Emma Watson Lancome Rouge in Love Ads
We love Emma Watson's gorgeous ad campaign for Lancome's upcoming lipstick line Rouge in Love. The line hits stores in February and includes Vernis in Love, a nailpolish line that will be sold in pairs, one for the hands and one for the feet. [Racked]
Brad Goreski joins the Kate Spade Team
Brad Goreski has signed on to be the exclusive Brand Stylist for Kate Spade New York after a successful collaboration on the brand's Spring 2012 presentation. He'll be focusing on bringing more awareness to Kate Spade's ready to wear line, which doesn't receive as much attention as their signature handbags and accessories. Fashionista]
Baby Bumps Galore!
Baby talk has been all the buzz lately, and we can't help but revel in the excitement! Models Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge were reportedly both pregnant when they walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and it seems like there is nothing these angels can't do. Beyonce is due to give birth any day now, and our own Jenny just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! Congrats to all! [The Cut]
Congrats to this week's Style Awards winner, Priya! She wore the Badgley Mischka Silver Sequin Cocktail Dress to a black tie wedding in New York City and looked absolutely radiant. We love how she paired it with chandelier diamond earrings and an onyx cocktail ring. The charcoal hued sequins provide the perfect amount of sophistication and fun for a formal event!
See what's trending for New Year's Eve 2011 from the most popular dresses to the furthest order shipped!
Caution: this video might be the cutest thing we've ever seen (at least since 500 Days Of Summer). With New Year's Eve on our minds, of course, this was the perfect video to take a break from work and watch. Zoe Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have some serious chemisty and we are pretty impressed by this musical duo! Enjoy this adorable video and tell us, what are you doing New Year's Eve?
This week we decided to do a holiday-themed 10 Things We Love (or 16, rather) to share some of the favorite gifts we received this season! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and Happy New Year!
Becky received gloves from the North Face - that you can text in!
Nikki got tickets to see American Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Anushka got this Alexander McQueen scarf that sports his signature skulls.
Ashley got this gorgeous Tiffany ornament - a tradition each year in her family!
Jenn got this gorgeous David Yurman ring from her boyfriend Peter - he even knew that it was stackable!
Erica got a couple's cooking class at The Brooklyn Kitchen - complete with wine pairings!
Sam got the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty book from the Met exhibit.
Jenny got pajamagrams for the whole family - including the soon-to-be newest addition, her baby girl!
Bill got a Kindle Fire, perfect for his morning commute to RTR.
Ashley got this beautiful calendar featuring hand-painted floral illustrations.
Blaire got this Soda Stream maker so she can make any beverage a little more bubbly!
Tiffany loves silly gifts, particularly this plush doll she received from her sister.
Camille's mom made her a beautiful custom quilt from this book!
Katie got this festive wool Rag & Bone shift dress.
Brooke got this book, a great read for the holiday vacation.
Alissa got this adorable heart sweater from J.Crew.
We spotted Nicole Sherzinger wearing the Narciso Rodriguez Naturale Linen Colorblock Dress in the January issue of Allure Magazine. She looks fabulous and we love her slick hair and soft makeup.The combination of linen and leather makes this dress very versatile and perfect for any occasion - spring, summer, fall or winter!
If you're in NYC for New Year's Eve and still dont have plans...we have the perfect solution! Why not go all out and ring in the new year with Rent The Runway and Trump SoHo. With their exclusive Haute Night Out package, you'll receive:
- Two nights in one of their penthouse suites
- A styling session and dress of your choice from Rent The Runway
- Hair styling and makeup application by a Prieto Select Celebrity stylist
- A champagne toast upon arrival
- Transportation in the Trump SoHo house car, a BMW 750 Series
- A full breakfast in suite
- A couple's aromatherapy bath, two side-by-side Classic Trump Massages and two facials at their signature spa
New Year’s Eve may be the one night you can get away with three of our favorite things; a sparkly dress, a smokey eye and a statement lip! We all know this is the most photographed night of the year, and we’re guaranteeing you a fabulous profile picture to ring in 2012 in style with one of our designer picks.
So you’ve ordered the dress, but now how will you wear your hair? Have no fear, RTR has you covered!
