Our favorite film festival is (sadly) over. Sundance ended yesterday and while we were in NYC, our friends at Full Frontal Fashion teamed up with the one and only photographer and blogger extraordinaire FaceHunter to keep you up to date on all the celebs at this year's festival. Check out the stars' snow style.
Your prom dress has to be perfect, no questions asked! It’s your day to shine and to make sure you’re wearing an A-List dress, why not look to the best? Our friends at Seventeen Magazine shared their list of best dressed celebrities to inspire your prom dress search.
Searching for the perfect dress to wear to prom? Steal inspiration from these celebrities who top the best-dressed lists all the time! Click here to see the full A- List!
With prom season well underway, we had to reach out to our friends at Seventeen Magazine to give us their inside scoop on everything prom. We are all about getting the right dress and accessories, but what about your hair and makeup? To make sure you find the perfect look and steal the show at your prom, check out Seventeen’s Guide for prom hair inspiration. Get ready, hair comes the prom queen!
Get inspired by these romantic, trendy, and classic hairstyles for your big night! Whatever your vibe is, there's a do to match your look! Click here to see all prom hair styles.
Red carpet season is in full swing and our Sundays are full of fashion. The red carpet at the SAG awards last night set the bar for the next big show (the Grammy’s on 2/13). Here are some of our favorite SAG trends, which just so happen to be Valentine's Day appropriate. Whose look did you love?
Some of the most striking dresses on the red carpet were the all white looks. Lea Michele, Amy Adams and Eva Longoria were absolute red carpet winners in their frosted head to toe glamour. It was a nice surprise to see all the white, even from Lea Michelle who wore Oscar de la Renta - again!
Forget Me Not
The Golden Globes red carpet was all about green and coral toned dresses, but last night red was the color to be seen in. Julianna Marguiles, Mila Kunis and Tina Fey stunned in the color of the night. Mila may have been have been our pick for best dressed, while Julianna was perfect as always, and Tina Fey finally got it together - bravo to the ladies in red!
If your favorite celeb wasn't wearing a hot red number, it was probably a blush toned gown. Neutrals and pale tones were the other major style to be seen in on the carpet and we were all over it. Hilary Swank, Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz and Melissa Leo were all blushing beauties. Who was your fave?
It’s time to break out the red and pink… Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away! All the ladies in the office are discussing their upcoming plans, but most importantly what they’re going to wear. We thought it would be nice to share with you what the ladies of RTR will look like this 14th of February. Are you going out or staying in? What will you be wearing? Share with us in the comments!
Fashion Group International Honors RTR
Yesterday the Fashion Group International held their 14th Annual Rising Star Awards and Jenn and Jenny won the Rising Star Award in the retail category! We're thrilled and honored by this award especially after it was presented by the legendary Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman. [Fashionista]
Tweet Your Way to Fashion Week with Christian Cota
Want to get tickets to Christian Cota’s show this upcoming fashion week? Make sure to follow @ChristianCota on Twitter and look out for the word of the day. Each word is part of one phrase and the first person to tweet the phrase to Cota will win tickets! A word a day starts on January 31 and ends on February 11. Good luck! [NBC New York]
Nicole Miller: Who’s That Girl?
What does an imported runway model + an edgy fashion photographer +Williamsburg, Brooklyn equal? Nicole Miller’s high fashion spring campaign. Sophie Holmes was shot by Robbie Fimmano in Williamsburg for the Nicole Miller Spring ads. We love the Euro vibe of the shoot. What do you think? [Racked]
This week we turned it over to you to choose our Style Awards winner and the audience has spoken! We tallied the votes last night and we're thrilled to introduce our winner Maghan!
We love the way Maghan styled her Nicole Miller Bold Bright Beauty Dress and we heart that she added some flair to the look by adding a belt. With red nails and a cutie on her arm, she definitely looks like a winner.
Thanks to the other three beautiful ladies who submitted their photo for the Style Awards. If you have a pic of yourself looking amazing in Rent the Runway, please share it with us. Send all pictures to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com and don’t forget to include a line or two about your look. Once you send your pic our way, don't be surprised if it ends up on our facebook page or RTR Insider...
It’s the burning question on every woman's mind. How do I shop for my body type? You arknows your body better than anyone, but applying that to dresses found online can be a little tricky. We enlisted our expert stylists to help chose the best dresses for every body type so that you won't even have to think about it. Want some special attention?Yyou can always contact our stylists whenever you need help at 800.509.0842 or firstname.lastname@example.org. What body type are you? Read below to find out.
Ashley on Apple
You’re an apple if: you’re narrow in the shoulders and hips with thicker waist. Famous apple body types include America Ferrera and Drew Barrymore.
Justine on Straight & Narrow
You’re straight and narrow if: you have little definition between your bust, waist and hip measurements. Famous straight and narrow body types include Nicole Kidman and Courtney Cox.
Perfect Dress: Pencey Dance to the Beat dress.
Alissa on Athletic
You’re athletic if: you have broad shoulders with a narrow waist and hips. Famous athletic body types include Ali Larter and Rosario Dawson.
Perfect Dress: Preen Open Back Black Dress.
Emily on Hourglass
You’re an hourglass if: you have a full bust, defined waist and curvy hips. Famous hourglass body types include Kim Kardashian and Scarlet Johanssson.
Perfect Dress: Herve Leger Misty Scoop Sheath.
Rachel on Pear
You’re a pear if: you're smaller on top with full hips and rear. Famous pear body types include Halle Berry and Kristin Davis.
Perfect Dress: Halston Heritage Blue Lagoon Dress.
We're snowed in! It's a complete white out in NYC today, but there is one person who will still be on the streets. Bill Cummingham, the New York Times fashion photographer who has been snapping photographs of the couture citizens of New York for the last 33 years will take on the snow today just like he has everyday.
A documentary on Bill will be released on March 16 and everyone from the deli boy to Anna Wintour can't wait to watch. We've always been OBSESSED with the original Sartorialist's work and cannot wait to see the movie. Check out when it will be in your town here and buy your tickets in advance...this documentary will not be out for long!
Mixing prints has been spotted all over the Spring collections and florals have been key to mastering the latest ensemble technique. We’ve chosen our favorite fancy florals along with some bouquets of inspiration to get your mind in bloom.
Sunshine + Shoshanna
Bring a little sunshine into any day with one of these sweet Shoshanna dresses. Layer them up and wear them now or wait ‘til Spring and wear them with a polka dot or stripe blazer!
Spring is Springing Up on Park Ave
The Paul Kasmin Gallery has partnered with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation and Fund for the Park Avenue Sculpture Committee to bring NYC a little Spring awakening! From January 25 to May 31, 38 sculptures of rose blossoms as high as 20 feet (!) can be seen along Park Avenue from 57th to 67th streets. It will definitely brighten up the snow day we are having now!
Everything’s Coming Up Roses
Dive into florals now! Here are a couple of ways to incorporate your floral fever in the winter and get you excited about what’s to come for Spring. If you can’t mix & match your prints now, you might want to start on these flowerful picks as the first step.
This week we shine our Style Spotlight on actress Lake Bell. After stirring it up with a musician and a blogger, we are bringing it back to the faces on the big screen! Bell stole the show in box office hit “No Strings Attached” and we love to see her fashion statements out and about. There’s just one thing you have to keep in mind if you want to look bella in Bell’s fashion- a girl needs to accessorize! Check out some of her looks below and let us know if there's someone you'd like us to shine our Style Spotlight on next week!
Lake Look 1: Fine Form
This dress looks like it was made just for Bell. The length and fit are perfection and we LOVE the funky belt and bold bangs. Make sure next time you’re out your dress fits like a glove- try the Herve Leger Audrey Dress and Black Magic Earrings to spice up your night.
Lake Look 2: Lush Life
This Temperley London Byzantine dress is made for the modern princess! The scalloped bottom gives it a bit of a twist while the satin jacquard adds a dash of castle flair. Bell added a belt to define her waist, then added modern shoes and a day to night clutch. You too can add a belt or this Ted Rossi Cleopatra Cuff to make an impact.
Lake Look 3: Color Me Olive
This color combo is absolutely divine! The magenta suede pumps against the bronze clutch and olive dress is a fashion risk well taken. You can look just as sleek for your next event in the Preen Olive Bustier Dress and Carlos Falchi Bronze Bombshell clutch. Don’t forget to add a pop of color with your pumps for a modern twist.
Snowy skies = mucho movie time. Besides the new flicks we love this week, there are a few classics we go back to every time we're in need of a fashion film fix. Whether it's Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing or Breakfast Club, we all have our lazy winter Sunday afternoon routine. Well fellow fashionistas, dust off your fashion files from the past and bring some Clueless into your wardrobe!
Wondering how to look modern while channeling your favorite trends from the past? No need to search for your white collar-less shirt from Fred Segal. Here are our favorite Clueless trends that you can wear now to release the Cher Horowitz within. Let us know which Cher look was your favorite in the comments!
Wearing plaid from head to toe? As if! No need to do that this Spring, but a punch of color and a mix of prints are definites. Cher can have her plaids, you can have school girl Proenza.
Being fashionable takes lots of studying. When your Dad asks what you did in school at the dinner table, your answer should always be “I broke in my new purple clogs.” Here are our Cher Chic new styles that you can break in.
Fashion Hold Up
Wrinkle my designer dress? No way. Ms, Horowitz gets held up and almost takes a bullet for fashion. Can you image looking so chic others NEED to have what you have? Here are a couple of dresses to die for… just make sure you have a body guard with you.
Looking through the upcoming Spring collections has made us hungry for open toed shoes and bright hues. So we got to thinking- what can we wear now or later? We’ve come up with a couple of solutions to cure your winter blues and help you get a head start on Spring. Just add the layers to wear now or shed them all to wear these looks in the Spring!
