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France is where you'll find the House of Dior ... and we don't mean the late Christian Dior's fashion business -- we mean his actual HOUSE. Seth Doane takes us on a tour:

There was plenty to catch one's eye as a seemingly endless line of Mercedes deposited fashionistas, models, and an Oscar-winner.

But even actress Charlize Theron agreed the real star of this night was the house.


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"I'm living in a bit of a magical fantasy world right now," she laughed.

Why? "Well, just walking through here, you can't help but try to image things that happen in rooms, and my imagination just goes crazy."

Just like legendary designer Christian Dior's imagination did when he created this opulent retreat in the French countryside.

"I've had, like, the biggest smile on my face since I've gotten here because it feels like it's filled with joy," said Theron.

Theron -- the "face" of Dior perfume for more than a decade -- lent her star-power earlier this month to the grand re-opening of Dior's Chateau de la Colle Noire, nestled in the Provence region of southern France, in the town of Montauroux.


An undated photo of fashion designer Christian Dior.

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"He created this place for his own happiness," said Dior historian Frederic Bourdelier.

"Even all of these decades later, Dior still looms large here," said Doane.

"Yes, yes," Bourdelier said. "We are really proud of our founding father."

Dior bought the chateau in 1951, and started work on it. But then died unexpectedly just about six years later.

The house fell into other hands until three years ago when the company bought it back, and started restoring it to the way it was.

The detail-obsessed Dior had sketched out an entryway floor just like he might've sketched a dress -- skills he demonstrated for Edward R. Morrow on CBS' "Person to Person" back in 1955.

Morrow: "Now, just what is it that you're sketching there, Mr. Dior?"

Dior: "I am sketching a suit for this spring ... a big collar, and also neckline. You see?"

Morrow: "Do you always sketch as quickly as that?"

Dior: "Yes, I have to do it."

By using old plans and photographs, and buying back original furnishings at auction, the house is now part-museum, part-tribute -- and a way for the company to reconnect with its roots.


An interior view of the Chateau de la Colle Noire.

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Dior was not always surrounded by such grandeur. A 1940 letter on his desk reveals just how far he had come after moving with his family to the nearby town of Callian with few prospects.

"He's jobless, and six years later he would create this company," said Doane.

"Yes," Bourdelier said, "and seven years after, he's the king of fashion."

Dior founded his fashion-forward company in 1946, injecting glamour back into women's clothing in the wake of World War II.

"Just after war, he anticipated the desire http://www.thefashionisto.com/fashion/editorial/ of people to come back to the Golden Age of couture," said Bourdelier.

Dior dreamed up many of his designs at the chateau, gazing out the window at the fields and gardens that inspired his creativity.

It wasn't just the house, but the fields and gardens around it that drew him to this place. He had rose bushes planted. "Because this castle was a farm, too," said Armelle Janody.


Roses planted on the estate of Ange ou Démon Christian Dior.

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Today, Janody tends to these roses which only bloom in May. They're hand-picked and used to make the company's high-end perfume, just as they were when Dior lived here.

These gardens are not far from the town of Grasse -- the so-called perfume capital of the world.

"Perfumers used to say it's a 'spicy' rose," said Janody. "There are a lot of different fragrances in it."

At 89, Lucienne Rostanio can barely see, but told us smelling the "May rose" took her back to when she picked flowers for Dior himself in the mid-1950s.

"He wasn't like those city guys," she recalled. "He bought this property and made it so beautiful. Everybody in the village just adored him."

Doane asked Theron what Dior's impact on the fashion world is today.

"I don't think it's a name that you can utter anywhere in the world without people knowing what you're talking about," she replied. "There is an essence that's still surviving through all these years."

At that glamorous grand opening, a dinner table had been set for 180 -- all at one table.


A gala dinner celebrating the grand re-opening of the House of Dior.

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The fragrance of flowers filled the air, and the House of Dior came alive once again.

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Staples Debuts New Trends for 2016 Back-to-School Supplies at the Lowest Prices, Period

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--Celebrating 30 years of back-to-school experience, Staples, Inc.

(NASDAQ: SPLS) makes easy back-to-school shopping happen with top brands

and the latest trends at the lowest prices, period.

The new 2016 back-to-school trends range from runway-inspired metallic,

tropical prints, bohemian vibe patterns and classic essentials that

students can mix and match to create a personalized look. Staples is in

stock all-season-long at the lowest prices backed by the Staples 110%

Price Match Guarantee.