For something out of the ordinary, we love a Kardashian-inspired sleek sky-high pony to be the perfect way to add runway flair to your already fashionable attire. To achieve this look follow a few easy steps:
Add a texturizing spray to add thickness to damp hair then blowdry
Flat iron if desired for extra smoothness
Using paddle brush, bring hair to high pony
Secure with elastic leaving a one inch section out to hide elastic
Take one inch of hair and wrap around elastic securing with bobby-pin
If bumps arise in front, take a comb through to smooth
Add shine serum and finishing spray to complete!
With this complete look you’ll be sure to cause more attention than the ball dropping itself! Remember, this is your night to shine!
Congrats to Emily, this week's Style Awards winner! She wore the Nicole Miller Astonishing Amethyst Gown to a wedding and said she felt absolutely gorgeous. She looks positively regal in the bold, amethyst color and we love how she paired with a simple gold necklace. Our Facebook fans thought she looked absolutely stunning - and we couldn't agree more.
To celebrate the Holidays and get in the spirit, we held an ornament decorating party and Holiday Gift Exchange this week at RTR. Needless to say the gifts given were creative and some crazy, so we thought we'd share some of our top picks for everyone in your office. Happy Holidays from us to you!
Lady Gaga Rings from Barneys
Whether you're jetting off to Rio or hitting the slopes in Aspen, ring in the New Year looking your best with RTR!
Marquee at the Cosmopolitan is the place to be in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve. Ring in the new year looking sexy and feminine in an Herve Leger dress and vintage Chanel earrings. Pair with killer heels and a take-no-prisoners attitude; you'll no doubt make the best dressed list.
For a classic NYE in NYC, we recommend staying at the luxurious Trump Soho Hotel. They are offering a fantastic NYE package that includes a champagne toast upon arrival, prix-fix dinner for two at Quattro, VIP access to Kastel, their intimate lounge, and more! Keep it classic in a sultry Z Spoke Zac Posen dress and a statement Erickson Beamon cocktail ring.
Apres-ski, enjoy the views from 10,000 feet at Aspen's Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro. The romantically rustic mountaintop cabin features some of the best cuisine Colorado has to offer. Toast with a hot toddy in this Thakoon Chevron Chase Dress and pair with a rose gold Alexis Bittar Cuff for added glam.
If you're headed south to Miami for NYE, head to South Beach's hottest club, Mansion. Enjoy unlimited cocktails, a midnight light show, and world class DJs with their NYE Package. This Tangerine Herve Leger dress is absolutely perfect to ring in the new year in South Beach. Pair with this celebrity status Kenneth Jay Lane cuff for some sparkle.
The famous Copacabana beach is the place to be and be seen on New Year's Eve. Stay at the world renowned Copacabana Palace that offers a luxurious NYE package including midnight fireworks on the beach. Rent this sophisticated Yigal Azrouel Dress and an exquisite Dannijo Statement Necklace and you'll look positively royal.
Invitations are key, and we love these RTR-themed ones from Pingg. They are artist illustrated and add just the right amount of glamour and sophistication.
Make sure to have a variety of drinks on hand to keep your guests happy. Use these adorable Martha Stewart countdown glasses to serve champagne and toast the new year.
Keep your guests entertained by playing our guaranteed to please playlist below. Prepare some fun, New Year's themed games and be ready to countdown to the midnight hour with confetti and noise makers.
Bling + Decor
Dress up your party with eye-catching decor. We love using gold and silver ribbons to adorn tables and whimsical lanterns to hang from the ceilings. For added fun, grab some holiday-themed body bling for your guests to have fun with. See this adorbs reindeer one below...talk about a conversation starter!
The dress is easily one of the biggest decisions to be made when planning a wedding and it can be hard to choose the style you want to go with. We found a few Kleinfeld dresses that combine romantic and feminine elements beautifully. The Romantic bridal trend is great for brides that want to have a feminine aesthetic while still maintaining that timeless look. These Alita Graham gowns are sweet, romatic, and feminine and feature soft materials such as tulle and Chantilly lace.
This a-line Alita Graham gown features a sweetheart neckline with a natural waist in Chantilly lace. The ball gown has soft tiered ruffles of lace with a chapel train. If you love an a-line, this gown is for you and you can coordinate your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner dresses with RTR! Try this Alice by Templerley Lace Dress for your bridal shower - we love how the eyelet trim adds a romantic factor. For your rehearsal dinner, go with this gorgeous floral Prabal Gurung dress.
