The Stories Behind Dior’s Famous Scents

Before every label and celebrity had their own signature scent on the market, French designer Christian Dior was a master of fragrance. This fall, fans can indulge in Dior: The Perfumes, a new Tivoli hardcover book that explores the inspiration and history behind the fashion house’s most famous bottles.

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The 300-page tome features ad campaigns, stories, and artwork centered around aromas like Poison and Dolce Vita. Refinery29 interviewed the book’s author and fragrance critic Chandler Burr, as well as Dior expert Frederic Bourdelier, to reveal some interesting tidbits. For example, Chandler considers Tom Ford a modern-day fragrance artist that exudes the same personal touch that Dior once did. And Frederic explained how Fahrenheit, one of the house’s most famous perfumes, was inspired by a painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

I have just one suggestion for these two collaborating perfume buffs: Next time, make the book scratch n’ sniff.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 14, 2014

Lena Dunham Is About to Prove She’s Just “Not That Kind of Girl”

If you’re anything like me, it’s almost like Lena Dunham – a.k.a. Hannah Horvath – is speaking directly to you via her HBO original series, Girls. She can’t pay rent? You can’t pay rent. (Well, sometimes.) Ups and downs with your best friend? Preaching to the choir. And now, us just-like-me fans can connect with Dunham through a whole new medium: a book.

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February 11, 2014

You Haven’t Heard the Last from Times Critic Cathy Horyn

It’s official. The chief fashion critic of the New York Times for the past 15 years, Cathy Horyn, has handed in her letter of resignation. Cue collective weeping from style followers everywhere.

Fashionista reports, “While The Times‘ Styles section has not named an official replacement for Horyn, it has made two hires in recent weeks: first reporter John Koblin, who took the place of Times fashion critic Eric Wilson after he departed for InStyle, and just last week, former Style.com deputy editor Matthew Schneier, who may in fact be Horyn’s replacement.”

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Fashion Week is just days away, giving the soon-to-be-confirmed replacement the chance to capture Cathy’s readership without missing a beat. Will they be received without critique? We doubt it. But dry your tears and ready your Kindles – Cathy has plans to write a book about the history of fashion journalism.

Sounds like a coffee-table staple.

Ready the full article at Fashionista.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 31, 2014

How to Get Your Kid to Love Reading: The 100 Best-Ever YA Books

Kids these days, people think. With their smartphones, Bluetooth, and eight ways to chat with their BFFs without leaving the house, attention spans are nonexistent. It’s a scary, scary world.

Well, as a member of the Millennial generation, let me enlighten you. I remember life before Google, and my talent for finding distractions was just as developed as any kid’s is today.

That is where NPR’s list of best-ever teen novels comes in handy.
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Parents, hear this – it just takes one. My turning point was the year I discovered a strange little book series called Weetzie Bat (see number 89). I was enthralled. I kept Borders in business, and my parents thought, Phew. Maybe she didn’t get switched at the hospital.

Read this list. It’s predictable and surprising at the same time. And so what if your kid chooses Twilight (bummer, I know)? They’ll come to their senses one day.

Just remember, they could be watching Teen Mom.

See, print, and read the full list at NPR.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 23, 2013

From Sex Pistols to Sex and the City: Vivienne Westwood Tells All

Cue your tablets. The fashion icon and activist Vivienne Westwood, who brought punk-rock style to the mainstream, is releasing an autobiography. Always one to speak her mind, we can bet this Dame will have some stories to tell.

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Elle Dispatch writes, “According to early reports, the 72-year-old fashion icon will discuss her transformation from elementary school teacher to Sex Pistols headmistress, and include contributions from friends like Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, and even Wikipedia founder Julian Assange.”

Our only objection? Waiting until next October for it to hit the shelves.

Read all about the book release at Elle Dispatch.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 17, 2013

Party Season, Solved: Style Inspired by the Cheap Chica

The holidays are upon us. Translation: outfits must abound – even if the bank account doesn’t. So we’re turning to our style-on-a-budget bible, Lilliana Vazquez‘s The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Stylefor a little assistance outfitting one Marc New York dress four totally different ways. Here, our stylish findings.