"This back-to-school season, Staples has the hottest trends and top

brands that kids, teachers and moms want," said Liz Haesler, senior vice

president and general manager merchandising, Staples. "We're building on

our experience to deliver an amazing selection at the best prices for

students and parents, and making it easy for them to shop however they

want -- in stores, online or a combination of both with Buy Online,

Pickup in Store."

Building on its expertise, Staples has cultivated an assortment of

products that covers everything on shoppers' school lists, including

these top trends.

Staples' Top Trends for 2016 include:

Less List for School (starting July 10 in stores and online)


Staples Less List for School offers the lowest prices on school supplies

including Staples® Composition Book ($0.50), Staples® 2-Pocket

Folder, ($0.17), Staples® 1-Subject Notebook, ($0.17), Purell®

Hand Sanitizer, 8oz ($2.00), Display Calculators, ($5.00) and


Classic Style

Classic back-to-school designs are always in

style at Staples with Five Star® 1-Subject Notebooks ($4.00),

assorted Arc Notebook Quote Covers ($1.99) with motivational

quotes, an array of writing essentials such as Staples® Mechanical

Pencils ($2.99/5 pack), Sharpie® Clear View® Highlighter Sticks ($2.99/$5.99/3

pack) and PaperMate® InkJoy® Gel Pens ($6.99/3 pack).

Precious Metals and Metallic

Taking its cue from the

runways, Staples carries stylish school tools such as a Cynthia

Rowley Backpack, available exclusively at Staples ($34.99) in

silver metallic, glitter Staples® Maze Calculator ($5.00),

"magnifique" Gartner Studios Glitter Words Composition Books

($3.00), a variety of gold metallic Carolina Pad Composition Books

($3.00) and Binders ($5.99) and a gold-heel Scotch® Magic®

Tape Shoe Dispenser ($8.00).

Tropical Wave

Students can celebrate summer all year with

exclusive Staples school supplies featuring Hawaiian patterns and

pineapple prints. The http://www.lapetitefashionista.com/ colorful products include Summer Vibes

Notebooks by Light Pink Design ($3.00) sporting pineapples and

pelicans, whimsical big, bold flowers and juicy stripes on Carolina

Pad 1" Binders ($5.99), Staples® Pushpins ($3.00) in gold

pineapple shapes and an array of sun & surf-inspired High Sierra

Loop Backpacks ($34.99), Jansport Superbreak® and High

Stakes Backpacks® ($35.99).

Bohemian Vibe Travel

For inspiration and motivation, look no

further than Staples for signature school supplies with fun sayings on Gartner

Studios Spiral Notebooks ($3.00) such as "Go Your Own Way" and "Be

Happy" or colorful Mead® Fashion Gypsy Ink and Pretty Please

Notebooks ($3.00) that keep notes organized between graphic, floral

and playful print covers in bold color palettes. The look adds up to

success with Staples® Calculator 230G Desktop Display 8 ($5.00)

splashed with floral prints in multiple color combinations. Brightly

patterned Jansport and Ogio Backpacks ($14.99 to $54.99)

help students stay organized with a rainbows worth of colors and sizes.

Fun with Phrases, Animals and More

Take a little fun and

whimsy back to school with catchy sayings and pet cartoons on bold neon

school supplies from Staples. The C.R. Gibson 1-Subject Notebooks and

Compositions Books ($3.00) that are purr-fect for cat lovers, Gartner

Studios Composition Books and Spiral Notebooks ($3.00) feature funny

quotes and Carolina Pad Hair of the Dog 1-Subject Notebooks

($4.44) that speak to organized animal lovers. Staples makes note-taking

stylish and fun. Hungry for more? At-A-Glance® Weekly Planners ($6.99-$24.99)

designed with macarons and popsicles will keep students sweet and

organized anywhere.

Back-to-School Routine

Sending the kids back to school is

anything but routine for Moms with the new Office by Martha Stewart(TM)

collection, exclusive to Staples. Perfect for Moms who put

organization on the top of their list, the collection includes File

Boxes ($24.99), File Sorters ($29.99), Desktop Tech

Organizers ($19.99), Discbound Zipper Pockets for Technology

($5.99/$4.99) and Discbound Jotter Size Notebooks ($14.99) in

blue or grey to fit any home or office décor.

