As a member of RTR you have access to the most amazing dresses and accessories, but some things you just need to own. Look no further! We sat down with our stylists, raided their closets and asked for their secrets and now offer the best fashion fixes to you just in time for the holidays. Here’s your chance to keep a piece of the runway! Are we missing anything? Tell us in the comments. –Ashelyn
P.S. These also make amazing gifts!!
These magic sized Hanky Panky low rise thongs are not only cute and comfortable, but completely seamless! You can’t see them through your dress and take it from us- you can’t even feel them!
Lifesaver in Your Wallet
Hollywood Fashion Tape is one of the best ideas in fashion. It will keep your strapless dress up, fix an unraveling hem, keep a strap from falling and keep a cami in place. We recommend that you keep it in your wallet in case you are having a fashion emergency. At $9 you can’t afford not to have it!
Want to know how the stars get that red carpet ready? Spanx under every dress! These body slimmers can be worn under anything and everything and stretch for maximum comfort. No need to hold your breath while posing!
It’s a fact. Everyone needs solid black tights. Combining a fab pair of black tights with the comfort and slimming effect of Spanx is genius. Feel free to check out the other Spanx tights we have to offer- you can never have too many!
As you can assume, with so many events in the same month we could literally name a dress and accessory for each day! There are holiday parties, weddings and NYE!! This is how we will be wearing the Runway this month. Share your suggestions in the comments. – Jenn and Jenny
12/3- Date Night
Adorable - not my usual style
12/11- Friend's 30th
Dinner + dancing!
The marriage of Harvard + Yale
To a fabulous 2011!
12/7- Work Holiday Party
Great from day to night
12/10- Friend's Holiday Party
Bring out the red!
12/24- Christmas Eve
Simple and perfect
Dying to wear this dress!
This week’s style spotlight has to shine on the Disney princess turned red carpet maven, Anne Hathaway. After seeing Love and Other Drugs, we had an even bigger crush on her and can’t wait to see what she wears while hosting the Oscars next year. These are some of our favorite Haute Hathaway looks, au natural and strapless of course. What is your favorite? --Ashelyn
Haute Hathaway 1: Sultry Sleek
Haute Hathaway 2: Femme Fatale
Haute Hathaway 3: Pop of Color
Every now and then Hathaway will surprise us in a bright colored dress. With this dress she earned a gold star! Get the look in the Lela Rose Couture Wave Dress and Carlos Falchi Bronze Bombshell Clutch.
Join us tomorrow, Thursday, December 2 at 12 PM EST for the first Rent the Runway TweetChat! We will be answering all of your questions about what to wear (and rent!) for the holidays. One fashionable chatter will receive a $50 gift card!
Here’s how to join the conversation:
1. Sign on to Twitter at 12 PM EST and join our chat room at http://tweetchat.com/room/RTRHoliday
2. Ask us your question followed by hashtag #RTRHoliday
3. RT your favorite comments and tell your friends to join the chat!
The moderators for the TweetChat will be @RentTheRunway and @FabStylist_RTR. You can ask us questions individually by using @Jenn_RTR or @Jenny_RTR. Can’t wait to chat with you soon!
– Jenn & Jenny
So you rented a dress last month and you want to wear it to your best friend’s dinner party except there’s one teeny tiny issue… this time around it’s 40 degrees out! We’ve asked our stylists (and our customers!) what their tips are for wearing dresses with tights.
Tip 1: We love short dresses but in 40 degree weather there is such a thing as too short. Pair a short or mini length dress with tights to avoid a fever. The shorter the dress the darker the tights!
Tip 2: Choose a dress that doesn’t scream summer! A dress in a neutral or metallic color can be disguised as part of a fall/winter season.
Tip 3: Static cling = zero fun at a party. When humidity decreases, static will increase because the air is dry. Wear a moisturizer on your legs before putting on your tights and try to wear a natural made fiber- wool, cotton or silk. Natural made fibers produce less static. Thanks mother nature!
Tip 4: Have control. Just because you are adding a piece to your look doesn’t mean it needs to add bulk or show. We love Spanx tights, especially ones with details. They slim you down and make your legs look longer.
These are a couple of our favorite dresses that can be worn with or without tights. Which one is yours?
With so many places to go and little time to change in between, a girl just wants to breeze through her day. These are the three accessories our stylists recommend that are perfect for day to night looks. Which one would you wear for your appearances throughout the holidays? --Ashelyn
The Dannijo Finley Earrings are the perfect pair to take you from day to night. All you have to do is put your hair up and apply smokey eye shadow to your look!
