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Boston tastemakers on their 5 must-haves for fall

With August half over and back to school looming, it’s no wonder we’re starting to focus on fall — and all the shopping that goes with it. We asked 10 tastemakers what’s on their must-have lists this season, and the answers — overalls! camo! oversize coats! 3D-printed jewelry! — inspired us.

Holly Darling, fashion blogger at HollyDollyBlog.com

Overalls. Overalls were big this past season, and I’m not ready to give them up. I’m really loving the idea of a tailored version for fall for a different vibe.

Beanies. Oh, how I adore beanies! I mean, yeah, they’re really good for covering up dirty hair or bad hair days. But they are also super cute and in style for the fall season!


Leather. Specifically leather skirts. I love the idea of a rich leather skirt over some warm tights and finished off with some chic booties.

Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2013 collection. The army and khaki green colors and military details are making me swoon. I’m definitely going to be all about the military look this fall.

Rich, dark lip color. For a cheap version, I’m currently loving Revlon’s Color Burst Lip Butter in Red Velvet. It’s more of a darker, maroon red, compared to the brighter red I’ve been wearing during the summer.

Amanda Knorr, editor of Spreedia.com

Long denim overalls. All I wear these days is denim on denim, so I may as well go for the denim onesie. Also, I not-so-secretly want a brood of chickens one day, and overalls feel like a logical prerequisite.

Manolo blahnik “BB” suede pumps. I’ve already purchased these for fall. They’re my first pair, and are well worth the wallet-ache. I opted for black, but green was tempting, too.

Forage ties. My fiance and I got our groomsmen’s ties from Forage for our wedding this fall. My favorite is the “arrowhead” bow tie style. We went with a plaid pattern on vintage fabric.


Dries Van Noten fall 2013 RTW collection. Stripes, sparkles, fringe, masculinity, and opulence, all in one collection. It’s deliciousness.

OPI “Red My Fortune Cookie” nail polish. I’m kind of burnt out on the super dark nail colors for fall, so I’m sticking with my favorite red.

James Lee, designer at PF Flyers

Navy leather card holder from Corter. I’ve gone through two of these wallets, but unfortunately lost both of them on the MBTA due to my clumsiness. I like it enough that I might get it a third time. It’s the perfect size to carry essentials and slim enough to carry in pockets.

20th Anniversary “Sandlot” Center Hi by PF Flyers. These shoes are replicas from the movie “The Sandlot” that made Benny the Jet “run faster and jump higher.” Fox network reached out to us and we worked on a shoe for their 20th anniversary of the movie. I have yet to get a pair of these but hope to get my hands on them before fall comes around.

Eyeglasses with removable clip on by Oliver Peoples x Maison Kitsuné. These are the perfect option for sunglasses for everyday glasses wearers like me. These frames look great even without the clip on and are of great quality.

Grand Wedding Tea by TWG Tea. I’ve been a tea drinker for several years and I was recently introduced to this tea from a good friend. A hot cup of this tea will be essential for fall mornings. I will definitely be stocking up.


An indigo baseball jacket by RRL. This is great layering item for fall, a more sophisticated take on an athletic silhouette.

Alexandra Ryan, lead stylist at Rue La La

The “dressy” sweatshirt. I’m seeing a lot of them. Isabel Marant is making one and you’re seeing it everywhere from H&M to Theyskens Theory. I just purchased one from Rag & Bone and you can dress it up with a necklace and a pair of skinny jeans and a bootie or you can just throw it on with a pair of yoga pants or leggings.

A leather jacket. Something that’s a little cropped and little fitted so you can wear it over a dress or just a white V-neck T-shirt and skinny jeans.

Leather “manageable” bootie. I’m on my feet all day long so I love flats but I really want to invest in a bootie with a manageable heel. I’m seeing that everywhere from Madewell to Rag & Bone’s Harrow bootie. I’m all about versatility so I can wear it with everything I have in my closet.

Simple, dark polish. I’m a minimalist when it comes to makeup so nail polish is usually how I do beauty. This fall, I’ll go for gunmetal or black and keep my nails very short.

Camouflage. This is another trend I’m seeing a lot of and it’s something I’d save on rather than splurging. I just found a camo utility jacket at the Gap and I was so excited that I’ve been wearing it now, even when it’s 80 degrees.


Fisherman sweater. The Row did a great one but you can find them almost anywhere. They’re classic and will never go out of style.

Aubrie Pagano, founder of Bow & Drape

A chunky scarf. They’re still in and they work with everything as the seasons change. We have one launching in September that is fantastic.

Pajama pants. Also an easy fall staple. I love The Row’s interpretation this season.

Oversize tuxedo blazer. Everyone had tuxedo and satin inspirations. Balmain had a beautiful couple of jackets.

Oxbloods, blacks, and ivories. This more brooding color palette was all over the runways from Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and Dior to the shows in Tokyo. I think it’s sexy Transylvania.

3D printed jewelry. I like the Hot Pop Mesa Ring. It’s one of the first applications of the technology in fashion.

And, obviously, a cronut.

