Haute couture – the focus of this week’s runway shows in Paris – is characterized by its handcrafted, one-of-a-kind nature. While most people can’t snap up these pieces for their own wardrobes, it’s common to see these gowns on celebrities strutting the red carpet. So if you’ve ever wondered why these stunning numbers are so out of reach, just take a peek at the making of “Look #53” from Monday’s Dior show.

Thanks to Refinery29 and Visionaire, we get a behind-the-scenes view at the couture process in the Dior atelier. More than 200 hours went into producing this single look, from pattern-cutting and hand-dyeing grosgrain ribbon to folding pleats and fitting a model.

Take a five-minute virtual escape to the Parisian design house. You’ll quickly see why high fashion is worthy of a museum gallery.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 29, 2015

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Ghostbusters”? For me, it’s four infamous male comedians, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Hi-C Ecto-Cooler. But come next summer, that’s all about to change.

Paul Feig (you may know him as the director of Bridesmaids) tweeted confirmation that his new version of the 1984 classic is on the way. What’s the big deal? He’ll be switching it up with an all-female cast featuring none other than Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. But the laughs won’t stop there. Expect to also see Saturday Night Live standouts Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon rounding out the foursome.

Just one question remains: who you gonna call? Your girlfriends. Catch the flick with them on July 22, 2016.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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January 29, 2015

Well, your prayers have been answered. British Vogue was invited to Kate Moss’s North London abode for a chance to peep her designer duds. Let the closet envy commence… now.

Kate Moss British VogueImage by @britishvogue

Turns out Kate is a bit of a style pack rat – in the best way possible. She still has her bunny costume from Playboy‘s 60th anniversary issue, more than a hundred bags organized by color, a drawer full of sunglasses, and Louboutins galore.

“My wardrobe is brimming with Louboutins – the classic black Pigalle stiletto in patent or matte black leather is my go-to shoe,” she told the mag. “I have so many pairs that Christian designed a style with a sharper toe and nail-thin heel, which he named the So Kate.”

To see the rest of the supermodel’s drop-dead gorgeous home, head over to British Vogue. Just try not to fall in love with every inch of it. We dare you.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 28, 2015

Beanbag chairs: the stuff our tween dreams were made of. And now, Alexander Wang has single-handedly made us yearn for the slouchy furniture once again. How? With a high-end leather version for a cool $8,800.

The designer – always chic with a bit of edge – teamed up with Poltrona Frau for a capsule collection boasting two styles of his black leather and brass beanbag chair, as well as a matte leather trunk bar.

It’s official: I’m adding these buttery-soft beauties to my already extensive Alexander Wang wish list.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 28, 2015

The one space we all want, yet often overlook? A magazine-worthy closet. No matter the size, from walk-in to hole-in-the-wall, a few clever tweaks can make yours rival that of Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw. Our Living Editorial Director Nancy shared her top tips with Style Me Pretty, and lucky for you, we have three of them right here. So read up and get to work – that dream closet is just a couple upgrades away.

Editor-Approved Closet Upgrades

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January 27, 2015
Emma Watson starring in a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast? Yes, please. Just yesterday, Disney confirmed that the former wizard and diplomatic warrior will play Belle in the film to be directed by Bill Condon (of Dreamgirls and Chicago fame).While a release date is yet to be announced, production will begin this year. And our magic mirror tells us that Emma in a golden gown is a definite go.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 27, 2015

Every model has her quirks. And the Spring 2015 campaigns have been eager to embrace them, shining a lens on Lady Gaga’s selfies, Iris Apfel’s glasses, and now this little lass. Meet Toast, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and leading lady of the latest Karen Walker eyewear campaign.

Toast for Karen Walker

Image via Style.com

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January 26, 2015

For bedroom décor: Put a spin on the traditional headboard. Try framed wallpaper, a texture-rich woven curtain, or repurposed vintage windows as a design-savvy alternative.

For your sheet storage: The chore of bed-making just got a bit easier. Neatly fold pillowcases and sheets, then wrap sets together with eye-catching fabric (or even an old fitted sheet). Grab from the closet and go.

For a quick clean: Guests on the way? Give your bathroom a five-minute refresh. Wipe off toothpaste stains, drain the soap dish, and flush a bit of toilet cleaner. But skip the shower: mildew is easily concealed with a pull of the curtain.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 26, 2015

The easiest way to take classic style to the next level? Add an unexpected twist. From graphic stripes to of-the-moment silhouettes, these celebs proved that tailored separates are statement-makers.

Best Dressed

1. Sienna Miller sported bold stripes in an Altuzarra runway combo while promoting American Sniper in New York, completing the look with a vampy lip and her signature tousled locks.

2. Jennifer Lopez balanced femininity and sex appeal for her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The star wore blush-hued separates, adding a touch of glam with metallic wide-leg trousers from Solace London.

3. Jennifer Aniston wowed in a rich Gucci tuxedo accessorized with layered gold necklaces – a welcome change from her normal rotation of no-fail LBDs.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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January 23, 2015

This morning, we remember Vince Camuto, the footwear designer known to have “the Midas touch,” who passed away Wednesday in his Connecticut home.

Throughout his 78 years, Vince built an impressive résumé, co-founding Nine West in 1987 with Jerome Fischer, launching the multi-billion dollar Jessica Simpson brand, and partnering with Tory Burch on the creation of the coveted Reva flat. And it doesn’t stop there: Vince led an eponymous brand of his own, starting with shoes and growing it into a complete ready-to-wear collection.

The one thing Vince never did? Retire. He told Footwear News,“[Retire] isn’t in my vocabulary.” While it’s a sad loss for the fashion biz, Vince lives on with the shoe addict in all of us.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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January 23, 2015