Archive: January 2011

RTR Style Spotlight: Lake Bell

This week we shine our Style Spotlight on actress Lake Bell. After stirring it up with a musician and a blogger, we are bringing it back to the faces on the big screen! Bell stole the show in box office hit “No Strings Attached” and we love to see her fashion statements out and about. There’s just one thing you have to keep in mind if you want to look bella in Bell’s fashion- a girl needs to accessorize! Check out some of her looks below and let us know if there's someone you'd like us to shine our Style Spotlight on next week!   Lake Look 1: Fine Form This dress looks like it was made just for Bell. The length and fit are perfection and we LOVE the funky belt and bold bangs. Make sure next time you’re out your dress fits like a glove- try the Herve Leger Audrey Dress and Black Magic Earrings to spice up your night.          Lake Look 2: Lush Life This Temperley London Byzantine dress is made for the modern princess! The scalloped bottom gives it a bit of a twist while the satin jacquard adds a dash of castle flair. Bell added a belt to define her waist, then added modern shoes and a day to night clutch. You too can add a belt or this Ted Rossi Cleopatra Cuff to make an impact.         Lake Look 3: Color Me Olive This color combo is absolutely divine! The magenta suede pumps against the bronze clutch and olive dress is a fashion risk well taken. You can look just as sleek for your next event in the Preen Olive Bustier Dress and Carlos Falchi Bronze Bombshell clutch. Don’t forget to add a pop of color with your pumps for a modern twist.           Read More

Style Me: Fashion Flashback

Snowy skies = mucho movie time. Besides the new flicks we love this week, there are a few classics we go back to every time we're in need of a fashion film fix. Whether it's Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing or Breakfast Club, we all have our lazy winter Sunday afternoon routine. Well fellow fashionistas, dust off your fashion files from the past and bring some Clueless into your wardrobe!   Wondering how to look modern while channeling your favorite trends from the past? No need to search for your white collar-less shirt from Fred Segal. Here are our favorite Clueless trends that you can wear now to release the Cher Horowitz within. Let us know which Cher look was your favorite in the comments!   As If Wearing plaid from head to toe? As if! No need to do that this Spring, but a punch of color and a mix of prints are definites. Cher can have her plaids, you can have school girl Proenza.                 Cher Chic Being fashionable takes lots of studying. When your Dad asks what you did in school at the dinner table, your answer should always be “I broke in my new purple clogs.” Here are our Cher Chic new styles that you can break in.                Fashion Hold Up Wrinkle my designer dress? No way. Ms, Horowitz gets held up and almost takes a bullet for fashion. Can you image looking so chic others NEED to have what you have? Here are a couple of dresses to die for… just make sure you have a body guard with you.                           All Clueless images provided by IMDB. Thanks! Read More

