Narcisco Rodriguez Designs a Capsule Collection for Rent the Runway

Big news: for designer rental e-shop Rent the Runway‘s first-ever custom collection, they’ve teamed up with none other than eveningwear veteran, Narcisco Rodriguez to create a range of ball gowns. The capsule line features four dresses priced between $275 to $400, and are heavily inspired by looks from the designer’s previous collections and celebrity favorites.

According to Racked, there’s a cut-out gown that comes in crimson and cobalt that was "inspired by the dress made famous by Jennifer Aniston’s December 2008 Vogue cover, while the Tailor-Made gown and it’s sister the Ivory Contrast gown are based on something Kate Winslet once wore." See all four looks here.

FashionFeed: Alexander Wang on eBay, Zac Posen on Rent the Runway

● On June 17, Alexander Wang will debut a new collection of small leather goods available for purchase exclusively on eBay’s flash-sales hub, Fashion Vault. [Style] ● To kick off the new Z Spoke by Zac Posen offerings on Rent the Runway, the popular luxury rental portal is giving away three handbags from the designer’s diffusion line. [Racked] ● We’re loving these handmade leather sunnies by Berlin-based label Sic Gloria. [WBE]

● Tom Ford’s new beauty line was semi-inspired by a bad cucumber incident. [Styleite] ● Since fashion models apparently love to BBM, the industry anticipates the launch of iMobile, which is iPhone’s answer to the popular BlackBerry service. [Fashion Copious] ● Peep the latest offerings from top independent designers Thread Show LA this Sunday, June 12 from 11am-6pm. This year the show will feature cool new perks like a pop-up nail salon and a man cave for the dudes. [Thread]

Rent the Runway Offers Hope for Perpetual Bridesmaids

Those of us familiar with bridesmaid duty know that the fun and excitement of attending a friend or sibling’s wedding is often offset by the punishment of having to wear an expensive and unflattering dress in a style you didn’t choose and that you can’t return or sell. But Rent the Runway aims to change all that. Based on their successful model of loaning out designer dresses for a fraction of the tag price, the company launched a bridal shop this week with wedding and bridesmaid dresses starting at $65 for eight days of use.

As the business model goes, dresses arrive with a padded pre-paid mailer for easy return, and they’re dry-cleaned before shipping out to the next lucky maid of honor. With multiple styles available in each color selection, gone are the days of ill-fitting dresses and unfortunate wedding photos. Also, the money saved on wardrobe can be directed towards expanding your bar, which is ultimately the main reason any of us even get married in the first place.

Get Exclusive Access to Rent the Runway’s Soho Warehouse

Come out next week to Rent the Runway‘s exclusive warehouse event for Gilt City members. For the first time ever you can try before you rent, with designer dresses and accessories from Preen, Herve Leger, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler, Halston Heritage, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more. To top it off, there will complimentary hair and makeup artists in addition to Rent the Runway’s team of fashion stylists. Designer dresses plus free styling, hair, and makeup? Sold!

When: Thursday, December 30, 5pm-8pm, and Friday, December 31, 11am-3pm. Where: Rent the Runway Warehouse, 163 Varick Street, 4th Floor, NYC.

Tickets required for admittance: $5 at Gilt City.

Even If You Don’t Have New Year’s Eve Plans, Lock Down Your Dress

With less than two weeks until New Year’s Eve, it’s crunch time. Figure out where you’ll be when the clock strikes 12:01, figure out who you’ll kiss, and, most importantly, figure out what you’re wearing. We’ve given you a few sparkly options already, but in the event you’re looking to rent rather than buy, Rent the Runway offers an extensive array of fancy designer outfits and accessories, perfect for ringing in the new year. Membership is easy and free (and required to click through to the dresses), and the pieces are rented at up to 90% off retail. Your package arrives with a pre-paid mailer to send back to RTR, and they dry clean and send out to the next girl. After the jump, check out our favorite dresses for New Year’s Eve (such as the LaROK sequined strapless dress, pictured), with many sizes still available for the 31st. But don’t wait—the selection is growing smaller and smaller with every day!

Nicole Miller peacock dress, $50 image

Haute Hippie sequin sheath, $100 image

Prabal Gurung corset dress, $200 image

Today: Rent the Runway’s First Sample Sale

Rent the Runway‘s first sample sale is going on today. Designer dresses and accessories at rock-bottom prices! Like this Preen Lacy Tie Back Dress. Choose from over 100 styles that have been “retired” from the rental inventory and are now available for purchase. You’ll find designers such as Proenza Schouler, Matthew Williamson, Halston Heritage, and many others at up to 65% off retail.

The gently worn dresses will be sold “like new” and any imperfections will be clearly marked, such as missing sequins/beads, fabric fading, picked/pulled, or missing a belt, so consumers are aware of the condition. And to make things easier, you can consult with Rent the Runway’s stylists and customer service team to get further info on each item. The sale is online only at Rent the Runway today. Happy shopping!

Holiday Dress Spectacular

With all the numerous holiday parties and celebrations, you’re going to need more than a little black dress. The old way was going and buying dresses or recycling ones you’ve already worn. Well, this year you don’t have to do either. Want to know how? I’m about to reveal one of the best kept secrets in fashion. It’s called Rent the Runway. It’s a site where you can rent designer dresses for as low as $50! I know, it’s unbelievable. So, you can drop $1,250 on a Missoni or you can rent it for $150! Robert Rodriguez Black Label for $75! Halston Heritage for $50! I know, that’s a lot of exclamation points–I’m getting really excited. Plus, it’s not only dresses. You can also rent accessories, jewelry, and handbags.

Here’s how it works: you use the database to select a delivery date one to two days before your event. You pick out your dress (you can even order a backup size for free or a second style for $25). They deliver your dress (guaranteed on time) including a prepaid return envelope. They even take care of the dry cleaning. You get to wear a designer dress at a fraction of the price and remain free of buyer’s remorse. And, if you end up hating the dress, you’re returning it anyway! If you love the dress, you can go out and buy it. It’s a win-win. Yes, ladies, we’ve died and gone to shopping heaven–at least for one night.