Archive: December 2010
This year you will be spending time with your beau’s parents. On one hand you’re excited- it’s a big step! On the other hand this has now presented a little problem… what are you going to wear? Don’t fret! Follow our tips and you will make the perfect impression.   Tip 1: Drinks with the girls and holidays with his parents are very different occasions. Dress more on the conservative side for the holidays with his family. Chances are the pictures that are taken will be shown to other family members as they discuss how wonderful you are.     Tip 2: Do not change who you are. The worst thing you can do is be uncomfortable around his parents and lead them to believe you are anything but your fabulous self. You should wear something a little more conservative, but be comfortable and don’t try too hard! Relax and be you.   Tip 3: Less is more. If you are over thinking your outfits, have changed several times and have thought about your hair and makeup for longer than it takes to get ready, before you walk out look in the mirror and take one thing off. Whether it is one accessory or you tone down your lipstick, they want to see you and there is no need to be overdone.   These are some of our favorite looks for spending the holidays with his family. Did we miss any? Tell us in the comments!              Read More
Congrats to the winner of the Styleite contest! We absolutely adored her pic, and can't wait for next week's winner. Don’t forget to submit your photo to the Style Sheets- next week it could be you!     Read More

10 Things We Love 12.13.10

1 Our First Clearance Sale You've been asking for a long time, and now the day has come. Own a piece of our collection - try something new or buy your favorites. We must admit, our employees scored some greal deals themselves. Here's some of the pieces we've snatched up - go get 'em!   2 Ear Warmer Headphones Our resident expert Jenny assures us that this is the best gift you can get for a runner! 3 Holiday Giveaways - Part 1 Since its the holidays, we've got not one, but two amazing ones you can enter. First, we've teamed up with BeautyBar.com - the perfect place to find your beauty favorites or discover new luxury brands - to get you gorgeous for the holidays with a $1000 giveaway. To enter, you'll need to make sure you're logged out of RTR and then login here.   4 Holiday Giveaways - Part 2 Our second giveaway is easy to enter - skip over to our facebook page here and enter to win an $1000 gift card to Rent the Runway. We're also giving away 10 smaller gift cards of $50 each, so there's plenty of prizes to go around.   5 New Herve Leger Just in time for NYE, we've got 6 new styles for you to love. Check them out and reserve them now because we can promise you they'll go faster than you can say "Smoking".   6 Joelle's Desserts Not only is everything Joelle bakes to die for, but her goodies make for excellent holiday gifts. Our Stylist Rachel recommends the blondies.   7 Animal Mittens From the Union Square Christmas Fair - perfect for Secret Santa!   8 Time Stands Still This Broadway drama is a welcome respite from movies.   9 Brunch at Cabrito Three drinks for $9? Check. 10 Brooklyn Flea Located in an old bank in Brooklyn, the building itself is pretty amazing and the shops (located on the main bank floor where the tellers sit and downstairs in the vault) are pretty cool too.     Read More
  Matthew Williamson Does Bridal Matthew Williamson will be launching his first bridal collection next year and we can’t wait to see what he will create! He is infamous for his use of bright colors and prints, so seeing his take on an all white ensemble will be quite an unexpected treat. Would you want to walk down the aisle in a dress designed by Matthew Williamson?  [Elle UK]     Menswear in the Making for Ports 1961 After conquering the female ready to wear market, Ports has decided to launch menswear! Their first menswear collection will debut in Fall 2011 and we are expecting a sleek line with a mix of uptown and downtown chic that Ports is known for. Olivia Palermo, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington l-o-v-e Ports… what boys do you think will be wearing it?  [The Cut]         Vera Wang Cosmetic Line We let you in on Vera Wang’s fragrance shoot a couple weeks ago, but Wang has more up her sleeve! She is launching a new cosmetic line for 2012, with one thing in mind- being fashionable on a budget.  Rumors are you will be able to pre-order in 2011! What will you be ordering? [InStyle UK]     Read More
With all the fabulous pictures we received in the last week, we could have posted a Style Award everyday! It was a hard decision, but our first Style Awards go to Christine and her sister and duo Sarah and Katharine!   Christine wore her dress to the Emmy’s and scored two statues and Sarah and Katharine are so statuesque they should have been the Emmy itself!                                 Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their RTR pics, but don’t stop! Keep them coming because we are picking another winner next week. Here were some of our other favorites- see more fab pics on Facebook!                            Read More
You've already seen our gift guide, but some of you might be looking towards smarter spending this holiday season. Check out this special guide Smart Cookies created! It will become your go-to for ways to save and shine for the holidays.   We especially love the fashionable tips on using “Less to Impress” and being the stylish “Hostess with the Mostess” on a budget. What are your holiday saving tips?         Read More
After many requests from our members, we asked our stylists where they’ll be spotted this holiday season and what designer duds they’ll be celebrating in. If you happen to see one of our girls out there, make sure you snap a picture and send it to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com!   Camille, Holiday Dinner My brother is flying in just in time for a New-York-fabulous, Christmas Eve dinner at the hottest restaurant in town! I'll be fine-dining in the Christian Siriano Silver Metallic Tweed Sheath and the Badgley Mischka Black Spade Earrings!       Melissa, New Year’s Eve I’ll be wearing this fun and sexy Alice & Olivia Gold One Shoulder Sequin Dress to a New Year’s Eve party in the city. The silver in the Ciner necklace will blend with the mixed metal shoes I'll be wearing. Here I come 2011!       Ashley, Black Tie Extravaganza In an effort to avoid crowds, lines and a lack of cabs, I am changing it up this New Years Eve and attending a black tie event! My fingers will be crossed for snow in the D&G Powder Twist Gown, which I will pair with the Badgley Mischka Marry Me Crystal Drop Earrings.       Emily, Caribbean Christmas I’m spending Christmas in the Caribbean! This is the perfect dress for my holiday getaway to the Islands and the Ted Rossi Strut Your Stuff Cuff completes the look.       Alissa, Winter Wedding  I love this dress because the silhouette is incredibly chic, but effortless at the same time. The Elizabeth Cole Old School Glamour Earrings provide a bold statement, creating a focal point against the simple black dress. Pair it with simple black pumps and you're out the door in 5 minutes flat!       Rachel, Palm Beach Holiday I can’t wait to slip into the new D&G Cookies N' Cream Dress for my grandma’s annual holiday party in Palm Beach Gardens. I love wearing her vintage earrings, but she might want to snatch these Lee Angel earrings from me!          Read More
Calling all Rent the Runway fashionistas, it’s time for me to step back and let you style me! I'm RTR's first stylist and for my big 25th birthday bash on December 16th I'm taking the back seat to styling and letting you do the dirty work. The night is going to be filled with dancing, friends, and maybe a little bubbly!    I have a few dresses in mind but need your help on deciding the ultimate look, so tell me in the comments, on our Facebook page or tweet your suggestion @RentTheRunway! Below are all the dresses I was considering. Make sure you tell me by Friday, the 17th so I can check for availability and buy the perfect shoes :)    See what I end up wearing on Monday morning when my birthday look is posted on Facebook!  Ladies, get to styling!  --Blaire              Read More

