Looking for some inspiration in your fall rental calendar? Check out how Jenn & Jenny will be wearing Rent the Runway this month! With an October filled with fall weddings, work events, and galas, its fun time to showcase fall's fashions...
10/6 - Bain LP Speech in Boston
Bringing some color to a preppy crowd
10/11 - Cousin's Bridal Shower
It's time for a fall knit! So over florals for bridal events:)
10/15 - Lara's B-day
Because why not
10/19 - 40 under 40
Sophisticated with a girly edge - Jenny and I are usually two of a limited number of women in the room at these kinds of events unfortunately......
10/22 - Weekend in London
For some dark, sexy club
10/28 - YPLC Masquerade Gala
Such a wow look
10/2 - Emily’s bachelorette party in Miami
Appropriately named the heartbreaker dress!
10/7 – Martha Stewart Fashion Institute of Technology Networking event
Wondering how to add some sparkle while the sun’s still up? Here’s some of our tips to make sequins work at any hour. How do you prefer to wear your sequins? Let us know in the comments. --Lara
Rachel Roy’s Warrior Princess Dress
This dress offers a powerful sparkle statement with a modest silhouette – the perfect daytime sequin look when worn with tights, a chunky sweater, and a pair of boots.
See by Chloe Stella Fashion Dress
If you prefer your sequins with a bit more bronze, this dress is just right. Pair with a great ballet flat and some black tights for an effortless look.
Cara Accessories’ Black Swan Headband
A sequin headband is the perfect way to sparkle Blaire Waldorf style. Add to a simple LBD for a fresh, youthful look.
Gryphon’s Sequin Wrap Skirt
A sequin skirt with a longer length offers a stylish way to stand out. We like this best paired with a simple t-shirt and knee-high boots.
Badgley Mischka’s Screen Siren Gown
Just kidding! Unless you have a black tie party at noon, wear this stunning style only at night please.
I’m on the road for our second Rent the Runway college tour and this time I ‘m heading further south to UF, UGA, UA, and Vanderbilt. In preparation for my trip, I thought I’d share some scenes from our inaugural college tour that took Jenn, Jenny, me, and 200 of our hottest dresses to UNC, Duke, UVA, and SC. Our Runway Reps organized a variety of amazing events on campus - from trunk shows to fashion shows. Gaggles of gorgeous girls came out to try on new designers and book looks for game day (yes, dresses are de rigueur for football games), rush, date parties, formals, and all of their upcoming events. –Brooke
What’s a college girl to do when you’re not allowed fraternize with boys or go out for 4 nights during sorority recruitment? Throw the ultimate ladies only event: a Rent the Runway fashion show and trunk show offering up fall’s hottest trends on Carolina’s hottest women. Jenn, Jenny, and our UNC Runway Reps welcomed over 300 girls who came out for our soiree at the Franklin Hotel.
Here’s our bevy of beautiful models before and after the show. It’s true what they say: Carolina girls really are the best in the world.
1 New Herve Leger
We’ve been waiting for the latest new bandage dresses and they’re finally here!
2 Fall Weddings & Fabulous DJs
Jenn had a blast at Christina Lewis' East Hampton wedding and after-party this weekend (first thing she loved!). But, she was even more surprised when she learned that the after-party DJ was engaged to DJ Kiss (who got her dancing the previous week at the USWeekly bash) - so essentially Jenn's two favorite DJs in the world are engaged! Fate it is! Look out for both of them at the Rent the Runway first anniversary party in November.
3 Mi Cocina in Dallas, Texas
Jenn and AJ went there last week for some classic TexMex.
4 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
So great to see a movie with NYC as the backdrop to the story - it’s like a character unto itself!
We're all super excited about the newest talented designer to hit RTR!
6 The Wailers
7 Pure Yoga Coffee Bean, Fire Pit, and LA
8 Shake Shack
9 Heartbreaker (L'Arna Coeur)
10 Television Returns!
To finish up the week, we thought we’d share some of our favorite fashion finds online this week. Tell us what your favorites are in the comments. – Lara
One more fashionista wanted to share how she wore the Runway this fashion week. Check it out...
"Off to the Nicole Miller show. I loved this dress because it was casual, yet dressy—the perfect option for day to night."
