Archive: November 2010

Behind the Bling: CINER

  Win the perfect fall jewels to dress up your look! To kick off the holiday season, we've teamed up with Ciner to offer RTR members the opportunity to win $500 worth of jewelry. Click on this link and tell us the #1 reason why you deserve to be-jeweled for the holidays. The most compelling story will win these amazing pieces below.  _______________________________________________________________________________   Where do you turn for amazing designer pieces this holiday season? Try Ciner, a company founded 119 years ago, that is still family owned and operated and is steadfastly dedicated to creating splendid jewelry that is as durable as it is glamorous. We went behind the scenes with the Ciner team to get the inside scoop on one of the oldest jewelry companies.   What words would you use to describe Ciner? Elegant, timeless, unique, exquisitely made, glamorous, classic, sophisticated.     Where do you get your inspiration from? Here at Ciner we value tradition and thus we get a lot of our inspiration from estate jewelry and heirloom treasures. We love mixing the old with the new to create an updated and modern look.   What materials do you use? We use a combination of semi-precious, Swarovski and Czech stones. All pearls are fresh water and we adore mixed media including velvet, silk ribbon and cord. Every stone is hand set and every pearl is hand strung and knotted. Each piece is finished with an 18 karat gold plated process that withstands the test of time.   What is the process used to create these magnificent pieces? Each piece can take up to one week to complete once the design process has begun. We have archives that date back to our founding date of 1892. First we take a model from this archive and create a unique mold in the casting machine. We then sotter the piece, polish it and plate it. The plating process is a tedious process and each piece is dipped into 25 buckets filled with copper, nickel, rhodium and lastly gold! Once the piece is plated, the stones are hand set and laid to dry. At last, the fabulous timeless piece is completed.      What are your favorite things about working at Ciner? We have all worked here for over 30 years and consider each other family. Since this is a family owned business we try to continue this tradition each generation. The creativity here is endless with all of the possibilities to make pieces that have history but are also modern. Our tremendous enthusiasm has allowed Ciner to thrive throughout the years.    Read More

Glamour’s WOTY Awards 2010

Last night, some of us at RTR had the amazing pleasure of attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards and we were completely blown away. The quality of women in the room was overwhelming with inspirational stories from Julia Roberts, Queen Rania, Cher, Constance McMillen, Donatella Versace and more (and did we mention OPRAH??!!!).   It’s difficult to compare them, but by far one of the most touching was the story of Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters. Dr. Abdi has been working through bleak conditions in Somalia since 1983 as one of the only rays of hope in a horrific humanitarian crisis. Her efforts have grown from a one-room clinic on her family farm to a camp housing approximately 90,000 people, and she continues to press on. Last year, when her camp was seized and she was taken hostage, she was told "Women can't do things like this." Her response to the Islamic miltants: "What have you done for society?"   Dr. Abdi’s story is truly astounding and speaks to the power of women and hope (a message we are proud to support on the 1st anniversary of Rent the Runway, a company founded by women and for women!). If you are interested in learning more, you can go to glamour.com or to make a donation to help support her fantastic work, please click here. -- Lara       Read More

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

You may have noticed a new look at RTR today. In addition to a new look and more than 40 new dresses, including several from our newest designer Vera Wang, we’ve added some great new products and features that we hope you’ll love as much as we do.   If you skip on over to our accessories page, you’ll notice a new category, “Intimates”. We’ve picked our favorite essentials from Spanx, Hanky Panky, and NuBra and made them available for sale on RTR. We’re trying to make your life even easier by providing one stop shopping just in time for holidays. FYI, you can select to have your buy it now essentials shipped with your rental or right now.   We’ve also listened to your feedback and added zoom to all of our product pages. Now you’ll be able to see how all of our amazing dresses and accessories look close up.   We hope you like these changes, and as always, we look forward to hearing your feedback. Let us know how we can make Rent the Runway even better! – Jenn & Jenny   Read More

