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Are you familiar with Rent the Runway? It’s a website where you can rent a dress for an event. Recently they had a party and they invited me to try their service to find something to wear to their event! I will admit to being a little skeptic at first: the idea of wearing a dress that someone else wore kind of freaked me out. On the other hand, I thought about weddings and other major occasions when you want to look amazing in a killer look but don’t want to spend the money on a dress you might not wear again.
I went on the site and there are tons of dresses for all kinds of occasions. In addition you can view photos of regular women wearing the dress and read the reviews. This in and of itself I found addicting… I mean haven’t you always wondered how different looks translate off the runway onto real people? I found myself looking at dresses I wasn’t even initially interested in out of curiosity of how people wore them and styled their looks!
Ultimately I chose was this black Helmut Lang which is one of the edgier looks featured with the asymmetry in the cut and shoulder detail that’s kind if like a bunch of little nails and went perfectly with my Chris Habana earrings. When you order you get to choose two sizes and they have live chat to help as well. I actually chatted with a Stylist who recommended which size would fit and reassured me that it wouldn’t be too long for me either. (Another concern for me because I often have to get things shortened but they have a large selection of shorter dresses too.) I loved the fit and renting it gave me the opportunity to try a style different than my normal “go-to” styles.
Before this I will admit to having a bit of a snobbish attitude. Renting a dress is something you do when you live in North Dakota and can’t find anything at your mall -not if you live in New York City! But I realize it’s actually pretty brilliant and they have a fairly impressive array of designers including Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler and (for you Project Runway fans) Christian Siriano. The point is: I think your problem won’t be finding your amazing dress but finding an event that matches it!
I’m also wearing my new shoes by Julie Lopez that you can read about here.
Happy Memorial Day weekend! If you’re in the States this marks the official beginning of summertime. For this post I kept it decidedly casual with an over-sized watercolor print shirt from ShopAkira, denim cut-offs and ASOS suede platform sandals and Chrishabana earrings. And my stand-by Linda Farrow x Dries van Noten sunglasses. Which I love. But I do miss my D&G shades that were “lost” at Niko’s tea party at the Gramercy last spring. I’m still looking for them since they’re no longer made so the thieving douche who stole them best watch their step…just sayin’!
Today I’m wearing a vintage Chanel blouse, high-waisted leather shorts by Dawn Han and my beat-to-shit stripper heels. (let’s call those vintage as well!) And I’m carrying my Rebecca Minkoff tart crossbody bag that I regularly use to go out at night and when I go to the gym. But the real star of the show of course is my dog Nasdaq!
What I’m wearing here is from the label NOT by Jenny Lai –one of my favorite new designers that’s featured in UP|coming. The striped pieces are hers and the black top and pants are Diana Orving and Club Monaco respectively. Her work is strong in both concept and the functionality of the design. What I love about the NOT Fall 2012 collection is the versatility of how you can wear the pieces. This is only one top but there is actually more than one place you can put your head through and create a different look. In the lookbook it says “Autumn/Winter ’12 is an unwelcoming garment.
A garment without blatant entrance.
A closed form.The overlapping pillowcase is closed in its natural state.
The opening an over-compensated closure
A body manipulates its way into its embrace.”
Sometimes it’s all about the accessories. Here I’m wearing the Spencer polarized sunglasses with slightly mirrored lenses by Warby Parker. I ordered them at their showroom and they’re not on the website yet. (and yes there IS such a thing as slightly mirrored –you have to see them to see what I’m talking about) I’m a big fan of Warby Parker because all their lenses are polarized which makes them much sharper than normal lenses and I personally don’t understand why it’s so damn hard to find fashionable polarized lenses. Also because they donate a pair to someone in need for every pair purchased which is pretty rad. The necklace is a from CHRISHABANA and I am loving the bright neon colors…and how well it goes with my new Underground Original suede flatforms in an acid green color. And I finally found a relatively cheap and cute leather jacket for summer evenings from ASOS. All this was worn with a white tank and denim shorts.
White lace and girlie dresses are big this spring. I don’t normally go for little white dresses but I kind of fell in love with this lace embroidery dress by SUNO by Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty –current CFDA nominees for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear! I paired it here with white sandals with chunky cork heels from Nine West and striped socks for a little insouciance and color. Also wearing my grandmother’s turquoise stone necklace and Dior sunglasses that are re-issues of a design they did in the ’60s. The flowers are because…I like flowers!
I was so inspired by this iconic Chrishabana necklace that I decided to make it the basis of a little animation for this post! I’m wearing it with a very short Alexander Wang dress, Preen leather jacket and my standard Seven for all Mankind platform sandals. And I’m wearing my Brahmin Jolie Clutch that I helped design! Close up of rings and bag below.
Rings are from Bond Hardware, Efva Attling, Chrishabana and a thrift store find. Bracelets are Chrishabana.
I’ve never been a fan of faux fur (leopard the exception) but last fall picked this vest up. Yes it’s faux, but it’s fun and I can wear it around my dog without pangs of guilt! Since it’s a little dramatic I tend to keep everything else simple.
…and keeping it simple allows me to add more accessories. From the left I’m wearing a “bone” bracelet by Iosselliani, ring by Bond Hardware, skull ring by Made Her Think, rings by Bond Hardware, big ring –i don’t know, Sans Peur ring by Efva Attling, silver wire bracelet by some guy on the street. Necklace by Sorrelli + extra chains added in by me.