The secret to the Chamak Black Ice Bangle Set is to wear them in moderation. Wear one or two during the day to add a hint of bling and keep adding more into the evening until you’re all blinged out!
Not Your Average Necklace
The Trudelle Laker 50’s Inspired Necklace is ideal for wearing from day to night. It has an art deco feel that can be funky for day and still fashionable for night. It’s also a great necklace to layer with so you can add on more glam!
Our team consumed a lot of media this holiday weekend keeping busy at the box office. Here's what our critics had to say about the movies this weekend - and the fashions they featured!
Love & Other Drugs
If you are looking for a light hearted rom com, Love and Other Drugs will sit heavier than that third helping of leftovers you really should have said no to. That said, the movie is just the right combination of highly unlikely (can love really change a super sexy cad like Gyllenhall's character Jaime?), sexy and emotionally manipulative...a perfect combination for the holiday season! We left feeling touched (and a touch depressed, but in a good way). Survey says, if you liked 500 Days of Summer, you will probably love Love and Other Drugs.
Fashion review: Since Anne Hathaway spent most of her time in the buff, there wasn't too much in the way of fashion. Here's some sexy dresses to turn up the heat if you're in the less is more camp.
Burlesque is 100 minutes of pure fun. While the basic dialogue may lack poetic resonance; the music, sets and costumes more than make up for it. Cher plays the nightclub owner and does a great job acting as "mom" to all the girls and guys who work at "Burlesque." At 64 she is still an amazing performer, and in one scene declares "you haven't seen the last of me" in the refrain of a song. I hope we never do.
Over the top fabulous. Here's some "Burlesque" themed looks that will guarantee an attentive audience.
1 White Hot Angel Sanchez
Make a statement in one of these fiery cocktail pieces.
2 All You Need is Love (and downloaded music)
The Beatles are on iTunes. Hooray!
3 French Pear Martinis
Our developer Sven says: "Trop bon!" Recipe here.
4 Exotic Clutches
New Kara Ross lets you add the animal print trend to any outfit.
5 General Motors New Commercial
Great message with poignant creative. We always admire companies that can say thank you and try to learn from their mistakes. View it here.
6 Girl Talk
The new album All Day might be the best workout mix ever. These visuals of whats being mixed are aweomse too.
7 Holiday Windows
Tis the season for holiday decor everywhere. We particularly love Barneys take - combining the foodie and the fashionista that lives in many of us!
8 The Perfect Lara Lace Dress by Nina Ricci
This picture does not do it justice, so trust us when we say that this dress goes above and beyond the standard LBD. Beautiful details make this Nina Ricci a standout crowd pleaser.
9 Jack's Coffee
This week’s RTR Style Spotlight shines on Eva Mendes. Three words- polished, sensual and sophisticated are what Eva embodies and we just can’t get enough. These are our favorite looks and how to rock them in RTR. What’s your favorite Eva look? –Ashelyn
Look 1: Play on Polka Dots
We love the way she wore polka dots to this event! She let the dress do the talking and was minimal with the rest of her look. You can try this for your next event with the Prabal Gurung Polka Dot Perfection Dress and AV Max Metallic Silver Stack.
Look 2: Champagne Lux
Eva makes lux look easy in this dress… it looks like a bottle of champagne should be named after this look! Wait for the cameras in the Haute Hippie Beaded Fringe Tank Dress and Lee Angel Pearl and Crystal Ring.
Look 3: Bold in Black
Look 4: Envy Me Green
Look 5: Cool in Cota
Eva is one of our favorites because she only hangs out with the top designers. Here she is pictured at the CFDA awards with RTR featured designer Christian Cota in his Painted Parallel Sheath- an RTR favorite! Pair it with the Cara Geometric Rhinestone Headband to complete the look.
We’ve posted so many new styles this week, our stylists couldn’t help but share what their faves! What are you dying to rent?
“Bring any look to the next level this winter with Carlos Falchi's Vanilla Latte Clutch...sassy, sparkly and sophisticated!”
“The Moschino Signature Put a Ring on It Gown is a perfect combination of elegance and sophistication with a flirty edge! It will be a guaranteed hit at any holiday party!”
“The Cloud in the Sky Clutch is the perfect pop of color that can take any outfit to the next level!”
“Why not experience the power of a golden goddess? Slip into this Golden Sparrow Dress and all attention will gravitate towards you!”
“You might have missed the boat with Prince William, but you will feel like a queen in this Catherine Malandrino blue, off the shoulder stunner!”