That 70’s Look
The 70’s are all over the Spring collections and unless you’re planning on getting your skinny flares dirty in snow you’ll have to opt for a look that will be winter-friendly. We love this Tibi dress for a jump start into the 70’s. The detail across the front reminds us of feathers and layering it with this fur jacket and over the knee boots brings the look into 2011. Don’t forget the Silver Rain earrings and Pearl and Crystal ring to complete your look!
Brighter is Better
We brought you the best shades of resort a while ago, but we are just aching for color! If you can’t wait to shine on, do it in an edgy downtown look. We suggest the super flattering Black Halo Red Carpet Dress, All Saints jacket and Opening Ceremony boots. To bring on the edge the Dannijo Sparo cuff and Cosmic Python Bling bib are musts…. don’t forget the tights!
To calm down the bright colors and for all of you minimalistas, don’t worry! Neutrals are in, but with a dash of provocative. Layer this fresh Badgely Mischka frock with a turtleneck, Top Shop belt, Reiss jacket and a pair of never fail Christian Louboutin Mary Janes. Spice it up with a pair of Lilliana earrings and you are ready to face the cold!
When it comes to getting married there are so many details to take care of and unless you come from a household that entertains frequently (I certainly didn’t!), you have no idea where to go for all the things for your big day… especially the cake! Everyone knows you need one of those, but where should you start your search?
1. Friends and Family – This should be the first place you go to try and find your cake baker (or ANY vendor for that matter!). Your married friends can tell you about their own experience with their baker and can help direct you towards the right people to connect with as well as those to avoid! Listen to your friends. They won’t steer you wrong!
2. Magazines – The top bakers often have their creations featured in the pages of national and local bridal magazines. Take a look inside the pages and save pictures of all the cakes you like. Contact information is often given with the picture credit, so visit the sites of anyone whose work strikes your fancy. Just remember, featured bakers are justifiably more expensive than people who haven’t had the same exposure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will make a better cake. If you MUST have the exact cake you saw in Brides, get it from the person who created it. Most bakers don’t want to be copycats, because they don’t want their designs stolen by others either!
3. Go Online – Most of you will probably be checking out bakers online while you’re supposed to be working. A good place to start is a wedding portal like TheKnot.com. This site is free to users and lists a lot of local vendors for everything you might need for your wedding. They might not list everyone though, so you’ll want to explore other options as well.
4. Go Local – Who says you need to go to a fancy cake designer like me? If the baker on the corner makes the best cookies and cupcakes ever, see if they make wedding cakes too. The price is going to be a lot easier on the wallet, you know that you already like the stuff they make and you can feel good knowing you are helping to support a small business in your own community.
For the last couple of weeks and several more to come, I have been sharing my best suggestions for booking your wedding photographer in Booking Your Wedding Photographer: Tips Series by Christian Oth. With so many great options in wedding photography available to couples, it can be almost overwhelming to know how to find the best match. Following these tips will get you one step closer to getting great photographs that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come. This week we focus on one of the most crucial of the deciding factors- credibility.
Week 4: Credibility
Do they come highly recommended? A great way to find a reputable wedding photographer is by asking your friends for recommendations. Keep in mind that your taste and style may be different than your friends, but if you love their photographs and they had a great experience with the photographer it’s a good bet that you will, too. Ask them about their entire experience- from the wedding day to how timely the delivery of their images was. If you are the first in your circle of friends to get married, ask other vendors and tastemakers that you admire who they would recommend.
Are they well-established? Ask about your photographer’s background and level of experience. Are they conducting their business out of Starbucks, or do they have their own studio? All photographers have to start somewhere, and often you’ll find very talented photographers running their own small businesses. Just make sure to do your research and take care to ask for references. On the flip side, don’t be blinded by the brick-and-mortar businesses. They could be burnouts, so take just as much time to look into these as well.
Can you view complete albums? Most photographers are great at taking pictures, but sometimes when it comes to putting together an album, they can fall short. By viewing complete albums, you’ll be able to see the cover and paper materials they use, and the quality and craftsmanship of the design. Some larger studios have their own album designers and some outsource, but either way, at the end of the day the album is going to be what you have to remember your wedding.
Not only must they look lovely in coral satin and dance a mean Macarena, they'll keep you sane and smiling from the engagement to the afterparty. Whether it's just one sister or a gaggle of gal pals from all different stages of your life, your bridesmaids will be among your biggest supporters on the big day. Choose them wisely.
1. Determine the size
There is no hard and fast rule as to how many attendants you should have (a good estimate is one attendant for every 50 guests), but consider the approximate size of your wedding in relation to the bridal party. Also, keep in mind that the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen does not have to be perfectly even and consider your budget: more ladies means more bouquets, bridal-party gifts, hair and makeup styling and anything else you plan to provide.
2. Consider the relationship
Sisters, sisters of the groom, and other close relatives such as a favorite cousin get priority. Such gestures are greatly appreciated and may help avoid any potential conflicts or hurt feelings. When it comes to friends, consider the nature of the relationship and the person's role in your life. Also, consider how the women you're considering get along with each other. Two cousins engaged in a lifelong feud may make matters difficult for the rest of the bridesmaids (and you).
3. Think about her situation
If a friend is moving to another country, starting a rigorous graduate-school program, recently unemployed or maybe even getting married herself, it might not be a great time for her to devote herself to your wedding. If being a bridesmaid doesn't work out, she may prefer to be involved with another way, such as giving a reading during the ceremony.
4. Don't feel pressured
Almost every bride will have that one person whom they feel they should ask to be a bridesmaid but really just don't want to. Before you give in to the fear of hurting someone's feelings, think about what you want and figure out a tactful way to make that happen. Most importantly, don't let anyone invite herself into the bridal party -- after all, it's your wedding.
5. Be prompt and considerate
Of course, you'll want to spread the good news of your engagement before you even think about the bridal party. Do not extend any official bridesmaid invitations until you have given it some thought and are absolutely sure of the decision, but don't put it off forever, either. Friends and family who suspect they're in the running will want to know whether or not they should start practicing their processional walk -- and you'll be able to put any bridal-party anxiety behind you and move on to other aspects of wedding planning.
Every week we choose a winner for the Style Awards, but this week we are leaving it up to YOU! Vote for who you think should win this week by liking their picture on facebook, all you have to do is click here. The picture with the most likes wins! All likes must be in by Thursday at 10PM/EST!
This weekend the cold was unbearable in NYC, but that didn't stop the ladies of RTR from looking fabulous this weekend. Here’s what we were wearing, but we'd love to see your pics too. If you have a picture of yourself wearing RTR, submit it to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com and enter to win our Style Awards- winners are posted every Friday!
Rachel- I wore this Herve number to a friend’s birthday party. Between the tights and dancing, I forgot it was in the teens outside!
Emily, Blaire & Ashley- This trio wore RTR from head to toe for Blaire’s birthday! (From left) Emily is in the Halston Heritage Studio 54 Statement dress, Blaire is in the Yigal Athena Admirer Gown and Erickson Beamon Chain Gang Earrings and Ashley is in the skirt from the Gryphon Two Piece Stunner!
Prabal Gurung x Sally Hansen
One of our RTR faves, Prabal Gurung has teamed up with Sally Hansen to bring fashionistas everywhere nail polish hues to die for. All colors were inspired by his 2011 Spring collection and will be out in time for open-toe shoe weather. Some of our favorites are Runway Red-y, Model Behavior, Casting Call and Without a Stitch! Which one will you be wearing? [Fashionista]
Peter Copping for Nina Ricci- The Ad is In!
Weeks ago we told you about Peter Copping taking over Nina Ricci and his plans for the fashion brand. Ladies and gentlemen the ad is in! Here is the first glimpse of the Nina Ricci Spring 2011 campaign. Is it a hit or miss? [The Cut]
Rent the Runway + Bloomberg
New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg invited Jenn and Jenny to the 2011 State of the City Address and gave a special shout out to Rent the Runway! You can catch the entire speech by clicking here. Mayor Bloomberg also had some ideas for J & J: "I was speaking to my close friend Oscar de la Renta about your business and how he should get on board." Do you agree with the mayor? [The Observer]
With the launch of Rent the Runway Weddings this week we’ve been swooning over anything and everything bridal. The best jaw dropping moment was when this Style Awards submission hit our inbox. Congrats to Lindsey for winning this week’s Style Awards!
At first she was nervous about renting the Sequin Enchanted Necklace for her July wedding, but was head over heels when it was delivered in perfect condition and pretty packaging. We LOVE that she took a fashion risk and paired it with a fun head piece! Lindsey, you look gorgeous!
If you have an amazing picture of yourself rocking Rent the Runway, send it to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com to see if you win our next Style Awards. Don’t forget to share a bit about the fabulous event you attended- we love to hear your stories! Winners are posted every Friday… good luck!
Sundance opens tonight and we are obsessed with what’s to come. Snuggling up and watching movies at home during the winter always sounds like a good idea… celebs doing it and watching new films sounds even better! What are you looking forward to during this year’s Sundance film festival?
This morning the worst fashion faux-paw took place! My favorite pairs of Louboutins and Manolos were chewed up by this innocent-looking creature! Nothing really takes away a post-yoga class Zen like walking into your apartment to find that your most coveted shoes have been chewed to their early fashionable end. Such a love hate relationship with my dog, Halsey, right now. Anyone else have frustrating pet experiences to share? --Jenny
Judith Leiber Puppy Bag
We love a white Christmas and an excuse to buy more boots, but let’s face it- it’s cold! The only thing that we really want is a vacation to a warm, bikini-friendly place. That’s why we are even more excited about Spring arrivals this week than ever before. These are the dresses that make our stylists ready for spring. What makes you spring for Spring?
