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The sisters Fanning (Dakota and Elle) cover the December 2011 issue of W Magazine.

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Sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning grace the cover of the December 2011 issue of W Magazine, bringing their ethereal beauty to a holiday cover that’s not obviously holiday. They don couture gear that you and I will most likely never see, let alone wear.

Between the two sisters, they’ve each already fronted a Marc Jacobs campaign — which is one of the good campaigns to front— and they’re only 13 (Elle) and 17 (Dakota) years old.

The ladies play dressup inside the mag, wearing couture looks from Chanel, to Givenchy, to Dior, to Valentino. Often the case, when designers and editors get the bright idea to dress up little girls in couture gear, it usually goes wrong in one of two ways.

One, they make the girls look way older than their actual ages, usually by piling on the makeup, tightening up the clothes, raising the hemlines, and offering six inch heels for their young models to wear.

Two, they don’t go the offensive clothes route, but they instead choose pieces that wear the girls, instead of the girls wearing the clothes.

In what has become one of my top celebrity edits, stylist Lori Goldstein did an excellent job selecting pieces that the Fanning sisters breathed life into, rather the dresses overwhelm them.

  • Ria

    Elle Fanning is like Andrej Pejic. Dakota Fanning is like Igor Pejic. Igor and Andrej Pejic should pose together on magazine covers and wear womens clothes and shoes.

  • But seriously. Who wants to buy me a magazine? http://t.co/yX6wVToO

  • Ash

    They look great, and you’re right, they definitely bring life into their wardrobe.