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

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from September 28 to October 4

EACH WEEK, OUR FASHION EDITOR DECIDES WHO DESERVES TOP HONORS

 

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

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from September 21 to 27

EACH WEEK, OUR FASHION EDITOR DECIDES WHO DESERVES TOP HONORS

 

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

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from September 7 to 13

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
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

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from July 6 to 12

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
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. 

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  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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July 11, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from June 1 to 7

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
With looks ranging from 60s glam to soft and feminine, these celebs are showing us how to dress the part for any occasion… even if that means stomping divots. Take note.

Best Dressed in June

  1. Alexa Chung in Christian Dior at Glamour‘s Women of the Year Awards.
  2. Julianne Moore in Rosie Assoulin and Lupita Nyong’o in Alexander McQueen at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.
  3. Blake Lively in Michael Kors at the CFDA Fashion Awards.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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June 6, 2014

JLaw & Christian Dior: The Actress Adds 3 More Years to Her Contract

Jennifer Lawrence has been spotted on every red carpet in Christian Dior – and there’s plenty more to come. According to E! News, the American Hustle actress has reportedly extended her contract with the French fashion label for three years and $15 million. If only we could get paid to dazzle in haute couture, too…

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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January 28, 2014

A Peek at Peplum: The History Behind the Figure-Flattering Trend

After dominating yet another runway season, it’s pretty much official: the peplum trend is here to stay. With a nip at the waist and fabric hovering on the hip, the silhouette itself has essentially become the universal shape of femininity. But who was the first to figure out just how flattering this style could be?

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October 1, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

Paris Fashion Week is about to bid us all adieu. Tear. So let’s take a moment to fall in love (again) with each of these fashion greats.

1. We could say a lot of things about Alexander McQueen but, for now, we’ll just say this: hauntingly beautiful.

2. Can we have a closet full of Lanvin? We promise we’ll take good care of it.

3. Valentino. Because if Jackie O loved it, so do we.

4. Let’s be real. Is there any fashion logo more iconic than Chanel‘s “CC”?

5. We adore Christian Dior. (Who doesn’t?)

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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October 1, 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