It’s highly unlikely that they share the same stylist, but Elle Fanning and Alice Englert looked like two peas from the same (almost) pod at the special screening of Ginger and Rosa during the AFI Fest 2012 on November 7. Although there’s nothing similar in the color, the designer or the cut of the two dresses, a closer look reveals how Fanning and Englert’s numbers were exuding the same playfulness for prints—stripes and checkers.
Fanning, a true fashion darling, upped her sartorial game on the red carpet in a strapless green Oscar de la Renta gown. The assortment of stripes moved it away from the inescapable banality of the print, but rather defined her silhouette. Sweet, fresh and age-appropriate, Fanning sincerely looked like she was made to wear this dress. Her white headband and serious need for oil-control foundation is getting in the way though.
Treading the similar path towards patterned simplicity was New Zealand actress Englert, who went for a red-and-white checked dress. Just like Fanning’s de la Renta design, Engler’s choice thrived in absolute straightforwardness, the kind that doesn’t require painstakingly long deliberations if it’s actually pretty otherwise.
In a battle between who wore their respective pattern of choice of better, we’d probably go with Fanning. However, looking at the look in their entirety, Englert does have the more cohesive look. Fanning may have the name de la Renta on her side here but the bareness of her beauty look is just too lackadaisical for the red carpet. One may argue that she’s young and has every right to go makeup-free all you want, but we really can’t get past that white headband. She looks like she’s off to wash her face in a minute.
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