Hot Fall Fashion Trends

Get the lowdown on the best looks of the season, as selected by PEOPLE's style director, Susan Kaufman. By Serena Kappes


All hail the return of the fall-fashion staple – velvet. "It reflects light; it's a very rich texture," says Kaufman of the fabric (on Jessica Alba, Mischa Barton and Jaime King). Be sure to look for plush velvet, not a heavy, matte version. One key piece to invest in: a black velvet jacket, which "would get you through the entire fall and winter."