Online shopping can be a major convenience—you can browse multiple sites in the same
time it would take to comb through just one brick-and-mortar. But there’s always a
risk factor, like, say, when a coral gown actually arrives in bright orange, and in
a size too big.
For those who too often find themselves in such circumstances, Rent the Runway’s Faith
in Fashion’s Future showroom at LivingSocial this weekend is a savior. Open through
Sunday at 918 F Street, the event brings together some of the site’s most popular
designs, which are all for rent at a fraction of the cost of purchasing your own—perfect
for inauguration weekend events, from a black-tie ball to Sunday brunch. Tickets,
which get you a one-on-one session with one of six RTR stylists and a tote bag, are
I told my stylist I wanted a simple, floor-length
gown with straps, and within two
minutes I had a violet Nicole Miller dress
(rentable for $100) in my hands and a
Kate Spade necklace ($45) from the Bling Bar—a table full of
clutches and statement
jewelry—to accompany it.
Passersby may be tempted by the now-famous Tracy Reese brocade dress Michelle Obama
to the Democratic National Convention this fall, which is displayed in the window
at 918 F. Fear not, non-ticket-holders: Walk-ins are welcome for the same $8 admission
Other standouts were a
shimmering Carmen Marc Valvo peplum dress ($185) and a
Guests are free to try on anything in the showroom and have their picture taken at
a photo booth for a real-life sample of their inaugural look. Rather than going to
the site later to place your order, stick around the showroom for 20 percent off.
*Dollar amounts reflect rental prices on Rent the Runway’s website.