Elisha Daniels, personal stylist at Neiman Marcus Boston

A Burberry Porsum leather biker jacket. You can wear it over everything from your skinny jeans to an evening gown.

The Mini Bag. These go from day as a cross body to evening. My favorite: Alexander McQueen Heroine Mini.

Red as the new neutral. Wear different shades together or on its own as an accent with leopard, black, or brown. If you’re daring, combine red with purple, the other must-have shade of the season.

The pointy toe shoe. A fabulous fresh departure from all the round-toe platforms we have seen in past seasons. My favorite are from Prada and Miu Miu.

Everything that Hedi Slimane is doing at Saint Laurent. He has brought a total modern vibe to a classic brand. I just returned from Paris and every Parisian woman was carrying a Saint Laurent bag.


Sondra Grace, chair of MassArt fashion design department

The Balenciaga bag. I just purchased the Arena bag in black with brass hardware. It’s an investment in designer but to me, it’s understated and very well-made. It was my go-to purchase.

Duro Olowu. I want to purchase something from his collection. I love it for the mix of pattern and comfortable message and part of that ’70s movement that’s coming in. It has precision craft where it’s not just a formula of colors and pattern mixing. His eye for color and motif is very much like a work of art. Our personalities are a perfect match.

Rick Owens. I want anything from Rick Owens! It’s like someone tapping you on the shoulder and saying, “You can go down this road!” It’s that same concept of precision craft with expert draping, mixed with a very tailored message. I’m going to find something that’s most likely above the waist, those pants are cut too close to the body. I’ve fallen in love.

Kata eyewear. I’ve been going back and forth with glasses and contacts and I found this brand a very long time ago. It’s all about angling of the frames and arm of the frame and how it folds and bends. It’s pure engineering and they look that way.

An oversize, cozy winter coat. I’m seeing a lot of volume and I love that idea of wrapping yourself up. People will be moving away from the down, quilted coats and opting for wool, cashmere, and alpaca fibers. I’m leaning toward big silhouettes. I’ll be looking for something not necessarily from a designer, I’m looking for style. Big. It’s time to move on from the chubbie to the full-length quilted coat. It’s had its run.

Liana Krupp, communications consultant

Nike Blazer High Roll Leather. I live in sneakers, preferably mid or high tops. While sometimes I can get down with a wild color, I’m more about material, especially if it makes the shoe cozier.

Khai Khai Jewelry “Speak No Evil” ring. The three wise monkeys have become sort of a totem for my friends and I. Since I’m the talker of the group, you could say this one speaks to me.

Wings + Horns for Steven Alan Tartan Hoodie. Wings + Horns sweatshirts are like wearing a hug. I always end up stealing my husband’s anyway, so I may as well just have my own.

Proenza Schouler PS13 bag, available at Louis Boston. Obsessed. Need I say more?

Isabel Marant Iti pants, available at Viola Lovely. Marant is a staple in my closet — such well-made clothing. Printed pants have been my jam lately. Now that Viola Lovely is opening down the street from me in the South End, I’m going to be in big trouble.

Erika Johnson McMahon, founder of CapeNanny.com

Frye’s Melissa Button boot. I adore a perfectly polished equestrian boot, but this grainy, worn version tops my list for a casual option for fall.

Bond No. 9 New York Musk. Bond No. 9 fragrances never disappoint. I’m particularly smitten with this heavier fall version.

J. Crew cashmere cardigan in diamond dot. I think every New Englander should invest in a few staple cashmere pieces for the cooler months. This classic diamond pattern and punchy fuschia is a fun modern nod to the Kennedy Era.

Gap 1969 Always Skinny Camo Jeans. I love the dichotomy of a feminine skinny pant paired with the tomboyish element of camo. This version is a particularly flattering fit!

Shinola “The Birdy” double wrist wrap watch (above right). The gold typography and double wrap leather band of this Shinola watch slay me. Add that Shinola is a made in Detroit brand attempting to restore the area’s factories to their former glory and I’m sold.

Sofi Madison, owner of Olives & Grace

A Vaalabara bag. The designer, Emily Prescott, travels the globe for her fabrics, then brings them to her studio in Venice, Calif., where she sews in lining and the leather bottom. Her bags keep my style balanced. While walking the classic Boston streets, I carry with me a love for other cultures and old traditions.

Something from Artemis Design Co. This is my friend Milicent Armstrong’s company and it’s so inspiring. Her pieces remind me that looking lovely is great, but how grounded and creative are you. To me, the most beautiful women are inspiring first, and pretty second.

Stitch and Hammer apron. Stitch is out of Colorado, where I lived for many years. The combination of denim and soft leather, in a bustling kitchen, takes me back to some of my favorite fall memories.

A Beatrice Kim bracelet. Beatrice is one talented woman. Her bracelets are typically metal and leather, with texture that steers jeans and a tee in the right direction.

An Ash and Anchor scarf. This is where my hip grandmother’s style blends with mine. Classic floral patterns meet vibrant colors of flirty youth.

Rachel Raczka can be reached at Rachel.Raczka@globe.com