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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

A Heritage of Style: The Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma Bag

We’re constantly turning our attention to the latest It bag, but lately our favorite high-profile fashion houses have been investing in their signature bags – the ones that endure for generations. With its timeless details and sleek leather, the new Fiamma bag from Salvatore Ferragamo is poised to do just that.

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Fiamma Ferragamo was the eldest daughter of the revered Italian designer. She expanded the house in the 1990s and even created the first Ferragamo handbag collection. Pulling inspiration from one of her original designs, the Fiamma features a top handle and signature locked flap on a sleek leather satchel silhouette.

The launch of this lust-worthy bag is accompanied by short films featuring famously fashionable mother-daughter pairs. One of the duos, Mariel and Langley Fox Hemingway, discuss their own free-spirted family legacy. Other A-list subjects include Italian royals and Hollywood personalities, each sharing a family bond passed down through generations – something Fiamma Ferragamo would be proud of.

Watch the short films here. Then, check out the Fiamma in our Salvatore Ferragamo Boutique, which opens Saturday, October 11, at 11AM ET.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 10, 2014

A Cosmopolitan-Inspired Show Is Coming to NBC

That’s right. Cosmopolitan, your favorite guilty-pleasure glossy, is about to hit primetime. And (thankfully) not in the form of another reality show. Instead, this series will be a fictional comedy loosely based on life at Cosmo. The single-camera sitcom will center around a failed political blogger who restarts her career in NYC as an editor. As for the script? It will be penned by writer Leslye Headland and the magazine’s real-life editor in chief Joanna Coles.

Here’s hoping this yet-to-be-named comedy will be a little less Selfie and a little more 30 Rock.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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October 10, 2014

Michelle Obama Celebrates Fashion (and SPANX®)

Michelle Obama is on a mission to support American fashion – beyond just wearing her favorite labels. Proof? Yesterday, the always-elegant First Lady assembled a roster of big-name designers and 150 design students at the White House for a series of workshops, panels, and networking events.

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The goal of the occasion – associated with her Reach Higher initiative – was to open doors for emerging talent from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, and more. Michelle even sported one of the student designs: a racerback blue dress by FIT’s Natalya Koval.

Along with exposing the students to the expertise of Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung, and Lela Rose, FLOTUS shared a patriotic success story. Citing SPANX founder Sara Blakely’s growth into a billionaire entrepreneur, Michelle reminded the designers that hard work remains at the core of the fashion business. Sara took jobs at Disney World and in fax-machine sales to save the money she needed for her first SPANX product. And that’s right about when Michelle declared that, “We all wear them with pride.”

So there you have it: FLOTUS is as big a fan of SPANX as you are.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 9, 2014

The Winning Outfit: How to Tackle Tailgate Style

For a fashion-savvy football fan, finding the perfect game-day outfit can be just as hard as managing that fantasy lineup. Of course, jerseys are a given – but think outside the box with a few creative finishing touches and stand out from the crowd. Literally.

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October 9, 2014

Pint-Sized Fashion: Does North West Have a Stylist?

Playdates at the park are as grand as most toddler social calendars get. But when you’re North West and you have a front-row seat at Paris Fashion Week, you must dress the part. And no – overalls from the big-box stores won’t cut it.

Following little Nori’s string of appearances in Givenchy and Chanel, it’s rumored that she had professional help in putting together those petite designer getups. So whether or not this mini Kim Kardashian has a supposed tailor-slash-stylist, there’s no denying she might be the most haute 16-month-old on the planet.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 9, 2014