Kristen Stewart has come a long way in cinema and style since her breakout role in the first Twilight film. We love how she's transitioned into more feminine ensembles, juxtaposing her rebellious, tomboyish persona. When she's not walking the red carpet for the plethora of Twilight premieres, you can catch her spending time with her on and off screen love Robert Pattinson. She no doubt dresses to impress and we give her props for her fashion forwardness!
Kristen's fair complexion is stunning against this violet J. Mendel dress that she wore for the premiere of Twilight Breaking Dawn. Get the same effect with this gorgeous, form flattering Robert Rodriguez Black Label gown. The rich color is just enough so keep your hair elegant and opt for statement earrings.
Showing off her girly side, Kristen sports a gold sequin mini. We love this molten metallic number from Robert Rodriguez that will sparkle every time it hits the light. Kristen's soft ways and smokey eyes are perfect accessories to offset the boldness of the dress.
While Kristen mostly stays conservative, she rocks this strapless mini with confidence. We love the gold and silver combo (or Rachel Zoe's favorite gilver) and her slicked back hair draws the perfect amount of attention to her neckline. Try this LaRok piece to have the spotlight on you all night long. Pair with black peep toe pumps like Kristen and you're ready to hit the town!
What may have been considered a fashion don’t and regret of many of the 80’s is back and we’re not feeling sorry about it! Blue shadow may seem a bit daring at first sight but this color is surprisingly flattering on a wide range of complexions, and may just be the oomph you need in your cosmetic bag!
We love our Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Midnight Rush because it gives us total freedom to play. The five shadows are beautifully paired for the perfect smokey eye in one easy to use compact. Within the compact you have your classic charcoal and silver, a white shadow for instant brightening and a stunning black for liner in addition to the bold blue.
To get a look right from the runway, wet an angled eye-liner brush into the blue shadow to glide across your lower lash lines. The color will instantly pop and add the wow factor you want to any standard smokey eye.
Since this compact calls for dramatic eyes be sure to keep the rest of your face fresh with a simple nude gloss like Lancome's Juicy Tube Lip Gloss in Hallucination.
How will you wear this blue hue?
In the latest installment of Jenn's Fashionpreneur column on Fashionista.com, she talks about the best and worst pieces of advice she's received as an entrepreneur.
Rule number one of entrepreneurship is that the second you tell someone that you are thinking about starting a company, the floodgates of advice will open. Suddenly, friends, distant relatives and colleagues will frame themselves as experts on just about anything to create the opportunity to give you their opinion. This all stems from rule number one about people which is that they love to hear themselves talk (in fact, in any negotiation or interview, the person that speaks most believes that she has the upper hand). Since I had the idea for Rent the Runway nearly three years ago, my co-founder Jenny Fleiss and I have solicited and received lots of advice. The trick is the ability to decipher good advice from bad. So, in the efforts of saving all of you the trouble, I thought it best to list some of the very best and very worst advice I’ve received.
Find a partner. Starting a company is really, really hard. Not just from a workload or execution standpoint, but the emotional roller coaster is intense. Thank god that since day one, I have had an incredible partner to share the lows and incredible highs with. The day we launched (Nov 9, 2009), Rent the Runway was covered on the front page of the business section of the New York Times, an incredibly surprising and exciting moment. But, by far, the very best moment of that day was hugging, screaming and jumping up and down with Jenny when we came into the office. Every experience is better when it is shared!
Get your nails done. Yes, seriously! I was at a very important designer brand which shall forever
remain nameless, and the head of the brand pulled me aside after the meeting and said: “Jenn, I know you’re new to this industry so I want to tell you something very important. Your nails are RUDE and inappropriate.” (My three-day old manicure had a few chips). At first I was floored–like for real, the leader of one of the most prestigious brands ever is that superficial and has that little to do than to comment on my manicure?! But upon further reflection, I recognized and learned the lesson here: Know your audience and know your industry. The fashion industry is one where its leaders care a great deal for their personal brand – the clothes and makeup they use to present themselves to the world. If I’m going to play in their space, I have to play by their rules and respect what makes this industry fun, unique and slightly crazy :)
Sleep. One of my investors from Kleiner Perkins, Juliet de Baubigny, begins every conversation with me by asking how much sleep I got the night before. Not only is sleep important to stay healthy (and oh yes, to stay awake during intense days in the office) but the larger point is, create space for yourself to clear your mind. Some of my best ideas for how to grow Rent the Runway come when I’m not even thinking about the business – I may be at dinner with my boyfriend or at Physique or dreaming. Make time to sleep (and have a life) and the great ideas will come.
Do not enter an industry where you have no experience. I believe that it is because Jenny and I didn’t have experience in the fashion industry that we’ve been able to rethink some fundamental assumptions about the way it works and create an entirely new category of rental. Coming from outside the industry gives you a certain degree of naivety that enables you to blindly reach for the stars. A few months after we had the idea for Rent the Runway, we were introduced to Andrew Rosen. At the time, we had little idea who he was, how Mr. Rosen almost single handedly has transformed contemporary fashion and how many brands he directs. Had we known this, we might have been too scared to take the meeting or pitch him our idea. Naivety led to a better meeting where Andrew gave us the idea for our stylist team who could educate our younger customers on what to wear to every occasion.