Rachel: The Magenta Fever Dress encompasses not only one, but two of this spring’s hottest trends- magenta and one-shoulder style!
Emily: I’ve been choosing my spring looks now to keep me warm throughout the winter and this Emerald Stone bracelet looks amazing with everything I have in mind.
Justine: It’s black all the way for me in the winter, but I love these earrings from Lee Angel’s Spring collection. You can wear them with literally everything!
Alissa: I’m SO excited to wear this new Proenza number paired with my sheer tights and Alexander Wang booties for a friend's birthday dinner.
The new January arrivals are in and we're particularly excited about our newest RTR designer, Alberta Ferretti! In addition to this red carpet favorite, you can check out other fresh frocks from Nina Ricci, Angel Sanchez, Herve Leger and more! What do you think of the new Alberta Ferretti styles? Who else do you want to see on RTR? Share with us in the comments.
You know it’s her. Even if you see just a back shot you know it’s Rumi. Rumi Neely that is. As the blogger behind one of the most influential fashion blogs out there, fashiontoast.com, Rumi Neely has become one of the people to watch. This week we shine our style spotlight on Ms. Rumi herself and show you how you can get her look for less. Share your favorite look with us in the comments. After all, who wouldn't want to be Rumi for a day?
Look 1: Cover Ready
Rumi is always cover ready whether or not she has somewhere to go. You never know who will take a picture of you so just be editorial, always. Get her look with the Rachel Roy Warrior Princess Dress and CC Skye Pave Pyramid Stud Bracelet.
Look 2: My Name’s Edge
Rumi is the queen of owning the downtown edgy look. We love how she can turn anything into a fashion statement. Wear this Alice + Olivia dress and Chan Luu bracelet just to hang out. Add a DIY headpiece and a pair of Ray Bans and you might even get mistaken for Ms. Neely herself.
Look 3: Fairytale Fantasy
If you’re on the lookout for a chic, modern way to meet your “Something Blue” requirement and Great Aunt Edna’s blue doily doesn’t cut it, we’ve got your back. At BRIDEfinds, we’ve come across many “Something Blue” solutions – some good, some bad, and some just plain ugly. This batch is definitely the former:
1. Sexy Blue Pumps, like these Sergio Rossi Peep-toe suede pumps ($252, down from $560) are a great way to satisfy your blue fix. If you have a long, formal gown, guests will delight in seeing a flash of your pretty blue pumps on the dance floor. Plus they’re great for photos!
2. If you’re wearing a strapless gown and an up-do go for blue statement earrings that will really pop. These Trudelle Laker Doorknocker Crystal Earrings (retail, $282; RTR price $35) have a vintage-y feel, with a modern twist. Perfect for a contemporary bride having a classic wedding.
3. Why not go for pretty blue shapewear since you need to wear it anyways? At BRIDEfinds, we’re loving these pretty blue Skinny Britches Short ($42). The laser-cut leg on these puppies eliminates pinching, binding and bulging.
4. Why not satisfy your something blue in the most glamorous way possible? A toe-die-for clutch like this Judith Leiber Coeur De La Mer Clutch (retail, $2295; rental, $225) would be our pick.
5. If you’re skipping the shapewear, and want something sexy for your wedding night, nothing is cuter than a baby blue thong. Are you listening, bridesmaids? This Hanky Panky Bridal Low Rise Thong Gift Set ($59) would make a perfect shower gift.
Jacqueline Weppner owns and edits Merci New York, a Manhattan based bridal styling service and namesake online style guide for the busy city bride. We have partnered with Jacqueline to bring you the best styling advice for your bridal needs.
I’m thrilled to be back on Rent the Runway sharing Merci New York’s tips for a perfectly chic and styled engagement session – complete with amazing RTR dresses and accessories!
Rent the Runway was Merci New York’s styling partner for Amanda and Nick’s downtown engagement shoot. The Manhattan couple had a similar request as most of our clients – an engagement session that spoke to their personalities, love and lifestyle in the city they call home. After a quick chat, we learned that Amanda and Nick had a previous (tres-serious) e-shoot, and while the photos were nothing short of gorgeous, they also wanted something a little more lighthearted that spoke to their fun-loving city lives together. So a Merci New York and Rent the Runway pairing of fashion, style and prime downtown locations was the perfect solution.
Amanda had two looks for her West Village shoot, both which focused on an electric color palette of cheery, bright yellow and sultry, deep violets that popped against the backdrop of cobble stoned city streets and West Village eateries, perfectly scouted and photographed by Melissa Murphy of Missy Photography.
We started with Yigal Azrouel’s Ever So Eve Dress – one of my Rent the Runway favorites – an ochre plisse show stopper with a trend-right, nude illusion neckline. Complimented with the Dannijo Bassett Necklace and a pair of violet DVF t-strap sandals straight from the Merci sample closet, it was the perfect outfit for an early-spring sunset (not to mention a quick game of hopscotch on a sleepy street).
After Amanda and Nick warmed up with a tasty mint julip at Commerce, (a perfect e-shoot locale, not only for cocktail breaks, but also for their architectural details and darling subway-tiled nooks and crannies), it was time for a costume change…
Amanda donned the killer Nicole Miller Crush On You Gown, a cobalt silk chiffon show stopper of a dress. We paired it with Rodrigo Otazu’s Super Sexy Cuff to circle back to the citrine color of her previous Yigal dress, and finished the look with Anton Heunis’ Flowerful clip-on earrings. (Here at Merci New York, we l-o-v-e Rent the Runway’s assortment of clip-on earrings for their vintage charm. They give a days-gone-by nod to nostalgia to any outfit, but are also so bold and eye-catching, they are simultaneously as modern as it gets).
Rent the Runway is always Merci’s perfect style partner. No matter the bride, event or occasion, we love RTR’s eye for chic, sexy and sophisticated pieces that are perfect for a fun and fabulous downtown engagement session like Amanda and Nick’s.
Nick and I met on my first day of work at VH1 in 2006. We instantly fell for each other and began secretly inter-office dating only a short week later. Maybe it was all of Nick's silly little office pranks that made me laugh or our constant IM-ing of jokes and funny YouTube clips at work, but we quickly became completely inseparable. Five years later we are still constantly making each other laugh. We are always looking to have FUN, which is why we asked Merci New York to style our engagement session with lots of whimsical little details (like playing hop scotch in the West Village)!
Nick is my best friend and I can't wait to have just as much fun with all of our friends and family at our wedding this August.
We’re tremendously excited to introduce the world to Rent the Runway Weddings. From the beginning, Rent the Runway has been about enabling women to look and feel fabulous for every occasion in their life, and of course there is no occasion more important in a woman’s life than her wedding day.
With Rent the Runway Weddings, not only can brides-to-be rent accessories for the big day and complete looks for the numerous occasions surrounding it (engagements, bachelorettes, showers, etc.), but their bridesmaids can now wear exclusive fashionable designer dresses for just a fraction of the price. We’ve got gorgeous bridesmaid dresses in a variety of colors, length, fabrics, and sizes (0-16) from Badgley Mischka, Calypso, Robert Rodriguez, Shoshanna, Nicole Miller and more. We’ve also partnered with experts in the wedding industry (like Christian Oth, AOL Aisle Dash, Merci NY, etc.) to bring you news you can use like how to choose the right wedding photographer, and the ultimate bridesmaid to-do list. Plus, since we don’t like to leave anyone out, there are some great new options for wedding guests to browse through as well (daytime wedding, destination wedding, etc).
So whether you’re a bride, a bridemaid, a guest, or just a visitor, please check it out and tell us what you think. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make any wedding more convenient, more affordable, and more fashionable, and we hope you’ll say “I do” to RTR Weddings! – Jenn and Jenny
It's no wonder bold embellishments popped up all over the bridal runways. From scattered sequins to jeweled belts, a touch of shimmer can transform a simple bridesmaid dress into something ultra-glamorous.
Your search for a sophisticated bridesmaid style ends here! Pencil skirts are the ultimate option: They’re chic and sexy at once.
You can’t go wrong with an elegant Grecian-style gown -- wispy, floor-sweeping fabric will make all of your bridesmaids feel tall and regal.
What’s hot now? Color! Take your pick -- shades like royal purple, emerald green and sapphire blue are all aisle-worthy. Plus, they look good on just about every skin tone.
The freshest look in fashion is retro flair. Think: full skirts and cinched waistlines. The best part? Your bridesmaids will love the way these A-line silhouettes flatter every figure.
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As we assume you know if you read RTR Insider, the first major red carpet event of the year went down last night. There was a lot we loved (Claire Danes, Emma Stone, Hailee Steinfeld), some we didn’t (Megan Fox, Scarjo, J.Lo), and plenty to talk about (hello there Helena Bonham Carter). Here's just some of our favorites themes from the red carpet. What was your favorite look? – Lara
Shock of Color
Between the commercials and these two dresses, Calvin Klein was the silent star of the evening. It’s rare that our two faves are by the same (RTR!) designer, but these dresses truly are gorgeous and at the same time the girl in them remains the star. (To browse all our Calvin Klein, click here.)
There were plenty of celebs with a lot of sparkle and a lack of color. But then there was Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang. It wasn’t our favorite of the night, but if we looked like her we’d wear red every day too. Good choice!
Mila Kunis (in Vera Wang) and Catherine Zeta Jones (in Monique Lhuillier) both wore what became the color of the night once Angelina showed up in it too. We preferred their unsparkly takes, but we're just excited to see such a gorgeous color to see on the red carpet at all.
Other looks we loved?
Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung (wonderful!) Leighton Meister in Burberry, Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive, and Jennifer Lawrence in Louis Vuitton.
