Archive: October 2010

Our Fave New Looks

Now that it finally feels like fall, we're all in the mood for some fall fashion. We took a break from our regular jobs today and each picked our fave new arrival. These are our choices - which one do you like best?    AJ, PR Director "My favorite is this Temperley London style that I wore in Dallas - a great color and fit!"   Brooke, Director of Business Development "Everything I love this season: velvet, jewel tones, and long sleeves."   Lauren, Senior Assistant Buyer "Feminine and sophisticated - a great update to the LBD!"   Chondita Chatterjee, General Manager of Weddings "An exceptionally gorgeous, flowy, swirly dream!"   Anushka, Director of Merchandising "It's super chic and perfect for day to night."   Christina, Sr. Director of Finance Great for Saturday night with the girls! Read More
  1 Cobalt Velvet This bold blue beauty has also got back.   2 These Gorgeous Pumps These ultra-high heels from Ann Taylor will give your style a lift.   3 Apple Picking And pumpkin picking too! Speaking of pumpkin...   4 Pumpkin Spice Latte Season Yum!   5 High Impact Cuffs These Ted Rossi statement pieces bring a lot of luxe to any look.   6 Helmut Lang Leggings Jenn wore them all weekend and love how they make her feel like she's ready to fight crime. You can get yours here.   7 Jeffrey's Yes, the store. But also the Grocery that just opened down the street from Lara's apt. An old style mom n' pop offering sandwiches and a small restaurant in back.     8 Body Rolling After suffering through some neck and back pain, Chondita found relief through a body rolling class. You can give yourself a full body massage with just a mat and a few balls!   9 The Art Truck Chris saw a wild looking cartoon pop art truck last night - kind of a like a food truck but selling art instead.   10 Boston! A bunch of us were down there this last week enjoying various business and leisure activities - but Christina definitely ran around even more than the rest of us - she completed the Boston half marathon on Sunday!   Read More
To finish up the week, we thought we’d share some of our favorite fashion finds online this week. Tell us what your favorites are in the comments. – Lara   Christina Hendricks on Christian Siriano Critics may not have liked it, but Christina Hendricks still loves her Christian Siriano designed Golden Globes dress. [Harper's Bazaar]       Nicole Miller at New Zealand Fashion Week The prolific RTR designer shared her diary from New Zealand fashion week with  []     Cuteness at Chanel The most adorable fashion we've ever seen. [] Read More

Top 10 for 10/10/10

This Sunday is 10/10/10 and to celebrate the ultimate date of the decade (and the most popular wedding date this year!), we've picked our top ten dresses for the weekend. Do you like our list or is there something we've missed! Tell us in the comments. -- Lara & Jenn   For a wedding:   For a night out::   For a Sunday Brunch:   For a dinner party:   For a cocktail party: Read More

RTR Saves The Wedding Day!

Occasionally, a Rent the Runway story comes along that’s so amazing we just have to share. This one’s a heartbreaker. Imagine its three weeks before your wedding.  Everything’s going well and you’re doing all you can to stay calm. Then you find out that the store holding your bridesmaids dresses burned to the ground!   When this happened to her, Svetlana Sobol turned to Rent the Runway for help. Could we outfit her bridal party with gorgeous dresses and only two weeks notice? Of course! Our stylist Ashley picked out a fabulous Tibi dress that all of Svetlana’s bridesmaids looked amazing in and her wedding pictures were saved! Such a beautiful bride and such an amazing story… --Lara     Read More

And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Meredith Arnold, who's won our Ultimate Fashion Giveaway! Meredith will be receiving a gorgeous Missoni gown worn by Rachel herself (it's adjustable!), a $1,000 gift card to Rent the Runway, and a personalized autographed copy of Rachel's book, Style A to Zoe.   Thanks to all who entered and don't forget, we've got another great contest that you can enter now and win a $1,500 gift certificate to Tibi! -- Lara Read More