This Alita Graham mermaid gown features a sweetheart neckline with a dropped waist in beaded lace and organza. We love mermaid styles (and they are very popular with celebrities!) and this gown is the perfect combination of romance and femininity. For your bridal shower, try this flirty Milly dress that will have you looking modern and chic. This timeless Z Spoke Zac Posen Countryside Chiffon Dress will be perfect for your rehearsal dinner.
This a-line Alita Graham gown features a sweetheart neckline with a natural waist in chiffon and beaded embroidery. It has a chapel train and features pleated tiers of tulle. Complete your princess look with this Kate Middleton-esque Haute Hippie Dress for your bridal shower. For your Bachelorette party, wear this super fun Adam dress and you'll be sure to be the best dressed!
1 New Stock + Arrivals for New Year's Eve!
Just in time to ring in the new year, we've restocked some of our most popular dresses and added new styles. Check them all out here and get them before they're gone!
Ron proposed to his girlfriend yesterday with a flash mob of friends and family in front of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park! She said yes of course - congratulations!
Lara's friend Leigh wrote this piece for The New York Times about growing up in and coming back to New York City. It's beautifully written and such a delight to read; we can't wait to see what she writes next!
Apparently Chanel has a sporty side and we love their retro interpretation of the high top sneaker. Be best dressed at the gym in their Spring 2012 collection kicks.
5 ITP Winter Show
The NYU ITP program is one of the jewels of the NYC startup community; it is a masters program focused on the intersection of technology, design, and communication. Among their more notable alumni is Dennis Crowley, founder of foursquare.
Twice a year they host a show in which students demonstrate their projects to the public, and the current show is running through the end of today. Check it out if you can!
Blaire celebrated her birthday over the weekend at the Fountain Bleu hotel in South Beach with friends. They even took her to pet baby lions and tigers in Miami - how cute!
In the spirit of the troops coming home from Iraq, we wanted to share this adorable video of military and man's best friend reunions.
We love Bound Custom Journals - a site where you can create personal, made-to-order notebooks. You choose the content from their library of sections (lined, grids, calendars, maps, etc), and they take care of the rest. These make perfect gifts and better yet - through the end of the year when you buy a giftcard for a friend you get one for yourself!
Mikkel loves this new FREE iPhone app from Hipstamatic. You have to finish the whole role of "film" before it let's you see the photos...nice way to mix an "old concept" with new technology!
Alissa attended Maurizio Cattelan's All exhibit at the Guggenheim this past weekend with her brother. The installation is an incredible compilation of his works to date and is definitely worth a trip!
We've been huge fans of Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie's Cushnie et Ochs and were thrilled to start offering it on RTR a few months ago. Michelle Obama sported this graphic green number from their line at the White House Holiday party, and we love the cut on her figure. For more of their flattering, futuristic cuts see below! Talk about modern sophistication...
Congrats to this week's Style Awards winner, Sarah! She looks fabulous in the Milly Kimono-Me Dress. We love the bow detail on her and how she paired the dress with sheer black tights and pumps. Plus, bonus points for a festive setting!
Prabal Gurung Designs Sephora Uniforms
Beauty retailer Sephora has tapped into designer Prabal Gurung to create new uniforms for their beauty advisors in North America. Below is his initial sketch for the pieces, which will be mostly black with red accents. Functional and fashion forward...we can't wait to see these in store! [Fashionista]
Cushnie et Ochs Ad Campaign
CFDA fashion fund finalist Cushnie et Ochs has released its first ad campaign after showing for 7 seasons. We love how the background shapes complement their signature cutout dresses and dutch model Milou Van Groesen seems to emulate the brand perfectly. [The Cut]
The CFDA has choosen mentors for this year's Fashion Fund honorees Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, and Creatures of the Wind. They will be mentored by Calvin Klein president and CEO Tom Murray, Harry Winston president and CEO Frederick de Narp, and Rag & Bone duo David Neville and Marcus Wainright, respectively. Congratulations and good luck to all! [WWD]
We love Gwyneth Paltrow's weekly GOOP newsletter and when the most recent one popped up in our inbox with the subject line 'Our First App' we knew we were in for a treat. GP's app features city guides with the first one being New York City, and Los Angeles and London to follow. Gwenyth dishes on her favorite NYC eats, spas, hotels, museums and more...she even lists the doctors she goes to! So if you're visiting NYC for a day or just need a dinner recommendation, this app will be your #1 go to.