We know that for your big day every last detail down to the hairs on your head are of the utmost importance. Here, we give you inspiration from the stars with the top 5 celebrity wedding hair do’s brought to you by celebrity hairstylist Alec Kara of the Argyle Salon & Spa in West Hollywood, California.
Nicole Richie's nuptials to Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden were everything she had ever dreamed of. The most spectacular of all was Nicole herself in one of the three Marchesa gowns she donned that night with hair tied into a perfect topknot. It is best to keep the hair simple when the dress is so detailed and she achieves this beautifully. It’s also a nod to the 60’s retro chic in a very modern way.
2. Side Swept
De Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres wed in a small, private ceremony nearly three years ago. Both women were glowing on their big day, but it was de Rossi’s up do that caught our eye. Her hair is so elegantly swept off her face and plays off of the low, plunging neckline of her dress to elongate her figure. Hair accessories are especially fun to play around with if the dress is simple. It adds fun and glamour to any style.
3. Loose Up Do
Songstress Katharine McPhee married producer Nick Cokas in a traditional ceremony at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in 2008. McPhee looked stunning in a Spanish Chantilly lace strapless gown with hair loosely pulled to the side, revealing spectacular chandelier earrings. If you are having a more traditional wedding, this hairstyle offsets that and makes it feel more low-key and playful.
4. Bouffant Up Do
Gwen Stefani is the ultimate rocker chick and wed fellow musician Gavin Rossdale in 2002. The bouffant up do is so Gwen and plays off her avant-garde pink and white John Galliano dress; it’s really important that your wedding look reflects your personal style because it is a moment that you will remember forever.
5. Pin Curl Up Do
Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley held their winter wonderland nuptials in Utah. Her pin curl up do is reminiscent of an old Hollywood starlet and we love how she takes the retro style one step further with a bird cage veil. It’s quirky yet classic.
You can typically go without the hors d'oeuvres at a wedding. Let’s face it- it’s usually the least exciting part of the food you’ll enjoy. Mexicue has decided that this should no longer be the case and our RTR bride, Brooke, jumped right on the wagon for her wedding. Read about her experience here and take a look at Mexicue's take on wedding hors d'oeuvres.
Perhaps you are not a canapé type of couple. Perhaps you don’t believe in wrapping everything in puffed pastry. Bacon, maybe. Great food does not have to be fussy. While hors d'oeuvres should be pleasing to the eye, they should also delight the palate. Frilly, faddish, dry and over-worked, so many classic wedding hors d'oeuvres exist only for lack of imagination.
Home-style food that features seasonal ingredients allows you to create a casually elegant vibe. Imagine how your guests will thank you for forgoing the stale classics in favor of crispy short-rib tacos, with cilantro lime crema and napa cabbage slaw. Or lobster rolls with spiced-habanero aioli, snipped chives and pickled jalapeño? Go ahead and have fun with your food - let your taste buds and imagination be your guide.
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You've gone all out to look beautiful today. Your hair and makeup came out exactly how you wanted it to, your shoes rock and your gown is simply stunning. You look in the mirror and you are happy and you are ready to face the world. Then the moment arrives when you are posing for the photographer and suddenly, if you are like most people (myself included) you have flashbacks of photographs from your past and no matter how good you felt looking in the mirror, you suddenly find yourself feeling nervous and apprehensive about how you will look in the camera. Your smile starts to feel a little forced and you find yourself losing some of your mojo.
In most cases, your photographer should be able to talk you through some posing tips, but there will many times during the wedding day that you are on your own. There are some fairly basic tips on posing that I can share with you to get the most out of your wedding day photos.
1. DON'T ever stand straight on towards the camera. ALWAYS turn your body so that you have a 45 degree angle to the camera. With this stance, now turn your torso towards the camera, along with your head. Place your weight on the back leg. Let the front foot turn outwards slightly away from your body. Don’t ever point your toes inward!
There are two variations for your leg positions:
If you want a more classic and demure look, bring the front leg out to your side and then softly slide it back until your knees are touching, keeping that front leg just slightly bent, with your toe resting slightly on the ground. This creates a beautiful frame for the rest of your body.
If you are going for a more sassy or "cool" pose, take a slightly wider stance (again, the weight is on the back leg) and point your front toes away from your body.
2. DON'T slouch. Remember your posture. Take a deep breath, stand tall and then exhale and relax your shoulders. The inhalation lifts the body, the exhalation relaxes your stance, and the breathing in general will help you focus and feel calm.
3. Lower your chin SLIGHTLY so that the focus goes to your eyes and not your chin. This also helps to keep your eyes look more alert and open.
4. Keep a small amount of space between your arms and your body. This keeps your arms from being pressed against your body and thereby looking fuller, and it shows your curves.
5. Relax the hands. A tendency is to clench the hands when a person is nervous.
6. Bouquets: always hold your bouquet slightly lower than your waist. Too often I see women holding the bouquets at waist or chest level. This hides your beautiful dress and hides your curves!
The most important part above all else is to relax and enjoy the moment. Look at photographs of yourself and see what your body positions were in the images that you liked the most. Practice in the mirror. Above all else, just be yourself and have fun!
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Marriages not only mark the uniting of a couple—they also involve the merging of two families. Certain family members may be given specific roles within the wedding, but it's fine to assign roles—or not—to best fit your particular family. The authority on etiquette shares a breakdown of family members’ traditional roles and responsibilities.
Mother of the Bride
The mother of the bride may help her daughter in many different aspects of planning, such as scouting out venues, managing the guest list, and finding the perfect dress. She traditionally has the honor of choosing her outfit before the groom's mother. The mother of the bride attends the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner and typically heads up the receiving line at the reception.
Father of the Bride
The bride's father may co-host an engagement party with his wife. They have the first pick on the date, if the groom's parents also want to hold their own party. The father of the bride is traditionally the one to escort her down the aisle (although this is not always the case). He may also give a special speech during the reception and have a dance with his daughter.
Mother of the Groom
Generally, the mother of the groom should defer to the mother of the bride. That said, she may offer to help with different aspects of the wedding preparations. The mother of the groom may wish to initiate get-togethers with the bride and her family prior to the wedding. She should consult with the mother of the bride before planning her outfit. The mother of the groom should attend the bridal shower, if possible, and any other pre-wedding parties. With her husband, she is the traditional co-host of the rehearsal dinner. At the reception, she stands in the receiving line and may dance with her son.
Father of the Groom
The father of the groom traditionally hosts the rehearsal dinner with his wife. As host of the event, he kicks off any toasts given that evening. He may also give a speech at the reception and stand in the receiving line.
We predicted the red carpet trends for this year’s VH1 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and last night we saw some of those predictions come true! Here is trend recap of the VH1 CCMA’s. Who do you think had the best look? Share with us in the comments!
Naughty But Nice
Half and Half
Natalie Portman was the only starlet who pulled off this trend with her black and white bump friendly dress, but Khloe Kardashian wore a Blumarine number that was half short and half long. Were their looks hit or miss?
Jennifer Lawrence and a blonde Emma Stone took on the sequins! Who do you think took the Sultry prize home?
Most people don’t think about the cake when planning their dream wedding. The dress, of course! The location, sure! But when it comes to the cake, most brides have no idea that there are so many options available to them. As a result they often play it safe and go for a simple white cake. I mean, who even remembers the cake?!
The truth is you don’t have to limit your options- your cake can be just as much a reflection of your personal style as every other element of your wedding. In fact, it can be a key element in tying it all together and just as memorable as all the other details.
As a baker who has made her share of wedding cakes, these are my best tips for personalizing your wedding cake:
1. Color -“Pink is my signature color.” One of my fave quotes. Who says wedding cake has to be white? If you are making everything green and pink, put some on your cake.
2. Theme –Whether you’re getting married at the beach, a vineyard, or an upscale hotel, many people have a theme that they use on the invitations and in the décor. Your cake can be a continuation of that theme with sugar seashells, butterflies or grapes on vines.
3. Flowers –I’m a bit biased toward this one since it’s my specialty, but decorating your cake with flowers, whether they are real or handcrafted from sugar, is a beautiful and elegant way to decorate the cake and add a touch of personality.
4. Style –Or should I say formal or informal? What kind of vibe do you want your wedding to have? Is it black tie in a grand ballroom or Hamptons chic? A towering creation would look as out of place at a backyard barbeque as a stack of cupcakes would look at the Waldorf. Think about your venue and the overall feeling you want to convey.
And hey, if none of those ideas float your boat, go your own way! No one says you have to have the same ol’ white cake at your wedding or even have a cake! It is your day. If you want your cake to be a stack of shoe boxes protected by a dragon, then go for it!
In celebration of National Hat Day, we’ve selected our favorite celebs wearing hats by legendary hat designer, Philip Treacy. Treacy has outfitted some of the biggest celebs in the fashion world and has collaborated with Moet, Project Runway and Mercedes Benz. His designs are so avant-garde, Lady Gaga submitted her resume to Treacy for an internship position! Here are the hats that we want to wear today. Which hat is your favorite (or least favorite)?
Sarah Jessica Parker London Premier of Sex and the City
Isabella Blow on the cover of her biography, Blow
Lady Gaga at last year’s Grammys
This week’s fashion news was all about the new campaigns. Calvin Klein is trying a new strategy while images of Missoni and Badgley Mischka’s new campaigns are out! Which ads are you most excited about?
The international fashion house is turning to TV commercials for Calvin Klein Collection. The first commercial will air during the pre-Golden Globes red carpet and later on Anderson Cooper 360, the NFL playoffs, Access Hollywood and more! Another reason to watch the Golden Globes red carpet - okay by us! [WWD]
This week’s Style Awards winner is truly a candidate for the Golden Globe red carpet! She shared two of her best RTR looks and we just couldn’t get enough. Congrats to Monica for winning this week!