Calendars & Planners

Teachers, moms and students who

appreciate tactical organization to complement their digital device can

find a range of planners and calendars that truly match their style with

the broad selection available at Staples and Staples.com. The Cynthia

Rowley 2016 Planners, exclusively at Staples ($14.99/$18.99)

feature colorful designs in cosmic floral patterns that making planning

ahead chic. At-A-Glance Desk Calendars and Weekly Planners ($17.99-$25.99)

in coral, aqua or tan adorned with a choice of delicate bows, stylish

readers and multi-color dots make keeping a busy schedule easy. For

playful colors and patterns, Blue Sky Weekly/Monthly Planners

($14.99-$19.99) are a must.

Cynthia Rowley Collection

When it comes to bold names in

fashion, Cynthia Rowley is one of the boldest with metallic, cosmic

floral and navy and pink designs. The exclusive Cynthia Rowley

Collection at Staples includes Notebooks ($3.99), Composition

Books ($2.99), Folders ($2.99), Backpacks ($34.99), Lunch

Bags ($24.99) and Pens ($3.99) that make it easy to be a

fashionista this fall.

Tech & Tech Accessories

The latest in tech and tech

accessories at Staples range from earbuds, bright color tech cords and

desktop organizers to the exclusive Designed by Students Back 2 Back

Backpack ($49.99). Students can keep their tech tools organized with

the Jansport Digital Student Backpack ($54.99), Jansport

Digital Burrito Pouch ($17.99) or the Jansport Pixel Pouch


For more top trends and photos throughout the season, visit http://flipbookie.com/StaplesTrends2016/index.html.

For media information, visit Staples.com/btspr.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples retail stores moda feminina 2014 and Staples.com

help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad

assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to

shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers

businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want - in

store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers

can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from

Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services

also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business

Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning,

faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print &

Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending

and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of

Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized

customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products

and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer

service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site.

Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things

businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities

cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology,

furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered

outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South

America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about

Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.


Behind the scenes of Africa's catwalks

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Cape Town-based photographer Per-Anders Pettersson spent five years documenting fashion communities across Africa for his new book, African Catwalk. Spanning more than 40 fashion weeks and 15 countries, his series provides an intimate look at an expanding industry. In this picture, African-American model Diandra Forrest has her makeup and hair done before a show during South Africa Fashion Week.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

South African model Geraldine Steenkamp and Cameroonian model Valerie Ayena wait in a car before walking for South African designer David Tlale at an outdoor show in the Bo-Kaap area during Cape Town Fashion Week, South Africa.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Front row guests watch a show during Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Nigeria 2013.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

South African model Sanele Junior Xaba stands backstage before a show with the South African designer Chu Suwanapha, during South African Menswear Week at Cape Town Stadium, South Africa 2015.

Sights http://www.campfashionista.net/ and sounds from the African catwalk

Fashion designer Blacktrash (fourth from left) on a shoot with his models in August 2012 in central Gaborone, Botswana. The label is one of Botswana's most popular.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

South Africa-based Ugandan model Patricia Akello wears a necklace by Ugandan label Halisi, 2015.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Models fit dresses for the Paris-based Cameroonian designer label Martial Tapolo Couture before a show in the Hotel des Almadies during Dakar Fashion Week, Senegal 2014.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Sudan-born Canadian model Aluad Anei smokes a cigarette backstage during a break between shows during the Fashion Week Joburg on Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg 2013.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

A model poses for photos at a test shoot with the Ivorian designer Barros Coulibaly in the Hotel des Almadies during Dakar Fashion Week, Senegal 2014.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Model Thembi Kobedi stands backstage before a show with the South Africa-based Kenyan designer Liz Ogumbo during South Africa Fashion Week in Rosebank, Johannesburg Site de Moda Feminina 2012.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Young designer for Gucci repairs a dress before a show in the Kigali City Towers during Kigali Fashion Week, Rwanda 2014.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Ivorian model Awa Sanoko wears a creation by the New York-based Senegalese designer label Versaiilles at a fitting before a show in the Hotel des Almadies during Dakar Fashion Week, Senegal 2014.


Amazon Fashion Celebrates the Next Generation of Fashion Talent with Studio Sessions Competition

NEW YORK--()--Today, five participating schools - Fashion Institute of Technology, LIM

College, Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and the

School of Visual Arts - sent two teams of five students to Amazon

Fashion's 40,000-square foot photography studio in Williamsburg,

Brooklyn. Mentored by a group of top industry professionals, the student

teams were challenged to conceptualize, style and shoot a captivating

editorial campaign, with the winning images to be featured as part of

Amazon Fashion's Fall 2014 on-site editorial.