Miranda Kerr has got a pretty enviable life...Victoria's Secret model and hubby Orlando Bloom? Not fair....but you can steal her style in a cinch.
We love Miranda in winter white and she pairs this bandage dress perfectly with slick hair and red lips. For your next night out try this super flattering Cushnie et Ochs strapless number that features a subtle, sexy keyhole. For a more sophisticated style go with a Yigal Azrouel dress that will give you Victoria's Secret-worthy curves in no time. Pair with red lips using Lancome's Color Design Lip Color in Red Haute to get Miranda's sultry look.
Playful prints is easily one of our favorite trends and for us, they're here to stay. Miranda looks modern, sporty, and lady-like all at the same time in this futuristic Peter Pilotto dress. We love how fun and unique this look is. Try this chevron printed Thakoon number to spice it up or a classic, navajo printed Proenza Schouler.
As Bill Blass said, "When in doubt, wear red." To get Miranda's classic, sexy look go with a flirty Haute Hippie dress that screams take me dancing! For a more tailored version try a Z Spoke Zac Posen dress with a sweetheart neckline.
1 You Deserve It
You've worked around the clock all year, why shouldn't you look your most beautiful on the most celebrated night of the year? Did you know that more engagements happen and more people meet their special "one" on NYE than any other night? Thanks to our friends at The Knot for this info :)
2 It's the most photographed night of the year.
Fabulous new Facebook profile picture - guaranteed!
3 You will definitely only wear that sequin dress once.
(especially due to #2). Can't be seen twice in the same dress on Facebook if you know what I'm sayin. Got an image to uphold...
4 Fit Guaranteed: Eat as many holiday cookies as you want.
We send you two sizes, so you won't have to skimp on your favorite seasonal treats.
5 A one night stand you won't regret.
New Year's is likely the #1 night of the year for one night stands but hey you never know, it could lead to point #1. Wear something sparkly. This is the one night of the year where bling = normal. If you're not sparkling, go home! And as my fav person Becky Hyman always says, "more is more."
Who says the holiday lights are the only things that get to sparkle? Just because the weather is getting drab doesn't mean your skin has to. Blush is the perfect pick me up to add the extra excitement you need for these gloomy winter months. We love our Lancome Golden Hat/Powder Blusher not only because of its adorable packaging (can you blame us) but because it supports the Golden Hat Foundation, a non-profit created by beloved Ambassadress Kate Winslet to raise funds to better the lives of children living with autism. To support her inspiring philanthropic endeavor, Lancôme has worked with her to create a stunning holiday collection that brings to life the spirit and message of the charity. The new multi-compacted powder is an original interpretation of the Golden Hat, symbol of her non-profit. Her personal signature dresses the limited-edition black packaging in a glamorous gold script.
No matter how fair or deep your complexion, everyone can benefit from this product. This dual-purpose blush and powder is the perfect addition to your cosmetic bag or stocking stuffer for your bestie. This all-over sparkling pink powder adds a flawless glow even J.Lo would be jealous of! Are you ready to shine like a star?
Kate Walsh wore this rich blue Temperley London Gown to the 2011 UNICEF Ball. We love the pleated draping and how the deep color complements her auburn hair. Perfect for a Black Tie Gala, New Year's Eve Ball, or Charity Event, this is certainly a feminine style that no one will forget. Pair with a statement necklace like Ciner's Champagne and Chains or a simple bracelet like Kate to complete your look.
1 Last Chance - 20% Off Everything!
Now's the time to place your order for Holiday parties, family gatherings, and of course - New Year's Eve! We've re-ordered popular styles but make sure you get your first pick by placing your order today. Plus, get 20% off EVERYTHING with code RUNWAY20.
The streets of NYC were filled with Santas and reindeer alike on Saturday as the annual "Santacon" was under way. Some RTR staff participated in the festivities (or reindeer games, as you might say) with style - check out Chondita's merry ensemble!
Mikkel saw Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman Friday night in the New York Times Talks. She loved it and can't wait to see their new film, Young Adult, which hits theaters this weekend. No photos are allowed but they live stream the event so if you're not in NYC, you can still watch!
