March 14, 2010 at 03:15 PM EDT

Image Credit: Kyle Rover/startraksphoto.comI totally agreed with my colleague, Tim Stack, when he predicted Avatar star Zoë Saldana would be this year’s most promising fashionista. That was then, when she wore that magnificent Roland Mouret gown to her film’s London premiere. But after two extremely disappointing turns, first at the Golden Globes and more recently at the Oscars, where she wore her atrocious pom-pom confection, I’ve all but lost total faith in the actress’ taste. Why she thought wearing a tattered crimson quilt and a costume borrowed from the Moulin Rouge to two of this season’s most prestigious red-carpet events is beyond me.

But just as I was about to lose all hope, Dakota Fanning stepped out in this stylish sequined Valentino mini (left) at The Runaways premiere this past Thursday in L.A., and it worked on so many levels: her age, frame, the event, and so on.

The 16-year-old star is no one-trick pony, though. Fanning brought it just as fiercely to New Moon‘s L.A. premiere last November in a playful lace Valentino mini and I-want-them-now heels. She even knows how to make nude tones work on her porcelain skin, as we saw at last year’s NAACP Awards. Seriously, can this girl do no wrong? I’m anticipating some lovely summery frocks for this summer’s Eclipse premiere.

Dakota, I dub thee my new red carpet style crush. What do you guys think? As a disclaimer, I’m totally on board the Lea Michele-style icon-to-be train, but what movie actress should inherit the fashion throne? Sound off below!

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