Adventures In Paris

Since Saturday, Derek and I have been immersed in all that is Paris Fashion Week – placing orders with new designers for Rent the Runway, socializing with our U.S. designer friends, trekking from one appointment to the next in the freezing cold (not fun!) all while sporting our 4 inch Louboutins – the most useful gift a newly minted girl in this business can receive! A few observations from the epicenter of the fashion world:


1) Nina Ricci is one of the most beautiful brands in the world. You heard it here first, but Nina Ricci is coming to Rent the Runway and let me tell you, these dresses are to die! Nina was our first appointment of the week and I was taken aback by the buzz in the showroom – over 8 buying appointments were going on simultaneously alongside a visit from Vogue.  Though instead of being overwhelming, it was quite efficient – models grazed the floor in fall collection garb, enabling us to see and get inspiration from looks we may not have gravitated to before. Look out for a stunning black and grey rosette mini skirt we selected, perfect for a first impression.


2) Every building is a wonderland. Almost every appointment would begin with a palatial old door off a windy alley – once opened, even the most unassuming building might open to a gorgeous inner courtyard, a cobblestone entryway or another feature that makes my small NYC 1-bedroom feel entirely blasé. Here’s Derek and I in one of these inner courtyards – in this one Commes de Garcons was showcasing their collection.


3) Estefania Lacayo is the chicest woman on the planet. She does not like attention but it has to be said.


4) Colette is the place to see and be seen. For those of you who don’t know, Colette is a fabulous Parisian store where the industry comes to shop, socialize and “eat” lunch at the café downstairs. Though I think Derek and I are the only ones who were really eating (rather redefining how much bread (for me) and sweets (for Derek) two humans can consume in a day). To the women of Paris: espresso does not equal lunch.


5) Preen is the new Herve Leger. I’m not taking anything away from Herve Leger because I love it and it’s fabulous (and I especially love Kim Livek our sales manager there!) but I absolutely fell in love with Preen in Paris. I had been spotting it at Intermix in NY and loved the bold hues (no one does a better acid yellow) but to buy the collection in real life is incredible. Look out for bodycon dresses by Preen this fall on Rent the Runway!  



– Jenn