It’s almost December and holiday events are filling up your calendar! You already know what you are renting for events hosted by your friends and family but there is one dress that always stumps you. Every. Single. Year. The work event dress.
We’ve asked our stylists to choose their favorite dresses that stand out, are stylish and appropriate for a work event, and also got them to share their best tips for pulling together your look!
Tip 1: A dress can only be two of three: fitted, low cut and above the knee. Follow this rule. If you wear a dress above the knee, make sure it doesn’t have a plunging neckline. This is the first step for a sophisticated choice.
Tip 2: Choose a dress you feel comfortable wearing. Don’t wear a dress that you will be pulling up all night or something you think you can’t breathe in. Remember, you are there to have fun and may be photographed!
Tip 3: Wear the right undergarments! It may be the right dress, but the wrong undergarments can make the dress look completely wrong. Our stylists suggest wearing Spanx, NuBras and Hanky Pankys as no fail options.
Tip 4: Don’t be afraid of color! Just because you are attending a work event doesn’t mean you have to wear black. Experiment with brighter colors and patterns and opt for subtle make up and classic jewelry.
What are you renting for your work event? Share your choices in the comments!
With so many places to go for the holidays- not to mention all the photos to be taken (eeek!)- we want to make sure you stand out! We racked our brains to answer this question… how would you wear the same dress to three different events? Take a look at what we thought and share how you would’ve worn it.
Mission: Wear the same dress in three different ways for the holidays.
Event 1: Holiday dinner party hosted by Mr. Right's friends
Daria: I’m wearing this dress with black booties, Erickson Beamon Heart of Glass Earrings and Dangerous Liasons Bracelet. It’s a perfect outfit for a dinner party hosted by my beau’s friends! This dress is fitted but understated and the print gives it personality.
Event 2: Photo heavy family dinner
Camille: I wanted to wear something that wasn’t too dressy and that I could dress down a bit. This dress photographs so well and has stretch, so I’m not self conscious about dinner. Try it with the Anton Heunis Vintage Flower Drop Necklace, Chan Luu Silver Gwen Wrap Bracelet, blazer, suede boots and the darkest of Spanx tights to complete your look.
Event 3: Secret Santa mixer with the girls
Ashelyn: This dress is ideal for the Secret Santa mixer that I’m hosting with my friends. I can run around in it while I’m preparing all of the hors d’oeuvre and take my jacket off when we decide to go out! I paired it with CC Skye Pave Stud Earrings, two CC Skye Pave Pyramid Stud Bracelets, lace up boots and a leather belt and jacket.
Thanks to everyone who shared what makes you unstoppable on Facebook! We are all about strong women and great memories and Unstoppable in Stilettos embraces just that. Congrats to all of our unstoppable winners! --Daria
Dana Day Rawlings
Nikki A Stats
Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away and as friends and family start to travel, the last thing we would want for you is to forget to reserve and be left undressed! Don’t forget to rent for your Thanksgiving holidays and check out some of the new dresses that would be perfect for those memories. – Jenn and Jenny
1 New Missoni
The office has been ooh-ing and aah-ing over all these new pieces - gorgeous knits for the winter season. Check out all the new dresses here.
2 Levain Bakery
The cookies are just insane.
3 Mini Jo Malone
This pack of 6 bottles of different Jo Malone fragrances makes a great gift for under $100.
4 Carlos Falchi
Gorgeous evening bags starting at just $75!
5 XXX Pump
Kobi Levi combines art and fashion to create some serious footwear.
6 The Gobble Dance Commercial
Old Navy's ad combines hysterical lyrics with a Ke$ha-esque beat...
8 This Turkey Shaped Turkey Baster
9 Tom Ford Images
This year celebrities surprised us on the red carpet at the AMA’s by showing us their softer side. Here are some of our favorite looks and how to wear them now with RTR. What was your favorite look from the AMA’s? Share in the comments! -- Ashelyn
We loved Katie Perry in this pastel dress with floral details. Be a teenage dream at your next event in this Halston Heritage dress.
Try this Fergilicious look with the Herve Leger Metallic Stripe Bandage dress.
Make your Miley entrance in this Carlos Miele dress.
Jessica Alba worked the carpet in her LBD. Try our Black Halo dress to look just as polished.
Our warehouse has been shipping countless packages to college campuses this fall thanks to our Runway Rep ambassadors. Runway Reps are student marketing mavens who promote RTR on campus through philanthropy fashion shows, PR, and social media campaigns. Together, they’re putting places like Athens, Georgia and Princeton, New Jersey on the fashion map!
Meet a few of our reps and find out what they’re wearing to the hottest college parties. Want to be a runway rep? Tell us what you’re wearing in the comments and why RTR should bring the runway rep program to your school! -Brooke
Amanda, University of Kentucky, 2011
Major: Marketing & Management
Style: Simple, Girly, & Pink
Party: Delta Zeta Christmas Date Party
Caroline, University of Alabama, 2013
Major: Public Relations
Style: Modern, Structured, Neutrals
Party: Kappa Alpha Order's Convivium Weekend
What I’m wearing: Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Sea of Sequin Shift and Badgley Mischka Art Deco Bling Cuff.
Nikki, University of Georgia, 2011
Style: Boho Chic
Party: New Year's Eve
Tevia, Princeton University, 2012
Major: International Relations
Style: Detailed, Preppy, Timeless
Party: Ivy Club Winter Formals
Giselle, University of Southern California, 2011
Style: Glamorous, Sophisticated, Sexy
Party: Vegas formals
First up is the Coeur De la Mer Clutch in navy. It's incredibly sophisticated and a chic substitute for the standard black clutch.
Bring the dance party to your shoulder with the Disco Inferno Bag and dance the night away.
It’s hard not to be head over heels for the Lovestruck Bag… one look and you’re in love!
This is what's been on our fashion radar for the week. Tell us what was on yours in the comments! -- Ashelyn
Happy Birthday to our RTR Designers!
Rachel Roy Does Charity
After monsoon rains hit Pakistan in July, parts of the country were under water. To help contribute to the 10 million children who still need assistance, Rachel Roy has designed a canvas tote with the help of Jay-Z, Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe, Oprah, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg and more! The bags are only $20 and can be pre-ordered here. Go Rachel! [RachelRoy]
12 Days of DVF
Diane von Furstenberg is giving away one $2,000 shopping spree! Make sure you enter for a chance to win her designer duds but hurry- you only have 12 days! Contest started on November 17 and ends on the 29th! [Fashionista]
Unless you’ve been living under a fashion rock, you must have noticed the launch of a fabulous site yesterday – Boutiques.com – Google’s answer to personalized shopping and search. To be honest, I’m not much of a Googler (as much as any person who uses a computer on a frequent basis can be a non-Googler); I tend to know the urls of all my favorite online haunts AND I prefer plain-old chic to tech-geek. That said, boutiques.com has me changing my tune. The site combines the best of ShopStyle.com, Polyvore and Amazon and it allows me to connect with sites where I love to shop like net-a-porter and Saks. Specifically, I can create my own online boutique customized to my personal style. Girls – it’s not often I’ll give an endorsement of another shopping-related site (selfishly) so this is BIG.
Boutiques.com hasn’t opened up rental as a category quite yet – but hopefully they will so all of you can determine which wow-looks you’d want to rent the runway for that special occasion and which wardrobe staples you'd prefer to purchase. The Boutiques.com launch party last night brought a little bit of Palo Alto to Hudson Street, which made the event refreshing. Any event that sports the Olsens, Isaac Mizrahi, Tom Florio, the fabulous teams from Milly, Catherine Malandrino, and Tibi, plus a tattoo artist and Kelly Osborne is bound to be fun! See a favorite photo below from a live chess board Google had set-up in the middle of the party and one of the Google girls wearing Rent the Runway – which they all did. – Jenn Hyman
Live chess board!
One of the models wearing our Tracy Reese dress!
No matter what you are wearing, having the coveted accessory of the season is always in. Our stylists have chosen the top accessory trends and what piece to wear to embody them. What’s your favorite?
Rachel’s trend: Rock N Roll Rebel
These tough pieces are for the girl who knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk. Be a rebel in the Erickson Beamon Supernova Cuff, and command the attention of any room.
Melissa’s trend: Ice Ice Baby
Bling is always in. If I could wear the Rodrigo Otazu Insanely Chic Crystal Cuff every day, I would! It’s perfect for going out with the girls or dressing up a black dress for a work event.
Emily’s trend: Prim & Proper
You can never go wrong with a perfect pearl. These Miriam Haskell Power Pearl Earrings are my favorite prim and proper piece… they are classy with any look!
Camille’s trend: Warhol Whirlwind
Warhol took the world over and I can still channel him in current fashion. This Judith Leiber Lovestruck Bag takes me back to The Factory and can be worn to any party throughout the season.
Ashley’s trend: Sweet Like Candy
Fun and colorful jewelry is a must for me. The Tuleste Market Colorful Confetti Earrings make me feel like a kid in a candy store! They are my go to earrings for any jewel toned dress for the holidays!
RTR would like to congratulate Prabal Gurung on winning runner up for the Council of the Fashion Designers of America and Vogue Fashion Fund Award! He will receive mentorship from the CFDA on how to grow his business as well as a $100,000 cash prize. Prabal has already received critical acclaim in the fashion world (and from RTR members!) and his dresses have been worn by some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities, but this award will ensure long term success for his brand.
Many of the designers that attended the awards after party showcased their upcoming Spring 2011 on other guests. We couldn’t help but share a sneak peek of some designs soon to be found on RTR! Which one are you dying to rent?
We are so proud to feature this incredibly talented young designer on Rent the Runway. Bravo Prabal! -- Derek
Prabal and Leighton Meester in his design.
Yaya Da Costa, with Chirstian Cota in a floor length version of a mini-dress we will be featuring in Spring 2011.
Keri Hilson in a Spring 2011 Chris Benz frock.
Yesterday, we posted our latest RTR giveaway on our Facebook page. We are excited to offer our fashionable members the chance to win one of ten signed copies of Lauren Ruotolo's new book, Unstoppable in Stilettos!
All you have to do is answer this question on our Facebook page: What makes you feel unstoppable? The contest ends Monday, November 22 at 6PM est., so keep them coming and share soon before it’s too late! –Daria
No one likes a wrinkled dress and who has the time to look at fabric content for suitcase ready fashion? We’ve done the work for you and have compiled a list of the easiest to pack dresses for your Thanksgiving travels. Remember, you can also have your dress sent to your travel destination so you won’t run into any luggage limit issues at the airport (read: pack as many shoes as you want)! Here's the rundown:
Wool and Stretch Knit
Fold a light wool fabric for a day or two and you won’t see a wrinkle, and with the lines on the bottom of the Helmut Lang Geo Print Dress, you can fool anyone. As for a stretch knit, the Camila and Marc Ruched and Famous Dress is ruched so it can hide any creases. Added plus- it’s a small dress, so just fold it in half and go!
Tweed and Matte Jersey
Tweed is a great fabric for packing since it’s the least likely to wrinkle. We love the Lela Rose Galaxy Tweed Dress because of the added shine and festive print. Matte jersey might get a crease or two during travel, but since the fabric is light, just hang up the Escada Foxy Kimono Dress in the bathroom while you shower and the steam will take the wrinkles out no problem.
RTR loyalists know that we’ve been loving sapphire all season, and the royal engagement across the pond only solidifies this gem as holiday’s hottest jewel tone. We’re officially on Kate Middleton style watch as she prepares for the wedding of the century and we love Janis Savitt’s Starburst Earrings for a modern take on her heirloom ring. Pair it with a blue dress for a look that’s fit for a queen. – Brooke
Last night as we were searching for comic relief, we turned to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Surprise! The lovely Julianne Moore was wearing one of our Nina Ricci styles. Did you like her look? Tell us in the comments and snag her look for the holidays! --Ashelyn
We all love Gossip Girl, and Blake Lively’s fashion is nothing but spectacular on and off camera. We chose to shine our RTR spotlight on Lively for her bold yet simple all American style. Here’s a lineup of our favorite Lively Looks and how you can wear them too. --Ashelyn
Lively Look 1: Basic Black
There is nothing wrong with a basic black dress, as long as it looks divine. We love Lively in this polished look- just slick your hair back, stand up straight and pout a pink lip! Recreate this look with our Black Halo Jackie O Dress and Badgley Mischka Showstopper Earrings.
Lively Look 2: Perfectly Asymmetrical
Who says you can’t do one shoulder? With a strong asymmetric neckline and statement ring and you can look your Liveliest! Try the Yigal Azrouel Very Violet Draped Dress and Erickson Beamon Princess Leia Ring.
Lively Look 3: Ruby Red
This delightfully dangerous look is perfect for the holidays. Pair the bright dress with trendy black jewelry and you’ll be ready for your close up. We suggest the Lela Rose Sands of Mars Dress and Dannijo Daryn Earrings.
Lively Look 4: Less is More
We love this uncomplicated look because it’s no fuss and all glamour. Feel at ease and gorgeous in the Halston Heritage Sensational Sequin Dress and add a pop of color with our Kenneth Jay Lane Jade Drop Earrings.
