Rihanna is at it again, and this time, she’s making history. The singer will star as the next face of Christian Dior, making her the first black woman to front the almost 70-year-old house.

Prepare to see Rihanna in the latest “Secret Garden” campaign, shot by Steven Klein at Versailles. Of her enviable new role, the musician said, “It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color.” We’ll cheers to that, RiRi.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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March 18, 2015

Prepare to temporarily bid your Netflix adieu. Next month, Dior and I will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the exclusive world of haute couture.

The documentary follows Belgian designer Raf Simons in his first few months as creative director at Christian Dior. “I want to have quite a radical approach in terms of modernizing it,” he says of the storied French house.

And since Simons had only eight weeks to complete his first collection, Dior and I promises to deliver the drama – ahem, glamour.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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March 6, 2015

Last night marked the 87th ceremony of the Academy Awards. And for fashion lovers, the fiercest competition was on the red carpet. While Birdman may have taken home the Best Picture title, these five starlets shared the crown for Best Dressed.

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February 23, 2015

Raf Simons, the creative genius behind Dior, channeled David Bowie’s “chameleon quality” for last week’s couture show. Just like Mr. Bowie (and the color-changing reptiles), we can all benefit from a new look every now and then. Take a cue from these high-voltage brights and prepare to make a statement.

Most Coveted

  1. Elizabeth McKay Gumball Shift Dress. Wondering how to pull off neon at the office? Opt for a demure style like this feminine scalloped pattern.
  2. Amrita Singh “Rock Princess” Drop Earrings. Pump up your favorite T-shirt with a statement earring. On-trend, colorful gems really do the trick.
  3. Cinzia Rocca White Cocoon Raincoat. White coats are instant attention-grabbers. Use one to top off a head-to-toe monochrome ensemble.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Color in Baby Rose. A natural, rosy-hued lipstick is all it takes to balance a vibrant outfit.
  5. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Clip” Leather Sneaker. Slip-ons have never been more versatile. Try them with sleek dresses, flirty skirts, and boyfriend jeans.


By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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February 2, 2015

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

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

 

With no shortage of pint-sized style stars on the way – from Eva Chen’s Chanel-toting mini-me to Prince George’s sure-to-be-chic younger sibling – we can’t help but obsess over stylish maternity looks.

Best Dressed List

 

  1. Miroslava Duma showed off her baby bump in a bird-adorned Valentino cape – just one of the many luxe looks the Russian editor sported during Paris Fashion Week.
  2. Zoe Saldana, who recently confirmed she’s having twins, turned up to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s Hollywood Costume opening party in a cotton-candy pink Christian Dior gown and matching clutch. Maybe she’s hinting at the color of the nursery…
  3. Rosamund Pike, who is expecting her second child, looked equal parts sultry and sweet mom-to-be at the world premiere of Gone Girl, thanks to a black, bow-accented Altuzzara gown with a thigh-high slit.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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October 3, 2014

 

Trends like nautical accents, florals, and brights – typically associated with the warmer season – are becoming more prevalent year-round. Check out how these celebs created versatile looks that are just right for right now.

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1. Chloë Grace Moretz chose asymmetric stripes in warm hues and a sailor-inspired skirt, both from Kenzo, to craft the perfect fall nautical look at AOL’s BUILD Speaker Series for her new movie, The Equalizer. 

2. Reese Witherspoon wore a floral number from the Christian Dior Resort 2015 collection at the Nashville premiere of The Good Lie. To take the runway number from resort to fall, the actress wore a version with sleeves and a darker, moodier palette.

3. Kerry Washington paired a sunshine yellow Giles Deacon dress with perfect plum accessories, including the clutch she designed for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 26, 2014

 
All eyes have been on the streets and runways of New York Fashion Week, but another city caught our eye as well. Celebs flocked to Canada for photo calls and premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival – and as always, they brought their red carpet A-game.

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1. Kate Bosworth wore the color of the season – a lipstick red – in a sparkling gown from BOSS at the premiere of Still Alice. 

2. Keira Knightly dazzled in an embellished Chanel Couture dress from the Fall 2014 runway at the premiere of The Imitation Game. 

3. Chloë Grace Moretz let her asymmetrical Christian Dior Couture dress shine at the premiere of The Equalizer, keeping jewelry and accessories minimal.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 12, 2014

 
Olivia, Victoria, and Emma: Veteran style stars, each with a distinct (and flawless) look that we admire. We typically know what to expect from these fashion mavens, but they still keep us on our toes with offbeat outfit choices.

Though Olivia’s getup isn’t atypical, she switched up her beauty routine with an orange lip and freshly dyed blonde hair. Usually opting for darker shades, Victoria served up a lively colorblocked dress at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, the generally demure Emma stepped out in a macramé bralette in Paris. My opinion? Keep the surprises coming. 

The Best-Dressed List

 

  1. Olivia Palermo in Dior at the label’s Fall 2014 couture show in Paris.
  2. Victoria Beckham at Wimbledon in a dress from her Spring 2015 Collection.
  3. Emma Watson in Valentino at the label’s Fall 2014 couture show in Paris.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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