"Prepping for the Halston show. Honestly, I could have slept in this Helmut Lang dress it's that comfortable. I was also obsessed with the fit of the dress and the ruching, which allowed to me eat whatever I wanted at dinner later that night!"
"This Gryphon two-piece dress was my favorite—it was comfortable, classy, and perfect for the 80 degree weather! I wore it to the premiere of The Town at the Toronto International Film Festival and it was such a hit!"
Wondering how those fashionistas who rented for fashion week looked in their Rent the Runway wares? Here's some pics of some of our favorite editors in their lovely fashion week ensembles.
1 Fall Sparkle
Dark sequins that sizzle for the season.
2 Robyn's Body Talk Part 2
Derek’s pick AGAIN. He’s psyched to get more amazing dance beats and can't wait for Part 3!
Happening this Saturday in NYC - a real life amazing race. A-mazing! Sonia's in. Are you?
The newest addition to RTR. Check out these fun additions to the site and channel your inner Blair Waldorf for the night.
5 Our Magnetic Wall
The fashion teams got a new magnetic wall – thanks to Anushka's talented painting skills!
7 Pure Yoga
8 Oprah's Trip
She’s taking the whole audience from her season premier to Austrailia – Why weren’t we in that studio?!
9 Fonda Nolita
New taqueria with Aaron Sanchez as the head chef - tacos to die for.
The gorgeous Nicole Fiscella (from Gossip Girl) stopped by today to try on some looks. Pretty much everything looked amazing on her, but these were some of her faves! -- Lara
It's been a crazy week and the whole team is exhausted! Running from one show to the next has definitely taken its toll. Here's a little photo diary of what we've been up to! --Lara
Jenn, Jenny, Derek, Anushka, and myself were beyond excited to see the Yigal Show. So we ran out of the office as fast as we could and headed up to the tents on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, when we got there, we looked at the tickets and noticed one little problem - the show wasn't at the tents! We hopped in a cab downtown and crossed our fingers that the show would start late. To our great disappointment, the doors had closed. Here's all of us with our sad faces on when we realized we'd missed the show.
Next, we headed back up to Lincoln Center to catch Tibi in action.
Here's Jenn, Jenny, Derek, and Lauren in their front row seats!
Our last show Tuesday was Narciso Rodriguez, and we loved the beautiful minimalist statement. Here's a few images from the gorgeous show.
Finally it was Wednesday, and we arrived back in the tents in time to catch a sea of prints at Milly.
After our crazy two days, it was definitely time for a party! So off we went to US Weekly's Most Stylish New Yorkers Party. We spotted Adrien Grenier, Mary J. Blige, Katie Couric, and even snapped a pic with Bethenny.
For ABC’s Bachelor Pad finale, contestant Gwen Gioia rented the runway with the help of her stylist Monika Suli. What did she choose for her final look? The Yigal Azrouel Very Violet Dress. According to Gwen, she loved the dress for the finale because of the “fit and color” , adding that “the embellishment on the waist was very beautiful and eye catching on top of being figure flattering.” We think she wore it well! - AJ
We're headed back shortly for what's sure to be a wonderful evening - Yigal Azrouel, Tibi, and Narciso Rodriguez - but wanted to share a few pics from the day. Enjoy! -- Lara
Here's our fashion team enjoying a cocktail at Temperley:
And a sea of neutral bandages at Herve Leger:
Congratulations to Bronwyn Bates, winner of the fabulous leather jacket from Yigal Azrouel! We are sure you'll be the envy of your friends this season in this amazing versatile piece... -- Lara
For Spring 2011 Carlos Miele showed dress and separates in the hot non-color of the moment, white and layered in his trademark colorful prints and embellishments. My favorites were a printed yellow chiffon one shoulder gown, a flame red satin asymmetric chemise and the finale dress, a black rosette one shoulder gown shown without a slip, Galliano style. The best of part of the show though was the live music…Bebel Gilberto, a friend of Miele’s, sang an inspired version of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” during the runway show.
More updates to come…
1 Fashion Week at Lincoln Center
The tents are bigger, check in is faster, and while we're not loving everything that's heading down the runways, we've seen a lot of great looks for Spring.
