Celebrity stylist Samantha McMillen, one of The Hollywood Reporter's "Top 10 Power Stylists of the Decade," began her career for designers Richard Tyler and Giorgio Armani before transitioning into styling in 2001. Her approach of collaborating with clients and helping them visualize their personal style has made her invaluable to her clients. Today, her celebrity clientele includes Elle and Dakota Fanning, Daisy Ridley, Brie Larson, Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Rock. McMillen has also worked on major campaigns and collaborations with Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Dior with her work appearing in GQ, Vanity Fair, Glamour, InStyle, Rolling Stone, and Men’s Fitness.
McMillen's vision and talent for creating iconic looks are represented in her curated Stylist Edit for VRAI, with items everyone needs in their wardrobe and perfect gifting items with 10% of sales going to #TOGETHERBAND. We chatted with her to discuss everything from sustainability to must-have items below!
"My goal for this Edit was to choose iconic pieces that one would wear throughout their lifetime. Classic and timeless pieces done in a beautiful, unique way." - Samantha McMillen
What is the number one thing you think about when styling your clients?
I start by thinking about their values and beliefs and the message, if any, they want to send through the choices they make.
What does sustainability mean to you and what is the importance of it in fashion?
Now more than ever it is vital that we protect our natural environment as well as human and ecological health. There are companies, including VRAI, that are driving innovation and creating quality essential products that don’t compromise our way of life. I will invest in a piece that is made to last, holds its value, and has little to zero carbon footprint. I want to feel good about where my money goes and I also want to have options that are unique, original and luxurious. It feels good knowing that all of that is possible while still wearing and using sustainably sourced goods.
“There are companies, including VRAI, that are driving innovation and creating quality essential products that don’t compromise our way of life.” - Samantha McMillen
Why did you choose these specific pieces for your edit?
My goal was to choose iconic pieces that one would wear throughout their lifetime. Classic and timeless pieces done in a beautiful, unique way. I balanced the selection with some more interesting and edgy pieces that are both elegant and timely.
What is your advice on styling jewelry?
It’s hard to answer that. Often I select the outfit and then think about how jewelry would add to the look. Sometimes I just add a ring and a small pair of earrings. Sometimes I build an outfit around a jewelry idea I want to try. Most days, I wear the same set up and maybe change my earrings. I think the most important thing is to remain true to who you are. If you are someone who layers necklaces and stacks rings, be true to who you are and wear what makes you happy.
What are the best jewelry items for gifting? Anything people should consider while shopping?
I would love to receive any of the items from my selection. Thinking about the message you want to send by giving a specific piece is really important. Also, consider the following: Making sure you know the ring size of the person you are gifting. Do they have pierced ears? Multiple piercings? Do they change their jewelry often? Or are they someone who seems to wear the same pieces daily? What could you add to their existing collection?
What is your most coveted jewelry piece?
I was gifted a beautiful baguette diamond ring with delicate leaf patterns that meet side by side. I get compliments on it daily. Little known fact, I only own fine jewelry that was gifted to me. It means a lot to me to look at the jewelry I wear and think of the person or people that gave it to me.
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Valid November 18, 2020, at 12:01 AM and expiring December 1, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST, 10% of sales from the Stylist Edit by Samantha McMillen (before sales tax and shipping) will be donated to #TOGETHERBAND in support of initiatives furthering Climate Action and Reduced Inequalities. VRAI will donate up to maximum $20,000.00 USD. All purchases are subject to return. We reserve the right to amend these Donation Terms and Conditions at any time.