Call me Melrose obsessed, but I grew up with only two posters of teen heartthrobs on my wall (well they weren't teens but I was aspiring to be:) - Keanu Reaves and Andrew Shue! Earlier this year, one dream came true when I met Keanu Reeves unexpectingly- we bought his office furniture and he showed up to deliver it to us, which was quite a shock!
Today - dream #2. Andrew Shue stopped by our office to talk shop and of course we couldn't resist snapping a pic! The star of Melrose Place has kept himself busy as founder of CafeMom and I must mention is still totally adorable! I hope after completely embarassing him in such a public way, he will continue to want to partner with RTR! -- Jenn
We've all been there: the best part of Thanksgiving is your grandma’s homemade stuffing, gravy and pie. Can you look chic and be comfortable at the same time? Not to worry! Our stylists have the run down on how to wear fitted dresses for a big Thanksgiving dinner.
Tip 1: Wear a dress with lots of stretch. Stretchy dresses will breathe and expand with you, so you won’t have to worry about feeling constricted during dinner.
Tip 2: Ruching, ruching, ruching! Dresses with ruching distract the eye from the midsection and attract attention to the outline of your curves. Why do you think the Kardashian’s wear it all the time?
Tip 3: Choose dresses that have more of an open neckline so that there is more exposed on the upper half of your body. If the dress has a higher neckline, wear a statement necklace or statement earrings to balance out the look and distract the eye.
These are some of our best fitted dresses for Thanksgiving dinner. Do you have a tip? Share it in our comments!
We just had to share the latest People Style Watch featuring yours truly, RTR! Here are some of the our styles they’ve honed in on. They’ve narrowed down their favorites... tell us yours! –Jenn and Jenny
Pumpkin pie, midday naps and way too much to eat… Thanksgiving is here! Just because you are staying in for the holidays doesn’t mean you have to be in sweats (remember, the neighbors are coming over). Here are a couple of our favorite casual Thanksgiving looks to keep you fashionable throughout the feast. Which one is your favorite? --Ashelyn
This dress is so comfortable you can go from the dining table to the couch for your post meal nap. If you are heading somewhere chilly, layer it with a Rebecca Taylor fur vest and some flat boots for a country casual look.
Worried about showing a Thanksgiving Tummy? Wear this sheath to cover it up and go ahead and take a second serving. We suggest flats and tights to keep it cute and casual.
This is the dress you want to wear just in case your childhood crush is stopping by for dinner! The jersey material on this dress makes it stretchy and comfortable, but it is still fitted and sexy. Complete your look with the Gwen Wrap Bracelet to add a dash of bling.
1 Chris Benz
Sophisticated and unique pieces that you can rely on for glamour this holiday season.
2 Absolut Berry Acai & Avenue
Our party this weekend was absolutely amazing - with many thanks to delicious beverages by Absolut and the best time in NYC at Avenue. The drinks could not have been more delicious and the decor was simply divine!
3 DJ Kiss
One more shout out from our party - the amazing stylings of the unbeatable DJ Kiss. More party coverage to come later!
4 Birdbath Bakery
Blaire, Lauren, and Erica are all obsessed with the delicious grilled cheese, pumpkin pie, and the maple bacon scones!
5 M Missoni
Casual knit dresses that can go anywhere - from a luncheon to the club!
6 Angry Birds
Derek and Sven can't stop playing the addictive game on their iPhones. "Just one more level I promise!"
7 Unstoppable in Stilettos
8 Confetti System
9 Statement Earrings from Janis Savitt
10 Artichoke Pizza
This past Saturday we danced our hearts out at our one year anniversary! We rocked the dance floor in full on Rent the Runway and partied with friends and family all night. Thank you to everyone who made our first year possible and we look forward to next year’s celebration! Special thanks to Avenue who hosted our event, DJ Kiss who was spinning the entire night and Absolut who kept our glasses full! Here were some of the highlights and our favorite pictures. Tell us which look was your favorite!– Jenn and Jenny
Brooke in Calvin Klein, Chris, Vijay
Becky in Halston Heritage and Derek
To many more!!
