Helmut Lang

Licorice Dress

$59 to buy
$470 retail

This style is currently unavailable.

Shop all dresses

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.

Share
88 reviews
Fit
Large
(56)
True to Size
(29)
Small
(0)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
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:
0
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
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.
View photos (1)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Work
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
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.
View photos (1)
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 42
Body type: Pear
November 18, 2010
This dress looks amazing on the model, but was definitely not designed for us ladies with hips for days. I ordered down a size, and it fit the hips but I still had several inches of extra fabric around my waist. Sadly, it looked really frumpy on and I sent it back without wearing it.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 4' 11"
Age: 62
Body type: Petite
November 23, 2010
This dress is a pretty color of Gray. It is still form-fitting. And you do need to order a size down.I wore it with simple drop jet blk. earring and a gorgeous bracelet- all from RTR!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Body type: Athletic
December 22, 2010
This dress runs VERY large. I read some reviews and knowing it was large ordered a 6 and a 4 (I would normally order an 8 in designer dresses) The 4 was even too big. Luckily, I was able to have a 2 sent to me same day and it was so much better. It was fitted in the right places and the bunching in the waist was very flattering. I think the more conservative top balanced out the snug hips. I loved this dress so much and got so many compliments that I'm renting it again for new years. I Paired with the Lovely Bouquet earrings which totally worked- also from RTR.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
December 22, 2010
Dress looks great on. I got many compiments. Very comfortable and easy to move in also.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
January 9, 2011
This dress is AHmazing, it was perfect for NYE. I got compliments from about everyone I saw...I really didn't want to send it back!! Order a size down as it runs large and won't look great if it's not snug enough.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 37
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
February 2, 2011
Rented this for a pageant event I was judging; paired with my own costume earrings and the Montecarlo Bangle Set; it looked amazing.  I am 5'3" and very curvy with a smaller waist (typically I wear a 10 in Regular Sizes, but found the 8 in this dress was perfect (found it very helpful that RTR allows you to order an addtl size just in case).  The dress hit just below my knees and I found the length really worked well.  Great dress; would certainly rent again.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
May 10, 2011
Thank goodness I rented a backup dress, because this dress was HUGE. The 2 was waaaay too big, and made me feel very frumpy. I don't even think a 0 would have worked for me. Loved the detail on the back and was super bummed to not get to wear it. I weigh about 130 and wear a 34B.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Body type: Hourglass
August 23, 2011
This dress lovely but does run large. Go against your instincts and get a size smaller than your usual size. It needs to fit a bit tighter to hang properly. Otherwise the front won't wrap across your chest and will shlump!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 32
Body type: Straight & narrow
October 12, 2011
This dress was phenomenal! I received a ton of compliments! It is very comfortable, and flattering! It does run large though, I would say it runs about one size too big. I would definitely rent this dress again!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
November 27, 2011
Sooo Disappointed
I originally ordered this dress for my best friend’s very chic / very photog-friendly event, and was REALLY excited to wear it but I ended up grabbing something from my own closet. This dress was not AT ALL what I expected. Maybe I was thrown off by the distant picture provided by the site but this dress is actually a two-toned/ dual-material- part black, part dark purple. The back was super sexy- hugged my curves, but the front looked very frumpy although it has an A-symmetrical sleeve. As the other reviews mentioned, the dress does run large, so order your size AND the size under (I only tried on the smaller size). This was my first big miss with RTR. Oh well.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 118lbs
December 14, 2011
Very cute!
The dress does run big so be sure to order a size down. I'm glad I did. A 0 probably would have been a better fit, but the 2 worked. Swimming in the 4. Especially with my full bust. Got lots of compliments on the dress. I wore it to a company holiday party. It felt sexy, yet conservative, since it covered any cleavage. Really comfy and you can wear a typical bra with it (which is a must for the busty gals).
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 51
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
December 18, 2011
I needed to be a bit thicker
I am a hard to fit 0 to size 2 and I ordered this in "0" and it was too baggy on me. I'm almost 5'4" 114 lbs, no chest, with wide hips. Pretty dress, but I had a Doo Ri back-up that worked, so all was well!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
February 27, 2012
Great dress!
I ordered this dress as my "backup" dress and ended up wearing it because it was so comfortable and really a dress you could wear anywhere. It can be worn dressed up or down depending on the heels and jewels. I thought the blacks looked black (unlike other comments) but it is clearly two separate fabrics, a silk and a satin, which appear different. I really liked the look.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
May 2, 2012
Girls Night Out
I rented this in a 6 and 8 for a girls weekend in New York City. I am large busted and usually fluctuate between a 6-8 because of that. The 8 was baggy and the 6 fit like a dream. Unfortunately, even though the dress was really flattering, I didn't end up wearing it. The 6 was just a bit too tattered and worn - I was expecting better quality than this. I think the sash and sides are made of satin and they had little snags and pulls. Nothing major, but it didn't make me feel like a million bucks. I'd still recommend this dress to others - it really is a great cut!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
June 8, 2012
Great dress! Runs very large.
This dress is beautiful. For short people like me, it hits just above the knee and is very flattering all around. Definitely order down a size, or even two sizes. I usually wear a 6 and even the 4 was a bit loose in the waist.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
July 19, 2012
Runs really large--not kidding
I rented this for a wedding, but didn't end up wearing it. When they say it runs large, they are not kidding! I'm usually a 10 in dresses, 12 in pants (my measurements are 36-30-40) and after reading the reviews, I ordered a 10 and an 8. The 8 was so loose in the waist, it was sagging. Also, the length on me was just about to my knees, rather than cute-flirty-mid-thigh length, like I was hoping for. After I got to the wedding, I realized this dress would've been too formal anyway, even if it had fit--on the model, it looks like it straddles that line between 'cocktail' and 'party', but in person, it was all 'formal cocktail'.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
August 19, 2012
Birthday dress!
I rented this dress for my 30th birthday party! It was great and I felt super sexy! Its stretchy though... so I would've gone with a smaller size.. oh well, still looked great.
View photos (2)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
August 24, 2012
Very pretty but...
It looks so edgy on the model. It wasn't as sassy as I expected and ran really large to get any sort of figure out of it. I haven't been a size 0 since I was 12 but I got to be for one night! It was also very long on me.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
September 4, 2012
Great LBD
I wore this to a benefit for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in NYC. It's a great LBD without being boring. The different fabrics create a nice texture and some verge towards gray rather than black, which I actually liked. It was very flattering, without being inappropriate for work. The front is cool but modest with a more fitted back.
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
September 13, 2012
I got a lot of compliments on the fit and style of this dress.
The dress runs large as other reviewers have said, I usually wear a size 2. The pros: comfortable, I like the contrast that the two types of fabrics offers, unique draping. The cons: not really any!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
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!
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 37
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.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
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)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 64
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 134lbs
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:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 31
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:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
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.
View photos (1)
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
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!
View photos (1)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
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:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
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!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
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.
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
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).
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 42
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
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:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 46
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.
View photos (3)
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
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.
View photos (1)
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Age: 41
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.
View photos (1)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
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!
View photos (1)
See more reviews:
1 / 3

NEW! Add your favorites to a shortlist to organize for upcoming occasions.

Click a <3 to start!

×

We created a shortlist for

Click the <3 to save your favorites

×