Archive: February 2011
The big day is coming up and if you’re still wondering what to wear, we’ve got a lineup of dresses that will wow for V-Day. Don’t know what's in store? Not to worry, we've picked some versatile looks for Monday’s day of hearts. Which look do you love?   Destination: Dinner & Dancing Does that special someone has something special planned? Try the Badgley MIschka New York Wonder Dress with the Elegant Drop Necklace. Not only will he fall in love with you all over again, this look is just casual enough to still be comfortable.       Destination: Hot Spot Up for an evening at the hottest place in town? Nothing says love like a little Herve. Wear this Heartbreaker Dress with the Black Ice Bangle Set.       Destination: Unknown  Sometimes Valentine's day takes you to unexpected places. No matter where you end up, look effortless in this Catherine Malandrino number and Dannijo's Finley Earrings.        Read More

Sneak Peek: KNBC

I’m out in sunny California where the weather is 85 degrees and sunglasses are a must. I wanted to share with you a sneak peek at what’s to come. Here I am predicting the red carpet looks for the Oscars. Stay tuned for the TV clip, coming soon! –Jenn         Read More

Be Mine: V-Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is a week away and if you're anything like us, you probably haven't done any shopping for the man in your life. Besides dressing up in an Herve for your night out on the town, here are a couple of our favorite presents for your guy (+ 1 that works for everyone!).   For the Music Lover The Anthology of Rap could be a gag gift or a bible - we'll let you decide. Other choices for the music man include a briefcase USB turntable or Paul Smith headphones.         For the High Maintenance Man Keep your guy well-groomed with Kiehl’s Refueling Set or a Calvin Klein fragrance. Or splurge on a spa package at John Allan’s for the ultimate guy's grooming treatment.            For the One Who Has it All I mean, he already has you but we’re pretty sure he would like to have these things too. Seal it with a kiss by gifting a custom pair of Converse sneakers, Apple TV or the Bonobos “I Frickin’ Love You” pants- they actually say that on the inside!         For Everyone! Make a little time for everyone you love and send them one of these ultra chic Valentine’s Day ecards from Kate Spade.       Read More
With Jenn, Jenny, and a few other team members out in Cali this week, here's our first bi-coastal edition of 10 things we love this week. What’s on your mind right now?    EAST COAST 1 New Herve Leger A classic silhouette in two of-the-moment colors.   2 NYFW Kicks-Off!  We can't wait to head back to Lincoln Center Thursday for the start of New York Fashion Week. On tap this week are Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Adam, Lela Rose, and more - and that's just before Monday! Stay tuned for full fashion week coverage on RTR Insider and make sure to follow us on facebook and twitter for up to the minute coverage.   3 Traif Traif, which in Hebrew means "not kosher," is Lauren’s new fave brunch spot in Williamsburg. The menu includes items like bacon dulce de leche doughnuts with coffee ice cream!   4 Kickshaw Cookery This meal delivery service has several RTRers excited about lunch again!   5 Superbowl Pants The game was fine (or better if you're a Packers fan), but as far as Derek's concerned the main event was Lea Michelle's to-the-floor hem on her gorgeous camel trousers a la Phoebe Philo. Did you like them?   WEST COAST  6 Red Medicine Jenn, AJ, and Chondita all enjoyed the delicious food and the great vibe at this Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills.   7 Grenade Since we haven't driven a car for a while (yes, we're New Yorkers), we forgot how much fun it was to hear one song over and over and over. Right now, the song we're singing to is Bruno Mars' Grenade. Throw my hand on a blade for ya.... 8 Beautiful 70 degree Weather Thanks for rubbing it in! New York today is 40 degrees and it feels like paradise. So we're naturally already dreaming of our favorite new Spring arrivals - starting with this gorgeous white Proenza Schouler.     9 Google Land Visiting the google complex in Palo Alto is a like a spa paradise - bikes for everyone and a fantastic juice bar!   10 Gorgeous Shoes Even those of us not happily taking in the 70 degree weather can enjoy a brief glimpse of Spring in the form of new shoes. Olivia’s identified this Chloe slingback as one to watch while Abby has her eyes on these blue patterned stunners from Raphael Young.     Read More

February Runway Report

February has us thinking about colorful fashion, long necklaces for a short month, and a splash of pre-Spring styles. Check out our Runway Report below.    Green with Envy Inspired by the green on the Golden Globes red carpet, here's our picks for making others at your event green with envy.         Go Long You can count on these necklaces to go the extra mile for chic.         Pre-Spring Proenza It’s here and we can’t wait to wear it. Proenza’s pre-Spring collection is all about mixed metallics that you can wear now.         Read More