Things We Love 11.8.10

  1 New Lela Rose Amazing styles for the holiday season in gorgeous colors, textured fabrics, and sensational silhouettes.   2 Our 1st Anniversary Party The RTR team will be partying this weekend - you can try and spot us around NYC...we'll be the full party dressed in Rent the Runway!    3 The NYC Marathon Two members of our team are limping around the office today, but congrats to Christina and Brett for completing the 26.2 mile race!     4 Abstract Expressionist New York This expansive MOMA exhibit offers a comprehensive overview of works from Pollock, DeKooning, Rothko and more.     5 Glamour Women of the Year Awards  A few of us were honored to receive an invite to tonight's awards gala celebrating Glamour's Women of the Year and we can't wait to celebrate Julia Roberts, Cher, Donatella, and more!    6 Rouge Tomate Daria loves this unconventional space on the UES that features a seasonal menu that includes brilliant toast and a cranberry margarita to die for.   7 A LBD for the Holidays Herve Leger, metallic, zip-front, need we say more?   8 This Movie Poster Jamala loves this visual for the new Gus Van Sant movie "Restless".   9 Velvet Angels Boots Jaime loves these boots from OAK NYC. Pair them with tights and a great edgy dress (like this one from Tibi) for a night on the town.   10 Hotel Griffou Nadia liked the new chef so much she went Friday and Saturday!   Read More
Where do you turn for effortless chic? If you’re like us, you go to Catherine Malandrino. She brings a dramatic flair to otherwise classic silhouettes, with sex appeal to spare. Her Spring 2011 collection was no different: strong but feminine looks and fabulous abstract prints. We went behind the scenes with Catherine to learn more about the role art plays in her designs, what’s new in 2011 and how she gives soul to her clothes.      What inspired your Spring 2011 collection? I drew much inspiration from my time in the South of France – most notably from Roger Capon, a ceramist from the artist’s town of Vallauris. For Spring, I emphasized a clean shape and unique craftsmanship such as crackled leather and washed tones reminiscent of a pottery glaze. The silhouette is loose and effortless like easy days spent along the French seaside. What new concepts or materials did you introduce in this collection? I wanted to give a soul to the clothes so I experimented with a lot of distress techniques like washing and tie dye that evokes the effect of clay. I experimented with basket weave and macramé and contrasts with distressed silk and linen.    Which part of the design process do you like the best? The fitting process. From an idea, the garment becomes alive. How is the Catherine Malandrino brand growing in 2011? We will have a very unique collaboration with Lacoste. The Lacoste + Malandrino collection will celebrate an unexpected marriage of an everyday French brand with a feminine French designer.   If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why? A Coco Chanel fashion show on the steps of her Maison de Couture.   How do you celebrate finishing a collection? With love, champagne and sleep.   If a girl was going to purchase her first Catherine Malandrino piece, what would you want it to be? A dress, the iconic Catherine Malandrino silhouette – strong, feminine and effortless. Read More

10 Things We Love 11.1.10

  1 Voting on Jenn & Jenny's Looks Make it a dark night in one of these amazing black dresses. Our 1st anniversary is just around the corner and of course the biggest question is what to wear to celebrate! Which dress should Jenn & Jenny wear to toast RTR? Tell us now on facebook!   Jenn's Choices:   Jenny's Choices:   2 Trader Joe's Pumpkin Mixes Mikkel likes the pancake mix and Anushka likes the muffin mix, so apparently we'll all have to try soon!   3 Freeman's Brunch Delicious food without much fuss. Perfect for feeling like Fall, even though it seems like its already Winter!   4 Football (and wings!) Brooke's loving that she's winning the office pool and Ashley H. (yes, we've got 3 now!) is loving the snacks that go with it too.      5 New CC Skye  Add some gold glimmer to your look with these pyramid pieces.    6 Deadmau5! Blaire and Emily went to the concert this weekend and had the best time!     7 PrettyYoungProfessional.com A new site intended to provide resources for young professional women - how could we not support it?      8 Antigua, Guatemala This beautiful and historic city made a perfect backdrop for Christina's cousin's wedding last weekend!   9 Surprises Stay tuned for details, but there's some fun surprises coming to RTR later this week...   10 Kelly Ripa in RTR Jenny's fave wore RTR on the Regis & Kelly show last week and looked adorable as always!     Read More