Fresh prints, fierce furs, and glints of glam are among the trends you’ll be seeing this season. Whether you aim to overhaul your wardrobe or add just a few key pieces, see below for more inspiration—from the runways to the streets of Chicago—and fall’s best clothing and accessories.
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A SPRINKLE OF SPARKLE
“Embellishments soften and dress up the silhouette. It's playful, elegant, and cool.”
—Elise Bergman, 28; Clothing designer, Bucktown
Embellished rayon and polyester knit top, $330, and embellished satin and tulle skirt, $330, Cynthia Rowley, 810 W. Armitage Ave. Nylon socks, $8, American Apparel, 39 S. State St. Suede sandals, $225, BCBG, 1714 N. Damen Ave.
From left: Dior, Bottega Veneta, and Jason Wu
Crystal NECKLACE, $425, Swarovski, 540 N. Michigan Ave.
Lanvin crystal-embellished satin CLUTCH, $1,590, net-a-porter.com
Diane von Furstenberg beaded silk COAT, $995, dvf.com
Photography: (Bergman) Taylor Castle, (all others) courtesy of vendors
“With a few necklaces, gloves, and a fur, the kimono-like print is especially regal.”
—Michelle Vondiziano, 30; Design store manager, Bridgeport
A.L.C. wool blazer, $636, Intermix, 40 E. Delaware Pl. Derek Lam satin T-shirt, $850, and satin skirt, $790, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave. Elizabeth and James rabbit fur collar, $365, Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave. Carolina Amato kid leather gloves, $300, carolinaamato.com. Winifred Grace African phono bead necklace, $415, winifredgrace.com. Winifred Grace brass-plated necklace, $250, P.45, 1643 N. Damen Ave. Stella McCartney faux-crocodile pumps, $980, stellamccartney.com.
From left: Miu Miu, Suno, and Giambattista Valli
Carven calfskin PURSE, price on request, carven.com
Silk DRESS, $298, Eskell, 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Loeffler Randall king snake, stingray, and patent leather HEELS, $395, loefflerrandall.com
Photography: (Vondiziano) Taylor Castle, (dress) Jeff Harris; (all others) courtesy of vendors; Styling: (dress) Anne Wlaysexski-Russo For R.J. Bennett Represents
“In this dress, I instantly feel elegant, very feminine, and powerful.”
—Aya-Nikole Cook, 36; Yoga instructor, Evanston
Cotton and silk dress, $3,995, and suede belt, $595, Burberry, 540 N. Michigan Ave. Felt clutch, $695, Tory Burch, 45 E. Oak St. Jennifer Myer Jewelry 18-karat gold bangle, $1,650, and 18-karat gold cuff, $6,800, Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St. Merino tights, $68, Wolford, 54 E. Oak St. Calfskin booties, $895, Burberry.
From left: Christopher Kane, Nina Ricci, and Peter Pilotto
Cotton SKIRT, $80, Topshop, 830 N. Michigan Ave.
Silk DRESS, $568, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 1714 N. Damen Ave.
Embroidered suede BOOTS, $1,895, Jimmy Choo, 63 E. Oak St.
Photography: (Cook) Taylor Castle, (dress) Jeff Harris; (all others) courtesy of vendors; Styling: (dress) Anne Wlaysexski-Russo For R.J. Bennett Represents
LOADS OF LEATHER
“I love the way these pants fit: slim but not too clingy.”
—Yumi Minamikurosawa, 37; Art director, Gold Coast
Theory lambskin jacket, $925, Neiman Marcus. Altuzarra silk twill dress, $1,995, net-a-porter.com. Lambskin pants, $395, AllSaints Spitalfields, 700 N. Michigan Ave. Manolo Blahnik calfskin pumps, $595, Neiman Marcus.
From left: Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alexander Wang
Malene Birger lambskin PANTS, $895, net-a-porter.com
DKNY lambskin BLAZER, $895, Bloomingdale's, bloomingdales.com for stores
Banana Republic lambskin TUNIC, $130, bananarepublic.com for stores
Photography: (Minamikurosawa) Taylor Castle, (Valentino, YSL) Imaxtree; (blazer, pants) Jeff Harris; (all others) courtesy of vendors; Styling: (blazer, pants) Anne Wlaysexski-Russo For R.J. Bennett Represents
“This jacket is structurally perfect—Fitted and comfortable to boot.”
—Carolyn Rosenberg, 44; Jewelry designer, Lake View
Zero + Maria Cornejo polyester matelasse jacket, $1,150, Ikram, 15 E. Huron St. Stella McCartney embroidered poplin top, $1,495, and wool pants, $845, stellamccartney.com. Nike wedge sneakers, $135, nikestore.com.
From left: Céline, Hermès, and Proenza Schouler
Eugenia Kim felt HAT, $215, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave.
Acne quilted nylon COAT, $750, Barneys New York
Crocodile-embossed calfskin OXFORDS, $398, Stuart Weitzman, 520 N. Michigan Ave.
Photography: (Rosenberg) Taylor Castle, (Céline) Imaxtree; (jacket) Jeff Harris; (all others) courtesy of vendors; Styling: (jacket) Anne Wlaysexski-Russo For R.J. Bennett Represents
“These clothes have an edge that I love.”
—Sally Kovler, 65; Philanthropist, Gold Coast
Helmut Lang ironed goat fur jacket, $1,095, Bergdorf Goodman, bergdorfgoodman.com. A.L.C. silk dress, $594, Barneys New York. Merino tights, $68 for similar style, Wolford. Suede wedge boots, $495, L.K. Bennett, 900 N. Michigan Ave.
From left: Missoni, Fendi, and Rag & Bone
Fox fur BOOTS, $2,525, Michael Kors, 900 N. Michigan Ave.
C/Fan rabbit fur SCARF, $172, Cityblue Apparel & Denim, 1444 N. Wells St.
Fox fur VEST, $1,675, Vince, 106 E. Oak St.
Photography: (Kovler) Taylor Castle, (Missoni) Imaxtree; (scarf) Jeff Harris; (all others) courtesy of vendors; Styling: (scarf) Anne Wlaysexski-Russo For R.J. Bennett Represents