Write a business plan. This one is the stupidest of them all. There is no reason to write a business plan – EVER! Strategizing for months is a complete waste of time and will likely give competitors ample time to start whatever you thought was such a genius idea and beat you to the punch. The better strategy is to just go for it, make mistakes, analyze quickly and make the appropriate changes. You can learn a lot more from buying dresses at retail, running trunk shows on college campuses and testing whether women will rent dresses (they did!) than by ‘brainstorming’ or ‘market sizing’. Professors at Harvard Business School call this the minimum viable product approach. I just call it smart and way more fun.
You’ll find the best talent when you hire a recruiter and look beyond your own network. When I look at the amazing team at Rent the Runway, I am absolutely amazed by how many of our very best people came through connections (albeit, some of them quite loose). For example, we met our Vice President of Brand Marketing Lara Crystal through a woman who I had interned with the summer before at McKinsey. People from your broader network are often pre-vetted and may exhibit more passion for your concept because they also feel a deeper connection to you personally. If you’re starting a business, start first with people you trust. You’re going to spending a huge amount of time with your team so select people who speak the same language as you (figuratively, but I guess literally too!).
1 Cyber Monday Extended!
We want to make sure that everyone can take advantage of our amazing Cyber Monday promotion, so we've extended it through Tuesday! Get 20% off any rental and if you spend $200 or more, we'll give you a $50 gift card to RTR! Treat yourself...tis the season for looking great!
Katie tried out a few recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook, My Father's Daughter, and couldn't believe how easy but fresh and delicious they were. She recommends the duck ragu and almond cookies...to die for! (Not to mention the gorgeous pictures of Gwyneth and her family!)
Blaire went to support her alma mater, LSU, in their game against Arkansas while home in Baton Rouge. LSU won (12-0) and is now off to the SEC Championship. She got her fix for all the best Louisiana has to offer, most importantly family, friends, and Cajun food!
As much as we love all things digital, nothing beats a beautiful card sent by way of snail mail. We love Minted.com, one of our fav fellow startups, where you can personalize beautiful stationary and holiday cards. They collaborate with some of the best independent graphic designers to deliver impeccable quality and products. Brooke used them for her holiday cards this season and they turned out fantastic!
5 Brooklyn Brewery
Katy loves the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, where you can taste all of their beers and get a tour of the factory. They also have happy hour and events all throughout the week - great having a local brewery!
Many of us grew up watching The Muppets and even the fashion industry has been looking forward to the franchise refresh. We can't wait to catch Kermit and Miss Piggy on the big screen again!
Those of us who reside downtown are thrilled that Ed's Lobster Bar has opened an annex in the Lower East Side. Located on Clinton, the most recent franchise boasts signature specials like lobster meatballs and mini lobster pizzas. Yum!
We love Stamped, a new iPhone app launched by a stellar team from Google where you 'stamp' your favorite restaurants, books, movies and more and your friends can follow your taste. Since most of us are the designated fashion gurus in our groups of friends and constantly being consulted, this is a perfect sharing platform. What better way to get and give recommendations than from the people you trust!
We love that you can now buy water taxi tickets that include a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. The ride consists of a scenic trip complete with tour guide from West 44th Street all the way to Dumbo in Brooklyn, making stops at the 9/11 Memorial and South Street Seaport. This is a great way for visitors to see the city and an important landmark.
We can't imagine a better musical combination, really. Check out this video of Florence and the Machine covering Drake feat. Rihanna "Take Care".
Congrats to this week's Style Awards winner, Priscilla! She stunned in the Badgley Mischka Green with Envy gown at her parent's 25th wedding anniversary and said she'd never felt prettier. We love how she accessorized with a bright statement necklace and the emerald colored gown is super flattering on her figure.
It's no secret that the Middleton sisters love Alice Temperley's flattering designs and who can forget the one-of-a-kind gown Pippa donned to the Royal Wedding. She attended the Boodles Boxing Ball in London a few weeks ago and looked stunning in a red version of the Temperley London Rosette Charm Gown. The plunging neckline helps elongate her petite frame and the color complements her skin tone beautifully. The champagne colored version is equally as stunning and perfect for any black tie or formal event this winter. Take a style cue from Pippa and steal the spotlight at your next event!
Lately, when it comes to style Taylor Swift truly sparkles in the spotlight. In sequins or stunning red, her signature look is Fearless and fashion forward. Take a cue from Taylor’s wardrobe, and top the charts at your next event!
Taylor Swift took home the prize for The Artist of the Year and best dressed in our book in this sequin-covered spectacle at the 2011 American Music Awards. Her super straight locks and simple makeup add a fairytale finish to her look. We love the Badgley Mischka Gold Glitterati Gown to satisfy any fashionista’s sparkle fetish.
We love Taylor in an enchanting red minidress. Bare some shoulder and get her feminine mystique with this Yigal Azrouel Wildfire Dress – and don’t forget red lips of course!
Taylor’s take on the LBD: make it sparkle! The star stunned in a Mark & James by Badgley Mischka dress, with a sweetheart neckline and her signature sequins for extra glam points. The fitted bodice and asymmetric hemline of the Take a Twirl Dress are sure to make heads turn!
1 RTR 2nd Anniversary Party
RTR turned 2 on November 9th, and we celebrated this past weekend in style. We gathered our nearest and dearest and headed over to the Culture Club for an 80's themed extravanganza DJ-ed by none other than Glamour editor Rajni Jacques. Happy Birthday to us!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for you, our wonderful customers. There is nothing better than seeing pictures of you looking gorgeous and having a blast in RTR!
