10 posts categorized "Behind the Seams"

Behind the Seams: Anna Sui

Nobody mixes girlie, trendy, and rock ‘n roll quite like Anna Sui, and we are beyond excited to add her designs to the Rent the Runway collection. Read More
A celeb-favorite, New-York based designer Jay Godfrey creates pieces that epitomize everything sleek, sexy, and sophisticated. Read More
Designer Shoshanna Gruss embraces color, curves, and finds the fun in fashion - a woman after our own hearts. Read More
Narciso Rodriguez is one of those rare designers who continues to define American style year after year. 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
All hail Badgley Mischka, the kings of glitz and glam.  They’ve built their brand on show-stopping gowns that scream old Hollywood elegance.  For the past 22 years, business and life partners, Mark Badgley and James Mischka have worked to expand their empire to include fragrance, sunglasses and some of the most decadent jewelry you can find.  I had the pleasure of sitting down with them in their gorgeous Manhattan showroom to go behind the scenes with one of fashion’s most fabulous duos!      What inspired your Spring 2011 collections? We kind of went back to when we first started Badgley Mischka 22 years ago and were inspired by this film called White Mischief from 1988.  Very stylish movie, so beautiful. It’s about a bunch of English ex-pats living in South Africa.  The characters were very stylish and decadent.  Morning, day and night they wore evening clothes.  So we merged that with the feeling of the 70s which is such an important trend this season.  And that was the vibe for spring!  more...   Read More
Where do you turn for effortless chic? If you’re like us, you go to Catherine Malandrino. She brings a dramatic flair to otherwise classic silhouettes, with sex appeal to spare. Her Spring 2011 collection was no different: strong but feminine looks and fabulous abstract prints. We went behind the scenes with Catherine to learn more about the role art plays in her designs, what’s new in 2011 and how she gives soul to her clothes.      What inspired your Spring 2011 collection? I drew much inspiration from my time in the South of France – most notably from Roger Capon, a ceramist from the artist’s town of Vallauris. For Spring, I emphasized a clean shape and unique craftsmanship such as crackled leather and washed tones reminiscent of a pottery glaze. The silhouette is loose and effortless like easy days spent along the French seaside. What new concepts or materials did you introduce in this collection? I wanted to give a soul to the clothes so I experimented with a lot of distress techniques like washing and tie dye that evokes the effect of clay. I experimented with basket weave and macramé and contrasts with distressed silk and linen.    Which part of the design process do you like the best? The fitting process. From an idea, the garment becomes alive. How is the Catherine Malandrino brand growing in 2011? We will have a very unique collaboration with Lacoste. The Lacoste + Malandrino collection will celebrate an unexpected marriage of an everyday French brand with a feminine French designer.   If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why? A Coco Chanel fashion show on the steps of her Maison de Couture.   How do you celebrate finishing a collection? With love, champagne and sleep.   If a girl was going to purchase her first Catherine Malandrino piece, what would you want it to be? A dress, the iconic Catherine Malandrino silhouette – strong, feminine and effortless. Read More

Behind the Seams: Tibi

  WIN A FABULOUS FALL WARDROBE FROM TIBI & RENT THE RUNWAY To celebrate the launch of Tibi's new e-commerce website, Tibi and RTR are offering you the opportunity to win a $1,500 gift certificate to use on Tibi.com. Enter here now! _____________________________________________________________________________   If you're a girl about town interested in looking modern and chic but forever searching for that breezy quality women dream about, Amy Smilovic's Tibi is the brand for you. Her 2011 collection did not disappoint, with party frocks and head-to-toe looks that have us craving warmer weather. We went behind the scenes with Amy to learn more about her inspiration, what's new in 2011, and why she'd take a time machine to the 70's. -- Lara      What inspired your Spring 2011 collection? I was inspired very much by the update of American Classics.  I became obsessed with the movie “Leave Her To Heaven” starring Gene Tierney.  She just looks beautiful and so put together.  And I really wanted to reflect that in the collection – make something that is incredibly chic and classic, but still very young, cool and wearable for today.   What new concepts or materials did you introduce in this collection? We worked with so many different fabrications – texture was extremely important – suede, leather, laser cut, tweeds, cotton crepes.  I was searching for items that would look structured yet with total ease – fabrications that looked comfortably washed but still finished and elegant at the same time.   Which part of the design process do you like the best? I always love traveling to Paris after the shows and absorbing what’s going on in Europe.  I love the sense of style in Paris and Milan, and just how truly the entire population seems to be obsessed with style and design.  It’s just such a part of their way of life – an incredible appreciation for things that are beautiful. How is the Tibi brand growing in 2011? We’ll continue to grow our swim category – I think it’s a very natural offering for us.  And our new shoe collection looks amazing – I die to wear every item in the collection.  We produce it all in Italy, so needless to say the quality is insane.   If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why? Any of the European designers from the 1970s.  We were just at the Louvre and they had an exhibit on YSL, Chloe and others from the early 70’s – and footage from the old shows – what productions – the models were actresses, so fun and totally campy at the same time.   How do you celebrate finishing a collection? I really don’t have a whole lot of time to celebrate. My husband and the kids go out for a fully indulging dinner right after the show. And I’m always off to Paris the following day to fabric shop for my next collection.  My design team comes with me so we celebrate together over Falafel in the Marsais. When we return, we’re off and running for Fall 2011.   If a girl was going to purchase her first Tibi piece, what would you want it to be? Irene’s look (white lazer cut top, lazer cut shorts, flats, and the suede coat with oversized pockets) – look 5 from the collection – it’s so chic and modern, on trend but absolutely not trendy, and each individual piece will take you so far.     Read More