Behind the Seams: Tibi

  WIN A FABULOUS FALL WARDROBE FROM TIBI & RENT THE RUNWAY To celebrate the launch of Tibi's new e-commerce website, Tibi and RTR are offering you the opportunity to win a $1,500 gift certificate to use on Enter here now! _____________________________________________________________________________   If you're a girl about town interested in looking modern and chic but forever searching for that breezy quality women dream about, Amy Smilovic's Tibi is the brand for you. Her 2011 collection did not disappoint, with party frocks and head-to-toe looks that have us craving warmer weather. We went behind the scenes with Amy to learn more about her inspiration, what's new in 2011, and why she'd take a time machine to the 70's. -- Lara      What inspired your Spring 2011 collection? I was inspired very much by the update of American Classics.  I became obsessed with the movie “Leave Her To Heaven” starring Gene Tierney.  She just looks beautiful and so put together.  And I really wanted to reflect that in the collection – make something that is incredibly chic and classic, but still very young, cool and wearable for today.   What new concepts or materials did you introduce in this collection? We worked with so many different fabrications – texture was extremely important – suede, leather, laser cut, tweeds, cotton crepes.  I was searching for items that would look structured yet with total ease – fabrications that looked comfortably washed but still finished and elegant at the same time.   Which part of the design process do you like the best? I always love traveling to Paris after the shows and absorbing what’s going on in Europe.  I love the sense of style in Paris and Milan, and just how truly the entire population seems to be obsessed with style and design.  It’s just such a part of their way of life – an incredible appreciation for things that are beautiful. How is the Tibi brand growing in 2011? We’ll continue to grow our swim category – I think it’s a very natural offering for us.  And our new shoe collection looks amazing – I die to wear every item in the collection.  We produce it all in Italy, so needless to say the quality is insane.   If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why? Any of the European designers from the 1970s.  We were just at the Louvre and they had an exhibit on YSL, Chloe and others from the early 70’s – and footage from the old shows – what productions – the models were actresses, so fun and totally campy at the same time.   How do you celebrate finishing a collection? I really don’t have a whole lot of time to celebrate. My husband and the kids go out for a fully indulging dinner right after the show. And I’m always off to Paris the following day to fabric shop for my next collection.  My design team comes with me so we celebrate together over Falafel in the Marsais. When we return, we’re off and running for Fall 2011.   If a girl was going to purchase her first Tibi piece, what would you want it to be? Irene’s look (white lazer cut top, lazer cut shorts, flats, and the suede coat with oversized pockets) – look 5 from the collection – it’s so chic and modern, on trend but absolutely not trendy, and each individual piece will take you so far.     Read More
  1 Stripes Gone Wild Gone is the nautical stripe of spring, and in its place comes stripes of many colors, mixed fabrics, and more!   2 The Social Network Jenn, Anushka, and Lara all loved this amazing movie. Did you see it? What did you think?   3 Our New Warehouse Check out the before and after!   4 Engaged in RTR One of our own, art director Ashley, got engaged this Friday night – wearing a new RTR dress of course! Congratulations!!!     5 Crystal Clear Jewels Complete your look with these easy to wear, always chic pieces.   6 Bicycle Catwalk A fun website with stylish people on their bikes.     7 Baseball Playoffs Starting on Wednesday - sports overload for the guys in the office.   8 Bachelorette Parties AJ was loving Bourbon Street in New Orleans, while Jenny was welcomed to Miami.   9 The Jane Hotel Chondita went to check out the newest outpost of Cafe Gitane and stayed for the amazing hotel bar!   10 Five Other Things From the Campus Tour We've got a bit of an extended list this week, as there were too many highlights to choose from. Here's some of Brooke's favorites:   10.1 Confetti Glitter Nail Polish As seen on the most stylish freshmen at Vanderbilt.   10.2 Strutting the catwalk in RTR  for a good cause Our student produced fashion shows at UGA supported HEROs, an organization to help children affected by HIV or Aids and our Vanderbilt Kappa Delta Kosmo fashion show supported Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Next up is Columbia University's "An Eye For Fashion" event that will support Service for Sight.   10.3 RTR vs. Nike Overtaking Nike tempo shorts as the wardrobe must-have on college campuses across the south.   With the help of our talented Runway Reps, we're hoping RTR garment bags will hang in dorms across country like they do in this room at Vanderbilt.    10.4 Gator Growl Vote Help Univeristy of Florida senior Katy Carvel decide what to wear as she competes for Homecoming Queen in front of 40,000 fans at Gator Growl on October 15.  Cast your vote here.    10.5 The Fashionable Side of Football Sideline style a varsity sport on game days in the SEC. The UGA football team even came to our charity fashion show to escort game day looks down the runway.   Read More