Design Your Own Burberry Jacket
The iconic Burberry jacket is now customizable - and we can't get over the number of insanely chic combinations. You can choose everything from the fabric and color to the buttons and hardware. This is definitely going on our wishlist this holiday season!
We love these simple but adorable Thanksgiving themed treats. One part Oreo, one part Nutter Butter, and a few parts candy corn! Perfect for a last minute fun activity this Holiday weekend.
5 Music For Tomorrow
Starting in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina, Music for Tomorrow helps musicians get gigs. We love it because it is an easy way to book an awesome band for your holiday party at a price that works for you while supporting independent musicians. Chondita is particularly smitten with Jonathan Batiste and his band, which had the crowd going crazy with its jazzifies version of Lady Gaga.
Echoing our 80s theme from Saturday night, Erica and Derek both came dressed in neon yellow sweaters this morning.
Bergdorfs has released a preview of their Holiday video, Unleashed, and we are are counting down the days till we can catch the full video of these cute canines taking over the department store!
Sweaters are a great way to stay warm this winter, especially in chilly offices, but why not stay stylish too? Brooke loves this comfy and cute sweater from J.Crew.
Katie adores these Holiday themed drinks with mini wreaths on each bottle. Try a cranberry infused cocktail or spiced cider for festive libations!
Alissa went to a friend's birthday party on Sunday and had to snap a pic of this gorgeous (and gluten-free) cake!
This week's style awards winner, Amy, looks absolutely stunning in the Herve Leger Gunmetal Bandage Dress. Her hot pink nails and sun kissed skin were perfect accessories to celebrate her birthday night in Miami. Congrats!
Vera Wang LOVE Collection
Wedding whiz Vera Wang unveils the newest addition to her bridal fashion empire with a diamond engagement and wedding ring collaboration. The LOVE collection, sold at Zales, features stunning styles for every breed of bride-to-be. If you’re not ready to put a ring on it, score Wang’s contemporary elegance on RTR! [Fashionista]
Holiday Windows Arrive!
Nothing announces the arrival of the Holidays more than the infamous NYC window displays. A few of our favorites to check out this season: Radio City Christmas Spectacular inspired Henri Bendel wonderland scenes, Bloomingdale’s brings past shopping bags to life with holiday cheer, and Lord & Taylor features intricate mechanical figures. Which windows put you in the holiday spirit? [NYMag]
Congrats to Alice Temperley
London-based designer Alice Temperley has officially made her mark stateside after being crowned Designer of the Year at the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards this week. Known for outfitting British beauties Kate and Pippa Middleton, Temperley’s designs embody the classic UK spirit. Get royal style with Alice by Temperley on RTR. [Daily Mail]
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend quickly approaching not only means family, friends, amazing food and a ridiculous amount of shopping (Cyber Monday, anyone?) we have some dresses you will be sure to be thankful for!
How to choose you ask? We have some fun suggestions for what to wear for an evening out with friends, Thanksgiving dinner, and Saturday night on the town.
For an evening out with friends, we are loving high impact metallics and cutouts. This Z Spoke Zac Posen dress features a subtle keyhole for an edgy accent. Pair with gold accessories and a smokey eye for a glam night out on the town!
We love these day-to-night dresses that are perfect for family gatherings and will be adored by your mom. Pair will some opaque black tights and patent leather heels for a more dressy look.
Ready to wow those former classmates? This super sexy Cut 25 dress paired with a CC Skye bracelet and Lauren Merkin clutch are sure to do the trick. Add sky-high platforms and a statement Lancome lip and you'll be sure to have your former flame in awe.
We are totally obsessed and inspired by Beyonce's latest video, "I Was Here". The notoriously private star gives us a look into her rise to fame and those nearest and dearest to her (not to mention...the gorgeous wedding dress that her mom designed!). From performing at President Obama's inauguration to serenading a child onstage, she has made such a positive impact with her talent and we can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for B.
Go regal in green and gold with today's Complete Look. We love the floral metallic lace and gold accents on this Radenroro Golden Leaf Teacup Dress that are right on trend. Enhance your glitzy look with Badgley Mischka fourteen karat gold earrings that are adorned by Swarovski crystals and glass stones, and a bold AV Max bangle. This look is perfect for date night or a holiday dinner party and will have you feeling festively flirty all night!
Despite new media trends that are changing the way we get our daily dose of fashion news – the fashion magazine is one accessory that will never go out of style! Nothing beats the anticipation of receiving next month’s issue and the excitement of browsing the glossy pages showcasing the latest and greatest in cultured couture. Find inspiration from our favorite covers this month and get cover girl style courtesy of RTR!
Rooney Mara, Vogue November
With a December 21st movie release on the horizon, and an H&M Collection in the works, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has inspired a wave of fiercely feminine fashion. Mara Rooney embodies this hard-as-nails female persona with a wardrobe full of leather and spikes. Lace adds a feminine touch to the look and we love this bold Elie Tahari Gold Infused Sheath.
Jessica Biel, Elle December
Winter neutral done to perfection on Jessica Biel in a figure-hugging Donna Karan tank dress. Paired with smoky eyes and embellished jewels, we love Biel’s fashion forward confidence. Look sultry in this form fitting and seductive shade and try the Yigal Azrouel Saturn White Whirlwind Dress.
