Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about your big-ticket purchases. But before you make any commitments, why not consult one of the most influential stylists working today? Samantha McMillen is responsible for Carey Mulligan’s signature soigné vibe and Evan Rachel Wood’s high-glamour red carpet looks, so you know this veteran fashion expert can spot a trend well before anybody else. We’ve asked this lovely L.A. pro to dish on the most important collections, the prettiest beauty looks, and the best essential accessories you should add to the top of your fall wishlists now.
Samantha’s top fall trends to keep on your radar:
Ethnic and tribal prints and details
Snake skin or snake print was all over, as was lizard, too.
Menswear with feminine detailing
Black and white
From far left:
Roland consistently has been a favorite of mine. His dresses and coats always have a little bit of a ‘40s feel that I really appreciate. I firmly believe that no one drapes like he does!
This isn’t just my favorite look of the Jason Wu collection—it’s my favorite of the season. The collection played on elements of masculinity and femininity, and although Jason had his usual pretty little dresses on show, I think the stand out pieces were these separates. Plus, I think his handbags are really great.
This is a beautiful collection—I’m living for the bold, bright, uniquely mixed prints, chunky jewelry, and the detailed shoes. One word comes to mind: Gorgeous.
Dries Van Noten:
This is another rich, luxurious collection where bold, ethnic mixed prints play off of each other so well. I particularly love the silhouettes and the styling of the socks with the boots.
Alessandra Rich is a newer designer I am definitely keeping my eye on. I really like her clothing—it has a cool, quirky vibe that’s a little retro and very wearable.
Dries Van Noten boot:
I had the hardest time narrowing down my favorite fall shoes, but if I had to pick the one I’m most likely to end up with it would have to the red Dries bootie. I also love them in blue velvet.
I’m dying for these. My favorite color way is the green and black heels, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to these, either.
Sergio Rossi shoes:
These Polka dot Sergio Rossi ankle boots just make me so happy!
Best fall beauty moment #1:
My favorite runway beauty moment was the gorgeous tousled side bun at Chanel, which was paired with a soft silver eye and an apricot lip. I’ll definitely be recommending my clients try to rock this look at a red carpet event.
Best fall beauty moment #2:
The models at Valentino had a very soft, glossy lip, clean face, and defined and the entire effect was very angelic. Love it!
Dries Van Noten clutch:
Nothing beats this lizard-skin clutch. The print and material are so unusual and so amazing.
Lanvin large envelope clutch:
This oversized envelope clutch is everything! I loved the entire collection, and I’ll definitely be looking for an occasion to wear the cream blouse, black skirt, and floppy hat with high gloves this fall.