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Helmut Lang

Licorice Dress

$59 to buy
$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". )

Size & Fit Notes

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". )

Size Chart

Size Chart

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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87 reviews

Fit
Small 0
True to Size 29
Large 56
Photos 17
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Jul 25, 2012

This was a replacement dress that customer service helped pick out & it was a great choice. Fit better than the original dress I wanted.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
I wore this to a Fashion Week event. This replaced the original dress I ordered. I'm usually a 6, but I received a 4 & it fit well. I received many compliments on this dress.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Aug 19, 2012

Birthday dress!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Oct 17, 2012

Did not end up wearing this dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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!
RTR Customer
Age: 34
Nov 23, 2012

Runs big

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 1, 2013

tons of compliments!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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)
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Mar 23, 2013

Pretty, flattering, comfortable

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Runs large, I wore a 2 and feel like I could have worn the next size down
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
May 24, 2013

Very cute and comfortable!

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 125 lbs
Aug 1, 2013

In a sea of sparkle, I stood out as classy.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
More of a grey-ish purple. Very pretty and comfortable.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Aug 23, 2013

Way too big!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155 lbs
Sep 9, 2013

Great LBD

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 47
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Oct 19, 2013

Lovely Luncheon

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185 lbs
Oct 26, 2013

Ordering from RTR is so easy and with the free back-up size, it helps when you're between sizes.

Size worn: 12
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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!!!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Nov 15, 2013

Too much fabric.

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 61
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 120 lbs
Jan 1, 2014

This dress did not work for me- liked the idea of it, though.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130 lbs
Jan 9, 2014

LOVED this! High fashion!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
I wore this to a rehearsal dinner after party and loved it! I felt like a rock star!! Fits great!!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130 lbs
Feb 5, 2014

I felt spectacular!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160 lbs
Feb 15, 2014

Runs large, order down for your backup size

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142 lbs
Mar 19, 2014

Classy, flattering, and comfortable

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175 lbs
Mar 24, 2014

Felt like a million bucks

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Date
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 149 lbs
Apr 18, 2014

This was my back up dress!

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Other
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
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Apr 26, 2014

Nice, but Not Right for Me

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125 lbs
May 1, 2014

Went to a charity event.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
The dress fit true to size and looked great on. I did not wear the dress however, I wore something else.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115 lbs
May 8, 2014

Classy and sassy!

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 160 lbs
May 10, 2014

Very Comfortable, Yet Sexy!

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
i received many compliments on this dress! Loved it! Very comfortable too. It was perfect for the evening work party!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135 lbs
May 21, 2014

Love this!

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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!
RTR Customer
Age: 38
May 22, 2014

Nice dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140 lbs
Jun 10, 2014

Beautiful dress. I received a ton of compliments.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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!
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Body type: Hourglass
Jun 22, 2014

I was the main speaker for a banquet and needed something understated yet notable, and this was perf

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I preferred the smaller size, but there was a stain on it, so I wore the larger one. It looked nice too.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 139 lbs
Sep 2, 2014

Great flattering comfortable dress

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
Great flattering comfortable dress
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 133 lbs
Oct 3, 2014

Comfortable Dress!!

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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!
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 117 lbs
Oct 16, 2014

Unfortunately, I did not end up wearing this dress.

Size worn: None
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Wedding
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).
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145 lbs
Oct 18, 2014

I felt chic and comfortable all night.

Size worn: 8
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
Fit was true, color was different, and I felt elegant. The cut and fabric are forgiving and flattering.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 22
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150 lbs
Nov 14, 2014

Flattering, chic and comfortable

Size worn: 6
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123 lbs
Dec 6, 2014

I love this dress, it was too big on me.

Size worn: NONE
Rented for: Vacation
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. ;)
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 39
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 135 lbs
Dec 16, 2014

A Great Twist on the LBD...

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Other
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 42
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 135 lbs
Jan 1, 2015

Dress was a little plain for my function.. Had to jazz it up with accessories.

Size worn: 4
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
Jan 19, 2015

Surprisingly fantastic

Size worn: 10
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115 lbs
Jan 20, 2015

Interesting design, got a ton of compliments.

Size worn: 0
Rented for: Date
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.
RTR Customer
Top Contributor
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 43
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110 lbs
Jan 28, 2015

Perfect party dress! Both classy & edgy.

Size worn: 0
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Party
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.
RTR Customer
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125 lbs
Apr 5, 2015

I wore this to an outdoor black-tie wedding in the fall.

Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
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.
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