Charlize Theron, Vogue December
Charlize Theron emerges from the ocean in a wet silver Calvin Klein Collection dress, glittering in glam on the cover of Vogue December. Wear her cool style on dry land with this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Metallic Rain Dress.
Cheryl Cole, InStyle UK
Who says men are the only ones who can flaunt the sexy elegance of the tuxedo? Cheryl Cole radiates femininity in menswear inspired threads. Get out your white gloves and embrace this trend in the Moschino Cheap and Chic Tuxedo Dress for an instantly classic ensemble.
As the newly dubbed savviest sibling duo in Vogue’s Best Dressed, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s distinctive looks always inspire a double take. Never afraid to make a bold fashion statement, we look to MK and Ashley’s instinctual ensembles for the latest trends to try!
Whether you want to sparkle like Mary Kate in a glamorous gold hue, or show a little skin like Ashley, make your mark in one of these party perfect dresses. We love the head-to-toe golden glow of this Halston Heritage Golden Draped Gown. And while this Opening Ceremony Cut Out Dress was not custom made by Diane Von Furstenberg like Ashley’s, we can’t wait to try it out!
Mary Kate looks put together without her other half in a vintage Halston Heritage dress, complete with Christian Louboutin pointed pumps. Steal her style with the Halston Heritage Studio 54 Statement Dress on RTR!
The Olsen twins wowed in white at the 7th on Sale gala this past week. Ashley looked super sleek in a Calvin Klein floor length frock with cut out details, while Mary Kate amped up her minidress with towering platform heels. Whose style suits you? For the glamour goddess try the Yigal Azrouel’s Open Back Gown. If flirty fashionista is more your forte, pair this edgy Yigal Azrouel Keyhole Cold Sholder Dress with your highest heels for your next night out!
Mary Kate makes a colorful statement in a green gown, red lips, and fur wrap. Rock this Badgley Mischka Green with Envy Gown for an easy fit and instant star style.
Introducing…Wedding Wednesdays! Each Wednesday we’ll be featuring a different wedding trend from Kleinfeld Bridal, New York’s premiere designer gown destination.
The dress is easily one of the biggest decisions to be made when planning a wedding and it can be hard to choose between a classic or modern style. We found a few Kleinfeld dresses that combine traditional and modern elements beautifully. The Modern Traditionalist bridal trend is great for brides that want to incorporate trends while still maintaining that timeless look.
This Dennis Basso long sleeve gown is hand beaded and features an embroidered illusion bodice. The natural waist line keeps the focus on the beautiful detail of the lace and simple lines that the tulle skirt creates. The bodice can be lined for those who want to leave a little more to the imagination, or kept sheer for the full effect. This style is perfect for the princess bride who also wants to feel sexy on her big day. Get the laced look for your bridal shower too with this Shoshanna Blush Wedding Lace Dress. Sexy and sophisticated, the Nicole Miller All Laced Up Dress will ensure a good night with friends at your bachelorette party!
This Pnina Tornai dress combines a traditional sweetheart neckline and full a-line skirt with a modern deep-v and feathers. The jeweled bodice and skirt are accented with feathers and crystals, a huge trend in bridal right now. Fashion forward brides will love this style for its fresh perspective on the sweetheart neckline and a-line skirt. For your bridal shower, wear this Cushnie Et Ochs My Boyfriend Dress for a chic update to the classic strapless dress. To keep the Modern Traditionalist trend going throughout your wedding celebration too, wear this Carlos Miele Ivory Frosting Petal Dress for your rehearsal dinner.
This Pnina Tornai gown is a great alternative to strapless as it shows off the boned corset with a sheer mid-section. The fun and flirty skirt has dimension and softness to create a modern princess look. We love the jeweled illusion bodice and the jeweled straps add extra sparkle for this bride. To try this trend for your bridal shower, try the Lela Rose Ivory Ombre Dress. If you love the jeweled detail of this Pnina Tornai gown, rent the Badgley Mischka Nude Sequin Cluster Sheath that will have you sparkling for your Bachelorette or rehearsal dinner.
This Pnina Tornai ivory silk satin organza gown has a drop waist a-line with three dimensional hand rolled detail. The modern twist on a traditional dropped waist a-line is a total show stopper. We love how the dimension is draped by hand and molded into a gorgeous floral motif. The bolero, which is detachable and sold separately, offers two looks in one for this bride. If you love the 3-D effect of this gown, rent the Tibi Odetta Cloud Dress for your bridal shower for a modern update to a classic, elegant style. For a twist of intrigue, try this Robert Rodriguez Black Label One-Shouldered Dress for your rehearsal dinner.
On Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother, Robin (played by actress Colbie Smulders) sported this festive Yigal Azrouel wrap dress to a company Holiday party. The episode centered around Robin and Barney potentially rekindling an old flame, and we can't blame him for being drawn to her in this irresistibly chic dress. Robin strayed away from her signature laid back style with sideswept curls and sky high heels. We love this new look on her and can't wait to see what she wears for New Year's!
Today's Complete Look is perfect for any event where you want to wow the crowd. This red hot sweetheart sheath by Zac Posen will have you looking sensational and festive this holiday season. Pair with a showstopping Nicole Miller necklace and Kate Spade gold clutch to spice it up. Slip into those sky high heels and you're ready to hit the town!
We know you are eagerly awaiting to sport a sequined metallic dress this season (who can blame you) but what better way to get in the spirit right now than with your manicure?
