RENT THE RUNWAY OPENS ITS FIRST STORE IN WASHINGTON, DC WITH CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

Monday night, designer Christian Siriano along with Rent the Runway co-founders Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss joined forces to celebrate the opening of the brand’s largest store to date at 3336 M Street NW in Washington, DC.

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(Photo courtesy of Rent the Runway:  Jenn Hyman, Christian Siriano, Jenny Fleiss)

The store brings the online experience to life by providing a wide array of designer dresses and accessories– categorizing dresses by color, trend and occasion. For a $25.00 fee, customers can book an appointment online at www.renttherunway.com/stores, create their style profile and upon arrival they will be paired with a personal stylist to provide a one-on-one styling consultation as they try on dresses and accessories to complete head-to-toe look.

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(Photos courtesy of Rent the Runway)

The fitting rooms, or “Virtual Closets,” are each equipped with iPad minis that have scan-to-screen capabilities for stylists to upload each dress tried on and permits comments for future reference. Can’t book a stylist in advance? They take walk-in appointments!

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3336 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20007

Store Hours:

Monday – Tuesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
WednesdayFriday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Check out some of the photos from the party below:

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Thanks to Rent the Runway, I was able to not only meet Christian, but also partied the night away in this fabulous ML Monique L’Huillier dress, $75 rental, available at Rent the Runway.

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CORTEXICA & MACY’S DEVELOP NEW MOBILE APP: THE SHAZAM FOR FASHION! (FINALLY!)

This week #WeTheChic stopped by the Trump Hotel in NYC to learn about an amazing new app launched by Macy’s and developed by Cortexica, one of the leading fashion image recognition technology companies in the world! The app will permit users to shop for the items they want.

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How the app works: You start by taking a picture of an item you want to find.  It could be a dress spotted on your favorite celebrity on TV or a boot on a model in a magazine,…it could even be a cool pattern you noticed while  walking down the street.

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Then you go to the Macy’s app and upload the picture. Cortexica’s  search technology will comb through the current inventory at Macy’s and find the items  most similar based on its visual indicators.

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Once the search is complete, all you have to do is pick your favorite item and add it to your cart!  You can even use the app to find a less costly version of something you find in another store.

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Macy’s visual search feature aims to lower the average fashion item search from 8 clicks to 1. The app is currently in the approval stage, but will be available within the next couple weeks  for download in the Apple store, just in time for the holidays!

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED IN NYC: CHELSEA CLINTON POST BABY IN BURBERRY

Chelsea Clinton in NYC Burberry Photos: Charles Guerin/ABACA/AKM-GSI (E! Online) Chelsea Clinton stepped out in NYC yesterday to hang out with the girls in this Burberry Westminster Long Heritage trench coat (three weeks post baby – she looks amaze!). Channel your inner Chelsea and get the look here:                 Chelsea Clinton in New York Get the Look

Burberry Westminster Long Heritage Trench Coat, $1,795.00 Available at Burberry.com

Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora, $195.00 Available at TheDreslyn.com

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THE LIMITED SCANDAL COLLECTION LAUNCH IN NYC (AVAILABLE NOW!)

Last night We the CHIC had the chance to preview The Limited’s new collection inspired by Olivia Pope’s wardrobe on ABC’s hit TV show ScandalFinally! We get a chance to dress like one of our favorite polichic TV characters.  The Collection is a collaboration between the star of the show, Kerry Washington; Lyn Paolo, Scandal’s lead costume designer; and The Limited’s head designer Elliot Staples.  The collaboration is the first of it’s kind – it’s the first time a major retailer and a major TV program have teamed up to design a clothing collection.
The selection of Olivia inspired sleek tailored trousers, lady like dresses, and a sundry of sweaters will be sure to keep us warm all season. Every. single. look is the epitome of #PoliChic and would fit right into your work wardrobe.
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It’s a two part Collection. The Fall 2014 looks will be available today, just in time for the Scandal Season premiere on Thursday.  And the Holiday 2014 looks will be available just in time the holiday festivities.
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Of course the lovely Kerry Washington was in attendance – love the hair!
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The collection is priced between $49-248, but you can snag an extra 30% off when you shop now online!  Grab your favorites before they sell out!
Kerry Washington will allegedly wear one of the dresses from the collection in the first episode of the new season….We  the CHIC can’t wait to see!
Shop the full collection here.
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NYFW RECAP: HOUGHTON’S SPRINGTIME BLUES

Emerging designer Katharine Polk redefined the meaning of “Springtime blues” at the showing of Houghton’s Spring Summer 2015 collection at Milk Studios during New York Fashion Week. Polk perfectly executed a well balanced blend of masculine and feminine lines accented with lace, sleek hair and ornate ear cuffs. Houghton, a brand that “epitomizes unpretentious easy chic and truly wearable, timeless luxury” is reflective of the ever evolving taste of today’s modern, independent woman who prefers both feminine elegance and borrowing from the boys. Check out our favorite looks below:

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RED HOT

By Brie Harris

Thomas Knights Red Hot Book Launch Exhibit

Thomas Knights’ Red Hot is truly a sight to behold. Enhancing the stark white walls of BOSI Contemporary were 120 headshots of sexy shirtless red headed men. What started as a photography exhibit has now translated into a calendar and book that got its funding from Kick Starter, tripling what they had hoped for. Parts of the proceeds have gone to support anti-bullying organizations. One might ask how a photography exhibit featuring only red head guys might come about, but for Thomas Knights, its something that was very personal. We caught up with the multi-talented artist, photographer, and musician at the NYC debut of his exhibit and sold-out Red Hot 100 book launch.