The creative challenge required students to apply their skills in

graphic design, styling, editing, fashion photography, and art

direction, while working in their own dedicated photography bay.

Industry experts - including Amy Odell, Editor at Cosmopolitan.com; Eric

Wilson, Fashion News Director at InStyle; Kate Dimmock, Fashion Director

at People StyleWatch; and Lori Goldstein, Fashion Stylist and Fashion

Editor at https://eclecticfashionist.com/ Large at ELLE - served as mentors throughout the day-long

competition, providing guidance and feedback to student teams as they

worked to produce a campaign that speaks to the Amazon Fashion customer.

Students were given access to state-of-the-art photography equipment,

models, wardrobe, hair and makeup services, and props. YouTube beauty

expert and entrepreneur Michelle Phan counseled teams on creating beauty

looks that complement their campaign messages, using makeup from her

namesake line, em Cosmetics.

"We continue to be impressed Ange ou Démon by the student talent and industry support

we see during our Studio Sessions competition, and we were thrilled to

be able to host the challenge again this year. The students' exceptional

creativity and professionalism shine through in their beautiful campaign

images. We know Amazon Fashion customers will be just as inspired by

their work as we are," said Cathy Beaudoin, President of Amazon Fashion.

The challenge concluded with individual team presentations to a panel of

Amazon Fashion executives including Cathy Beaudoin, President, Amazon

Fashion; Dennis Leggett, Creative Director, Amazon Fashion; Gina Tovar,

Fashion Director, Amazon Fashion; Muge Erdirik Dogan, Director, Amazon

Beauty; and Darcy Penick, Chief Merchant, Shopbop, who selected the

winning womenswear and menswear images. Each team was judged on wardrobe

styling, composition, photography, art direction, set design, fashion

editing, and their ability to compose a fresh and creative image that is

consistent with Amazon Fashion branding.

The School of Visual Arts' womenswear and Pratt Institute's menswear

winning images will be featured on Amazon.com/StudioSessions,

reaching Amazon's 35 million fashion customers.

A total of over $100,000 was awarded: each first-place team received

$25,000 for their work and an additional $15,000 for their school; LIM

College's womenswear and Fashion Institute of Technology's menswear

teams were awarded the second-place prize of $10,000 per team. In

addition, all team entries can be found on the Amazon Fashion Facebook

page (Facebook.com/AmazonFashion)

where the public will vote for the "Fan Favorite" to award $5,000 in

Amazon.com Gift Cards to the winning team.

About Amazon Fashion

Amazon Fashion, a fast-growing division of Seattle-based Amazon.com,

Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), is a one-stop destination for head-to-toe style,

offering clothing, shoes, jewelry, timepieces, handbags, and accessories

from a wide range of iconic, designer, contemporary, and classic brands.

Amazon Fashion aims to reinvent the online fashion shopping experience

and to support Amazon.com's corporate mission to be the Earth's most

customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything

they might want to buy online. In true Amazon style, trying things

on--and sending them back--is easy with free shipping and free returns on

eligible items.

At Amazon Fashion, we carry the newest and most-wanted pieces of the

season, along with the classics and basics that make up the foundation

of every wardrobe, including must-have denim from Hudson Jeans, True

Religion, and Seven for All Mankind. Amazon Fashion also has one of the

largest selections of shoes for the whole family, from designer to

athletic, including favorite brands like Kate Spade New York, Steve

Madden, Cole Haan, New Balance, Timberland, and so many more. Amazon

Fashion also carries a vast array of handbags, jewelry, and must-have

accessories--as well as an impressive watch selection, including GUCCI,

Ferragamo, and Versace.

From tried-and-true heritage brands like Levi's, Lucky Brand, and

Pendleton to contemporary designers like Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Roy,

Steven Alan, and Tracy Reese, Amazon Fashion offers options for just

about everyone. Amazon Fashion also provides how-to-wear-it ideas and

style inspiration to make shopping that much easier and more enjoyable.

Amazon Fashion editorials highlight the latest trends and newest

arrivals, while designer spotlights and other special content take you

behind the scenes with industry tastemakers.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is

guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor

focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and

long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized

recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct

Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of

the products and services pioneered by Amazon.


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