Thanks to everyone who sent in your pics! We also got some great ones from Ms. Party Bus, Ex Boyfriend NYE Heartbreaker and Herve Three Times Over… you know who you are!
If you have a picture that you think is Style Awards worthy, send it to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com for your chance to win. Winners are selected every Friday!
Monday we celebrate MLK Day and some of us will even be lucky enough to sneak a Monday off of work. With temperatures in the mid 20’s some of us are exciting to spend a long weekend in bed. But of course our stylists will be out and about in RTR. Here's what they'll be wearing for their long weekends. What will you be wearing this holiday weekend - or are you stuck in the office?
Ashley: This dress is perfectly casual and sweet. The perfect pick for shopping and lunch in Boston with the girls!
Alissa: An amazing alternative to black that is still versatile and winter appropriate. Definitely wearing this Proenza to a late dinner Sunday night!
Rachel: I am stayin local and already shivering thinking about going out this weekend- at least the Yigal Sultry Sleek Dress will cover me up a little bit!
Justine: This deep purple Robert Rodriguez velvet number is called On the Prowl for a reason- I'm going to pair it with suede wedges, patterned tights and a leather jacket. Plus, I think I can change it up and wear it twice this weekend so I can put my four day rental to work!
Emily: I am over black and itching to be in something with a little pop of color. I plan on wearing this upstate to dinner with a girlfriend - I'll rock it with black tights and boots!
Melissa: This flirty and comfortable Pencey dress is a perfect way to keep cozy on snowy days. I'm bringing it with me to Chicago this weekend!
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are live tomorrow night! We can’t wait to see what the starlets will be wearing on the red carpet. Here are a few predictions for the red carpet trends that you'll see tomorrow. Which celeb's style are you most excited to see? Tune in tomorrow night on VH1 at 9/8c.
Dresses that are provocative yet feminine and sweet are some of the hottest combinations on the red carpet, preferably in blush tones and with girly details. We love the way that Marion Cotillard pulled it off with a fitted bustier on top and flowy fabric throughout the bottom and we expect to see some naughty and nice styles tomorrow night! Check out some of our favorite feminine styles here.
We love dresses that are two toned- they are almost like prints in camouflage! Not only are they sophisticated, but they’re oh-so-simple. Anne Hathaway pulls it off in this black and white strapless number with a detailed belt and natural hair and makeup. Expect some color coded frocks from the recent fashion shows to make an appearance tomorrow.
It’s no surprise to see sequins on the red carpet, but we’re sure that they’ll sparkle at the show complete with asymmetric silhouettes. Amy Poehler does it right in this one shoulder stunner. We always love a sequin and we're sure to see some good ones on the red carpet tomorrow night.
Check back Saturday to see if our predictions were right!!
The Globes are this Sunday and of course we're eager to see the dresses. But let’s not forget about the jewels! These are the accessories trends that we predict will walk the red carpet. What styles do you expect to see on the stars?
With up do’s in mind, we’re sure we’ll be spotting statement studs. Here are the ones that we think are red carpet ready.
Strapless dresses call for serious bling. These are our top choices for decorating the décolletage.
It’s in the Bag
We know the stars love their Judith Leiber clutches. Here are our flash ready pics for the Globes.
This fashion favorite was bound to be spotlighted sooner or later. This week we shine on Rachel Zoe. Even though she’s busy styling her clients, now in the midst of creating her own fashion line (!) and a Mommy-to-be, she never skips a fashion beat. We love watching Zoe and are excited to see how she dresses the little boy she has on the way!. Which Rachel Zoe look do you love?
Look 1: Rachel Rockin’ Red
Rachel Zoe looked absolutely divine in this hue of red at the Beverly Hills Missoni store opening party. With a dress that bold, she kept it simple with an equally bold cuff. Rock this version of red at your next event with theStunning Silk Dress and the AV Max Gold Medallion Cuff.
Look 2: Bohemian Rhapsody
Zoe’s purple boho dress is top notch glam on the red carpet! We love the sleeve detail and big bronze clutch to play up the beading of the dress. Make Zoe’s look your own and standout in the Temperley London Queen of the Nile Dress and Judith Leiber clutch.
Look 3: Show Stopping Sequins
This is sequins done the Rachel Zoe way: long and belted, with a classic neckline and special details in the fabric (love the navy!). Get Zoe’s sequined 70's look with this Halston Heritage dress and Elizabeth Cole West Earrings.
Calling all College Fashionistas- apply for Rent the Runway’s Spring 2011 Runway Rep Program!
Rent the Runway is expanding our Runway Rep internship program to more than 20 additional campuses this spring and we’re currently accepting applications. If you’re a marketing maven with a go-getter attitude and entrepreneurial spirit, we want you to help promote Rent the Runway in your school. Runway Reps will ignite RTR on campus through PR, social media, promotions, events, and word-of-mouth.
As a Runway Rep, you’ll receive professional mentoring to help build your resume, earn credit to Rent the Runway, compete for cash prizes, and earn the opportunity to apply for summer internships with Rent the Runway in New York City.
Interested candidates should e-mail email@example.com and include your name and school in the subject line for more information and a copy of the application. Don’t forget to check out our You Tube video here to see our current Runway Reps in action!
There are still plenty of ways that you can still look fabulous while you’re enjoying the slopes- don’t put your style aside when the puffy jackets come into play. Here are our tips for looking chic in the cold.
Tip 1: You will be wrapped up when you are skiing, but when you come indoors and the puffies come off you want to look your best by the fire. Make sure to layer with comfortable and chic pieces and don’t be afraid to wear a dress for dinner- just make sure you are covered. Accessories can make the most of any outfit and nothing makes up for a cushy ensemble than a piece of serious bling.
Tip 2: Nothing screams après chic more than fur! Whether it’s faux or fur-real, incorporate it in your look. We like it as a scarf, jacket trim, ear muffs or pom poms on your boots!
Tip 3: Moisturize your skin and lips. The cold will be tough on your skin, so come prepared! We love the never fail Smith’s Rosebud Salve to keep your lips as smooth as the slopes. It’s compact size is also pocket friendly and who doesn’t love a natural look with a lush, rosy lip?
Follow these tips and check out our après chic suggestions to be the most fashionable girl sippin' on hot cocoa. What are ski trip fashion must haves? Share with us in the comments!
After an overwhelming request for the fashion + comfort combo dresses from our members, our stylist Rachel divulges her recommended Supermom ensembles in this 3 ways twist.
Whether you are the Queen-of-the Household or the Power-House at work, a supermom’s to-do list never seems to end. Inevitably, over time, these never-ending tasks can start to take a tiring toll – especially on a mother’s attire. But any supermom can still look fabulous and do the 567,203,748 things she has to do. Being busy is not an excuse to let yourself go - it’s important to look good and feel good about yourself!
So get ready to conquer the world with confidence and style. Trust us, dresses that focus on comfort, durability and fashion DO exist and its time to let Rent the Runway help. Much love to all the beautiful, hard-working, and self-less moms out there. Let’s make this New Year all about you! --Rachel
Power House at Work
Dream job and world’s greatest mom? After getting the kids ready and dropping them off at school, dressing up for work can already feel like a drag. Not anymore! Slip into this simple, comfortable and work appropriate Ports 1961 dress and match it with this ultra-chic Milly coat.
Queen of the Household
Being a stay-at-home Mom is one of the hardest jobs out there. Don’t let it be hard on your style! This Shoshanna dress is simple yet perfect for those long days ahead. Also, pairing this classy Tuleste Market Braided Chain and Pearl Necklace will add that perfect touch of class! After running your errands you can walk straight into the PTA meeting.
To all expectant mothers, congratulations! Yes, your life is about to change but there is no reason to lose touch with your style. If anything, maternity clothes are now cuter than ever and no one says that you must shop in the maternity section! Embrace your beautiful new figure in Tibi’s Pansy Print Tunic and Ted Rossi’s Young and Fabulous Cuff for your next grand entrance.
1 Winter Wedding Glamorous Gowns
2 Stitch Jeans
Jenn found some old-fashioned ripped and frayed jeans at Kitson in LA (best denim in the world) - we haven't had a chance to weigh in on whether the jeans scream 80's hair band or not, but per her reports, they look hot and tight!
3 Salvador in the South
The amazing Salvador Dali museum re-opens tomorrow in St. Petersburg, Florida. Worth a trip just for the amazing $36million re-design, plus the 96 oil paintings it holds.
Fedora re-opened in the West Village under the watch of Gabriel Stulman and so far it's all good news. Lara checked it out Friday and found delicious food and a stunning decor. Welcome (back) to the neighborhood!
5 Awards Season Mania
With the golden globes coming up next week, we're already anticipating all the red carpet fashions. How will Natalie hide her baby bump? Will the runway trends carry over to the carpet? Stay tuned for complete coverage next week.
6 Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Stylists Emily and Alissa went this weekend and enjoyed the best gelato ever! All flavors are made in house but they recommend the amaretto crunch..
7 Navajo Journey Bag
Jamie's obsessed with this winter chic oversized bag. Doesn't it make you warmer just by looking at it?
8 Cloud Nine in Aspen
Jenn loved this sit-down restaurant on Aspen Highlands. It's made to look like a Swiss Chalet and can be relied on for raclette, glug, and delicious 3-course meals. Definitely the best part of her Aspen trip - excluding her handsome date - and worth the food coma (that you can get rid of as you ski down the mountain!).
9 Zebulon Cafe
10 Sunday Nights on Showtime
For those of us not in LA, we can all enjoy a little Californication. Hank Moody returns.