Vera Wang and Leighton Meester Stop Traffic
Policemen rerouted traffic while Leighton Meester was shot for print and TV ads as the face of Vera Wang’s new fragrance. Do you think she’ll be wearing one of our coveted RTR Vera Wang styles? [Vera Wang Unveiled]
Matthew Williamson Book Giveaway
Fashionista is giving away a signed copy of The Matthew Williamson Book! The book chronicles the designer’s work and collaborations including features by Alexandra Shulman and Anna Wintour. [Fashionista]
Latest on Nina Ricci
We couldn’t have been more impressed with Carrie Underwood’s wardrobe changes during last night’s Country Music Awards. Each one was more feminine than the last (with more ruffles to boot)! Check out our favorite Carrie looks and RTR picks to help you channel your inner Underwood. Which one will you be wearing this weekend? --Ashelyn
Step it up a notch and be paparazzi ready in Christian Siriano’s Red Carpet Cocktail Dress.
Double take! Make a statement in the Almond Rosette Dress by Milly.
Frock it out like Carrie in Christian Cota’s One Shoulder Metallic Lace Dress.
Now that the stylists have shared their picks, I wanted to offer a few of my own. With holiday party season heating up, every girl has their eye on some sparkly sequin dresses. I've been honing in on two of our newest pieces that are simply party perfect. These sequin dresses are both unique, easy to wear and very figure flattering.
The gold Tibi Confetti Sequins Dress is a mini dress with a great shape - perfect for shimmy-ing the night away on the dance floor. The blue Gryphon Casino Royal Dress offers a slightly longer sheath option that looks works well with high boots. I love them both, but we've got plenty of other sequin styles to choose from. Which one is your favorite? -- Lara
So many new arrivals - who could decide? We asked some of our stylists to tell us their fave picks.
"Pair with our new tights and sky high black heels - you'll be ready for any party this holiday season!"
"Love the neckline! Perfect for a night out on the town!.. and it's the EMILY dress!"
"If your looking for some attention you'll definitely gain some stares in this dress. It's edgy, sassy and sophisticated!"
"This dress is beautiful, and elegant but still figure-flattering--the color, which is vibrant and rich, also makes a statement!"
"My new favorite is the Calvin Klein Rainier Gown because it is so chic and unique. I love how it’s so simple, but so special at the same time with the open back and one sleeve detail."
Win the perfect fall jewels to dress up your look!
To kick off the holiday season, we've teamed up with Ciner to offer RTR members the opportunity to win $500 worth of jewelry. Click on this link and tell us the #1 reason why you deserve to be-jeweled for the holidays. The most compelling story will win these amazing pieces below.
Where do you turn for amazing designer pieces this holiday season? Try Ciner, a company founded 119 years ago, that is still family owned and operated and is steadfastly dedicated to creating splendid jewelry that is as durable as it is glamorous. We went behind the scenes with the Ciner team to get the inside scoop on one of the oldest jewelry companies.
What words would you use to describe Ciner?
Elegant, timeless, unique, exquisitely made, glamorous, classic, sophisticated.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Here at Ciner we value tradition and thus we get a lot of our inspiration from estate jewelry and heirloom treasures. We love mixing the old with the new to create an updated and modern look.
What materials do you use?
We use a combination of semi-precious, Swarovski and Czech stones. All pearls are fresh water and we adore mixed media including velvet, silk ribbon and cord.
Every stone is hand set and every pearl is hand strung and knotted. Each piece is finished with an 18 karat gold plated process that withstands the test of time.
What is the process used to create these magnificent pieces?
Each piece can take up to one week to complete once the design process has begun. We have archives that date back to our founding date of 1892. First we take a model from this archive and create a unique mold in the casting machine. We then sotter the piece, polish it and plate it. The plating process is a tedious process and each piece is dipped into 25 buckets filled with copper, nickel, rhodium and lastly gold! Once the piece is plated, the stones are hand set and laid to dry. At last, the fabulous timeless piece is completed.
What are your favorite things about working at Ciner?
We have all worked here for over 30 years and consider each other family. Since this is a family owned business we try to continue this tradition each generation. The creativity here is endless with all of the possibilities to make pieces that have history but are also modern. Our tremendous enthusiasm has allowed Ciner to thrive throughout the years.
Last night, some of us at RTR had the amazing pleasure of attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards and we were completely blown away. The quality of women in the room was overwhelming with inspirational stories from Julia Roberts, Queen Rania, Cher, Constance McMillen, Donatella Versace and more (and did we mention OPRAH??!!!).
It’s difficult to compare them, but by far one of the most touching was the story of Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters. Dr. Abdi has been working through bleak conditions in Somalia since 1983 as one of the only rays of hope in a horrific humanitarian crisis. Her efforts have grown from a one-room clinic on her family farm to a camp housing approximately 90,000 people, and she continues to press on. Last year, when her camp was seized and she was taken hostage, she was told "Women can't do things like this." Her response to the Islamic miltants: "What have you done for society?"
