The latest ad for Miss Dior fragrance is here – and it is stunning. Natalie Portman, the longtime face of this chic scent, stars as a runaway bride out for a little fun on the French Riviera.

The short film bounces between black-and-white shots of Natalie as a dutiful bride-to-be and colorful scenes of her romp toward free-spirited adventure. At one point, a bellhop drops off a bouquet and says, “Your flowers, madame.” To which the actress replies,”It’s Miss, actually.”

Oh, and the fashion? It’s perfection. From a handcrafted white gown with floral embellishments to a daring LBD, the film’s looks are truly iconic. Bravo, Dior.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 4, 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

It’s officially that time of year again: awards season. And the red carpet at last night’s Golden Globes ceremony didn’t disappoint.

With small-screen actors and major movie stars mingling together – Jennifer Aniston, Amy Adams, and Kerry Washington among them – the big fashion trends were asymmetrical tops, sheer paneling, and sequins. But it was the celebrites who went outside the box and opted for something completely unexpected that caught my attention most. Here are five contenders for the night’s Best Dressed title.

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January 12, 2015

This time of year it’s easy to rely on a less-than-exciting uniform. I often step out in skinny jeans and a classic blouse or sweater. But a statement accessory – a feminine extra like an animal print or a string of pearls – can elevate your tried-and-true ensemble to an anything-but-basic look.

Most Coveted Statement Accessories

1. RED Valentino Bow Clutch. Leopard print is equal parts provocative and sweet in this bow-shaped silhouette.

2. Stella & Ruby Tassel Necklace. Choose a simple dark-hued or jewel-toned top for a contrast that will let these pearls shine.

3. Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum. With notes of violet and cedarwood, this French fragrance is both lovely and mysterious.

4. Dior Satin D’Orsay Pump. Don’t just save these for special occasions. These stilettos add just enough glam to dress up dark skinnies and a black crewneck sweater.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 3, 2014

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

Awards season isn’t letting up anytime soon. Next on the list? The Oscars – and when it comes to Academy fashion, we’re totally on board with Hollywood stylist Brad Goreski’s dress predictions.

1. Jennifer Lawrence recently signed on for three more years with Christian Dior. So we all know what she’s wearing.

2. Goreski wants to see Sandra Bullock in Versace, and why not? Gaga isn’t the only girl who can rock it.

3. Claiming with confidence that Cate Blanchett will likely wear Givenchy, we think this stylist may have just have insider information.

4. Lupita Nyong’o has been lighting up the red carpet in American designs. So, Goreski thinks it’s time she works it the Parisian way – in Chanel.

5. We didn’t get a prediction on this one, but we’re putting our money on Amy Adams wearing Ralph Lauren.

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February 4, 2014

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

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Louis Vuitton. Chanel. Dior. Need we go on? When it comes to handbags, these designers are among some of the most sought-after. But if you’re going to drop big bucks to call one yours, ensuring its authenticity is the number-one priority. The experts at LuxeDH go through a series of checks on all their products. Below, they show us exactly what to look for. Study up, and you’ll be a self-made label connoisseur.

Louis Vuitton
The LV monograms should form straight lines and the stitching should be tight and even.

Chanel
If the handbag is from the 1980s or later, there will be a signature hologram sticker or card inside. If it’s vintage, study the fonts, heat stamps, and the alignment of patchwork.

Marc Jacobs
Make sure each bag has a seasoned code and a Riri or MJ zipper.

Christian Dior
All authentic Dior bags come with a white cotton dust bag with grey writing. The serial number will be located on the flipside of the inner sewn-in label.

Gucci
Simple. The GGs should line up symmetrically.

Yves Saint Laurent
You will never find hanging tags on YSL bags. They come with serial numbers embossed on the inside. And the interior label is always evenly aligned.

FENDI
Every FENDI bag comes with a hologram sticker and a serial tag.

Balenciaga
Often the bales (the part that connects the handles to the bag) are one of the keys to authenticating a Balenciaga. The bales should be thick and rounded, not thin or square. The notches in metal studs will be rounded, not square, as well.

Our Louis Vuitton, Chanel, & More: Picks by LuxeDH Boutique opens Monday, July 15, at 11AM.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 16, 2013