A bridal shower can be as formal or as casual as the hosts, traditionally the bridesmaids, want it to be. Set the tone for a fun party atmosphere by featuring this playlist as your guests arrive and await the bride-to-be's grand entrance. In addition to the seven songs on the playlist below, you may also want to add With This Ring by The Platters and The Boy I'm Gonna Marry by Darlene Love.
1. Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel- Tavares
2. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)- Natalie Cole
3. Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen
5. You’re the One That I Want-Grease
6. I Only Want to be With You-Dusty Springfield
7. For Once in My Life-Stevie Wonder
Congrats! You’re engaged. But now what? The authority on etiquette shares the next five steps to help you celebrate appropriately.
1. Share the good news
Your parents-and any children you may have from a previous union-should hear the news first. Then comes other relatives and close friends. Whether you do it in person or over the phone, do it yourself. Those closest to you will no doubt be hurt to hear the news second hand. Never announce an engagement until a former union has been dissolved, whether by divorce or annulment.
2. Meet the parents
Your engagement should not come as a shock to your parents. Obviously, it's a good idea to get acquainted while you're dating. Your engagement certainly signifies a change in the relationship with your fiancé's/fiancée's parents. Now's the time to lay the foundation for a positive bond with your future in-laws. This is also when the parents of the bride meet-or at least make contact with-the parents of the groom. Traditionally, the groom's parents call the bride's parents to introduce themselves and extend an invitation to meet. However, that first contact can also be made by the bride's parents.
3. Make the guest list & set the budget
Your budget is the determining factor for the shape, size and fanfare of your wedding. But you cannot decide the type of wedding you will have until you have some idea of the size of the guest list. The easiest way to cut costs is to narrow your guest list.
4. Pick the date
The time of year you have your wedding is a key consideration. The most popular months for weddings are June, September, August, May, October and July. Popular wedding sites will be at a premium in terms of availability and cost during these times. Those who want an outdoor wedding will want to be married in the warmer months. If guests will have to travel to attend your wedding, you'll want to select a date that's convenient for traveling.
5. Don't forget the three C's
Not clarity, cut or color. We're talking about consideration, communication and compromise. How you handle your wedding plans can foretell how you will handle the other major decision of your life together. Along with the stress that will accompany the big decisions and little details should be a sense of adventure and fun. You are celebrating one of the most joyous milestones in your lives. Do so with a focus on consideration, communication and compromise and the process is sure to be smoother.
The Emily Post Institute promotes etiquette in America and around the world. Acting as a social civility barometer, EPI elucidates new manners for today's world based on core values of honesty, respect, and consideration. To read more, click here!
It’s no news to us: tablescapes are a trend très magnifique in the realm of wedding décor. We love the endless design possibilities that often go beyond the more traditional floral centerpiece. Here, we show all you brides-to-be how to create a memorable tablescape.
While there are many directions in which this can be taken, Ovando particularly likes working with tablescapes consisting of varied vase shapes and sizes to create a more dynamic aesthetic for a wedding to remember. In some instance, a fluid design motif is then woven together via a patterned use of the chosen materials, be it the color palettes, the flowers themselves, or the other selected elements.
This patterned tablescape plays upon the use of elegant glass vases in varied shapes and sizes: cubed vases, Ovandos’ signature (rectangular) Vision vases, silver pedestals and hurricane vases.
Next, ravels in repeated floral designs along the length of the table: aubergine calla lily shoots, our signature Window Box arrangements composed of aubergine callas, cymbidium circles in low rectangular vases, and moss balls accented with purple vanda orchids, floating atop silver pedestal holders.
Succulents and tea light candles are also strewn upon the table to create low standing focal points.
The use of these repeated compositions creates a cohesive design from end to end of each tablescape while at the same time creating a gorgeously distinctive look for your wedding.
Certainly, the lady in white will still be the main attraction of the evening, but ravishing backdrops like these will only make the affair that much more exquisite!
Today I stopped by Access Hollywood Live to share my Golden Globes red carpet predictions! It was great to chat with Kit about some of our favorite celebrities, including everyone from Natalie Portman to Sofia Vergara to Angelina Jolie. Here are a few behind the scenes shots...stay tuned for video and hello from sunny LA! – Jenn
All Dolled Up Getting miked!
Posing with the models
Red Carpet Predictions for the Golden Globes
Couture handbag designer Judith Leiber is best known for her signature crystal clutches and miniaudières, often in whimsical animal or fruit shapes. Each piece is a work of art. Literally. There are Judith Leiber pieces in The Smithsonian! We went behind the scenes with the brand to learn more about what’s new in 2011, why you need a little Fizzy in your life, and how your Smartphone plays into their designs.
What inspired your latest collection?
Judith Leiber Wedding, a collection of miniaudières and clutches, was inspired by the desire to capture the fantasy of that special day. The collection, which features not one, but two stunning wedding cakes, as well as lace- and flower- adorned satin clutches, also makes a nod at the tradition of “something blue” by incorporating a lining in the timeless shade of blue in all the bags.
What new concepts or materials did you introduce in the collections?
While we are an iconic brand and have a solid brand DNA, we are constantly working to move the brand forward. Recently, we have incorporated larger crystals, mother-of-pearl and pearls on our minaudieres. One of our popular styles, currently featured on Rent the Runway, is a patterned embossed leather clutch that resembles a metallic finish. We also went back to our heritage with the return of beautifully treated exotic skin bags. Last but not least, we are always thinking about the functionality of our bags and strive to develop bags that keep in mind the demands of the customer. A modern woman will not leave her home without a Blackberry or iPhone and our Design Team takes that into great consideration during the initial stages of design.
What is the process used to create these magnificent pieces?
The crystal miniaudières are truly a labor of love. Each piece is handcrafted by several artisans. First each minaudier is plated and hand-painted to reflect the final color or pattern. Lastly, an expert artisan applies each crystal by hand. Each novelty minaudier, such as the Wedding Cake can take up to 50 hours to complete from start to finish.
Which part of the design process do you like the best?
For us, a company that is 47 years old and has such a strong heritage it is still so exciting every season to see the new collection. When all the bags are displayed for the first time it never ceases to amaze us. It is truly incredible.
How is the Judith Leiber brand growing in 2011?
We are excited to start 2011! As Mary Gleason, Brand President explains “Our new direction has a modern appeal with a nod to Judith Leiber’s extraordinary legacy.” We are launching several new categories this month, including Judith Leiber Wedding, Judith Leiber fashion jewelry, and Judith Leiber Night, our new fragrance - the finishing touch.
If a girl was going to purchase her first Judith Leiber piece, what would you want it to be?
A Judith Leiber purchase tends to stem from emotion. One of our favorites - the red Heart miniaudièr evokes the romance every young woman desires to have. We also love our new Fizzy clutch, which is the “little sister” to the best-selling Ritz Fizz. This petite, timeless clutch, complete with a cross-body chain, embodies the youthful energy of a night out on the town.
One of the best shows to kick off awards season is the CCMA’s, airing January 14, at 9/8c on VH1! We wait in anticipation until that red carpet is rolled out and our favorite celebs dazzle us with their dresses. This year we’ve teamed up with VH1 to offer you a $100 gift card so you can get your dream red carpet look. All you have to do is sign up!
Here are some of our favorite looks from the years past and how you can rock them in your town. What do you think celebs will be wearing this year? Predict the red carpet fashion in comments!
It’s always refreshing to see celebs take a risk, and Angelina Jolie’s white head to toe look took our breath away. Try Brangelina’s white in Yigal Azrouel for your red carpet moment and leave them speechless.
Julianne Moore did red oh-so-right in this asymmetrical dress. You can get her look with the Alice Temperley Tiered Tulip Dress.
Kristin Chenoweth looked first class in this metallic must. Book your ticket to the A-List with the Angel Sanchez Stroke of Genius Dress.
At Cheree Berry, we want to make sure that you have the best stationery suite for your wedding needs. Here are our tips for getting the most out of your wedding
Send your stationer inspiration. As your wedding stationer, our job is to create a stationery suite for you that feels cohesive with your wedding day style. Don’t be shy in sending us inspiration! Photos of your dress, linens, florals, color scheme, and venue are always welcome and helpful during the design process.
Choose one stationer to handle all of your paper needs. With so many wedding stationers and online stationery websites out there, it can be tempting to want to bounce around between vendors for your wedding stationery. Choosing one stationer to take care of all your stationery needs will allow them to get to know your likes and dislikes throughout the design process. This will avoid your stationery having split personalities! Your set will look more cohesive if one company is designing all of the pieces throughout the planning process. Also, if you choose one stationer for all of your paper needs, do not be shy about asking for a quantity discount. We know how tough it can be to stick to a budget!
Keep your wording traditional. You can certainly have fun with the design of the invitation, but a good place to stick to tradition is in the wording. It will make your parents happy, won’t confuse your guests, and really who doesn’t love a little Emily Post sometimes? That being said, getting creative or smart with the copy specifically on the reply card is a great way to personalize your set. Bahamas wedding? How about saying “Yes, island bound!” or “Shipwrecked, can’t make it.” Your guests will love the fun copy when they are filling out the reply card.
Hand cancel your invitations. You have just spent a lot of money on your gorgeous wedding invitations so why let the post office run them through a machine? If your post office offers hand canceling, this is a great way to ensure your invites will travel gently through the mail. Hand canceling is when the post office stamps a seal over the postage as opposed to running the envelope through a machine. If you can convince your local post office to do this for you (candy usually works!), we highly recommend it.