Dr. Abdi’s story is truly astounding and speaks to the power of women and hope (a message we are proud to support on the 1st anniversary of Rent the Runway, a company founded by women and for women!). If you are interested in learning more, you can go to glamour.com or to make a donation to help support her fantastic work, please click here. -- Lara
You may have noticed a new look at RTR today. In addition to a new look and more than 40 new dresses, including several from our newest designer Vera Wang, we’ve added some great new products and features that we hope you’ll love as much as we do.
If you skip on over to our accessories page, you’ll notice a new category, “Intimates”. We’ve picked our favorite essentials from Spanx, Hanky Panky, and NuBra and made them available for sale on RTR. We’re trying to make your life even easier by providing one stop shopping just in time for holidays. FYI, you can select to have your buy it now essentials shipped with your rental or right now.
We’ve also listened to your feedback and added zoom to all of our product pages. Now you’ll be able to see how all of our amazing dresses and accessories look close up.
We hope you like these changes, and as always, we look forward to hearing your feedback. Let us know how we can make Rent the Runway even better! – Jenn & Jenny
1 New Lela Rose
Amazing styles for the holiday season in gorgeous colors, textured fabrics, and sensational silhouettes.
2 Our 1st Anniversary Party
The RTR team will be partying this weekend - you can try and spot us around NYC...we'll be the full party dressed in Rent the Runway!
3 The NYC Marathon
Two members of our team are limping around the office today, but congrats to Christina and Brett for completing the 26.2 mile race!
4 Abstract Expressionist New York
This expansive MOMA exhibit offers a comprehensive overview of works from Pollock, DeKooning, Rothko and more.
5 Glamour Women of the Year Awards
A few of us were honored to receive an invite to tonight's awards gala celebrating Glamour's Women of the Year and we can't wait to celebrate Julia Roberts, Cher, Donatella, and more!
6 Rouge Tomate
7 A LBD for the Holidays
8 This Movie Poster
9 Velvet Angels Boots
10 Hotel Griffou
Where do you turn for effortless chic? If you’re like us, you go to Catherine Malandrino. She brings a dramatic flair to otherwise classic silhouettes, with sex appeal to spare. Her Spring 2011 collection was no different: strong but feminine looks and fabulous abstract prints. We went behind the scenes with Catherine to learn more about the role art plays in her designs, what’s new in 2011 and how she gives soul to her clothes.
What inspired your Spring 2011 collection?
I drew much inspiration from my time in the South of France – most notably from Roger Capon, a ceramist from the artist’s town of Vallauris. For Spring, I emphasized a clean shape and unique craftsmanship such as crackled leather and washed tones reminiscent of a pottery glaze. The silhouette is loose and effortless like easy days spent along the French seaside.
What new concepts or materials did you introduce in this collection?
I wanted to give a soul to the clothes so I experimented with a lot of distress techniques like washing and tie dye that evokes the effect of clay. I experimented with basket weave and macramé and contrasts with distressed silk and linen.
Which part of the design process do you like the best?
The fitting process. From an idea, the garment becomes alive.
How is the Catherine Malandrino brand growing in 2011?
We will have a very unique collaboration with Lacoste. The Lacoste + Malandrino collection will celebrate an unexpected marriage of an everyday French brand with a feminine French designer.
If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why?
A Coco Chanel fashion show on the steps of her Maison de Couture.
How do you celebrate finishing a collection?
With love, champagne and sleep.
If a girl was going to purchase her first Catherine Malandrino piece, what would you want it to be?
A dress, the iconic Catherine Malandrino silhouette – strong, feminine and effortless.
1 Voting on Jenn & Jenny's Looks
Make it a dark night in one of these amazing black dresses. Our 1st anniversary is just around the corner and of course the biggest question is what to wear to celebrate! Which dress should Jenn & Jenny wear to toast RTR? Tell us now on facebook!
2 Trader Joe's Pumpkin Mixes
Mikkel likes the pancake mix and Anushka likes the muffin mix, so apparently we'll all have to try soon!
3 Freeman's Brunch
Delicious food without much fuss. Perfect for feeling like Fall, even though it seems like its already Winter!
4 Football (and wings!)
Brooke's loving that she's winning the office pool and Ashley H. (yes, we've got 3 now!) is loving the snacks that go with it too.
5 New CC Skye
Add some gold glimmer to your look with these pyramid pieces.
8 Antigua, Guatemala
10 Kelly Ripa in RTR