Helmut Lang

Licorice Dress

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$470 retail

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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
Overall fit:
Large
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
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: 61
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.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
December 29, 2010
Ordered size 4 & 6 and the 4 was perfect. Great fit and even looked good with tights.
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: 36
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:
True to Size
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Body type: Hourglass
March 4, 2011
I love it, this dress was amazing, it fits very well.
Overall fit:
True to Size
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 43
Body type: Full Bust
April 12, 2011
This dress had a large stain on the left breast which was too bad because the fit was great!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
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:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 112lbs
May 18, 2011
I enjoyed wearing this dress - pretty and comfortable, no fuss. The detailing is much more subdued than pictured, and I actually liked it better in person. Fits true to size.
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:
True to Size
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 51
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 118lbs
September 9, 2011
I took the advice of the all the other ladies and took a size 2, which fit perfectly. I still ordered a size 4 just in case. Service was great and chatting with the stylist also helped.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 155lbs
September 14, 2011
I love this dress & want to keep it! I thought it ran true to size & was flattering. It is more of a charcoal grey vs black & the fabric feels great! I am so glad I got this rental & cannot wait to wear it!
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
True to Size
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 46
Body type: Straight & narrow
September 23, 2011
Very flattering dress. Wore to dinner at a fancy restaurant and got compliments. I got size 0 which fit well except the top was a bit large.
Top Contributor
Overall fit:
Large
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:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 128lbs
December 27, 2011
Fit like a glove
I wore this dress to a casual company party. It was perfect because it looked dressed up and festive, but not over the top. Conservative because of the length and high neck line, but still sexy and elegant. I would not recommend it if you want to make a big statement. It is understated. I loved the fit. It has the right amount of spandex to conform to your curves in a flattering way. I wore it with black tights and black patent platform heels.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Body type: Pear
January 4, 2012
Great dress!
Loved, loved, loved! Great dress and super comfy
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: 38
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: 29
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.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
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:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
August 25, 2012
Classy and elegant
I felt gorgeous and elegant in this dress. It is classy and sophisticated and fits like a glove. I prefer dresses with a little stretch, and this was perfect and hugged my curves in all the right places. It is perfect for a formal affair, dressy work function or anywhere you need to wear an LBD that is professional and sharp yet sexy and fun!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
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: 35
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:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
September 26, 2012
Beautiful fit, but a little bit longer than it looks!
I loved this dress because it fit quite well and was very flattering- but on my 5'2 frame, was just a bit too long for a fun wedding. Tall girls, go for it! It's beautiful and very well-made.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 28, 2012
Felt great!
Could have worn a size 2, but I was at a conservative wedding, so I had to wear it a little longer. I have a large bust, small waist, and big hips for my short size so this dress was perfect for concealing those voluptuous parts of me for the conservative wedding I had to attend.
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: 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.
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)
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:
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.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
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:
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.
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