Dakota Fanning and Rachel Zoe’s playdate with Nintendo at Madison


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Rachel Zoe and Dakota Fanning had a playdate on Wednesday at the Madison 3rd Street flagship with Nintendo’s new Style Savvy game for the DS or DSi pocket gizmo.

Stylist Zoe, who’s become a household name with “The Rachel Zoe Project,” seems an unlikely gamer. But she and actress Fanning multi-tasked interviews and styling tips while thumbing away at Style Saavy, $29, in which you pretend you’re the owner of a contemporary boutique, suggesting outfits to shoppers (if, the customer buys it, you score points), buy inventory and watch your balance sheet. Sounds like fun, no?


Zoe’s associate Taylor Jacobson, accessorized with a quilted Chanel bag and Miu Miu motorcycle boots, feigned surprise when I asked whether she noticed women copping her trademark all-black, disheveled platinum hair look.

Zoe and Fanning gave All the Rage a few minutes in between bleeps:

All the Rage: Are either of you video gamers?

Rachel Zoe: This would be a new thing for me. I must convert [in robotic voice].

Dakota Fanning: Usually video games are more action packed -- more masculine -- so, no. I’m really girly; this is the first time I’m interested.

Are you a fan of those Internet style-yourself applications?

RZ: No, but I do know a lot of people who do. I style enough in real life so that’s OK.

What are you wearing?

RZ: Vintage Chanel, Seven jeans and Brian Atwood shoes.

DF: Elizabeth and James.

Lately, Dakota, you’ve been dabbling more and more in fashion?


DF: I was in Marc Jacobs ads a while ago. I was in T, the New York Times fashion magazine.

My style has kind of evolved as I have gotten older, because I started when I was so young. Now that I’m 15, I’m bridging over to the adult world of fashion.

Do you follow any designers?

DF: My dream designer is Chanel -- vintage, all of it, Elizabeth and James. I love Marc Jacobs.

Dakota, do you watch fashion reality shows?

DF: Well, “Rachel Zoe.” I love “Project Runway.”

Rachel, why do think your show has been so popular?


RZ: The show is giving a glance into the industry that’s a mystery to people; it de-mysticizes a lot of what we all do. It’s not just so and so wore a pretty dress to this event. It provides insight and education into the fashion world.

Standout collections during the spring fashion weeks?

RZ: I’m a die-hard Marc Jacobs fan -- Louis Vuitton. Lanvin was extraordinary. I love Phillip Lim, he ‘s amazing. Alexander Wang. Prabal Gurung, he’s a new designer that’s incredible.

Key trends?

RZ: There’s a lot of prints, florals, sequins, feathers and girly things like that. Burberry has the perfect nude ankle bootie.

Dakota, any recent projects?


DF: Twilight “New Moon’ is coming out next month. I have ‘The Runaways’ movie, about the band. I play Cherie Currie. Joan Jett is the executive producer. There’s all these great 1970s glam rock outfits.

-- Max Padilla