2 Fashion's Night Out
The RTR team hit up Helmut Lang, DVF, Matthew Williamson, and more. Meatpacking was definitely the place to be with a fabulous block party where drinking champagne on the streets was de rigueur.
3 Gossip Girl
The new season debuts tonight and we can't wait. Keep your eyes peeled for an RTR cameo and check out our picks to get gossip girl style.
"Belles de Jour" - Blake Lively as Serena, Leighton Meester as Blair in GOSSIP GIRL on The CW. Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW ©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
4 Biking to Work
Lauren shocked us last week when she turned up in her helmet, but we can’t stop talking about it. Do you ride your way to the office?
5 The Lela Rose Show
The gorgeous Spring 2011 show blew us all away with fresh colors, gorgeous pieces, and fabulous messy side braids that we’re all dying to wear. Plus an amazing gift bag filled with great goodies!
6 The Richard Avedon Retrospective at MFA, Boston
7 Florence and the Machine on the VMAs
Her voice is insane! Did you watch? What was your favorite performance?
Becky's new favorite salon - $13 for a blowout!
9 NYC Weekends in September & October
Fall weather weekends make the end of the summer sweeter.
10 New Chan Luu Necklaces
Beaded baubles galore.
Fashion week has started and there are some interesting changes this season. For one the shows have been moved from Bryant Park (which was great because it was near NYC’s garment district and all of my showroom appointments) to Lincoln Center and NYC’s Upper West Side. While the trek to get to shows from our West Village Office may be a little inconvenient, the more luxurious and bigger tents (courtyards to relax in between shows and a Starbucks station!) make up for it. I think the most surprising change though is the super high tech check-in procedure…simply scan the barcode on you invite email sent to your smartphone, and a receipt prints out for the security guards to scan. No more long lines to push through! So far I have been to the Project Runway show, Christian Siriano and BCBG and have loved each- Spring 2011 is going to be a great season!
We’ll be sending you updates and reviews throughout the week…enjoy Rent the Runway’s coverage of Spring 2011 Fashion week! --Derek
View from the tents
This fashion week, we opened our closet to keep a few fabulous fashion and beauty editors in style at all times. See what looks they chose and tell us which looks you love in the comments!
Friday, Fashion's Night Out
Sunday, Preen Show
Tuesday, Various Shows & Presentations
Carly Cardellino, SHAPE's Beauty Editor
Friday, Premiere Night
Monday, Halston Show
Wednesday, More Shows!
Nicole Catanese, Self Beauty Features Editor
Sunday, Max Azria Show
Tuesday, Yigal Azrouel Show
Wednesday, Milly Show
We've teamed up with Yigal Azrouel to get you ready for Fall with this fabulous piece . All you have to do is sign-up here to register on their site and you'll be automatically entered to win! The only question is how you'll wear it if you win....-- Lara
Our newest addition’s gold printed dress is a stunning style statement.
Mario Batali's new Italian marketplace is deliciously divine.
3 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Despite lost luggage and cancelled flights, the open land, trees, and beautiful coast were to AJ's liking.
4 The 1st Day of School
Abi is loving his daughters first day of school and we're wishing for the 1st day of fashion week...
5 Loeffler Randall Rainboots
6 The Adirondacks
7 Fashion Week!
Derek loves planning his outfits for the shows. Are there looks you love on men? Tell him what you think he should wear in the comments.
8 Chan Lu's Wrap Bracelets
The perfect accessories to elevate your look – they can be worn day and night for an edgy dose of dazzle.
Lauren loved this adorable brunch place she discovered this weekend. They are famous for their honey cakes which makes great gifts and can be shipped anywhere is the US!
10 Scar Tissue
Blaire is loving this biography of the lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Keidis....she started this weekend and can’t put it down!
WANT TO WIN A FABULOUS RUNWAY PIECE FROM THE FALL RUNWAY?
RTR and Yigal Azrouel want to offer you the chance to own an Yigal Azrouel statement leather jacket; an essential for the Fall 2010 season. Stay tuned for details on how to enter to win and keep up with the latest news with Yigal Azrouel and the soon to launch Inside the Studio blog.