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November 14, 2013

Style & Saving? Author Lilliana Vazquez Proves the Two are Not Mutually Exclusive

Meet Lilliana Vazquez, the Cheap Chica, who has “Balenciaga taste on a strict budget.” Known for her killer closet with a price tag to covet, this New Yorker has hosted countless television shows, from New York Live to Good Day in Dallas, voicing her advice for cheap chicas in training everywhere. Here, on the eve of her debut book release, Lilliana gives Rue a look at her personal style habits – and a few exclusive tips of our own.

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Rue La La: You’re the queen of finding the most stylish steals. How did you find this niche?
Lilliana Vazquez: For me, budget shopping is a way of life, not a niche. My mom has always believed that saving should be a way of life and that you should take more pride in what you can save, not what you can spend… I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! We would take outlet road trips just to hunt down the best deals. So, in some ways, I was raised to be the Cheap Chica.

RLL: Do you follow a personal rule book?
LV: When it comes to fashion, I’m willing to try anything once. I’m a bit of a risk taker. But I’m also very honest about how it looks on me and whether or not it’s a fit for my body, budget, and lifestyle.

RLL: Do you ever splurge just for the sake of splurging?
LV: I’m human! Of course – but it’s few and far between. My favorite splurge is my black quilted Chanel bag. A splurge should be something that you will have for a lifetime and something that you can wear every day without ever getting tired of it. You can check out my “splurge” checklist in my book, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style. A few questions may save you thousands.

RLL: How heavily do you rely on accessories? Do you prefer to keep it simple or pile them on?
LV: The more the merrier is my motto when it comes to accessories, and the layered look is really having a moment in fashion right now. So I’ve been layering everything – necklaces, midi rings, bracelets, etc.

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November 4, 2013

Play Host: How To Shop for Your Cocktail Essentials

Rue Living Inspirer and author of What's a Hostess to Do? shares her tips

 
You’re throwing a party. The menu is set, the décor nearly done. Now, for the best part (some might say): the liquid refreshments. Estimating whether guests will guzzle or sip? Far from easy. Susan Spungen, Rue Living Inspirer and author of What’s a Hostess to Do?, breaks down what – and how much – to stock up on.

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First things first – the hard stuff:

  • On average, assume your guests will have 2 drinks per hour (10 guests x 2 drinks x 2 hours = 40 drinks).
  • There are approximately 5 glasses of wine per bottle.
  • Most mixed drinks are made with a 1-ounce shot of liquor. A 1-liter bottle of liquor contains enough for 32 drinks.
  • Mixers are usually poured in 4-ounce portions. One liter of mixer will make 8 drinks.

 
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November 3, 2013

On Our Bookshelves: The Latest from Rue’s Book Club

Forgive us. We’re newly obsessed – not with the latest NYFW trend (although we’re partial to seafoam for spring) – but with a completely addictive, cancel-all-plans sort of book: Marisha Pessl’s thrill of a read, Night Film.

This summer, Random House graciously gifted our associates-only book club advanced reader copies of Pessl’s now New York Times bestseller (released to the public on August 20). Best known for her blockbuster debut, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, let’s just say – Pessl’s at it again.

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September 16, 2013

Fashion Books We Love

Fashion Books We LoveWhile most of us have mile-high stacks of Vogue at our desks (for professional purposes only, of course), we do dive into more substantial reading from time to time. Here are our favorite fashion-forward texts:

Nostalgia in Vogue: This compilation includes a selection of Vogue’s famous “Nostalgia” columns published since 2000.

Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life: This controversial account draws on letters and other records to reveal the less-discussed (and scandalous) chapters of this influential designer’s life.

Grace: A Memoir: Vogue Creative Director, former model, and international icon Grace Coddington gives us a witty, blunt narrative of a life lived fashionably.

The Fashion Book: Aptly named, The Fashion Book is a coffee table book to end all others. This A to Z tome takes a comprehensive look at the most important names in fashion, dating all the way back to the 1860s.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman: Penned by the one and only Christian Dior, this indispensable source covers the fashion fundamentals every woman should adhere to.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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February 28, 2013