What originally sparked this idea?

“I was really ginger when I was growing up, I hated my hair, I hated it! I was so ashamed of it. At school, anything that’s different, you are going to get picked on, so you don’t want to be different growing up. When you are an adult, being different is actually kind of helpful. All the guys, they all say this, even if they have gone through what I went through, which is like a 10-year journey of dying their hair and trying not to be ginger, they eventually became ginger again. It became their thing; it became their whole sort of essence of who they were. It’s really interesting how a hair color can have so much power on your life, and its now their actual, not is kind of really their thing and its what they prize the most about their whole sense of self. It kind of is for me now, because I’ve made Red Hot, its career defining.

No one noticed this before Red Hot, but there is this complete separation between the way ginger guys and ginger girls are portrayed in popular culture. I didn’t even realize it until I did Red Hot and then I started thinking about and was like there are hardly any ginger leading men in popular culture, positive role models on TV and film and when you compare it to how many beautiful red head women there are in Hollywood you think ‘Actually why isn’t there more [red headed] men. It’s weird.”

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What has it been like debuting Red Hot in the U.S.? What are your hopes for the exhibit here in the states?

“We had the one in London but its really weird, America says ‘We don’t really have that problem with red hair here’ which kind of isn’t true. I think as an adult walking down the street its probably less sort of heckling, but I think any kid growing up at school is going to have a hard time feeling different, and red hair is different. All of the American guys we’ve got in our exhibition had trouble at school…. I really want it to keep doing what it’s doing, which is debunking this lie that ginger people are the un-cools, the underdog. I want to make it kind of like super heroes.”

Well I think you have succeeded, because they are all…really hot.

“That’s brilliant! Thank you for saying that… a lot of people have said this to me, they say ‘I know have think for ginger guys thanks to your exhibition’. You realize the power of advertising and how you can manipulate people. We are being manipulated all the time. And that’s why this had to happen. People have been so manipulated against ginger guys all the time that something like Red Hot had to happen”

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How was the process of choosing the guys and photographing all of them?

“I wanted to do Red Hot 100…then the actual reality of shooting 100 guys was suddenly like, oh that’s…a lot of guys, but we got to 64 for the first exhibition, but I thought, I can’t just shoot 100, because you got to kind of curate the book, so we shot 120. That was a lot of work. That was in January, February (2014), and it was almost like a bit of a conveyer belt of guys coming to my apartment, all ginger. I did like 10 a day for a while. Literally ginger guys just hanging out. The only difference [between the male models and non-models] was their experience in front of the camera.

Actually Ken, whose the cover of the book, it was his first ever shoot. I found in him working in a juicing shop, so he was like, you know completely inexperienced, but it was easy. Where as I had guys that I saw in the street and would just say ‘would you fancy doing this’ and they would come over and it would be very awkward because they were very difficult, but I had to include them!

Everyone I shot is here, I got a good shot out of most people, I mean that’s my job, I’ve got to try to get the most out of someone. But the only difference, with a model often they are giving you amazing shots, where as like sometime you get a guy and you literally get one or two shots from the whole reel. It was emotionally draining, we would talk about it and our experiences and the whole thing and when we were doing the ones in February they were back to back every hour.”

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So you have already raised thousands of pounds for anti-bullying, is that something you hope to continue in the states?

“100%, totally! Our whole anti-bullying message is our main message in all of this. It’s a weird concept, because it’s sexy but its got this whole anti-bullying message to it. Its definitely something that we are going to continue forever. We’ve got the Diana Awards, that’s set up in legacy of Princess Diana, and they give kids awards for doing something different and unique, sort of fundamentally changing within their community in school and they give them Diana Awards and its because of Diana’s whole mentality, her whole thing was children of the future, and they know have this whole anti-bullying ambassadors program and the book is benefitting the Diana Awards and the whole anti-bullying ambassadors program…and she’s got a ginger son… Hello… I wanna [photograph] Harry!”

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Daniel Newman, who stars on the CW hit The Vampire Diaries, was one of the Red Hot guys who was a part of this photo shoot and was present at the exhibition and book launch.

How did it come about for you to be a part of this whole thing?

“Thomas contacted me and asked me to be a part of it. When I found out about the whole movement I was like [heck] yeah, I would love to! Absolutely! So it was such an honor.”

How was the process of modeling and being photographed?

“It was so fun! I’ve done it forever. I used to do a lot of modeling so it was very cool.”

As an actor who is a red head do you find it revolutionary to be on a hit TV show like Vampire Diaries?

“Totally! It sounds kind of silly, but when you think about what Thomas is saying, its totally true. