More Shoes from Siriano
Christian Siriano continues to take Payless to the next level, expanding his shoe collection in Fall 2011 to include more than 20 styles of boots, flats and sandals. His Payless collection also will feature handbags. There’s also talk of a diffusion line to continue his efforts of bringing design to the mass market. Stay tuned. [Stylelist]
Judith at The Altar
As part of her expansion strategy, Judith Leiber is launching a special collection of bridal handbags, just in time for spring wedding season. The bridal collection features a range of minaudières for which she’s famous, including a whimsical three-tier wedding cake. [WWD]
Theory's New Acquisition
Theory welcomes Olivier Theyskens as new Artistic Director. After taking the lead on designing the Spring 2011 collection, Theyskens will assume oversight of the entire brand starting Fall 2011. Congrats Olivier! [The Cut]
1 New Ports 1961
Make it a dark night in one of these amazing black dresses.
2 Gel Nail Polish
It lasts for 3 weeks - a total breakthrough for the girl on the go! Ashley F. is a fan - have you tried it yet?
Any chance to play dress up and eat candy and we're in! Stay tuned for our Rent the Runway Halloween suggestions.
4 In Treatment
The show's new season starts tonight on HBO, and if you've never seen it, Lara recommends setting your DVR.
5 This Amazing Ted Rossi Necklace
A spectacular statement piece to jazz up any ensemble.
6 70 Degree Weather in Late October
7 SF Giants in the World Series
8 Oh Land
9 Rose the One
Temperley Shoe Strings
Style File Hearts Fallon’s Vieuphoria Choker
Lanvin for H&M
As you know, we’re all about accessing designer fashion. Normally, we say rent and then buy, but for H&M’s Lanvin collaboration we might make as exception. [Fashionologie]
Wondering what the diverse group of girls at our office like this week? Check out the newest dresses and accessories the ladies at Rent the Runway love.
Daria, Director of Designer Relations
"This dress is perfect for the woman who wants classic with an edge!"
Ashelyn, Customer Loyalty Associate
"These are timeless and effortless- you just can't go wrong."
Ashley, Art Director
"As a bride-to-be I'm loving the simplicity and sweetness of the Carlos Miele Ivory Frosting Petal Dress, and why not pair it with a beautiful pair of Badgley Mischka Marry Me Crystal Drop Earrings. "
"The Blairified Body Fitting Sheath is edgy yet feminine and "cool" for any upcoming event this season!"
As I sat down to plan outfits for the weekend, I pulled out the triple card stock invitations to review: Rehearsal Friday night (cocktail attire), ceremony on Saturday afternoon (semi-formal!), and a reception later that night (black tie!!). With loads of new arrivals on Rent the Runway, I felt like a kid at the candy store.
Friday night seemed like the perfect opportunity to try a Preen dress I had been eyeing. Definitely go a size up with this designer! It was a warm night for October in NY, so no tights and a pair of high heels and I was on my way! It was super fun to wear a bright color in a room full of black dresses. Jessica Rabbit was on the right track… red + ruching = hot!
Tibi’s High Tea Dress was perfectly appropriate and adorable for the ceremony. I paired it with some micro-fishnet stockings and Tory Burch suede flats for a girlish flair. Loads of compliments from the highschool pals I ran into after the ceremony… yipppeee!
A few hours later, I was ready to put on my third outfit for the weekend, Temperly London’s stunning Queen of the Nile dress. Amazing beading, wonderful draping, dainty low back, and easy to dance in… love love love this dress. Who says you have to go long for black-tie?
After a wonderful weekend of wardrobe changes, there's only one question - which dress was best? Check out my pics and tell me which dress you like the most – I can’t decide! -- Chondita
With the bride in Preen Plaza Dress
In the Tibi High Tea Dress running into my high school tennis doubles partner
Feeling festive in Temperley Queen of the Nile Dress
If you're wondering how to rock an uber chic skin tight red dress while you're in your third trimester, we recommend taking a cue from the gorgeous Ali Larter. Sporting our Lipstained Stretch Dress by Rachel Roy, Ali had that gorgeous glow on the Jimmy Fallon show recently. Are you rocking red silk jersey during your pregnancy or is this look only for Ali? Let us know what you think in the comments. -- Lara
We're beyond excited that we've added the ultimate statement clutches to our line-up!
2 And Our Amazing Diamond Ticket Contest
What's better than renting the handbag you always dreamed about? Renting it and winning a gorgeous diamond bracelet from the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection.
A fun dance workout that doesn't involve schlepping your sneakers to work. Sold!
What fun is working out if you can't indulge a bit? Blaire and Mikkel enjoyed their whoopie pies from this calorically convenient truck that parks right near our office.
Seeing the latest pieces from this designer always brings a smile to our faces. Statement pieces with a wow factor.
7 Sephora Samples
8 The New Brooklyn Cookbook
9 Adorable Affordable Flats
10 The Hurricane Club
You may have noticed that today we've introduced a new category to our site - handbags! And we're thrilled to have partnered with Judith Leiber to bring you their amazing special pieces to complete your look for any night out.
As a special treat, we're also bringing you the chance to win a gorgeous diamond bracelet! Here's how it works: each month from now through December, one lucky renter will receive a special treat in their Judith Leiber handbag rental. The three lucky winners who receive a “diamond ticket” hidden in their handbag rental will be rewarded with the ultimate holiday treat. A one-carat white gold Everlon Diamond Knot Bracelet valued at $2500 will be sent to one winner each in the months of October and November, while the grand prize winner will be rewarded with a $4300 two-carat white gold Everlon Diamond Knot Bracelet in December.
We couldn't think of a more wonderful way to introduce these gorgeous handbags to our site. So rent one now and you'll be automatically entered to win! For complete rules of entry, click here.
Here's some of our fave fashion news this week - what did we miss? -- Lara
Matthew Williamson's New Line
Helmut Lang Handbags
Praise for Proenza
Now that it finally feels like fall, we're all in the mood for some fall fashion. We took a break from our regular jobs today and each picked our fave new arrival. These are our choices - which one do you like best?
AJ, PR Director
"My favorite is this Temperley London style that I wore in Dallas - a great color and fit!"
Brooke, Director of Business Development
"Everything I love this season: velvet, jewel tones, and long sleeves."
Lauren, Senior Assistant Buyer
"Feminine and sophisticated - a great update to the LBD!"
Chondita Chatterjee, General Manager of Weddings
"An exceptionally gorgeous, flowy, swirly dream!"
Anushka, Director of Merchandising
"It's super chic and perfect for day to night."
Christina, Sr. Director of Finance
Great for Saturday night with the girls!
1 Cobalt Velvet
This bold blue beauty has also got back.
2 These Gorgeous Pumps
These ultra-high heels from Ann Taylor will give your style a lift.
3 Apple Picking
And pumpkin picking too! Speaking of pumpkin...
4 Pumpkin Spice Latte Season
5 High Impact Cuffs
These Ted Rossi statement pieces bring a lot of luxe to any look.
6 Helmut Lang Leggings
8 Body Rolling
9 The Art Truck
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
Christina Hendricks on Christian Siriano
Nicole Miller at New Zealand Fashion Week
Cuteness at Chanel
The most adorable fashion we've ever seen. [Glamour.com]
This Sunday is 10/10/10 and to celebrate the ultimate date of the decade (and the most popular wedding date this year!), we've picked our top ten dresses for the weekend. Do you like our list or is there something we've missed! Tell us in the comments. -- Lara & Jenn
For a wedding:
For a night out::
For a Sunday Brunch:
For a dinner party:
For a cocktail party:
Occasionally, a Rent the Runway story comes along that’s so amazing we just have to share. This one’s a heartbreaker. Imagine its three weeks before your wedding. Everything’s going well and you’re doing all you can to stay calm. Then you find out that the store holding your bridesmaids dresses burned to the ground!
When this happened to her, Svetlana Sobol turned to Rent the Runway for help. Could we outfit her bridal party with gorgeous dresses and only two weeks notice? Of course! Our stylist Ashley picked out a fabulous Tibi dress that all of Svetlana’s bridesmaids looked amazing in and her wedding pictures were saved! Such a beautiful bride and such an amazing story… --Lara
Congratulations to Meredith Arnold, who's won our Ultimate Fashion Giveaway! Meredith will be receiving a gorgeous Missoni gown worn by Rachel herself (it's adjustable!), a $1,000 gift card to Rent the Runway, and a personalized autographed copy of Rachel's book, Style A to Zoe.
