Midnight Inspirations: Rent the Runway at Henri Bendel

November 14, 2013

Have you ever felt you needed a new dress? (Duh… YES, of course you have…) Well, I attend a lot of events, and therefore wear a heck of a lot of dress.  Some might consider it a fashion faux pas, I have no problem getting photographed wearing the same outfits over and over.  If you like something, why shouldn't you wear it as often as possible, right?

The thing is, I found myself in my closet trying to prepare for last week’s ACE awards, without a thing to wear.  I just felt like I needed something new… something to shake it up!  So, with a gift from my friends at Rent the Runway, I decided to high-tail it over to the new Rent the Runway store in Henri Bendel.

I grew up going to Henri Bendel in Chicago at a time when they sold dresses. In fact, I’m pretty sure I bought at least one of my homecoming dresses and my prom dress from there. I even still wear an Anna Sui dress that I got there to events all the time.  To me, the New York store carries the same nostalgia as the smell of roasted chestnuts on an open fire in the middle of winter.  You can’t beat it!  So I was thrilled to head back there and see what Rent the Runway had in store for me – particularly since I had less than 24 hours to find a killer outfit.  And boy, I've got to toot my own horn for a minute, because my dress was 
K-I-L-L-E-R!!  See below: 

How to find a dress for a busy multi-tasker girl on the go!
1.     Friday night, I did some research on RTR.com about the type of dress I was looking for.
2.     Saturday morning, I run over to RTR @ HB at 10am to try on a few options.
(Note: I did not make an appointment prior as this was all last minute and didn't even know you could do that. But, definitely a great idea for those of you who want to try this out.)
3.     Find Rachel.  She was great.  Customer service is something I value very highly, and clearly RTR does too.  (Note: When I was 15, I worked at the Gap and received an employee of the month plaque which remains, to this day, on my childhood bedroom wall in Chicago, next to my photograph I shot of “Downtown Julie Brown").  I showed Rachel my research, we rocked and rolled, and we found my killer dress in 30 minutes flat (Note: Why did I only have 30 minutes you ask?  Because DJ Blue Steel is also a procrastinator and didn't have a tux and you better believe I wouldn't let him get one of those without me!).
4.     To see what I wore at the ACE awards check it out here

*Please note all opinions are my own*

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Have you ever used Rent the Runway or visited their new Henri Bendel location? Let me know.