Helmut Lang

Licorice Dress

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Stylist Notes

This combo dress by Helmut Lang mixes silk and satin for a sophisticated update to the classic LBD.

Size & Fit

This dress runs slightly big. We recommend going one size down for back-up size (see following fit notes for exceptions).

BUST: Great for any cup size
WAIST: Fitted - front pleat on skirt conceals lower abdomen
HIPS: Fitted - fabric highlights and flatters backside
LENGTH: Mid-thigh - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra and should be worn with seamless underwear
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: All body types
(Model's height is 5'11". )

Product Details

Aubergine silk and black satin combo dress. Surplice neckline. Cap sleeves. Peplum detail and front pleat on skirt. Back satin paneling. Hook-and-eye closure. Exposed back zip. 37'' from shoulder to hem.

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88 reviews
Fit
Large
(56)
True to Size
(29)
Small
(0)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
June 27, 2015
Benefit party for work
Interesting dress in terms of its lines and cut. Definitely different than anything I've worn before. Suitable for the occasion - benefit party for work. Felt like there was a lot of extra fabric around the front which wasn't totally flattering on me.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
April 5, 2015
I wore this to an outdoor black-tie wedding in the fall.
I debated between the 2 and the 4 because the 2 seemed a little tighter across the bottom, but the 4 was too baggy. This was comfortable and forgiving in all the right places.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
January 28, 2015
Perfect party dress! Both classy & edgy.
I wore this to a company Christmas party. Was perfect because it was not too fancy, but was classy, yet edgy with the two toned material. Received many compliments. It seemed to run a little large, the size 0 was more loose fitting than normal. But still very comfortable and overall a great dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
January 20, 2015
Interesting design, got a ton of compliments.
Not the best photo, but gives you an idea of the draping in the front. Very comfortable and easy to move in. Tight in back (in a good way). Loved this dress and would rent again.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
January 19, 2015
Surprisingly fantastic
I rented 3 dresses for a work retreat in Vegas and this by far was my absolute favorite. I wore it out to dinner and received so many compliments. It was very comfortable and covered all my trouble areas. Would definitely rent this again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 135lbs
January 1, 2015
Dress was a little plain for my function.. Had to jazz it up with accessories.
Thanks to the other reviews I got a size smaller than what I would normally wear and it fit great. The color is a soft black. I got compliments all night. RTR service is awesome. The experience was wonderful and I will order more soon.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 40
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135lbs
December 16, 2014
A Great Twist on the LBD...
I normally wear a size 6 but wore my backup size (4). The prior person who rented the 6 returned it damaged and RTR was unable to fix it in time. They sent me another similar Trina Turk dress, but it was too fancy for my dinner. I tried the 4 on and it fit perfectly.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
December 6, 2014
I love this dress, it was too big on me.
It ran big and was longer than I like, I never wore it. :( Maybe a smaller size would work much better. Bummer because I REALLY like this dress! Not with the necklace they photographed the model wearing though. ;)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 136lbs
November 14, 2014
Flattering, chic and comfortable
This is one of my favorite RTR dresses and one of the few I would consider purchasing if it goes on sale. The color is a deep plum, very appropriate for the cooler months and the materials are high quality. The dress is super soft to the touch and stretchy which makes it comfortable. It hugs your curves in all the right places (in the booty!) and has details to downplay the midsection. Hitting above the knee on me, it was an ideal length- long enough to be appropriate, yet not too 'buttoned up' looking. I loved being able to wear a regular bra with the dress.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
October 18, 2014
I felt chic and comfortable all night.
Fit was true, color was different, and I felt elegant. The cut and fabric are forgiving and flattering.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117lbs
October 16, 2014
Unfortunately, I did not end up wearing this dress.
The 2 was not at all form-fitting, which rendered it very unflattering. I wish I had ordered a 0 and a 2 instead of a 2 and a 4 (which is my typical dress range).
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 133lbs
October 3, 2014
Comfortable Dress!!
This dress is do comfortable but it does run a little big. I wish I had worn a size down but I still lived it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 139lbs
September 2, 2014
Great flattering comfortable dress