Thanks to all who entered and don't forget, we've got another great contest that you can enter now and win a $1,500 gift certificate to Tibi! -- Lara
To celebrate the launch of Tibi's new e-commerce website, Tibi and RTR are offering you the opportunity to win a $1,500 gift certificate to use on Tibi.com. Enter here now!
If you're a girl about town interested in looking modern and chic but forever searching for that breezy quality women dream about, Amy Smilovic's Tibi is the brand for you. Her 2011 collection did not disappoint, with party frocks and head-to-toe looks that have us craving warmer weather. We went behind the scenes with Amy to learn more about her inspiration, what's new in 2011, and why she'd take a time machine to the 70's. -- Lara
What inspired your Spring 2011 collection?
I was inspired very much by the update of American Classics. I became obsessed with the movie “Leave Her To Heaven” starring Gene Tierney. She just looks beautiful and so put together. And I really wanted to reflect that in the collection – make something that is incredibly chic and classic, but still very young, cool and wearable for today.
What new concepts or materials did you introduce in this collection?
We worked with so many different fabrications – texture was extremely important – suede, leather, laser cut, tweeds, cotton crepes. I was searching for items that would look structured yet with total ease – fabrications that looked comfortably washed but still finished and elegant at the same time.
Which part of the design process do you like the best?
I always love traveling to Paris after the shows and absorbing what’s going on in Europe. I love the sense of style in Paris and Milan, and just how truly the entire population seems to be obsessed with style and design. It’s just such a part of their way of life – an incredible appreciation for things that are beautiful.
How is the Tibi brand growing in 2011?
We’ll continue to grow our swim category – I think it’s a very natural offering for us. And our new shoe collection looks amazing – I die to wear every item in the collection. We produce it all in Italy, so needless to say the quality is insane.
If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why?
Any of the European designers from the 1970s. We were just at the Louvre and they had an exhibit on YSL, Chloe and others from the early 70’s – and footage from the old shows – what productions – the models were actresses, so fun and totally campy at the same time.
How do you celebrate finishing a collection?
I really don’t have a whole lot of time to celebrate. My husband and the kids go out for a fully indulging dinner right after the show. And I’m always off to Paris the following day to fabric shop for my next collection. My design team comes with me so we celebrate together over Falafel in the Marsais. When we return, we’re off and running for Fall 2011.
If a girl was going to purchase her first Tibi piece, what would you want it to be?
Irene’s look (white lazer cut top, lazer cut shorts, flats, and the suede coat with oversized pockets) – look 5 from the collection – it’s so chic and modern, on trend but absolutely not trendy, and each individual piece will take you so far.
1 Stripes Gone Wild
Gone is the nautical stripe of spring, and in its place comes stripes of many colors, mixed fabrics, and more!
2 The Social Network
Jenn, Anushka, and Lara all loved this amazing movie. Did you see it? What did you think?
3 Our New Warehouse
Check out the before and after!
4 Engaged in RTR
One of our own, art director Ashley, got engaged this Friday night – wearing a new RTR dress of course! Congratulations!!!
5 Crystal Clear Jewels
Complete your look with these easy to wear, always chic pieces.
6 Bicycle Catwalk
7 Baseball Playoffs
8 Bachelorette Parties
9 The Jane Hotel
10 Five Other Things From the Campus Tour
10.1 Confetti Glitter Nail Polish
As seen on the most stylish freshmen at Vanderbilt.
10.2 Strutting the catwalk in RTR for a good cause
Our student produced fashion shows at UGA supported HEROs, an organization to help children affected by HIV or Aids and our Vanderbilt Kappa Delta Kosmo fashion show supported Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Next up is Columbia University's "An Eye For Fashion" event that will support Service for Sight.
10.3 RTR vs. Nike
Overtaking Nike tempo shorts as the wardrobe must-have on college campuses across the south. With the help of our talented Runway Reps, we're hoping RTR garment bags will hang in dorms across country like they do in this room at Vanderbilt.
10.4 Gator Growl Vote
Help Univeristy of Florida senior Katy Carvel decide what to wear as she competes for Homecoming Queen in front of 40,000 fans at Gator Growl on October 15. Cast your vote here.
10.5 The Fashionable Side of Football
Sideline style a varsity sport on game days in the SEC. The UGA football team even came to our charity fashion show to escort game day looks down the runway.