You'll definitely be a standout in crisp, winter white for any of your holiday parties this season. Anushka toasted friends in this Yigal Azrouel dress and paired with a Dannijo statement necklace to complete her look.
5 Holiday Cookies
Colin made and decorated holiday cookies for the entire office and they were as delicious as they look. Who knew - what a culinary talent!
Thanks to New York Mag, we have the Mega Upload song permanently stuck in our heads. With more star cameos than the New Year's Eve movie, this music video is a must see.
Charles loves Ame Ame, a rain gear and candy store in the East Village. With the crazy NYC rain last week, these umbrellas stood the ultimate weather test.
Erica went to New Orleans for the first time this weekend. She had a wonderful time filled with hearty food, live music, amazing artwork and beautiful architecture...and lots of time on bourbon street.
We love ourselves a good CIA-themed series (Alias, anyone?) and Showtime's Homeland does not disappoint. With Claire Danes as the main character and a thrill-filled plot line this series is a must add to your DVR before the season finale next weekend!
We love Jill & Josie, the ladies behind Party Like a Culinista. Their cookbook offers a balance of heathy, fun, and delicious recipes to entertain and wow your friends. Pick up a copy of their book so you can let loose in the kitchen and party like a culinista this holiday season! (It also makes a great gift!)
In last week's mid-season finale, the stars of Gossip Girl celebrated Charlie's coming into New York society in style. From her glittery gown to Serena’s feminine frock, we were envisioning all the holiday and New Year's Eve styles we could create based on these looks.
Charlie sported a gorgeous Badgley Mischka gown to the party, and we love how she sparkled and shined the whole night, even though all that glittered wasn't gold. Wow the crowds in this rose gold colored Badgley Mischka gown for your next event this winter. If strapless is more your style, work this gold Badgley Mischka gown to be the center of attention all night.
Blair stayed true to her roots by sporting a preppy, printed frock this episode. For a more spohisticated Blair-esque look, try this eye-catching, printed silk Thakoon dress. Wear a statement necklace from Dannijo to complete your party look. To get Blair's Upper East Side ensemble, wear this Tibi Rocco Shift with confidence and pride.
Serena went super feminine for Charlie's party with a lavender cocktail dress. We love the oversize bow and flirty fringe. Get Serena's look with this festive gold accented Milly frock. If you're into more subdued colors, try this Milly Magnolia Lace dress with bow detail to channel S for your special night out.
Rent today and get 20% off your order with code RUNWAY20. Offer expires 12/12/11 11:59pm EST.
Congrats to this week's Style Awards winner, Courtney! She wore the Herve Leger Off Shoulder Ombre Dress to her engagement party and looks absolutely perfect. We love her simple, swept up hair and how she accessorized with earrings that sparkle.
Here at RTR we are huge Revenge fans and love seeing what Emily wears each week. In this week's episode, she wore a Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti colorblock dress to get lunch with Daniel and his mother, the infamous Victoria. We love her classic, tailored style and this dress highlights up her conservative, innocent facade perfectly. Rent this dress for a special brunch, family party, or holiday gathering this season!
Charlotte Grayson sported this embellished Rebecca Taylor dress for a Grayson family dinner a few weeks ago. The bodice fits Charlotte perfectly and we love the teal dress with her chesnut colored hair. Wear this dress for a date night or fun dinner you have coming up!
The Hunger Games Designer Sketches
The Hunger Games is one of the most anticipated films of next year, and as avid fans of the books we can hardly wait. Jennifer Lawrence plays the main character, Katniss, who wears a fire dress in one of the most important parts of the story. InStyle asked 11 designers to sketch Katniss's fire dress, and we are in awe over their interpretations. Two of our favorites are Christian Siriano's and Rachel Roy's, shown below. [StyleCaster]
Badgley Mischka Fine Jewelry Line
Badgley Mischka has released the first photos of their fine jewelry line and we are loving the rich volors and silver theme. Below are two of our favorite pieces, how gorgeous is that blue topaz! The pieces range in price from $1,500 to $30,000, but if you'd rather not shell that out you can rent some of their pieces on RTR here! [Racked]
Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum launched this week and it is truly incredible. The virtual experience houses five decades of Valentino's collections in addition to drawings and 180 fashion videos. Download it here to experience the world of Valentino! [Fashionista]
We are completely obsessed with the decadence of Chanel's Pre-Fall show. Long banquet tables are accompanied by luscious foods and sumptuous decor as models show off the rich, Indian inspired collection. Karl Lagerfeld described it as the "Paris version of the idea of India" and we love how he marries the two cultures. Catch the video and escape to ParIndia for three minutes!
