Dress Diaries: Asia Society Benefit Dinner

Dress Diaries Kristen Studeman Rent the RunwayBrought to Rent the Runway by Style.com fashion and party writer, Kristin Studeman


“You must have a lot of nice party dresses for your job,” one man said to me at last night’s annual NYC Asia Society benefit dinner. “No, I just Rent the Runway,” I responded.


Like many fashion fiends, I always want to rock the latest looks from my favorite designers, but it’s no secret that the industry doesn’t pay nearly enough to afford me that luxury. That’s where Rent the Runway comes in.


Yesterday morning, I woke up and realized I didn’t have a dress for the Asia Society dinner I was attending for Style.com. As a fashion and party writer for Style.com, as well as New York MagazineWomen’s Wear Daily and InStyle.com, I go to red carpet events, black tie galas and runway shows on a weekly—make that daily—basis. When you find yourself in a room with the likes of fashion’s greatest tastemakers and designers, such as Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang, I think it goes without saying that you are going to want to be dressed well.

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When I was selecting my ensemble for last night’s fête, I wanted to incorporate the Asian theme. After sorting through dozens of fabulous Rent the Runway options, I found myself deliberating between the Tibi Vermillion One Shoulder Dress and the LaROK Vintage Lace Dress.  Ultimately, I chose the LaROK dress because the intricate gold detailing on the dress made it especially unique. I completed the look with bold, Kenneth Jay Lane Jade Drop Earrings. (Apparently, everyone’s loving those earrings right now because Kelly Ripa and Nicky Hilton were recently spotted wearing them too)!


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Just a few hours after I ordered my look, it was at my door. I can’t say how nice that was—for a girl on the go, it’s the ultimate luxury to have someone else take care of getting your party ensemble ready.


The whole look was a total success and I think the compliments from other guests, including my talented friend, designer Bibhu Mohapatraand Naeem Khan, speak for themselves. Bibhu said he noticed the beautiful fabric of my dress from across the room! Thanks to RTR for saving the day.



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All celebrity pictures provided by Style.com via Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com.


To read more about the party, read Kristin’s full story on Style.com here.