Elle Fanning Promotes True Crime Drama The Girl From Plainville in ’80s Puff Sleeve Dress

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She’s been busy on the promotional trail for her new TV series, The Girl from Plainville, which premiered on Hulu on Tuesday, March 29.

The true-crime series is based on the events leading to the death of an 18-year-old boy, Conrad Roy III, and his 17-year-old girlfriend Michelle Carter’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter.

Elle Fanning as Michelle Carter in the American drama miniseries The Girl from PlainvilleElle Fanning as Michelle Carter in the American drama miniseries The Girl from Plainville (Credit: Hulu)

Elle Fanning is portraying Michelle, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for encouraging her boyfriend via text to commit suicide. The series also stars Colton Ryan as Conrad and Chloë Stevens Sevigny as his mom, Lynn.

Elle Fanning heading to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her latest Hulu series The Girl from Plainville on March 30, 2022Elle Fanning heading to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her latest Hulu series The Girl from Plainville on March 30, 2022 (Credit: ROGER WONG / INSTARimages)

On Wednesday, Elle, who’s turning 24 on April 9, looked every inch the Hollywood star as she arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theatre for an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“I think that this case was a very ripped from the headlines case and ended in the most tragic way that it could. I had to make sure that everyone that was involved was really telling the story in a sensitive way because I think that it could be very easy to exploit or sensationalize a story like this,” she told Stephen Colbert about Hulu’s The Girl From Plainville series.

Channeling the ‘80s, The Great actress wore a black shirred stretch-cotton midi dress from Carolina Herrera’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection.

Elle Fanning looks sleek in her '80s-inspired Carolina Herrera black ruched dress with puff sleevesElle Fanning looks sleek in her ’80s-inspired Carolina Herrera black ruched dress with puff sleeves (Credit: Janet Mayer / Startraksphoto)

The slim-fit number features long sleeves with puffed shoulders, a sweetheart neckline, and a midi hem with a risky thigh-high center slit.

Her black shirred stretch cotton midi dress is available for $1,590 at Moda Operandi.

Styled by Samantha McMillen, the Super 8 star accessorized with a $38,850 emerald-cut bezel diamond choker necklace, gold stacked bracelets, and a gold ring from Anita Ko.

Elle Fanning styles her tresses in side-parted retro waves and wears her signature soft pink makeup lookElle Fanning styles her tresses in side-parted retro waves and wears her signature soft pink makeup look (Credit: Janet Mayer / Startraksphoto)

She wore her blonde locks in side-parted retro waves, styled by Jenda Alarcon, and highlighted her natural features with soft makeup, including a bright pink lipstick, applied by makeup artist Erin Ayanian Monroe.

Completing her sleek black look was a pair of black sunnies and Stuart Weitzman’s Anny pumps.

Elle Fanning completes her head-to-toe black outfit with Stuart Weitzman Anny pumpsElle Fanning completes her head-to-toe black outfit with Stuart Weitzman Anny pumps (Credit: Janet Mayer / Startraksphoto)

Available at Zappos, these classic black pumps are made of suede and feature pointed toes and 3.7-inch heels.

Stuart Weitzman ‘Anny’ Pointed Pumps, $421 at Farfetch

A pair of classic black pumps from Stuart Weitzman made of suede with pointed toes and stiletto heelsA pair of classic black pumps from Stuart Weitzman made of suede with pointed toes and stiletto heels

On Tuesday, Elle Fanning was pictured heading to Live with Kelly and Ryan to promote her new series.

She can’t be missed in a leopard-print Rodarte twill dress, which you can get for $1,610 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The striking midi number features a V-neck with a black rose corsage on the front and dramatic short puff sleeves with a tie fastening. It also comes with a removable belt detail with the same floral applique, which Elle chose to go without.

Elle Fanning makes a striking appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan in a leopard-print Rodarte midi dress on March 29, 2022Elle Fanning makes a striking appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan in a leopard-print Rodarte midi dress on March 29, 2022 (Credit: ROGER WONG / INSTARimages)

Keeping the focus on her outfit, Elle accessorized in minimalist fashion, wearing just two gold bangles on her wrist.

She then wore her signature dewy pink makeup look and parted her straightened blonde hair on one side, styled with a $48 Lelet NY Marble Bauble French Barrette.

Elle Fanning styles her straight blonde hair with a Lelet French barrette and enhances her features with dewy makeupElle Fanning styles her straight blonde hair with a Lelet French barrette and enhances her features with dewy makeup (Credit: ROGER WONG / INSTARimages)

Roger Vivier’s “I Love Vivier” pumps gave Elle’s leopard print dress a chic contrast with hot pink satin uppers. They feature a sculpted heart shape detail, pointed toes, and 3.3-inch heels.

Elle Fanning adds chic contrast to her look with Roger Vivier hot pink pumpsElle Fanning adds chic contrast to her look with Roger Vivier hot pink pumps (Credit: ROGER WONG / INSTARimages)

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