3 Ways: Dresses for Now & Later

Looking through the upcoming Spring collections has made us hungry for open toed shoes and bright hues. So we got to thinking- what can we wear now or later? We’ve come up with a couple of solutions to cure your winter blues and help you get a head start on Spring. Just add the layers to wear now or shed them all to wear these looks in the Spring!    That 70’s Look The 70’s are all over the Spring collections and unless you’re planning on getting your skinny flares dirty in snow you’ll have to opt for a look that will be winter-friendly.  We love this Tibi dress for a jump start into the 70’s. The detail across the front reminds us of feathers and layering it with this fur jacket and over the knee boots brings the look into 2011. Don’t forget the Silver Rain earrings and Pearl and Crystal ring to complete your look!       Brighter is Better We brought you the best shades of resort a while ago, but we are just aching for color! If you can’t wait to shine on, do it in an edgy downtown look.  We suggest the super flattering Black Halo Red Carpet Dress, All Saints jacket and Opening Ceremony boots. To bring on the edge the Dannijo Sparo cuff and Cosmic Python Bling bib are musts…. don’t forget the tights!     Naughty Neutrals  To calm down the bright colors and for all of you minimalistas, don’t worry! Neutrals are in, but with a dash of provocative. Layer this fresh Badgely Mischka frock with a turtleneck, Top Shop belt, Reiss jacket and a pair of never fail Christian Louboutin Mary Janes. Spice it up with a pair of Lilliana earrings and you are ready to face the cold!     Read More
Brought to Rent the Runway by Ruth Drennan of RuthDrennanCakes.com     When it comes to getting married there are so many details to take care of and unless you come from a household that entertains frequently (I certainly didn’t!), you have no idea where to go for all the things for your big day… especially the cake! Everyone knows you need one of those, but where should you start your search?   1. Friends and Family – This should be the first place you go to try and find your cake baker (or ANY vendor for that matter!). Your married friends can tell you about their own experience with their baker and can help direct you towards the right people to connect with as well as those to avoid! Listen to your friends. They won’t steer you wrong!   2. Magazines – The top bakers often have their creations featured in the pages of national and local bridal magazines. Take a look inside the pages and save pictures of all the cakes you like. Contact information is often given with the picture credit, so visit the sites of anyone whose work strikes your fancy. Just remember, featured bakers are justifiably more expensive than people who haven’t had the same exposure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will make a better cake.  If you MUST have the exact cake you saw in Brides, get it from the person who created it. Most bakers don’t want to be copycats, because they don’t want their designs stolen by others either!     3. Go Online – Most of you will probably be checking out bakers online while you’re supposed to be working. A good place to start is a wedding portal like TheKnot.com. This site is free to users and lists a lot of local vendors for everything you might need for your wedding. They might not list everyone though, so you’ll want to explore other options as well.    4. Go Local – Who says you need to go to a fancy cake designer like me? If the baker on the corner makes the best cookies and cupcakes ever, see if they make wedding cakes too. The price is going to be a lot easier on the wallet, you know that you already like the stuff they make and you can feel good knowing you are helping to support a small business in your own community.   To see Ruth’s work and learn more about her, visit RuthDrennanCakes.com.   Read More
Brought to Rent the Runway by Christian Oth   For the last couple of weeks and several more to come, I have been sharing my best suggestions for booking your wedding photographer in Booking Your Wedding Photographer: Tips Series by Christian Oth.  With so many great options in wedding photography available to couples, it can be almost overwhelming to know how to find the best match. Following these tips will get you one step closer to getting great photographs that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come. This week we focus on one of the most crucial of the deciding factors- credibility.         Week 4: Credibility   Do they come highly recommended?  A great way to find a reputable wedding photographer is by asking your friends for recommendations. Keep in mind that your taste and style may be different than your friends, but if you love their photographs and they had a great experience with the photographer it’s a good bet that you will, too.  Ask them about their entire experience- from the wedding day to how timely the delivery of their images was.  If you are the first in your circle of friends to get married, ask other vendors and tastemakers that you admire who they would recommend.     Are they well-established?  Ask about your photographer’s background and level of experience.  Are they conducting their business out of Starbucks, or do they have their own studio?  All photographers have to start somewhere, and often you’ll find very talented photographers running their own small businesses.  Just make sure to do your research and take care to ask for references.  On the flip side, don’t be blinded by the brick-and-mortar businesses.  They could be burnouts, so take just as much time to look into these as well.       Can you view complete albums?  Most photographers are great at taking pictures, but sometimes when it comes to putting together an album, they can fall short.  By viewing complete albums, you’ll be able to see the cover and paper materials they use, and the quality and craftsmanship of the design.  Some larger studios have their own album designers and some outsource, but either way, at the end of the day the album is going to be what you have to remember your wedding.   To see Christian’s work, book him for your wedding and learn more about him, visit ChristianOthStudio.com.   Read More
Brought to Rent the Runway by AisleDash.com’s Brooke Showell.     Not only must they look lovely in coral satin and dance a mean Macarena, they'll keep you sane and smiling from the engagement to the afterparty. Whether it's just one sister or a gaggle of gal pals from all different stages of your life, your bridesmaids will be among your biggest supporters on the big day. Choose them wisely.   1. Determine the size There is no hard and fast rule as to how many attendants you should have (a good estimate is one attendant for every 50 guests), but consider the approximate size of your wedding in relation to the bridal party. Also, keep in mind that the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen does not have to be perfectly even and consider your budget: more ladies means more bouquets, bridal-party gifts, hair and makeup styling and anything else you plan to provide.   2. Consider the relationship Sisters, sisters of the groom, and other close relatives such as a favorite cousin get priority. Such gestures are greatly appreciated and may help avoid any potential conflicts or hurt feelings. When it comes to friends, consider the nature of the relationship and the person's role in your life. Also, consider how the women you're considering get along with each other. Two cousins engaged in a lifelong feud may make matters difficult for the rest of the bridesmaids (and you).   3. Think about her situation If a friend is moving to another country, starting a rigorous graduate-school program, recently unemployed or maybe even getting married herself, it might not be a great time for her to devote herself to your wedding. If being a bridesmaid doesn't work out, she may prefer to be involved with another way, such as giving a reading during the ceremony.   4. Don't feel pressured Almost every bride will have that one person whom they feel they should ask to be a bridesmaid but really just don't want to. Before you give in to the fear of hurting someone's feelings, think about what you want and figure out a tactful way to make that happen. Most importantly, don't let anyone invite herself into the bridal party -- after all, it's your wedding.   5. Be prompt and considerate Of course, you'll want to spread the good news of your engagement before you even think about the bridal party. Do not extend any official bridesmaid invitations until you have given it some thought and are absolutely sure of the decision, but don't put it off forever, either. Friends and family who suspect they're in the running will want to know whether or not they should start practicing their processional walk -- and you'll be able to put any bridal-party anxiety behind you and move on to other aspects of wedding planning.   For more on how to choose your bridesmaids visit Aisledash.com   Read More

