Samantha McMillen

"I'm very into trying on clothes and putting all the little details together."

Elle Fanning
Dakota Fanning
Evan Rachel Wood
Johnny Depp
Mark Wahlberg


From designer darlings Elle and Dakota Fanning to fashion icons Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp, McMillen walks the line between fashion A-list and Hollywood royalty — not always the same thing, which she knows better than almost any other stylist.


The Fannings, Pfeiffer, Depp, Evan Rachel Wood, Ellen Page, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Hemsworth


The former VIP PR director for Richard Tyler and Giorgio Armani started working with 60-year-old IMG-signed model-actress Kim Basinger in November. “She’s an icon and so cool — she loves menswear and favors styles that are androgynous yet sexy,” says McMillen, who put Basinger in a three-piece pinstripe Ralph Lauren Collection suit for the Grudge Match premiere in New York.

McMillen loved Wood’s sparkly emerald Elie Saab Couture (No. 30) at the Vanity Fair Oscar party: “She saw that dress, loved it, tried it on and knew it was the one — quickest fitting ever,” says McMillen.


McMillen first dressed Dakota, 20, in 2012; younger sister Elle, 15, soon followed. The sisters, who have appeared in ads for Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, have dramatically different styles: “Elle is much taller than me, so she can carry off more elaborate dresses. I like classic styles that I won’t look back on in 20 years and feel embarrassed,” says Dakota, who admits that she hates trying on clothes. Not Elle. “I’m very into trying on clothes and putting all the little details together,” she says. “Samantha and I will text each other pictures of runway looks right when they come off.” From the past year, Dakota favors her navy blue Elie Saab Couture embellished ball gown from the Night Moves premiere in Venice (No. 31) and her unexpectedly edgy beaded Atelier Versace crop-top and skirt for the film’s debut at Toronto. Elle still thinks about her floral Rochas gown with a lace choker and mint-green cardigan that McMillen put together for the 2012 Ginger & Rosa premiere in London and, most recently, a gingham top and pleated miniskirt with floral pumps (No. 32) that she wore to sit front-row at the Miu Miu fall 2014 show in Paris (Elle appears with Nyong’o in the designer’s spring ads). “Dakota is Old Hollywood, but a younger version of that, and Elle is a mix of bohemian and sporty,” says McMillen, who’s gearing up for Maleficent’s whirlwind press with Elle, who stars alongside Angelina Jolie in the take on Sleeping Beauty, which opens May 30.


Chanel, Prada, Miu Miu, Valentino, Elie Saab, Balenciaga


As classic as it comes: “Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn,” says McMillen.

See her rank on the 2015 list.