New Year's Eve, which opens in theaters this weekend, has one of the most star-studded casts we've ever seen and it definitely doesn't disappoint in the rom-com category. Sofia Vergara wears the Catherine Malandrino Modern Queen Elizabeth dress in the film and looks totally stunning. Her toussled waves perfectly complement the dress and the royal blue color is so striking on her. Pair with a simple cuff like this rose gold one from Alexis Bittar and you're good to go. Why not ring in the new year like Sofia in this gorgeous, unique dress?
Lea Michele has progressively stepped up her red carpet game since the first season of Glee and we love her confident, sleek style. Part sophisticated Rachel Barry, part budding cover star, Lea has experimented with a wide array of brands but loves solid colors and simple lines. See some of her best looks below.
The one-shouldered style of this dress shows off Lea's figure perfectly. We love the simple lines and dark, navy color. For a similar effect, try this silk stretch Nicole Miller dress that looks fabulous on many body types.
Lea looks like a true star in red. We love the strappless style on her and her hair swept to one side is a great effect. To wow the crowds for your next event, go classic in a strapless Laila Azhar dress that has ruffle detailing and a sweetheart neckline.
For a more formal look, Lea keeps it bright in a mandarin colored gown. To get Lea's look, go for a pop of color this winter and sport this gorgeous Narciso Rodgriguez cut out gown. Keep your hair and accessories simple to round out your look.
1 Mystery Bling
For the entire month of December, pay $15 and our fashion team will hand pick a surprise accessory rental and add it to your order! What better way to complete your look this holiday season than being styled by our savvy stylists. After you add a dress to your cart, simply add the "Mystery Bling" item to your order and you're good to go!
Welcome to the neighborhood, Facebook! On Friday, Facebook announced that it will open an engineering office here in early 2012. We love the fact that New York is becoming more of a hub for tech and social companies.
Check out RTR on Facebook if you haven't already!
Pret a Manger
At RTR our lunch options are pretty limited, so when we got word that Pret a Manger was opening on the corner we could hardly contain ourselves. We were easily the most enthused patrons at their Hudson Street debut on Friday where they gave out free lunch. Chondita even left the first tip on Foursquare!
Jonathan Adler has some unreal holiday accessories right now. Neil got this menorah as a housewarming/christmakuh gift for a friend.
5 Birthday Cake
Tess is a design master on and off the clock. She made this adorable, picture perfect cake for her son's third birthday.
We are addicted to Pinterest and all of the inspiration it provides! Some of us even have to set quotas for how long we can browse...
Mikkel ate at Pomme Cafe in Astoria last night to celebrate a successful move. She says the lamb burger was unreal: spicy feta, tomato jam, cucumber, figs and arugula and the crispiest fries as the "cherry on top" - so good! And totally reasonably priced!
Jenny loves this iPhone app that will help her choose a name for her baby girl (she's due this month!). The app randomly generates thousands of baby names while monitoring the baby's movements to sense any signs of enthusiasm. Such a fun, interactive app for expecting mothers!
Erica attended Charles Bradley's show at Bowery Ballroom this weekend and it was off the charts. Not only did Charles (commonly known as "The Screaming Eagle of Soul") sing his soul out and bring the funk, she also walked in with Penn Badgley!
FEED Projects: 12 Days, 12 Ways to Give
Feed Projects has started a "12 Days, 12 Ways to Give" initiative to promote giving back during the holiday season. In its five years of existence the company, co-founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, has been able to give 50 million school meals through the sale of its signature totes and other products. For 12 days, FEED Projects will be selling everything from FEED Links of London bracelets to FEED Judith Leiber clutches to benefit their cause. See them all here! [Racked]
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Tuesday night's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show attracted 20 million viewers this year, and for a good reason. The show's directors pulled out all the stops this year wth crazy costumes and performances from Maroon 5, Kanye West and Jay Z, and Nicki Minaj. Check out the two minute video that recaps the show here. [The Cut]
Christian Dior Pop-Up Store
Christian Dior has opened its first pop up store in collaboration with renound artist Anselm Reyle. Located in Miami's design district, the store is complete with a photo booth, food truck, and free afternoon manicures in their salon. Make sure to check it out if you are in Miami! [WWD]
Congrats to this week's Style Awards winner, Jenn! She wore the Yigal Azrouel Selma Gown to the Marine Corps Ball and looked absolutely stunning. We love the colorblocked style on her and the slit provides just the right amount of sophistication and sultryness.
