These ingenues are playing muse to fashion’s most influential designers, have turned heads on the red carpet, and most aren’t even old enough to drive.
Last year’s youngest Academy Award nominee, 15-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, has the bone structure and long limbs of a high fashion model. So it made sense when Miuccia Prada made her a face of Miu Miu’s Fall 2011 campaign, although the designer did get some flak for casting such a young woman for a luxury fashion brand. The moment Hailee Steinfeld showed up clad in Prada's brightly hued striped gown at the 2011 SAG Awards, she establisher herself as a budding style star. Since then, she dazzled in Marc Jacobs for the BAFTA, garnered Audrey Hepburn comparisons in tea-length soft pink Marchesa at the Oscars, and went bold in a black and white geometric halter dress from Versace's Resort 2012 collection, complete with yellow accessories.
Teen star style: Kiernan Shipka
The youngest of our fashionable teens is Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, who at the tender age of 12 famously featured her closet on The Coveteur. Borrowing from her character Sally Draper, she prefers classic ladylike silhouettes that recall the 1960s. She was a guest blogger for Lucky magazine, where she documented her style for eight days, featuring gorgeous pieces by top designers like Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney. Although she hasn’t yet been tapped as “the face” by a fashion house, with her angelic face and talent to boot, who knows what the future will bring? One thing is clear: this tween is already causing us major closet envy. What do you think of these style ingénues? Whose has style staying power?
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