Hailee Steinfeld: a new style star is born

The 14 year-old star of True Grit is making waves with her enviable red carpet style.

At the age of 14, Hailee Steinfeld has been nominated for the 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role' at this year's Oscars. She stars opposite Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in 'True Grit' - a Western about a young girl searching for her father's murderer directed by the Coen brothers - and Steinfeld more than holds her own. Her performance in the film, released in the UK on the 11th February, has earned her comparisons with a young Jodie Foster.

What the Oscar nomination means - she was also nominated for a SAG and a BAFTA - is that she is in the throes of her first 'awards season'. The red carpet has become her second home over the last month or so, and she is giving actresses twice her age a run for their money.

So far, she has worn Calvin Klein , Moschino and Marc Jacobs . At the Golden Globes she wore a dress by Prabal Gurung , the current darling of the New York fashion scene. At Sunday night's SAG Awards, she looked fresh and fashion forward in colourful Prada .

One of the problems dressing such a young star for formal events is how to keep the gowns age appropriate. Many dresses designed for the red carpet will age an actress who is just 14. Go too far in the other direction and one risks making a girl look too sexy before her time.

Gurung was not worried about dressing his charge for the Globes. "Hailee's ability to carry herself with understated confidence and walk the red carpet with such grace is unique, particularly for a girl her age." he says.

"For a designer, you really don't have control over how a celebrity will look in one of your creations but with Hailee, the way she has been putting herself together is as promising as her career - strong, modest and enviable."

Next up will be the Oscars on the 27th February, and we can't wait to see how she bends current fashion trends to make them work for her age.

Hailee Steinfeld dons a quirky, white polka dot scalloped hemline dress by Marc Jacobs at the BAFTA Tea Party, Jan 2011.

At the Teen Vogue Hollywood Party last October, Hailee chose a simple, chic black shift dress and ankle boots.

Hailee wears a Calvin Klein grey shift dress matched with strappy platform heels at the 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute, Oct 2010.

In a pretty, Phillip Lim layered dress, Hailee looked fresh and angelic at the BAFTA Awards, Nov 2010.

At the Golden Globes Party Hailee opted for a Stella McCartney LBD with a twist, Dec 2010.

Getting in touch with her feminine side, Hailee wears a Moschino metallic dress with a lilac waistband at the 'True Grit' premiere, Dec 2010.

Hailee pares down her look at FOX 11's 'Good Day LA', Jan 2011, with this striped T-shirt dress, opaque leggings and black flats.

Hailee dons a purple, gathered Moschino dress with teal shoes at the premiere of 'American Masters', Jan 2011.

Going back to black, Hailee wears a black Jenny Peckham dress with an embroidered collar at The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala, Jan 2011.

At The CBS 'Early Show', Hailee opts for a splash of springs hottest colour, 'honeysuckle', with contrasting black trimming and sleeves.

It was nude dresses galore at the Critics Choice Movie Awards and Hailee Steinfeld was on the style wagon in this Marchesa light pink one-shouldered chiffon dress.

Clip of Hailee at the Critic's Choice Movie Awards 2011:

Looking like a red carpet regular, Hailee Steinfeld wears a long, white sparkly Prabal Gurung dress at the Golden Globes, Jan 2011



I love her style!!