10 Things We Love 1.24.2011

1 David Meister Red Carpet style, now available through Rent the Runway.     2 Red Rooster  The new Marcus Samuelsson (of Aquavit fame) restaurant in Harlem has amazing drinks and an awesome vibe. 3 Sundance It was hard to pick the highlights, but Lauren loved seeing My Idiot Brother, a hilarious movie with Paul Rudd & Elizabeth Banks, and couldn’t wait to catch a ride in the music taxi, a van taxi that had a karaoke machine in the back. Sun, snow, and singing!   4 Pinterest Our entire design team keeps track of everything they love with this social catalog service. 5 Getting Our Culture On Between the abstract impressionism exhibit (Rothko! Pollock! De Kooning! Oh my...), a live dance performance in the atrium, and a great sale at the store the MOMA was the place to be on a freezing Saturday afternoon. 6 Balaboosta Delicious falafel gets us everytime… 7 Brooklyn Boulders Jaime’s a fan of NYC’s largest climbing gym.   8 Movie Madness Jenny liked No Strings Attached while Jenn loved Country Strong (so much she downloaded the entire soundtrack!). 9 Miami Eats Abby discovered some really good Cuban cuisine at Tap Tap in Miami and enjoyed the fabulous food at the Lion’s new restaurant in the Raleigh. This might be our favorite because just thinking about it makes us warmer… 10 More Weekend Wearing In addition to our other chic RTR-ers, check out Daria & Nadia in winter chic at Marc Forgione! Read More

Style Awards: YOU Decide!

Every week we choose a winner for the Style Awards, but this week we are leaving it up to YOU! Vote for who you think should win this week by liking their picture on facebook, all you have to do is click here. The picture with the most likes wins! All likes must be in by Thursday at 10PM/EST! If you have a fab pic in RTR send it to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com to win the Style Awards! Next time it could be you! To see the winners in the past click here!         Read More

Weekend Wearing: Weather or Not

This weekend the cold was unbearable in NYC, but that didn't stop the ladies of RTR from looking fabulous this weekend. Here’s what we were wearing, but we'd love to see your pics too. If you have a picture of yourself wearing RTR, submit it to ShareRTR@renttherunway.com and enter to win our Style Awards- winners are posted every Friday!   Rachel- I wore this Herve number to a friend’s birthday party. Between the tights and dancing, I forgot it was in the teens outside!        Emily, Blaire & Ashley- This trio wore RTR from head to toe for Blaire’s birthday! (From left) Emily is in the Halston Heritage Studio 54 Statement dress, Blaire is in the Yigal Athena Admirer Gown and Erickson Beamon Chain Gang Earrings and Ashley is in the skirt from the Gryphon Two Piece Stunner!                               Read More
Prabal Gurung x Sally Hansen One of our RTR faves, Prabal Gurung has teamed up with Sally Hansen to bring fashionistas everywhere nail polish hues to die for. All colors were inspired by his 2011 Spring collection and will be out in time for open-toe shoe weather. Some of our favorites are Runway Red-y, Model Behavior, Casting Call and Without a Stitch! Which one will you be wearing? [Fashionista]   Runway photos: NYMag, Nail polish: BellaSugar, Profile: Style.com   Peter Copping for Nina Ricci- The Ad is In! Weeks ago we told you about Peter Copping taking over Nina Ricci and his plans for the fashion brand. Ladies and gentlemen the ad is in! Here is the first glimpse of the Nina Ricci Spring 2011 campaign. Is it a hit or miss? [The Cut]     Rent the Runway + Bloomberg New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg invited Jenn and Jenny to the 2011 State of the City Address and gave a special shout out to Rent the Runway! You can catch the entire speech by clicking here. Mayor Bloomberg also had some ideas for J & J: "I was speaking to my close friend Oscar de la Renta about your business and how he should get on board." Do you agree with the mayor? [The Observer]       Read More