Behind the Seams: Yigal Azrouel

  WANT TO WIN A FABULOUS RUNWAY PIECE FROM THE FALL RUNWAY? RTR and Yigal Azrouel want to offer you the chance to own an Yigal Azrouel statement leather jacket; an essential for the Fall 2010 season. Stay tuned for details on how to enter to win and keep up with the latest news with Yigal Azrouel and the soon to launch Inside the Studio blog. __________________________________________________________________________   If I had to pick one fashion crush, it would totally be Yigal Azrouel. Not only is he completely gorgeous, but my junior prom dress was from his first collection in 1998, which I bought at a great store around the corner from my apartment on the upper east side called Nellie M. (it has since vanished, a victim of the recession).   His clothes are to die for, and his fluid, feminine draping has given him the kind of staying power other designers dream of. Read on for his inspiration and learn why we are totally putting this amazing leather jacket on our "can't live without it this fall" list. --Lara     1. What inspired your Fall 2010 collection?  The FW10 collection was a fresh take on sportswear and tailoring inspired both by menswear and an architectural, minimal approach.   2. How did you go about designing the prints in this collection? I always work with my team to find prints that feel modern, whether it’s inspired by a book, artwork, vintage scarves, African textiles made into artwork, really the inspiration can come from anywhere.  From there we work on layout, scale, and color palettes   3. Which part of the design process do you like the best? Draping. When a new fabric that we ordered comes in, it’s a new experience every time.  I can’t wait to break off a piece (yes, literally pull off a yard or two) and start to drape on a mannequin.     4. How is the Yigal Azrouel brand growing in 2010 (2011)? It’s been a busy year for me. For Fall ’10 I expanded my handbag assortment and scarves, and will have my first shoe collection for Spring ’11, which has been something I have been wanting to do for years.  I also launched a contemporary brand called Cut25 which is hitting stores now.   5. If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why? Can I pick one from every decade?  I think early YSL is something I would have liked to have experienced.  I was at a Christian Dior couture show, under Gianfranco Ferre, in the mid-90’s and it was definitely an inspiring moment.   6. How do you celebrate finishing a collection? I like to be surrounded by the people that helped make it happen, my team.  It really takes so much energy and dedication from a lot of people to make a collection happen.  Then get out of town to clear my head since a new collection is always right around the corner.  Not sure where I will be going after the NY shows in September but I hope it involves surfing.   7. If a girl was going to purchase her first Yigal piece, what would you want it to be?  Definitely one of my signature washed leather jackets.  The newest version is in cognac and is convertible into a jacket, vest and cropped bolero.  There’s a lot of value because each shape looks cool.     Read More
  What inspired your Fall 2010 collection? Fall 2010 was inspired by the dynamic sport of motorcross and an American classic – Hells Angels, drawing in energy and graphic elements juxtaposed with intricate draping and detailed tailoring.   Which part of the design process do you like the best? While I do love sketching and coming up with new silhouettes, there is nothing like seeing the looks come together to form a complete collection and have them walk down the runway.  It is months of hard work and to see the vision come to life is incredible.     Where do you see the Prabal Gurung brand in ten years? In ten years I hope to continue developing a lifestyle brand that offers all kinds of product categories from accessories to interior.  I hope that the opportunities are endless as my brand continues to evolve.   If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why? Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. I would say that’s self-explanatory.   How do you celebrate finishing a collection? Each season I go with my team, supporters and dearest family and friends to a great dinner to celebrate and re-hash.   If a girl was going to purchase her first Prabal Gurung piece, what would you want it to be? That is almost like asking if I have a favorite finger.  I love them all the same but each for a different reason.  Ultimately I want my consumers to buy the silhouette they look and feel the most comfortable in.      Which fabrics are your favorite to work with? I love experimenting with new fabrics and fabric combinations but I would have to say my favorites are the rich, silk gazars and duchess satins that I learned to love from my days at Blass.   Read More