Archive: May 2010

Celebrity Chic: Rachel Weisz

It's officially time to start wearing white again! Rachel Weisz looks amazing in the Yigal Azrouël Keyhole Cold Shoulder Dress at a NYC screening of her new film, Agora, which opens this Friday. I love that she added black accessories - so cool, so modern, so downtown! What do you think? -- Derek        Read More
It’s getting haute in here. We’ve added amazing new arrivals from Nicole Miller, LaROK, Catherine Malandrino, Doo.Ri and Halston Heritage, amongst others. It’s always hard to pick favorites, but if I must…   I’m a sucker for a well-done ruffle. The Country Club Chic Dress from Milly is just what I need for Sunday brunch and a day at the museum. I’ll pair this LWD with the Lilliana Earrings from Lee Angel to keep it simple and sweet.          Sexy yet sophisticated, the Indigo Silk Bodice Dress from Catherine Malandrino is perfect for a romantic dinner with the boy or cocktail with the girls. I might edge it up a bit with the Rock on Bracelet from Cara Accessories.          With five weddings on my calendar, I have lots of getting dressed to do. The Theory Pretty in Pleats Dress is bright and fun – ideal for a rehearsal dinner! The Elegant Sophisticated Symmetry Earrings from Badgley Mischka Jewelry make this a perfect evening look.          Pre-reserve these and other hot new styles early for all of your July and August events! -- Daria Read More

Make a Statement!

Despite our taste for designer dresses, one of our favorite looks for summer is a jazzed up tank and jeans. It’s the perfect way to feel confident and comfortable without sacrificing style. Sometimes all it takes is a sexy pair of heels, but if you want to get noticed, our chunky necklaces and bangles are the way to go. Here are some of our favorites:   Tuleste Market Interlocking Choker                   Susan Hanover Cutting Edge Necklace           Subversive Pink Sunken Treasure Necklace         Lee Angel Etienne Necklace           Ted Rossi Young and Fabulous Cuff                      Dannijo Jaxson Cuff          Elizabeth Cole Metallic Chain Bracelet               Roarke Charo Coral Bracelet         How will you be dressing up your tank and jeans this summer? Read More
1 American Idol With the finale approaching, we’re all on edge. We have an office pool that’s not going well for any of us, but we’re still tuning in for the finale to see whether it’ll be DeWyze or Bowersox. For the record though, Lara had Lee winning from the beginning and now we’re all rooting for him! Who do you want to win?   2 Fresh Brown Sugar Body Cream First introduced to Jenn by Daria, she's now addicted and loves smelling like she just left the bakery!   3 The Food Cart on Hudson and Leroy Best Chicken Schwarma in town   4 Obama Love There’s a lot going around. First, POTUS himself complimented Jenna (our VP of operations) on her Angel Sanchez green dress at a dinner last week. Then, Tamar got to see the first lady speak at her sister’s graduation. And we’ve already told you how we felt about her Peter Soronen look last week. The first family and Rent the Runway seem destined to be together!   5 iPhoto Scrapbooking Who has time to make a real scrapbook these days? Ashley made her cousin a beautiful scrapbook through iPhoto for her bridal shower this weekend.   6 Matcha Green Tea Jenny’s still on her cleanse, so this tea has been her savior!   7 Doodle.com This website is great for scheduling group activities - potlucks anyone?    8 Memorial Day Weekend Abi & Lara are already gone, and the rest of the office is seriously ready for a vacation. After we get all of your vacation dresses & jewelry out the door, of course (and reserve our own!). Have you reserved yours for this weekend yet?   9 Summer Cocktails Ashley likes Key Lime Martinis, Lara like Caipirnhas. What’s your drink of choice when the sun’s shining?   10 The Go-Getter Girl's Guide: Get What You Want in Work and Life (and Look Great While You're at It) The best real-life, smart girl, real world situations, get ahead guide out there. We generally think life advice books are bull (though Jenn has gotten a bit more spiritual with her Kabbalah classes of late) but this one is the real deal. Debra Shigley lays it all out there with the stories of female entrepreneurs and other successful ladies who have been there, done that. A great gift for a soon to be grad or an "I don't know what I should do with my life” girlfriend. Read More

