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Pre-Fall 2012: Now We’re Talking

Another solid collection from the prolific Burberry Prorsum.Donna KaranNarciso RodriguezAnabela Belikova for Calvin Klein.Nicole MillerBurberry ProrsumKirsty Fucking Hume at Kelly Wearstler.  We’ve missed you Kirsty – and your hair – once considered some of the best in the industry.Jason WuBurberry ProrsumJenni KayneNarciso Rodriguez

Sunday with Bette Franke

SPRING 2012 RTW: COCKTAILS

Betsey JohnsonPrabal GurungRodarteCalvin Klein GilesMonique L’huillierLela RoseErin FetherstonHerve Leger

FALL 2011 RTW: bigger texture

FALL 2011 RTW: blue

PRE-FALL 2011: GOWNS

stila one step primecolor

Tricky, tricky, that cream blush.  Some formulas are too wet and ruin your base; others are too dry and therefore not blendable.  The ideal cream blush should glide across the skin with the perfect amount of slip and set to a semi-matte finish.I received a sample tube of Stila One Step Primecolor and was pleasantly surprised by the texture.  The color saturation is just right in its intensity, and the cream gives you the latitude to build without blending and fading away.

Even though the marketing angle of this product is an all-in-one face-eyes-lip product, neither the texture nor color selection are appropriate for anything other than cheek enhancement.  As a general rule, pink on the eyelids reads more conjunctivitis than cutting edge, and matte pink on the lips will only accentuate the yellow in your teeth.  As a cream blush, however, One Step serves up some fresh-from-the-cold, pink-cheeked goodness.  A little goes a long way.

RENT THE RUNWAY

Recently, I tried Rent the Runway (www.renttherunway.com), the online designer dress rental service.  Thought you might be curious about the experience, so here’s what’s up.

How it Works

There are many different ways to browse Rent the Runway, by size, occasion, color, and date availability, (among others).  After selecting a look or looks, decide if you want to rent for 4 or 8 days.  Rental fees range from $50 to $200, not including shipping.  You get to pick a back-up size for free.  Yes, that’s right — same dress, two sizes, no extra charge, just in case.

The Experience

RTR sent me an email with tracking information so I could follow the progress of the package.  Seeing as I was relying on my selections for a mayjah event, I found this feature soothing.

The dresses arrived on hangers, wrapped in plastic, inside a RTR reusable garment bag.  There was a cute thank you card and samples of useful products like antiperspirant remover.  The package also included return shipping envelopes (USPS) with shipping labels, proper postage, and return address labels affixed.

I chose Helmut Lang and Halston Heritage, and neither disappointed.  The quality of the Helmut Lang was far superior to the Halston Heritage (janky zipper, oversize beltloops), but the smaller size of both selections fit, and overall I was delighted.  The duet of dresses were unequivocal crowd-pleasers.

Pros and Cons

I recommend investigating RTR for the following reasons.  First, wouldn’t you rather support actual designers than down-market designer knock-offs?  Seriously, our designer friends need our help in these dire economic times where fashion houses are feeling the hurt.  If you can’t afford to invest in the real thing, at least you can support these artists by renting the genuine article.Second, how often are you really going to want to re-wear cocktail looks?  RTR allows you to keep it fresh without accumulating a lot of stuff you probably won’t wear very often.  It also allows you to experiment with trends without steep financial commitment.My criticisms are as follows.  The selection of designers is not as high-end as I would like, and there isn’t enough variety.  They pretty much just have dresses and accessories, no jackets, pants, or suits.  I would also like more fashion-forward and avant-garde selections.

Advice

One word of advice, you really need a strong sense of your body, clothing fabrication, and what flatters you.  If you’re relying on wearing a dress to a big event, you better be damn sure it fits.  Can you look at photos and know how a garment will look on you?  Some people have this skill, some people don’t.  Which are you?  This talent alone will make or break your experience with RTR.

Sunday with Anabela Belikova