Typical days at Rent the Runway bring many opportunities for Cinderella experiences with fashion. One of my favorite rituals of the week is 5pm on a Friday when many an RTR lady can be found upstairs in our warehouse modeling dresses for her parties that weekend and getting the often too-honest feedback of the RTR family! So, I’m just a bit spoiled when it comes to dressing up! That said, last week I had my very own Cinderella moment with fashion. I was invited to the opening night of the de Young Museum’s “Balenciaga and Spain” exhibition in San Francisco and I knew I needed to wow with my fashion choice as Anna Wintour was hosting.
Before the event, Derek Guillemette, our head buyer, called some of my favorite designers and asked for special couture gowns – Bibhu Mohapatra, Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez and of course, Alberta Ferretti. About a dozen gowns floated into our office a moment’s notice and I had a veritable fashion show in one of our conference rooms to determine which dress was “the one.” I decided on a Grecian-inspired, slate-grey Alberta Ferretti gown – a go-to brand for special events.
Fast-forward to the exhibition – there were 120 breathtaking pieces, and the crowd was packed with fashion world elite and some of my favorite techie friends from Yelp, Google and Facebook. Attendees were dressed in gowns from Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte, and of course Balenciaga. At my table was Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy, the founders of Juicy Couture who were dripping in Lanvin’s runway collection. They were tons of fun and we talked about the new line they have coming out in July, which we at Rent the Runway are eagerly awaiting. I also had a great time chatting with Cameron, owner of Decades, the amazing vintage boutique.
Among the crowd was also Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Gywneth Paltrow, and the Rodarte sisters – it was truly a special evening and I felt like fashion royalty. I hope that every time a Rent the Runway customer receives her dress in the mail she feels the same way.
Below are some of my favorite shots from the event – if you’re in the San Francisco area, make sure you make time to stop by and see the amazing exhibition.