Our Holiday Gift Guide

With so many gifts to buy, it’s easy to run out of ideas (and time!). Not to worry: Rent the Runway presents fun and fabulous gifts for all the fashionable  people in your life. (And while you’re at it, why don’t you treat yourself?!)   For the Eco-Conscious Diva Help her support the earth in style with a chic Catherine Holiday Eco Tote.  Made from 95% recycled materials, the “J’aiDexuAmours/Love of Two Cities” tote features iconic images of both Paris and New York, $25.  Available at Catherine Malandrino boutiques: Meatpacking District – 652 Hudson Street, 212.929.8710 Soho– 468 Broome Street, 212.925.6765   For the Tech Savvy Fashionista The perfect stocking stuffer for the fashion loving iPhone user. Tibi iPhone covers in three signature prints: Midnight Garden Party, Viola, and Madeline. Available online at Tibi for iPhone3G, 3Gs and 4, $54.95.   For the Life of the Party A flowery fragrance that possesses a blend of exotic floralsand soft woods, the new Nicole Miller perfume is the perfect gift for the woman who is daring, fun and not afraid to turn heads!  Available online at Nicole Miller and fine and specialty department stores, $58.   For the Health Fanatic   BluePrintCleanse is the first nutritional cleanse offering different levels of intensity depending on one’s dietary habits and history. Six 16 oz raw fruit and vegetable juices daily in place of meals nourish your body while giving it a much needed break. Do yourself a solid—go liquid with BPC fresh pressed juice, delivered straight to your door anywhere in the U.S. Gift cards available for 1, 3 and 5 day cleanses. Order online  at www.blueprintcleanse.com or by calling 212.414.5741.   For the Shop-a-holic Style For Hire is a network of personal stylists - hand-picked, trained and certified by co-founder Stacy London, celebrity stylist from TLC’s What Not To Wear.  Their stylists will help you edit your current wardrobe, create fresh new looks based on what you already own, and develop a shopping (and rental!) list to fill in the blanks for a functional, flattering and budget-appropriate closet.  Style for Hire currently operates  in Washington, DC and will be expanding nationwide in 2011.  So give the gift of styling!  Find a stylist at www.styleforhire.com.   For the Woman who Has Everything (almost) Imagine having a personal assistant who not only helps with the daily details but also has insider connections to the hottest tickets and reservations worldwide. Enter Quintessentially, a 24-hours-a-day concierge service offering three levels of membership. Quintessentially membership hands you the virtual keys to any city. Whether it be travel, music, art, food drink, hotels, clubs, spas, restaurants or exclusive velvet-rope access, a Quintessentially membership is your passport to the very best that life has to offer.  Memberships start at $1500.   For Absolutely Everyone And for the ultimate gift of glam, Rent the Runway e-cards are easy, perfect gifts for any fashionista. Give her a fashion moment she will never forget! Available in amounts from $50 to $1,000 in both e-card and classic gift card formats. Read More

Style Me: The Black Tie Event

So you've been invited to an event and the invitation says "Black Tie" - what does it all mean?   We’ve asked our stylists to interpret all that "Black Tie" entails - plus, they've even put together some of their favorite looks. What will you be wearing for your formal event this season?   Tip 1: Black Tie does not necessarily mean floor length. In fact, we've been at black tie events where the majority of women were in short dresses (granted, we live in NYC and we see Gaga-esque outfits on the regular), but there's plenty of appropriate dressy options that aren't gowns. When in doubt, ask the host what she's wearing. If there's no clues to be found, you're safe in a long dress, but these days almost anything goes!   Tip 2: Accessorize to kill. In our humble opinion, accessories make the woman. You could wear the LBD in your closet with the right clutch, earrings, and necklace. Earrings are a particularly powerful place to make a statement.   Tip 3: Navy is the new black. We embrace color at all times, but even for those who normally shy away from it, navy is a sophisticated option for formal events. We particularly love mixing navy dresses with black accessories for an uber chic look.   Stylists' Picks:     Read More