The Many Bags of Dakota Fanning

Let’s cut right to the chase: While Megs and I are out running around Lincoln Center and Milk Studios at New York Fashion Week, we wanted to give you guys a look inside the handbag collection of a celebrity who makes accessories choices with which we closely identify. Someone whose taste we love so much that we can let her metaphorically watch over the site in our absence. (And hey, if she wanted to literally take the reins for a day, we probably wouldn’t argue with that either.) We’re talking about none other than Dakota Fanning, of course.

Ms. Fanning is just barely 18 years old, and when you look at the kind of taste she’s already developed in bags, she’s clearly an over-achiever. Dakota carries big-name bags, but her personal style is very well-defined; she likes neutrals with nonexistent logos, almost exclusively. She also never carries brown bags, which is a quirk I share and which puts her collection near and dear to my heart. So far, Dakota’s is the only collection we’ve examined so far where I’d gladly buy each and every bag that she carries. (And I own or have owned three of them.) Without further ado, The Many Bags of Dakota Fanning.

We’ll start our look at Dakota’s bags with every current starlet’s favorite: the Celine Luggage Tote in pale, powdery white.

Fanning’s collection started largely with her love of Balenciaga, including this bag, the name of which I can’t remember. (Help me out in the comments!) Shop Balenciaga via Neiman Marcus.

Dakota’s also a big fan of her Balenciaga Giant City with gold hardware. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1895.

It’s hard to argue with how cool a black-on-black Proenza Schouler PS1 looks. Buy through Proenza Schouler for $1695.

Anyone who’s a big fan of Dakota knows that she’s a HUGE fan of her Louis Vuitton SC Sofia Coppola Satchel, designed by her frequent collaborator Sofia Coppola. Buy through Louis Vuitton for $4,650.

Told ya Dakota loves her Louis Vuitton SC Bag. She also loves chambray.

This is Dakota with two of her great loves, her Louis Vuitton SC Bag and an oversized chambray shirt. What’s different? The grey Marc Jacobs Antonia Tote she’s holding in her other hand. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1795.

Speaking of Marc Jacobs, it looks like everyone loves a reasonably priced straw tote – isn’t this Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Fluoro Straw Tote cute? Pick up the orange version for $93.90 via Nordstrom. What’s that other strap belong to, though?

Duh, it’s a Chanel Classic Flap Bag. (Caught in the rain!)

Because no young lover of black leather can be complete without one of his bags, here’s Dakota with an Alexander Wang Devore Satchel. Shop Alexander Wang via ShopBop.

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  • Blackbeltshopper

    I love this bag… understatedly elegant… no screaming logos


    Large Sunday.

  • Tiffany H

    I cringed when I saw the Chanel bag caught in the rain! I love her taste in bags.

  • Thaís M.

    I guess it’s the Weekender!

  • denton

    “no young lover of black leather”

    That just didn’t sound right. lol

  • pixiegirlie

    The Bal style is called sunday, it’s not a popular style(ie: common like the city, pt, or work) I’m not even sure if they still make it. I’ve been watching her bag style for a few years ever since I saw her carrying Bal, I’m always very impressed with her bag style. She tends to wear a variety of brands and styles but none of them are flashy they are all sort of incognito if you don’t follow the brands you’d never guess that they are high end bags. I also like her style in general, I consider her a style icon for teens and young adults it goes to show you that you can cover up and be stylish.

  • Carmen

    LOL, did you purposefully choose bad pictures of Dakota?

  • Karla Caceres

    Love all her bags! I i am not a fan of all over logo bags or canvas bags.

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