If I had to pick one fashion crush, it would totally be Yigal Azrouel. Not only is he completely gorgeous, but my junior prom dress was from his first collection in 1998, which I bought at a great store around the corner from my apartment on the upper east side called Nellie M. (it has since vanished, a victim of the recession).
His clothes are to die for, and his fluid, feminine draping has given him the kind of staying power other designers dream of. Read on for his inspiration and learn why we are totally putting this amazing leather jacket on our "can't live without it this fall" list. --Lara
1. What inspired your Fall 2010 collection?
The FW10 collection was a fresh take on sportswear and tailoring inspired both by menswear and an architectural, minimal approach.
2. How did you go about designing the prints in this collection?
I always work with my team to find prints that feel modern, whether it’s inspired by a book, artwork, vintage scarves, African textiles made into artwork, really the inspiration can come from anywhere. From there we work on layout, scale, and color palettes
3. Which part of the design process do you like the best?
Draping. When a new fabric that we ordered comes in, it’s a new experience every time. I can’t wait to break off a piece (yes, literally pull off a yard or two) and start to drape on a mannequin.
4. How is the Yigal Azrouel brand growing in 2010 (2011)?
It’s been a busy year for me. For Fall ’10 I expanded my handbag assortment and scarves, and will have my first shoe collection for Spring ’11, which has been something I have been wanting to do for years. I also launched a contemporary brand called Cut25 which is hitting stores now.
5. If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why?
Can I pick one from every decade? I think early YSL is something I would have liked to have experienced. I was at a Christian Dior couture show, under Gianfranco Ferre, in the mid-90’s and it was definitely an inspiring moment.
6. How do you celebrate finishing a collection?
I like to be surrounded by the people that helped make it happen, my team. It really takes so much energy and dedication from a lot of people to make a collection happen. Then get out of town to clear my head since a new collection is always right around the corner. Not sure where I will be going after the NY shows in September but I hope it involves surfing.
7. If a girl was going to purchase her first Yigal piece, what would you want it to be?
Definitely one of my signature washed leather jackets. The newest version is in cognac and is convertible into a jacket, vest and cropped bolero. There’s a lot of value because each shape looks cool.
Perhaps you've noticed that this week, RTR got just a little prettier. Maybe its the elegant American sportswear from Calvin Klein Collection or maybe its the feminine beauty embodied in the gorgeous Nina Ricci, but either way we can't stop staring at our beautiful new fall collections. We hope you like them as much as we do. Happy Labor Day weekend! -- Lara
P.S. Here's my favorites from the collections - what are yours?
CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION - Simply fabulous. Did you sneak a peek at the back? Just a little pop of skin makes it the ultimate sexy LBD for fall. Retails for $1195 and rents for $150.
NINA RICCI - I have literally been asking Derek about this skirt every day since I first glimpsed it in his market photos. Now that it's here I can't stop staring. It's luxury high fashion in a gorgeous mini. Retails for $1700 and rents for $200.
It's September 2nd, 2010 and as far as we're concerned, it should be a national holiday. Donna Martin graduates!
To celebrate, we picked out some of our favorite styles for the California girl in all of us. Enjoy! -- Lara
Brenda wore a lot of black and since this model has bangs,this picture just screams Brenda Walsh. Plus, Dylan liked to keep her covered up in the high school years.
Kelly always looked casual and ready for the beach, so this Alice + Olivia frock would be perfect for her bohemian california style.
If Donna was around now, she would definitely be in a tight, fitted, Herve Leger mini.
Check out how Jenn & Jenny will be wearing Rent the Runway this month! With fashion week, the start of a new season, and tours around the country, the schedule is packed with different occasions to showcase their favorite styles...
9/1 - UNC Sorority Trip
9/8 - Rosh Hashanah
9/10 - Fashion's Night out with RTR
9/11 - Wedding
9/16 - Calvin Klein Fashion Show
9/21 - Access Hollywood Shoot
9/23 - Night Out
9/25 - Formal Wedding
9/2 - College Road Show
9/3 - My Birthday!
9/4 - Labor Day BBQ
9/8 - Rosh Hashanah
9/10 - Fashion's Night Out!
9/15 - Fashion Week Party
9/19 - Dinner in LA
9/22 - Dallas Media Tour