My love affair with Rent the Runway is sort of a new thing. I’ve been a member for years, scrolling the stock and imagining what I would rent if I had somewhere to go, but never used the service (despite the fact that I did think it was an amazing idea) until this fashion week. I sort of made a New Year’s resolution to not buy any clothes, as I save up for several vacations, business projects, and some bridesmaid duties in the coming months. This is a weird and counterintuitive resolution for a blogger to make, as showing you guys relatable ways to wear the latest trends isn’t only in the job description, but also one of my favorite things. Rent the Runway seemed like the perfect solution to maintaining my resolution, but still getting to pick something particularly statement-making to wear to the most fashionable events of the year.
This Tibi jumpsuit from Rent the Runway was my most anticipated piece for this season. When I slipped this jumpsuit on, I imagine I felt much like a lot of women feel when they find the perfect wedding dress. I am already obsessed with everything gold, but the cut felt like Cinderella’s glass slipper. It fit me perfectly. And the shape and sheen were so unique, I fell in love with it more than just about any piece I have ever tried on. After scouring the internet for one that I could actually buy to know avail, (making my resolution basically null-in-void) I resigned to the fact that I could only have this beautiful golden goddess of a jumpsuit for four short days. So I did the fashion week unthinkable; I decided to style it differently so I could wear it twice. Such an eye-catching piece would surely be recognizable to fashion’s elite, but luckily I’m not (yet…) so I threw caution to the wind and rocked this shit out of this beauty to the Jay Godfrey and Mara Hoffman shows on Saturday and then to Tommy Hilfiger on Monday. And I felt fabulous both times. You will have to wait until Friday to see the second look, and also to tell me which one you prefer!
As NYFW comes to a close again, I am reflecting on how crazy it always is, and how much I learn about myself every time. I can’t imagine doing a whole month of this on an international level as a lot of the fashion industry does. Running back and forth across the city in heels and networking 24/7 is both inspiring and draining. But every season I meet more people, I go to more events, and I learn more about an industry that never seizes to amaze me. Yea, fashion can be catty, superfluous, and elitist, but it also tells the most uniquely silent stories of people’s personalities and passions. I just can never seem to get enough. From the way that Tadashi Shoji drapes sheer tulle to make a modern day princess, to Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger making what I am calling “cleat chic” (sports wear that is practically couture), to new designers showing work for the first time; every voice in the industry brings a unique perspective to the table and I am continually amazed. And this is why, though it is exhausting, it is also something that captures the attention of the entire world every season.
Photos by Anabella V Photography