Behind the Seams: David Meister

Dress Master David Meister has a name synonymous with sophisticated, body-conscious, feminine dressing.  He knows a woman’s body, and most importantly that one size and silhouette does not fit all. David’s day dresses are the perfect balance of sweet and sexy, and his cocktail and evening styles are all about glamour. We went behind the scenes with the designer to find out his personal style icon, how the brand is expanding, and why he loves the 80s.      What inspired your Spring 2011 collection? Easy, effortless glamour. Simple silhouettes that are all about shape, draping and strong color. I love the play of nudes, soft metallics and white against strong bright colors.    What new silhouettes or materials did you introduce in the collection? One sleeve cocktail dresses and gowns look great for Spring. Touches of chain detail as well. I also introduced a sheer knit devore in nude and black which is stunning.   Which part of the design process do you like the best? I love the fact that design is a very organic process. You start with a master plan and then it grows, evolves and takes on its own personality. Often I start with a fabric and a sketch, make the muslin and then in the fitting on the model it starts to evolve into something else - something even more Interesting. As a designer you have to allow things to evolve and be open to the direction things take on during the creative process. It is also very exciting when you see the line complete and the vision has become a three dimensional reality.       How do you celebrate finishing a collection? Martinis, martinis, martinis!!!!!! Followed by a long weekend of sleep!   How is the David Meister brand growing in 2011? Presently the brand consists of David Meister Collection (day dresses, cocktail and evening), David Meister Signature (available at Bergdorf Goodman) and David Meister Bridal. We are currently working on and exploring other licensing opportunities which will enhance and complement the brand.   If you could sit in the front row of any designer? I would have to go back in time for this one. One of my most favorite designers is Halston. To go back and be physically present in his Olympic Tower showroom would be BEYOND!!!! His clothes were so modern, effortless and chic. He really changed the way women dressed as well as American design. His clothes were so right not only then but are still relevant and modern today. The glamour and social milieu of the seventies and early eighties is really one of my most favorite periods.   If a girl was going to purchase her first David Meister dress, what would you want it to be? It would definitely be a jersey cocktail dress in black or a bright color. Jersey is one of my signature fabrics. It is sexy, modern and always looks right!       Read More

RTR Fashion Show & Her Campus BC

Back in December, Brittany Lewis and her roomate launched the BC chapter of Her Campus Magazine. Their next feat was putting together the launch party. We teamed up with them to help produce the hottest fashion show BC has seen! Brittany knew she was in for an amazing show as soon as the RTR dresses arrived.   Here she is with her favorite models of the night!                    Read More
This week the fashion world covered everything from fun films to the First Lady’s looks to affordable bridal. Here are the highlights.   Vera Wang & David’s Bridal Vera Wang has teamed up with David’s Bridal to create a breathtaking wedding dress collection to be released on February 11. The collection is true to Wang's style, with dresses as sophisticated and lux as her designer collection. Now that you can buy Vera at David’s Bridal, rent your bridesmaid dresses and accessories from RTR, it is time to think about that ultra fancy honeymoon. Hello St. Tropez. Who’s with us? [David’sBridal]     Fashion Films:  Alice + Olivia Alice + Olivia released their first fashion film to introduce their 2011 Spring/Summer collection. Dinner parties, walking on tables, purple lipstick… makes us want to join in on the fun! Watch the video here.  [Racked]       Our Fashionable First Lady We spotted the First Lady wearing Kara Ross accessories and a Rachel Roy sheath last week for the State of the Union address! Kara Ross deigned the pieces just for her as part of an exclusive White House Collection. What did you think of the fashionable First Lady’s outfit? [WWD]     Read More

Style Awards: Chic in Review

There were so many submissions last week we posted more pictures to vote on. This week you chose birthday girl Melissa as the Style Awards winner! Melissa looked stunning for her 30th birthday- we’ll be renting that look from head to toe for our next big day!     If you have an amazing picture of yourself wearing Rent the Runway, share it with us! Send it to for your chance to win the weekly Stye Awards. Why not feel like a celeb?   Read More

Thursday Obsession 2/3/2011

Award shows, ice-skate-to-work weather and American Idol have been keeping us indoors. If you’re going to be inside munching on your couch, we recommend this genius cookie recipe. We are OBSESSED and wish we could have thought of it ourselves. Too bad these can’t be delivered! Click here to make your own Oreo-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies.       Read More