The (Style) Guide

Top Chef: 8 Kitchen Picks Straight from the Pros

Whether you’ve mastered the trickiest of recipes (hello, boeuf bourguignon) or have never opened a cookbook, here’s a list of key kitchen items from eight chef-beloved brands.

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October 17, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Is a YouTube Sensation

Kick off your morning right meow with a dose of cuteness, delivered by this iPad® video of Karl Lagerfeld’s celebrity cat Choupette. Things we’ve learned from her feature on The Coveteur? Like your average, non-fashion feline, Choupette is also captivated by shiny objects and tissue boxes. But unlike your cat, she has two personal nurses and a Shu Uemura makeup line, and she never meows (because Karl hates it).

Here’s hoping your Friday is as fabulous as Choupette’s everyday life.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 17, 2014

Gisele Bündchen Stars in a Mesmerizing Chanel Film

When Chanel taps supermodel Gisele Bündchen and director Baz Luhrmann for a short film – well, we obviously perk up. The result is a visual spectacle to celebrate the house’s iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume, which the label made sure to hype up with a 15-second teaser clip, a star-studded dinner, and its first-ever Instagram posts.

As a moody rendition of “You’re the One That I Want” plays, the film opens with a fresh-faced Gisele on an absurdly chic Chanel surfboard. We then get a peek at her handsome counterpart, Michiel Huisman of Game of Thrones fame, as he exits their swanky beachside home. After her ocean dip, Gisele (wearing Chanel and a spritz of No. 5) reunites with the object of her affection in a scenic concert hall.

In typical Baz Luhrmann style, the three minutes are full of color and sweeping landscapes – and I’m left wishing this were a full-length production.

Read more about “The One That I Want” at chanel.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 16, 2014

Your Kind of Calm: Escapes for Every Personality

Are you the explorer type? A self-proclaimed gourmet? Or maybe a spa enthusiast? Whatever you seek, one of the four luxury health and wellness destinations from Canyon Ranch® answers.

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October 16, 2014

Burberry Chooses Suki Waterhouse as Its New Face

Good news, Burberry lovers. You can soon add some British cool to your vanity. The fashion house has announced its debut beauty collection, and the face of their first campaign is actress-slash-model Suki Waterhouse. Well, more specifically, Sukis eyes.

The launch, featuring mascara, eyeliners, and brow pencils, is focused on creating the illusion of a “natural, larger eye,” according to the label’s makeup artist consultant Wendy Rowe. (That explains why Sukis captivating gaze is perfect for the job.)

So if I purchase an eyeliner, will my eyes resemble those of Bradley Cooper’s main squeeze? And what’s the secret to getting Cara’s famous brows? We’ll have to wait to find out.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2014

Get a Head Start on Gifting: Our Buyers Lend a Hand

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us (but don’t panic just yet). This year, stay on top of your gifting game with a little help from our merchants. They’ve scoured the market for all things indulgent so you can check off wish lists with ease. Below, three Rue buyers offer advice on giving luxe items.

Luxe Holiday Gifts

When Gifting Jewelry
“One is never enough. Grab multiples so she can play with layering.” – Ceire N., Women’s Jewelry Buyer

When Gifting Cashmere
“Choose an oversized silhouette to add something cozy yet classic to her closet.” – Maureen G., Merchandising Vice President

When Gifting for the Home
“Use festive ribbon to tie your favorite recipe to the lid of a copper pot, then fill it with ingredients for a personal touch.” – Valerie M., Living Buyer

Our The Handpicked Holiday Gift Shop: Luxe Edition Boutique opened Wednesday, October 15, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 15, 2014

The Next Bond Girl? French Beauty Léa Seydoux

You may recognize Léa Seydoux as a frequent star in Prada’s campaigns. And with rumors circling that she signed on as the next Bond girl, expect to see a lot more from this French actress.

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This coveted role wouldn’t be Léa’s first experience in film. The 29-year-old has starred in Blue Is the Warmest ColorPrada’s Resort 2012 campaign, the Prada Candy fragrance campaign, and Miu Miu’s Resort 2015 campaign. As for her frequent collaborator, designer Miuccia Prada? She, too, has experience working in the film industry, having crafted costumes for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

The 24th Bond movie won’t begin production for another six weeks, but Léa will undergo costume tests in the meantime. Since she’s rarely seen wearing labels other than Prada or Miu Miu, my fingers are crossed that her wardrobe is designed by Miuccia herself.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 14, 2014

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 Adapting a 90s Novel for Film

A bold new haircut. A best-selling book. Lena Dunham is on a headline-stealing roll and shows zero signs of stopping. The actress-slash-writer announced at the New York Film Festival that she’s adapting the young adult novel Catherine, Called Birdy into a film.

The book (a favorite from the 90s) is set in late-13th-century England and focuses on a twelve-year-old girl’s attempts to ditch suitors. The only catch in Lena’s plans? She seems to think the screenplay will be a tough sell to studios. “I just need to find someone who will fund a PG-13 medieval movie,” Lena said.

Wishing you luck, girl. If the movie gets made, this mega-fan will definitely be at the midnight showing.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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October 14, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For last year’s down coat: Your puffer is out of summer storage and looks flat as a board. Hang it in the bathroom during a steamy shower to let it reinflate. Or briefly toss it in the dryer with a few clean tennis balls.

For DIY leg warmers: We all have at least one chunky cable-knit sweater that we’ve outgrown. Cut the sleeves off the body and voilà! Homemade leg warmers for your boots.

For your morning coffee: Put butter in it. The pioneer of this “bulletproof” style of coffee claims it offers a daylong buzz (sans dreaded afternoon crash).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 13, 2014