota Fanning as a 17-year-old with terminal cancer, who quits treatment to live out her final days the way she wants. At the top of her to-do list? Losing her virginity, and neighbor Adam (Jeremy Irvine, earning his one-time Hump Day Hottie title in spades) looks to be the top contender for the honor.
Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with staff members. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.
Dakota Fanning just graduated high school. Go ahead, read that sentence again, it won't feel any less wrong. We know, it seems like just yesterday she was being all kinds of spunky and precocious in "Uptown Girls" and wowing us as the kid-who-holds-her-own against the likes of Denzel Washington and Robert De Niro. Quick: YouTube clips from "Eclipse" and "The Runaways" if you need a reminder that Dakota is indeed all grown up.
And kudos, Dakota, for doing it all while maintaining a pretty normal teenage life. Dakota was a cheerleader and homecoming queen at her school. That's some pretty stellar time management when her other extra-curriculars included "portraying a member of the badass Volturi clan" and "appearing on red carpets." If she had been part of the "Harry Potter" cast instead of "Twilight," we'd suspect time turner usage. Heck, we kind of do now.