Use an inner envelope. Many people think the practice of using inner envelopes with wedding invitations is outdated. However, the inner envelope is not a place to skimp for a couple of reasons. First, the inner envelope adds protection in the mail. After the amount of time (and money!) you spent on wedding invitations, you want to be sure they will still look beautiful by the time they reach your guests’ mailboxes. Second, the inner envelope lets you show off that fun envelope liner you picked out because remember, the inner envelope does not get sealed. Finally, the inner envelope is helpful to delineate if you are inviting someone with a guest or inviting children to the wedding. If you like the idea of an inner envelope but are not thrilled with the idea of formal calligraphy on it, try printing a fun phrase or graphic on the front instead.
Order thank you notes with your invitations. By the time you order your invitations, the gifts are probably already piling up. And the pile is only going to get higher! Ordering your thank you notes at the same time as your invitations is a great idea because usually there is a cost savings involved. The inks are already mixed and often, printers can print both the invitations and thank you notes together. Most stationers will offer a discount if you print these simultaneously so be sure to ask!
Dainty pearl-and-crystal jewelry will always feel aisle-appropriate. This timeless duo will look great with any gown silhouette and any shade of white.
Bows, flowers and other ultra-feminine details will play up your sweeter side. Or for something a bit more sophisticated, pop on a pair of button earrings. They’re the perfect mix of chic and charm.
Nothing says “risqué” like dangly earrings and lariat necklaces. Pair these glamorous accessories with a tousled updo and a slinky sheath.
Show off your individuality with pieces that exude a one-of-kind charm. You can’t wrong with costume jewelry that has a subtle vintage vibe.
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With the royal wedding date fast approaching (April 29th!), and details on everything from the invitations to the shoes coming to light, any bride-to-be has plenty of inspiration to take away from the big event. We’ve rounded up 5 chic ways to Kate Middleton-ify your wedding -- handsome prince not included.
1. Drapey Blue Engagement Dress
The cinched blue Issa London dress Kate wore to the official engagement press conference may be sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the look for your own engagement party or rehearsal dinner. Try this Catherine Malandrino Indigo Silk Bodice Dress ($75 rental, $450 retail).
It was recently revealed that Kate would be wearing flats down the aisle (one of her 4 shoe changes!), and we think this is a fabulous idea. Try the comfortable, princess-approved look for yourself with these Stuart Weitzman "Lastikon" Glitter Ballet Flats ($275).
3. Gilded Invitations
Kate and William chose engraved invitations with gold lettering and gilded edges. Replicate the luxe look at home with the Crane's thermography set (from $2.33) -- even if your guest list does not include world leaders.
4. Aspinal of London Clutch
Kate wore the Aspinal of London Eaton clutch ($409) to a wedding earlier this year. Give your wedding the royal treatment by having your bridesmaids carry the same style.
If you’re feeling regal, or want to take your black tie wedding up a notch, try a Kate Middleton-approved style from Philip Treacy. Feathers, netting and other adornment is “the more the merrier,” with these statement headpieces.
This week’s fashion news was all about new goals, new attitudes and new developments. Here is the latest on what’s fashionably “new” in the industry. What did we miss?
Badgely Mischka Opens on Rodeo Drive
Badgley Mischka has finally returned to Rodeo drive. The new space will feature two floors with the first housing all of their apparel collections and accessories , and the 2nd showcasing a bridal salon. Will you be stopping by? [WWD]
Halston Heritage 70’s Fragrance
Halston recently launched it’s 70’s inspired fragrance for men and women, Amber Man and Amber. They particularly focused on the design of the bottle, updating their 1975 version and making it special by dipping it in gold! [Styleist]
Joe Zee’s “All on the Line”
This week we got a sneak peek of Elle creative director Joe Zee’s new television show, All on the Line! The snippet got us excited for the new fashion TV shows that are in the pipeline for 2011. Joe gives advice to struggling fashion designers on how to improve their collections and ultimately their business. The show will be coming to a TV near you on the Sundance Channel in Spring. We can't wait. [Fashionologie]
Navy was a huge trend this season on the runway for bridesmaid dresses. This darker hue is a chic alternative to a traditional black dress and a color your bridesmaids will be able to wear again. These dresses are a perfect option for an evening affair or a fall/winter wedding.
To see a full slide show, and more bridesmaid fashion trends visit AisleDash.com.
This week brings my weekly photographers tip series, Booking Your Wedding Photographer: Tips Series by Christian Oth, to a close, where I have been sharing my best suggestions for booking your wedding photographer. With so many great options in wedding photography available to couples, it can be almost overwhelming to know how to find the best match. Following these tips will get you one step closer to getting great photographs that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come.
I have decided to close the tip series with a very important factor that will play into every decision you make throughout your wedding planning experience: the photographer’s personality.
Week 5: Personality
Do they fit with your personality? Think about it--this is a person that you will be spending a significant amount of time with, on a very important day. You should be able to trust your photographer to make you feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. You should ask yourself “Are they a positive person? Do I enjoy their company? If I met them casually, would I want to be friends with them?”. Without even realizing it, you will reflect your photographer’s energy back to the camera, so it’s important that your photographer’s personality is a good fit. Scheduling an engagement shoot is a great way to test this out before your big day, and it can serve as a practice run for shots you want to try.
Are they open to communication? Photographers are human beings too! We love to hear about your personal tastes and get creative feedback. If you saw a shot in a magazine that you would like to try, make sure to tell your photographer. We are always looking for new and interesting ideas, and most photographers welcome the chance to get to know your style even better.
Each year, New York Magazine releases it’s special weddings issue with everything the modern bride needs to know. This feature was all about accessorizing the same dress in four different ways. Simple Elegance, Modern Drama, Vintage Bohemia and Retro Glam were the looks to love. The Retro Glam look was dripping in Rent the Runway. Here we give you the details and baubles used to get the look.
A quartet of stylists demonstrate the transformative power of the right hair, makeup and accessories.
The Dress: J. Crew washed crepe Aveline dress, $750 at J. Crew Bridal, 769 Madison Ave., at 66th Street; 212-824-2500
The Look: Retro Glamour
Blaire Rabenhorst, stylist for the Rent the Runway’s newly launched bridal microsite, was angling for “modern Marie Antoinette” when piling on the baubles. “More is more in my eyes,” she says. “You remember an overstylized look, especially in photos.” Colon and Zamora drafted equally memorable hair and makeup- the former back-combing the roots and pulling the hair into a “glitzy and severe” side swept updo, the latter emphasizing the eyes with a Dior brow pencil and MAC faux lashes.
To get the look, you’ll need the Badgely Mischka Egyptian Sundial Earrings, RJ Graziano Dress Me Up Necklace, Rachel Leigh Crystal Fringe Necklace, Judith Leiber Dreamweaver Clutch and pile up the Ciner Old Hollywood Glamour Bracelets.
Thanks for submitting all of your photos last week! Seeing all of you ringing in the New Year in RTR was ah-mazing. This week there was a tie between Anna and her RTR lovin’ friends and Kate who let nothing stop her from celebrating the New Year!
It was too hard to choose between a perfectly dressed RTR trio and an RTR look complete with a cast… who knew you could look so good? Cheers to Anna and Kate for ringing in the New Year rental right and for being the glam squad of this week’s Style Awards! Happy New Year!
Have you worn RTR? Send your picture to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com to be next week’s winner!
Staying fit and getting green seem to be at the top of everyone’s resolutions. We are OBSESSED with the bikes on RepublicBike.com You can custom build your bike any which way you like from the silhouette of the frame to the color of the inner wheel. If you are planning on biking to work this spring, why not design it yourself? How would you design your bike?
This week we decided to bring the stylist advice straight to you. RTR stylist Justine walks you through her top five celeb styled red carpet looks.
The Golden Globes are just around the corner and as much I want to see who takes home the trophies this year, I have to admit I’m more interested in what they’ll be wearing when they hit the red carpet! As a stylist at RTR, I could easily dress all the front running ladies head to toe in RTR gowns and accessories. After all, we have to be prepared in case they call us up last minute, right?
These looks would be just as stunning at the annual viewing party you’re holding on the red carpet…of your living room. Check ‘em out and order quick - before Angie snags that Doo.ri gown you’ve had your eyes on! What’s your favorite look? -- Justine
Nominee 1: Angelina Jolie
Best Performance by an actress in a motion picture- Comedy or Musical for the Tourist
Nominee 2: Natalie Portman
Best Performance by an actress in a motion picture- Drama for Black Swan
I see Natalie Portman taking home the Golden Globe for Best Performance in this pale pink chiffon D&G gown and the Chandelier of Elegance earrings, playing on the whimsical theme of Black Swan’s ballet wardrobe and resembling her delicate white swan side.
Nominee 3: Michelle Williams
Best Performance by an actress in a motion picture- Drama for Blue Valentine
Nominee 4: Emma Stone
Best Performance by an actress in a motion picture- Comedy or Musical for Easy A
Nominee 5: Halle Berry
Best Performance by an actress in a motion picture- Drama for Frankie and Alice
Your wedding day…. You planned every facet. The place, the colors, the flowers, the seating, your dress and your jewelry of course! As one of the finishing touches wedding jewelry completes your look, accents your surroundings and will make you feel even more beautiful. If you plan on keeping your earrings for years to come you’ll need a little help. Choosing the right earring takes a little finesse and you should always keep a few things in mind; your dress, your own personal style, comfort and photographs. These are our best tips for choosing the right earring for your wedding day.
Tip 1: Necklace + Proportions
Dream of wearing an important necklace on your special day? Consider a stud earring; diamonds, pearls, or small clusters are all options. It’s classic and simple with enough of an impact to be noticed as they fashionably complement your necklace.
Tip 2: Seeking for Suites
You want it all- the earrings, the necklace, the bracelet and possibly the hairpiece? You should look for a short dangle off the ear. Often on a wire, drop earrings are a fashionable choice that plays to your own movement. Also, this type of earring is often used in jewelry suites. Typically matching earrings, necklace and bracelets, jewelry suites are a great option for the girl that wants it all.