Great flattering comfortable dress
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Body type: Hourglass
June 22, 2014
I was the main speaker for a banquet and needed something understated yet notable, and this was perf
I preferred the smaller size, but there was a stain on it, so I wore the larger one. It looked nice too.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
June 10, 2014
Beautiful dress. I received a ton of compliments.
Dress does run large. I am usually a 6 and the 4 fit perfect. I also have a large chest (36D) and it was just the right size!
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Age: 40
May 22, 2014
Nice dress
I wore this to an NFL Cheerleader final audition. The dress was really comfortable but I felt it was a little "boxy" in the mid section. I received a TON of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
May 21, 2014
Love this!
This dress is so fun and flattering! The detailing in the front makes this dress forgiving, so you don't have to worry about "sucking it in." Great material and so flattering!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 160lbs
May 10, 2014
Very Comfortable, Yet Sexy!
i received many compliments on this dress! Loved it! Very comfortable too. It was perfect for the evening work party!
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
May 8, 2014
Classy and sassy!
This dress was so cute in person! It gave me curves and I felt it was really flattering. The back was very flirty. I got compliments all night! I usually wear a 2 but the 0 was a perfect fit...not tight at all and a great length. I am trying to come up with another reason to rent this dress again...loved it!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
May 1, 2014
Went to a charity event.
The dress fit true to size and looked great on. I did not wear the dress however, I wore something else.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
April 26, 2014
Nice, but Not Right for Me
I ordered this as a backup to another Helmut Lang dress for a cocktail party. I got a 4 and a 6, and the 4 fit me very well. I was pleased with the overall fit, but the detailing on the dress just wasn't as cool as I'd hoped it would be. I think a lot of the fabric draping that looks so good on the model in the photo ended up being a bit "saggy" on me, making it look a bit ill-fitting. I did like this dress... I just didn't love it.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 149lbs
April 18, 2014
This was my back up dress!
Fabric has a little stretch. Very comfortable. Color is a deep plum so it stood out in a room of LBDs. Design details are beautiful
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
March 24, 2014
Felt like a million bucks
I rented this dress for my birthday dinner and it was a great fit! I usually wear a size 10 but the size 8 fit the best. Really accentuated my curves. Loved it! On a side note, the dress arrived stained (both the size 8 and size 10). I called Rent the Runway and they overnighted me a size 8. If anything is ever wrong with your dress when it shows up just call them. They are professional and courteous and will make things right.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142lbs
March 19, 2014
Classy, flattering, and comfortable
I didn't get a great picture of the dress, but I loved it for a wine tasting party (the dress next to me is also RTR). I usually wear a 6/8 in dresses, and the 4 would've fit (I didn't wear it because it wasn't as comfortable as the 6-I probably would have had to suck in all night :)). So definitely size down. It was very forgiving and flattering in the front, albeit slightly large in the chest and shoulder area, and form fitting in the back. The material and color are beautiful, and the length is perfect for a classy event. I wore it with strappy gunmetal heels.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
February 15, 2014
Runs large, order down for your backup size
I'm a size 10, but ordered this in an 8 because I felt the 10 might be too big. I was right, the 8 fit like a glove. I wear a 34DDD and the dress is stretchy enough to accommodate everything. It's form fitting but extremely flattering and very classy. Will likely rent this one again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
February 5, 2014
I felt spectacular!
This dress, which originally was my backup style for another rental, turned out to be a major score!! I chose to wear it to a holiday party thrown by my high school alumnae network at a very upscale venue in the city. This dress was appropriately sophisticated for the occasion and fit me like a glove. I typically wear a 4 or a 6, so I would recommend sizing down. Even with a large bust, the 2 was a perfect fit. I accessorized with black heels and sparkly silver earrings. Although the cut of the dress is very form-fitting, the draping on the front made it surprisingly forgiving and comfortable to wear without feeling like I had to suck it in all night. Great dress- would absolutely rent again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
January 9, 2014
LOVED this! High fashion!
I wore this to a rehearsal dinner after party and loved it! I felt like a rock star!! Fits great!!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 63