We are loving this metallic trend right now in dresses, but now that this look has migrated to nails we are obsessed! The Golden Sparkle Le Vernis Nail Polish by Lancome adds the perfect touch of elegance to any outfit. This color is a great way to ease into the trend because it looks so amazing on a variety of skintones; just think of it as a neutral with an edge!
This is Lancome’s most technically-advanced nail polish. Your fingertips and toes will love the boost of color and lasting shine that stays put for up to seven days! The latest soft-sculpt brush embraces the shape of each nail for perfectly even coverage in one coat with no clumps.
Another fun fact? The polish has Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM) in it which is a naturally occurring substance known for its diverse health benefits, including support of healthy nails. It not only boosts production of keratin but its Shield Plasticizers make nails much stronger and more flexible. Oh, did we mention chip-free for seven days? Love!
Are you ready to add golden sparkle and shine to your next mani-pedi?
1 RTR Moments: Give Your Review a Photo Finish
Now you can share your photo and the details of your amazing night with our new and improved reviews.
"My boyfriend wants to go buy the dress because he loved it so much."- Tina, Baton Rouge
Gotham Girls take 1st!
Congrats to the NYC Gotham Girls, and our own Jeannice, who placed 1st at the Roller Derby Championship in Colorado this past weekend. They are the first team to take the title twice, and we won't be surprised if they three-peat next year!
The Fanning Sisters Cover W Magazine
This fashionable duo has had quite the week in magazine coverage. First a spread in Vogue's latest Best Dressed edition, and now a cover for W! We swoon over their gold lace ensembles and beautiful blonde locks.
Lauren loves the designer influence of Hotel Missoni located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rosita Missoni brought the hotel decor to life with the brand's signature zig zags and colorful prints.
5 De Santos
Katie attended a friend's birthday dinner at West Village spot De Santos. Located in a brownstone, the restaurant has a homey vibe and sports a backyard patio for outdoor dining.
The savvy Penn MBAs of the Wharton Graduate Retail Club launched a fashion blog last week, aptly named The Whartorialist. We are already addicted to following the street style of these stylish students.
AJ loves this quaint Long Island inn for delicious brunch and a nice escape from the city. Only a short train ride away, you'll feel like you're in the English countryside in no time.
Mallory keeps her puppy warm with this adorable puffy coat. Cute canines need protection from the cold weather too!
Derek loves Taka Taka Mexican Sushi and Japenese Tacos where they serve food via a conveyor belt! This Soho spot does fusion cuisine right.
Christian Louboutin is known for his crazy shoe designs, and we have to admit we are loving these paw inspired ones. Spotted on Sarah Jessica Parker and Blake Lively, these crazy kicks will set you back about $4,995.
Congrats to this week's Style Awards winner, Ally! She wore this Ali Ro Ruffle Cascade dress and paired it perfectly with a statement teal necklace. Facebook Fans loved her shoes and thought she put together the complete outfit impeccably.
Nicole Richie Named Influencer of the Year
Congrats to trendsetter Nicole Richie who was crowned Style Influencer of the Year at the Accessories Council ACE Awards this week! Richie’s signature style is an eclectic combination of California girl cool and red carpet radiance. Be the influencer of all your friends with a piece from her House of Harlow 1960 collection on RTR! [Racked]
Alice + Olivia Christmas Video
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time has come to embrace the holiday season and what better way to get in the spirit than with Alice + Olivia’s recently released Christmas video. The Santa Baby serenade and decked out dresses will inspire your holiday party outfit wish list. Start planning and indulge in your holiday look with an Alice + Olivia dress today! [Lucky Mag]
Nanette Lepore Spring/Summer 2012 in London
Across the pond, Nanette Lepore gave another glimpse into her electrifying Spring 2012 collection and we can’t stop raving about it. The shockingly bright neon palette mixed with the ultra classic details accustomed to Nanette Lepore’s style, evokes a dance party meets Sunday brunch vibe. [MyDaily]
We are completely obsessed with the cover of Vogue's latest Best Dressed, which hits newsstands today. The special edition focuses on stylish sister duos such as the Olsen twins, Kate and Pippa Middleton, Elle and Dakota Fanning, and Beyonce and Solange Knowles. Mary Kate and Ashley look flawless in lace and we love their bronzed, smokey eye look. We can't believe neither of them has been on a Vogue magazine cover, perhaps on the horizon for 2012?
Today's complete look highlights one of our favorite color combinations: black and gold. Complement the beautiful texture of this Adam metallic foil sheath with this champagne colored Judith Lieber clutch and Badgley Mischka black crystal earrings. This pairing is perfect for New Year's Eve, girl's night out, a birthday party, or holiday gathering.
In the latest installment of Jenn's Fashionpreneur column on Fashionista.com, she gives the dish on how to interview people and what's most important to look for.
A few months ago I read a post from Ben Lerer, the CEO of Thrillist that fundamentally changed how I interview. If you’re too lazy to read it, here’s a summary: when Ben started his now very successful company, he was too easy on candidates and hired anyone who showed enthusiasm for Thrillist. As a young leader, Ben lacked confidence for why someone would want to risk it all and work for him. Since then, he’s done a 180 and looks for people who are willing to sacrifice to be on his team.
As CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway, I often find myself in the position of interviewer, and it is a role I take very seriously. I never imagined two years ago when starting Rent the Runway that the vast majority of my time would be spent on recruiting talent, inspiring and coaching our team and creating a culture that our team is proud of. But now it makes sense. 100% of Rent the Runway’s success thus far is due to the incredible team we have; the right talent can transform a company from good to great, and can change a job into a family. My goal when we launched Rent the Runway was to create an environment that made me want to get out of bed in the morning a little quicker. It is so important to me that every single person on our team feel like a founder of Rent the Runway and LOVE their time here–which is why interviewing is so important. Not everyone is going to blend with Rent the Runway’s culture and not everyone will exhibit the values that make Rent the Runway an amazing place to work. While it is important to modify your interview tactics to the environment in which you work, here are some guidelines I have followed in building the team at Rent the Runway.
• Look for “an appreciation chip.” Sure, maybe it’s simplistic, but I believe there are two types of people that walk this planet: people that are negative and complain about the circumstances of their life and others who appreciate what the world has given them and view every single day as an opportunity to be happy and positive. Now listen up: this is not a Pollyanna philosophy. Having dealt with many difficult situations in my own life and family from cancer to autism, I understand that life (and work) is hard. The type of person that I’m looking for at Rent the Runway is one that can look at all the things that have happened to them in their life and consider themselves lucky; they appreciate their relationships, their family, their time working with incredible people, and they take time to have fun and enjoy. Appreciative people bring positivity to every interaction–a quality that is critical at a start-up. Imagine how little Rent the Runway would have accomplished thus far if everyone was always focused on what we can’t do instead of what we can. I ask every candidate I meet “How lucky do you consider yourself to be?” and then I listen to how they talk about their own life. Their answer is more important than ANY relevant business experience they may have.
• Culture over experience. While a candidate’s education and previous job experience is certainly important, being smart and capable is pre-requisite to getting in the door. Once you’ve cleared up whether someone can do the job, it’s critical to assess how they will do the job. How will they play with others? Will they make the people around them better and the culture richer? I pay a lot of attention in interviews to the candidate’s personality and if they will fit in with the unique culture of Rent the Runway (dream big, be scrappy, learn from mistakes). Unfortunately, I haven’t always followed my own rules and it has come back to bite me hard. Six months after launch, I hired a VP who was great on paper and in the interview room–she had the right Ivy League education and prestigious company background. However, when she started, she began to treat the members of her team horribly, often berating them (and influencing some of them to leave). After I let her go, I realized how one bad egg has the power to spread poison into your environment and demotivate people who would have otherwise given their hearts and souls to the company. I look for Rent the Runway’s values via candidates’ answers to questions, their body language, tone of voice and through thorough reference checks I will conduct post-interview.
• And back to Ben (Lerer)–Don’t sell (as much as you normally would). As a sales and marketing aficionado, it’s my first instinct to sell, sell, sell and use every superlative in the book for why Rent the Runway is amazing. But, that’s not my whole job as interviewer and often my selling can occupy a lot of the airtime that would otherwise be used to get to know the candidate. A candidate is responsible for consistently communicating why they are dying to work at your company, and how they are going to make Rent the Runway an even more amazing place to work. Just as I tell my girl friends not to settle for a relationship with any man who will date them, I often remind myself that there will be a lot of frogs you need to interview before you find your prince (or princess) charming.
Whether Emma Stone is wowing the red carpet with her bombshell blonde locks, or rocking her ravishing natural red, one thing is for sure – this Superbad star has a fashion sense that is super good! And with movies co-staring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn on the horizon, this it-girl is making heads turn onscreen and off.
What happens when you combine two of the seasons hottest trends? You get a metallic stripe dress that is both classy and sassy! Capture Emma’s look and wandering eyes in this Theory Sequin Stripe Dress.
Emma radiates effortless chic in this bold blue sheath. Take a page out of her book and earn an Easy A in style with this Tibi Orange Crush Sheath for a classic look with a punch of color.
Emma looks like a Grecian goddess in a Lavin floor-sweeping gown. The dress gets a little Help from a long gold necklace and vintage inspired chain clutch – creating the perfect balance of edge and femininity. Channel your inner goddess in this Alberta Ferretti Gown for a distinctively cool ensemble.
With the holidays approaching, we can’t wait to get decked out in sequins and sparkle for the festivities! Rock this Spiderman star's superhero style in the Adam Black and Gold Foil Sheath for your next big night out.
This week on Gossip Girl, Serena showed off her classy, sophisticated side in this blue Preen dress. We've been loving her fashion choices as of late and this Preen dress highlights her blonde hair/blue eyed coloring wonderfully. Work this body conscious style for your next cocktail party or holiday event!
Roksanda Ilincic has had quite the year dressing everyone from Keira Knightly and Penelope Cruz to Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama. We love the simple, classic lines of her pieces that drape and tuck in all the right places. Her silhouettes are flattering on a multitude of body types and if it's good enough for royalty, it's good enough for us!
Her dresses are perfect for any formal event or wedding this fall and winter. The simple, elegant draping is timeless and will have you feeling comfortable and confident the whole night!
Not your typical cat-eye, the graphic eye-liner trend is being seen all over the runway, and we can’t get enough of it! It may seem a bit intimidating at first to switch up your eyeliner routine, but we’re loving the double lines the models wore at the Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 show. Sultry and sleek, these models had the cool-girl flare we all want to achieve – and great news, with our Lancome liner you can too!