Tip 3: Statement Piece
You will already be the center of attention on your day, but are you the type to usually command the room in red stilettos and bold accessories? You may need a statement earring. Large drop earrings are beautiful but they are not for everyone and photos won’t let you forget your selection. If it is for you, be mindful of how they photograph and how comfortable they are.
The best advice is to discover all of your options. It’s your day so choose something that makes you feel fabulous. And remember, when it’s all over it’s just the two of you and the memories of your day.
You’ve found the perfect dress for your walk down the aisle, now all you need is the perfect hairstyle. Stylist to the stars, Alec Kara of the Argyle Salon & Spa in West Hollywood, California, tells us his favorite ‘dos to compliment your dress for the big day.
Halter + Pin Up Style
With a halter dress, it’s best to keep the hair up and off the neck otherwise the look can become too busy. Having your hair swept up also accentuates the neck and torso. It’s very flattering for the female figure and what woman doesn’t want to look her best on her wedding day? A pinup style up-do with a soft wave is a perfect pair for this dress. Add some sparkle with a beautiful hairpin or two; instant glamour.
Cap Sleeve + Loose Curls
For a cap sleeved dress, try a teased, side swept hairstyle with big, loose curls. The hair will draw your eye to the bust line while still showing off the delicate cap sleeves.
Asymmetrical + Chignon
You want your hair to show off the style of your dress. With an asymmetrical neckline I suggest pulling the hair back into a low chignon. It’s classic and timeless. Let a few pieces in the front fall loosely or keep the hair tightly pulled back depending on your personal style.
Strapless + Waves
Soft, beachy waves are a favorite among brides these days. This hairstyle makes a woman feel sexy but not fussy. With a strapless dress, there is a lot of room to have fun with the hair and why not take advantage of this playful style? If you don’t have long locks but are dying for this ‘do, I suggest getting a few hair extensions to achieve the same look.
Last night the stars walked the red carpet for the People’s Choice Awards, kicking off award show season. The red carpet was a little disappointing, but we were interested to see how the Kardashian clan coordinated their looks. Here’s how to get the Kardashian’s looks- which one was your favorite?
Kylie and Khloe
Kim blinged out her look with a statement necklace. You can do the same in the Tracey Reese Neatly Polished Dress and Bling it On Necklace.
Kourtney and Kendall
Many of our local trendsetters came to our warehouse for the GILT City event on December 30 & 31 to try on and get glam for NYE. Attendees were able to rent our designer dresses and accessories and purchase clearance items and intimates on the spot. They also came in to and get their hair done by Arrojo Salon and their makeup ready by Lancôme for the complete look to ring in the New Year. Thanks to everyone who came out and keep checking back- we might be coming to a city near you! Here are some of our favorite highlights from the event posted in Sartorialist style. Would you come by? Tell us where we should host our next event in the comments! --Jenn and Jenny
After hours of breaking it down on the dance floor, people tend to get the munchies. No matter how well you’ve fed your guests during your reception, there is no doubt that by the end of the night they’ll be hungry for more. Dressed to the nines and weary from the electric slide, your guests will be famished, punchy and clueless of where to find a tasty bite that will power them safely home. Enter the Midnight Snack, brought to you by Mexicue.
After presenting the best of 2010 last week, we look to the future. This week Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine snags our Style Spotlight as the newest to watch. This fiery red head is incredible on stage and is gaining credibility in both the music and fashion worlds. Her 20’s Hollywood-turned-rocker-chic look is being splashed in every magazine and has made it’s way on our inspiration board. What do you think about Flo’s looks? Share with us in the comments!
Look 1: VintEdge
Flo casually walked down the red carpet in this edgy vintage look. We love the modern wedge and chain bag with the old school lace dress. Try her vint-edge look with this LaROK dress and Continuum Ring.
Look 2: Boudoir Babe
This corseted dress is a modern spin on a lingerie inspired pin up outfit. Remove the boa, garter belt and tights, add jewels and you are ready for the red carpet! Try this for your next event with the Peter Soronen Silver Glitz Corset Dress and Anton Heunis earrings.
Look 3: Quirky Queen
Inspector gadget bifocals and grandma’s tweed jacket? Sounds like a fashion faux-pas, but Flo makes it fresh and on trend. She wore this look to a Chanel fashion show… with flats! Talk about a statement. Make a statement yourself with the Milly Londoner Dress and jacket and CC Skye studs.
Look 4: Total Coolitude
This is Flo’s way of attending an after party- comfortable yet photo ready. We love the the white dress with socks + shoes combo! Try it yourself with the Halston Heritage Carrie Dress and Zelda Waltz Cluster Necklace for a layered chain look.
Now that the holidays have died down it’s time to rev up for the weddings you’ll be attending! What is too casual? Formal? How black tie is black tie? Whether you’ll be somewhere warm or somewhere that requires some layering, not to worry! Our stylists have got the answers for you.
Tip 1: Know your bride to be. If she’s a fashionista of sorts and the invitation reads “black tie,” prepare to wear a gown. If she’s low key and attire is semi-formal, take it down a notch. Just remember, it’s always better to be a bit over dressed than underdressed.
Tip 2: If you look in the mirror and feel you might be too informal, glam up your look with formal jewelry. A simple dress can have a transformation with the right jewels! Remember that you will be eating and dancing so make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing.
Tip 3: Get to know the venue. Find out more about where you will be celebrating with the couple so you know what to expect. If most of the partying will be outside, you might want to refrain from wearing a dress with a tail. If you will be inside, take a shawl just in case they blast the AC!
Here are some of our favorite winter wedding looks. What weddings will you toast to this winter? What will you be wearing? Share with us in the comments!
The ball has dropped and it is finally 2011! With the New Year come new resolutions and we have whittled down this list to our top three style resolutions of the year. What- you didn’t think that your style needed resolutions all on its own? Here are three ways to pump up the fashion this year. What are your style resolutions?
Color Me Pretty
Yes, it is cold outside, but that’s no excuse to only wear black and the occasional gray. Splash a bit of color into your wardrobe this winter with bold touches of bright. Style note- If Anna Wintour loves color, you should too! Start off with shades of purple and then work your way brighter. Here are some of our favorite ways to infuse color into a white winter while still looking season appropriate.
With the New Year comes new investment pieces. Don’t replace your favorite black bag with, well… a black bag. It’s hard to retire the things we love, so instead of desperately trying to find a replacement for something you never want to let go of invest in something a little less basic and make it your new staple. These are some of the investment pieces we have our eyes on in 2011.
Since you’ve gotten a head start this year on adding color to an all black season, be brave and take on mixing prints! It’s second nature to our fashionista stylists and is easy to master. A couple tips: a) Keep one print in a neutral color palette and go super bright with the other, b) stripes + floral is always a winning combo and c) if you only want to get your toes wet, try a patterned pair of tights and a patterned frock. Here are some winning combinations.
1 New Year, New Look
We're already embracing some of our style resolutions. First up, more color! Check out these bright party favorites that you can make a splash in this season.
2 Oprah's OWN
Oprah launched her new network on Saturday - have you been watching? Our stylist Emily likes All Access Pass to Season 25, while Lara's interested in Master Class...what's your favorite?
Just add water - the best party idea ever!
4 West Village Brunch
Anushka enjoyed an omelette at AOC, while Lara devoured the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern. Where did you nurse your hangover?
5 More Milly
One of our favorites just announced they'll be opening a stand-alone shop on Madison Avenue later this year. More Milly - yippee!
They provided hair services for our GILT City event and the ladies were looking New Year ready. Not only did they use products from their eponymous product line but we were lucky to have them come by- their coveted appointment book fills quickly. Call 212.242.7786 to book your appointment soon!
7 The Moron Test App
You will thank us. Your boss will not. Completely addicting and utterly amazing. Download immediately.
8 Ski Trips
The RTR team has been skiing across the country. Erica enjoyed Vermont while Jenn's off in Aspen. Happy trails!
9 King's Speech
10 RTR Campus Couture
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean there aren’t more parties and events to attend. This is how we will be wearing Rent the Runway in January. Where will you be wearing RTR this month? Share with us in the comments! -- Jenn & Jenny
1/3: Romantic dinner in Aspen- snuggle up in the cold!
1/8: Night out in L.A.- can I still handle the clubs?
1/10: Access Hollywood- need to stand out next to Billy Bush
1/27: Fashion Rising Star Awards- fingers crossed for RTR!
1/1: New Year’s brunch- start the New Year off in style
1/8: Apres Ski- cocktail hour on the slopes
1/16: Golden Globes party- my alternate life as a movie star!
1/27: Fashion Rising Star Awards- go Rent the Runway!
This past weekend we rang in the new year - RTR style. Take a look at how the women of our office rocked out in RTR as the ball dropped. Tell us which ones your favorite in the comments!
Plus, want to show off your own NYE look? Send pictures of yourself in RTR to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com and we'll post it on our blog in this week's style awards.
Jenny rung in the New Year in metallics and ruffles in this Camilla and Marc dress.
Ashley and her mom were wearing RTR at the Harvard Club. Snag their black tie look with the Forget Me Not Dress and Antique Cascading Crystal Necklace (left) and Chris Benz Life of the Party Gown and Champagne and Chains Necklace.
AJ, our PR Director extraordinaire in the middle was wearing one of our faves- the Robert Rodriguez Collection Purple Explosion Dress.
Erica (left) and her friend both wore RTR to a NYE wedding. Get Erica’s look in the Rebecca Taylor Meteor Shower Gown and the Silver Etienne Necklace and check out her accomplice in the Catwalk Dress.