Perfect Packing Pieces

One last post before I leave for Singapore (and Bali – last minute addition!). I’m a very strategic packer, and as I’m sitting here with my suitcase and my packing list, I thought I’d share with you a few of my picks to travel with. Below are some easy pieces that work well for any destination. Bon voyage! -- Lara La Rok Lovely in Lace Dress No trip to paradise is complete without a little white dress. This one works on the beach or for the evening.   Margo Morrison Capri Necklace All travel should have some turquoise and this beautiful necklace screams relaxed resort.     Haute Hippie Beaded St. Barth's Dress We named it that for a reason. Another versatile piece that can go day or night.     Badgley Mischka Radiant Resort Earrings I always pack one pair of stunning colorful earrings that I can add to any casual sundress for a night out.   Read More

Introducing Ports 1961

  You may have noticed that this week we added New York’s very own Ports 1961 to Rent the Runway. We can’t even begin to describe how excited we are about these structured pieces with a bohemian twist. Sophisticated and stylish, these dresses are the perfect way to take you from day to night. My personal favorite is the Perfect Parisian Sheath (above left). What’s your pick? -- Lara Read More
You never know...      Blake Lively looked great in our Yigal Azrouël mini on the season finale last night and we totally support the hair pulled back. Too pretty a style not to show off! -- Lara   Read More

Calvin Klein Collection

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To give you some more insight into our wacky Rent the Runway family, every week we’ll be sharing 10 things we can’t stop talking about. Let us know what you're obsessed with this week in the comments and we'll reward our fave with a $100 giftcard. -- Lara   1 RTR's New Arrivals Particularly the Matthew Williamson Fashion Fantasy Dress. What's your favorite?   2 O.M.G. by Usher Jenn’s favorite tune was also our Pandora station at the Photoshoot. Song of the summer?   3 Pics from our customers We LOVE when our fabulous customers post pics on facebook so we can see how great they look in their RTR. Post yours!   4 Singapore Lara’s off on a vacay this Friday and like any good traveler she’s been online researching sights, restaurants, and more. Any suggestions?   5 The Clean Program Jenny’s on a cleanse once a month or so, and she’s now hooked on Gwyneth’s Detox of Choice. Could you survive 21 days on this?   6 Urban Gardening Brooke can’t stop talking about her flower boxes.     7 Party Down This amazing comedy about LA cater waiters came to our attention via NY Magazine, and Lara's been watching Season 1 all weekend. It's flown slightly under the radar, but Season 1 does not disappoint and it's now available on DVD...   8 Planning for Wedding Season If you count all the weddings our office is attending this summer, it adds up to 1 bajillion. Check out our wedding picks here, including these 2 gorgeous new gowns.     9 Cancun Our Director of Technology, Abi, is also taking off for warmer weather. Let's hope we can survive without him.   10 Bain Capital It’s our one year anniversary of getting funded and we couldn’t thank everyone there enough for their support! Read More

Our Very Own Prom Queen

It’s been a busy week at Rent the Runway, so apologies if you’ve been missing us on the blog.  Since you last heard from us we’ve been to the Hamptons, Prom (yes, Prom), and back again. Now we’re gearing up for our next photo shoot so that we have lots more great dresses to share with you. But before that, we need to celebrate one of our own – Rent the Runway’s very own Prom Queen, our stylist Blaire Rabenhorst.   This past Saturday, Fashion Indie hosted PROM 2010 here in NYC. Celebrities, fashion designers, bloggers, and New York’s finest socialites flooded the dance floor. Voted on by a panel of Celebrity judges, it’s fitting that our very own stylist Blaire won Prom Queen. Every day at the office she delights us with her fabulously fun eclectic style – a mix of vintage blouses, armfuls of gold jewelry, and of course, Chanel. Blaire truly is our very own fashion queen – and now she’s got the sash to prove it! -- Lara   Here’s Blaire with our another one of our stylists, Ashley:   P.S. We’ll forgive them for not renting the runway – all of our long gowns were out for the weekend and they were kind enough to let our customers have them! Below is what they would have worn.   Blaire:                                                    Ashley:     Read More