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120lbs
January 1, 2014
This dress did not work for me- liked the idea of it, though.
Last minute choice for New Years Eve (for a last minute affair). Pickings a bit slim, especially for a short person like myself. That was my problem, not RTR. Best suited for a taller, more slender frame, I think. Too much material, too long, big, fussy, and frumpy for my 5' tall frame. Took a chance, as I thought it looked sophisticated and interesting. Which it is, but not on me. Also, the fit was very odd on me. I gave it a try as some other "shorties" liked it. I did not wear it. I did not bother even trying on the 6 (only the 4) as it would have been way too overwhelming. I do not think a smaller size would have worked either- same issues with fit and frumpy. Should have known better, knowing my body and what looks good on it. I do not look good with a dress ending just above my knees. Needs to be either shorter or longer. However, I was happy that even though I ordered at the last minute, it got here in time (if I had chosen to wear it), and both sizes were clean, great condition and ready to go. different Had I been able to discuss choices with a stylist, that person may have steered me to a better available choice. But it was Sunday evening with New Years on Tuesday, so just gave it a shot. I am happy with RTR, just not the fit and style of this dress on me.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
November 15, 2013
Too much fabric.
Runs very large. I didn't wear it, it was too big and I think it's a lot of fabric for a small person. It might work a more conservative cocktail hour, but not really a party dress.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
October 26, 2013
Ordering from RTR is so easy and with the free back-up size, it helps when you're between sizes.
I LOVED this dress!!! The length was awesome especially because I have a short torso and longer legs. The material has stretch to it so it fits your body great but you are comfortable. I danced all night and loved the way the dress had a shiny material and a matte material. It has a funky look with two different sleeve cuts. I HIGHLY recommend this dress!!!
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 48
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 190lbs
October 19, 2013
Lovely Luncheon
This dress is beautiful. I ordered it for $25 as a backup dress for another event but it was perfect for a charity luncheon. The dress fit beautifully and was so comfortable. I am am a DDD so finding dresses that fit well in the bust can be a problem. This was a jersey material with a little stretch This fit like a glove and I felt great in it!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
September 9, 2013
Great LBD
Great dress, really classy. Would have liked to have the 6 and the 8 as the 8 was a bit big but overall it worked well!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
August 23, 2013
Way too big!
I ordered the smallest size, 0, and it was way too big - did not have any fit the way it does on the model at all. I'm not that small either - a slighty curvy 120 lb-er, so i wouldnt recommend to anyone remotely small. If it did actually have fit, I think I would have loved it for a girls night out or work event, but alas, beyond help. Good concept, bad execution!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125lbs
August 1, 2013
In a sea of sparkle, I stood out as classy.
More of a grey-ish purple. Very pretty and comfortable.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
May 24, 2013
Very cute and comfortable!
The dress fits true to size. I'm in between a 10 and a 12 (I'm a 10 on the top and a 12 on the bottom). I chose to wear the 12 because the dress is fitted in the hips. I received a ton of compliments on the dress.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
March 23, 2013
Pretty, flattering, comfortable
Runs large, I wore a 2 and feel like I could have worn the next size down
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
January 1, 2013
tons of compliments!
I received tons of compliments on this dress. I paired it with black tights and pumps. It definitely runs large...I typically wear a size 6, but would fit into both the 4 and 2. (Ended up wearing the size 4)
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 36
November 23, 2012
Runs big
Ran pretty large- I normally am a size 4, but this 4 was way too big- couldn;t even wear it to the wedding. Good thing I had brought a backup.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
October 17, 2012
Did not end up wearing this dress
I received this dress as my back-up option when my original order dress did not have my back up size available. I didn't end up wearing this dress, but it is beautiful in person. Runs a little large, so order your typical size. Wish I could have given it a try!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 42
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 138lbs
October 10, 2012
This was my back-up dress. I didn't end up wearing it.
It fit true to size overall, but the top was much looser than I expected. I don't know if it is due to over use or cleaning. Overall, I didn't feel like the fit was as fitted as on the model.
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