Soon-to-be “Former” Child Star, Dakota Fanning, 16, graces the cover of Marie Claire’s August issue.  The “Eclipse” and “The Runaways” starlet continues to evolve into a mature actress, trading in yesteryear’s’ Kaiya Eve Pettiskirts for a a leather-trimmed blue graphic-print Proenza Schouler dress among other sophisticated but age appropriate looks.  My fave is Fanning with teased-out hair donning a gun-metal metallic sheath with blue short shorts, topped with a 3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo jacket and Nina Ricci sweater.

Dakota Fanning Marie Claire  magazine August 2010 metallic blouse blue shorts 3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo  jacket Nina Ricci sweater black Dolce & Gabbana top and skirt retro  Azzaro headpiecePhotos courtesy of Marie Claire

The Campbell Hall high school student dishes to the magazine on her “transition” from child actor to screen star.  “When you start out young, people get really attached to who you are at 6 years old,” Fanning tells Marie Claire.  “I hope that ‘The Runaways‘ was kind of a moment to be like, ‘You know, I’m not that young little girl anymore, but I’m still not all grown up, either.'”  The critics have taken notice of Fanning’s blossoming talent as well.  The New York Times, A.O. Scott states: “Ms. Fanning, who has shown herself a remarkably disciplined and self-aware actress almost since toddlerhood, displays heartbreaking vulnerability as well as frightening poise,” of her performance in the “Runaways.”  And like a fine wine aged to perfection, The Denver Post simply called her performance, “uncorked.”

The seasoned actress is practical about the future of her career. “As you get older, there’s so much more that you can do in films,” Fanning says. “I’ve never wanted to rush that; I’ve always wanted to do what’s right for my age, but as you approach 18, a whole new world opens up to you as an actor, and I really look forward to that.”

Visit the magazine’s Web site and pick up the August issue of Marie Claire, on sale July 13, 2010 for the full interview and more fab pics.