Your best friend to achieve this look is our Lancome ArtLiner Eyeliner in black. What's amazing about this eyeliner is how superfine the tip is and easy to control. Now here's the fun part, take your favorite smokey eyeshadow and add another layer under your brow bone leaving space between your winged line for an instant update!
Next, add a dab of our Juicy Tubes Lipgloss in Hallucination to your lips to give the perfect neutral sheen you need without competing with your killer revamped cat-eye.
To complete this smoldering look, swipe a few coats of our volumizing Hypnose Mascara in Excessive Black and embrace your inner rockstar by pairing it with our Herve Leger Stop and Stare dress and we guarantee people will stop and stare at you at your next event!
1 New to RTR: Cushnie et Ochs, Cut25, House of Harlow
We recently added Cushnie et Ochs, Cut25, and Nicole Richie's House of Harlow to our designer roster. We love the clean lines of the Cushnie et Ochs and how Yigal Azrouel combined high fashion/downtown simplisticity for his second collection.
The Throne Tour
Jay-Z and Kayne played an amazing show at the Izod Center last night. We love when our favorite artists are not too cool to play their oldies but goodies! Chondita thought Jay Z definitely deserved the throne. Sorry Kayne. H to the izzo V to the izzay, That's the anthem gets your damn hands up!
The ING New York City Marathon took place yesterday and it couldn't have been a more perfect day outside. Many of us were cheering on friends and family, and helping them celebrate afterward!
Last week, the RTR College Marketing team hopped on a flight to Florida to visit their fashionable campus reps. The sunny escape was everything the team could have hoped for!
5 Justin Bieber Christmas Album
You can catch us getting in the Holiday spirit a little early this year with the Bieb's first ever Christmas album. Our favorite track is definitely Mistletoe, followed by his rendition of the Mariah Carey classic All I Want For Christmas Is You (which he sings in the same key as her!).
Melissa attended this three day music festival in Austin, TX. Highlights included Big Freedia, Spank Rock, Flying Lotus, The Joy Formidable, Donald Glover's comedy act, and seeing Ryan Gosling!
Blaire's French Bulldog Moss arrived in NYC over the weekend and we are so excited to meet the newly designated RTR mascot. She'll most definitely have some amazing ensembles and we can't wait to see the looks that Blaire puts together.
Ashley loves the Pumpkin Macaron from Le Maison du Macaron. We are using the "it's seasonal, so we have to try it" excuse for all things pumpkin!
Jeannice will be competing this weekend in Denver, CO for the 2011 WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association) Championship! She is a part of NYC's Gotham Girls Roller Derby that going in as the #1 seed from the East. Good luck Jeannice!
We can't wait for the release of this Amy Winehouse album featuring a track she recorded with Nas. Lioness: Hidden Treasures comes out December 6th and we can't wait to see what other songs she hadn't released.
We go behing the bling with Floridian sisters Danielle and Jodi who are the masterminds behind the sophisticated yet edgy Dannijo line. They give us the dish on their proudest moment as designers, favorite fashion trends, and more!
Tell me about the Resort/Holiday collection.
The Resort/Holiday collection is one part Cleopatra, two parts Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). It’s about bold statement pieces that will take any ensemble next level chic. The collection plays up our signature bib silhouettes in sparkling cosmic colors, oversized 20’s clip-on crystal studs, and Great Gatsby-esque cocktail rings.
What is something you dream of achieving but haven’t yet?
We’ve started chipping away at our main goal which is to empower and employ women in underdeveloped areas of the world to take part in creating DANNIJO. We’ve partnered with Indego Africa to work with women cooperatives in Rwanda. The Rwandan women currently make all of our DANNIJO pouches (which are individually signed by the artisan and features her photo). We’re in the process of giving the women larger projects that would broaden the scope of their work for DANNIJO.
Other goals of ours include having a flagship store in New York, expanding our product-line, and launching an offshoot of DANNIJO that caters to our younger demographic. One day we also hope to have the DANNIJO Show, inspired by our favorite 90s show, House of Style.
How would you describe your own style?
Danielle: My style is sort of bohemian, rock-and-roll influenced. I love quirky fashion, mixing and matching pattern and color and all things tomboy. I also tend towards dressing comfortably, so if I’m wearing something really girly I’ll most likely pair it with high top sneakers and a men’s watch or a worn-in bomber jacket. I’m such a mood-dresser and my style is constantly evolving, but overall my basic vibe doesn’t change.
Jodie: And I’m a bit more classic and tend to gravitate towards more tailored silhouettes. I always love a great fitting blazer. My wardrobe consists of colorful silk blouses, printed dresses, classic designer handbags and loads of vintage findings. I also have tons of leather and jeans – two things I never tire of.
What is your favorite fashion trend right now?
Danielle – High top sneakers, men’s watches and all things pleated and leather!
Jodie – plaid on plaid and color blocking
What was your proudest moment as a designer?
Landing Bergdorf Goodman as our first account was a big moment for us. It really gave us the confidence to build and grow our business. Being featured on the Today Show was another major milestone and gave cachet to the brand. Inc magazine recognized us at America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs on their 30 Under 30 list which also really validated. DANNIJO as a solid business. Beyonce buying our necklace from Bergdorf Goodman was also a major milestone--she's a real style icon and the fact that she bought the necklace at retail really made a statement about the collection offering something new to the marketplace.
If you could give advice to aspiring designers, what would it be?