Vera Wang tells us her proudest moment as a designer, her inspiration for her latest collection and advice for aspiring designers. Read on to get all the dish from Vera!
Tell me about the latest Vera Wang Resort collection.
Resort 2012 is all about easy shapes with a definite emphasis on prints. Strong brights counterbalanced by gentle geometrics and dots.
How would you describe your own style?
Personal style for me is, first and foremost, about comfort. If you're not comfortable with who you are, I don't think you can really be stylish. And I think the women who are the most stylish, and the most glamorous, are usually women that are extremely honest with themselves, and feel comfortable being who they are...who they are in their skin, who they are as a human being. And I think that's what style is really about.
What was your proudest moment as a designer?
I have many proud moments as a designer, but one of them was winning the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2005... The fact that I actually won was such a shock. When I was nominated, I felt so honored, because it's your peers...Winning that award meant becoming part of fashion history.
If you could give advice to aspiring designers, what would it be?
The best advice I can give is to study it... School is a great place to start, but if that is not accessible to you then try learning it from the ground up: Xeroxing, folding stock in a store, selling - at least you will find out if you really love it by experiencing it first hand. If you already know your path and are fortunate enough to know yourself, the next best thing is to work for a designer, publicist, or publication you truly admire. That way you can learn how multi-faceted the fashion world really is and how each business has its own specific DNA and business model.
Regardless of your passion, most people only begin to truly appreciate their careers, and their lives, as they improve, and grow, and achieve their goals on their own! That is where true satisfaction and dignity lie for all of us. No one can ever take something away from you if you've earned it. That is the beauty of achievement!
Many of us here at RTR like to call ourselves Bravoficionados, so we were thrilled to hear that Andy Cohen's campy "Watch What Happens Live" show was being extended to 5 nights a week. His cheeky commentary and tendency to speak his mind give a fresh perspective to late night TV and needless to say we've been sold since day one. We love the set, which was designed to look like the den in Andy's apartment and houses memorbilia from many of the guest stars (reality and movie alike). Mr. Cohen, who also serves as Bravo's EVP of Development and Talent, has conceived such shows as "Top Chef" and the "Real Housewives" franchise. So mazel to you Andy, you're no doubt the newest champion of late night!
Heading to a party this New Years where you’re sure to dance the night away? With cutouts and sparkle you’ll be the best dressed in the room. Pair this Badgley Mischka sequin mini dress with simple accessories and a Judith Leiber clutch for a stand out ensemble. For a daring but chic outfit, work the Pencey Dance To The Beat dress with a Janis Savitt statement necklace.
If you have a date this New Year’s Eve, go bold and classy in raving red or molten metallic. We love this one-shouldered number by Black Halo that is ultra glam when paired with gold accessories. Go with a champagne colored clutch and gold drop earrings to round out your perfect date night look. If you’re more of a neutral girl, try this metallic strapless See by Chloe number with unique black accents. To add texture and shine wear this Elizabeth Cole bracelet and a Cara Accessories chain braided necklace.
For a dinner party with friends this New Year’s Eve, go casual glam in sheer black or bold blue draping. We love Milly’s Flutter dress that can be dressed up or dressed down. Rent a vintage Chanel necklace to make your night that much more memorable, and pair with a metallic clutch. If you’re heading out after dinner, wear this gorgeous blue Yigal Azrouel dress and you’ll surely be the envy of all your friends. Accessorize with a statement Erikson Beamon ring and stardust Kara Ross clutch.
If you have big plans that require black tie attire this New Year’s, make sure you dress the part. We are loving one shouldered gowns for winter that combine glitz with glam. Wear this celeb-worthy Carmen Marc Volvo gown with bold crystal drop earrings and a stone cuff and you’ll light up the room. For an eye-catching look, try this gold sequin gown by Blugirl paired with a hammered cuff and gilded clutch.