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

TREND: VELVET

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."