Start locally. We tested our designs on the local market (Jacksonville, FL where we grew up). It will help you develop your product and see what people like and don't like about it so you can tweak it accordingly. By taking baby steps, you'll be less overwhelmed and have a more focused approach to growing your business.
Stay organized because it will be difficult and overwhelming to catch-up later.
Find a partner or employee that you trust and that shares the same goals and passion as you. Not only is it fun to share the journey with someone, but it will lighten your load.
Be fearless, and don't be afraid of rejection or failure or else you'll never make it.
Be openminded. You never know who you're meeting or how they could help you or potentially collaborate with you. Meet as many people as you can and be social--it will grow your business faster than you ever imagined. There is nothing like the power of a social network.
Use the internet. Make a page on Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, and start tweeting and following people on twitter that you admire. You’ll learn so much about your customer and the behind the scenes of the brands you love. Having a presence online is more important now than ever before.
Lancome + Kate Winslet
We can’t wait to get our glow on courtesy of the new Kate Winslet Holiday Collection for Lancôme. Show-stopping reds, shimmery pinks, and an illuminating Golden Hat Powder, make the collection a beauty must-have for this holiday season. Even better, Lancôme has partnered with the non-profit Golden Hat Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of autistic children. The collection brings awareness to the cause and perfection to your look. We especially love the foundation’s super chic fedora symbol embossed on each item! Who doesn’t love to do good and look glamorous? [Refinery 29]
This year's annual Lucky Shops is set to kick off today through this Sunday. Expect flash sales and deals up to 70% off from RTR favorites like Milly, Trina Turk, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, and many more. Giveaways, music, and cocktails set on the Highline Stages (441 W 14th Street) are sure to make this event a fashionista's paradise! Check it out at luckyshops.com for more information! [Lucky Mag]
Diane Von Furstenberg x Match.com
Legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg has added yet another feature to her global luxury lifestyle brand, and its not a new look for the coveted wrap dress! Instead, the fashion guru will be imparting her wisdom on.... love! In a series of events hosted with Match.com held throughout November, Diane will inspire singles with confidence boosting wardrobe, beauty and even fragrance tips for making a flawless first impression! We can’t wait to see which of our DVF dresses make the first date cut! [FashionEtc.]
Congratulations to this week's Style Awards winner, Sarah! She looks absolutely radiant in this Nicole Miller knockout dress. We love how she accessorized with simple hoop earrings and she gets extra cute points for her daughter's adorable ensemble (those rosy cheeks!).
Most of us are dog lovers at RTR, so needless to say we are obsessed with the adorable keychains Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler created for their pups. The keychains are limited edition and are being sold on ProenzaSchouler.com for $135. While the price is pretty steep, we can't say we wouldn't dish it out if we owned a dog that looked like either of these cute canines!
Recently we've spotted SJP out and about in one of our favorite designers, Prabal Gurung. Since his first collection in 2009, celebrities have gravitated toward his super feminine, flattering styles each season. We were in love with both of his collections this year and they look just as elegant from runway to reality. Which of SJP's looks do you like better?
Rachel Bilson has emerged from her days breaking hearts on The O.C. as a fresh fashionista in the spotlight. With a knack for effortless street style and red carpet glamour, she exudes the perfect balance of classic femininity and fashion forward edginess. Get inspired by Rachel’s flawless style for your next night out.
Rachel rocks it in a Herve Leger dress, showing off her svelte figure. We love the fresh twist this pattern adds to the renowned bandage dress staple. Steal her look, and the show, with this wild and fun Herve Leger Graffiti Print dress.
Pale colors are all over the runway this season and Rachel looks especially chic pairing her dress with an emerald green glitter clutch. You can snag her simply sophisticated allure in this flattering Haute Hippe Fountain Dress.
Making a departure from her usually short and sassy ensembles, Rachel wows in this peachy Zac Posen gown. Look confident and sexy for your next event in an equally bold Robert Rodriguez Black Label Bodice Gown. Pair with a Judith Leiber gold clutch for instant elegance.
From weddings and work events to black tie galas and Thanksgiving with the fam, Jenn and Jenny's calendars are pretty booked. See how they are wearing RTR this November!
11/7 - Glamour Women of the Year Awards
11/9 - San Francisco Work Event
11/19 - RTR Anniversary Party
11/24 - Thanksgiving Dinner
Jenny's Calendar (she's 8 months pregnant...due in December!)
11/5 - Wedding in Miami
11/7 - Glamour Women of the Year Awards
11/10 - Black Tie Gala
11/16 - Step Up Women's Network
Whether in fashion or beauty, the color red will always make a statement and has definitely made its presence known all over the fall runways. Whether going to a black-tie affair or girls night out, a red lip never fails to amaze and is one of our all-time favorite accessories.
We our obsessed with Lancome’s Color Design Lipcolor Matte in Red Haute because it looks fabulous on a multitude of complexions. This classic red will be sure to amp up any LBD or add the finishing touch to that sequin dress for your calendar full of holiday parties. We love that the formula is long-wearing and transfer-proof, so you won't have to worry about constant touch-ups – a total win!
To make sure the color pops, be sure to pair it with a nude lip pencil and even blot a bit of your foundation on to have the perfect neutral canvas to work with. You will be blown away by the staying power of this lipstick, we can’t get over it! For the rest of your look, simple is best. Use Lancome's Artliner Eyeliner in Black to create a winged cat-eye and a few strokes of Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara in Excessive Black to compliment your red lip beautifully!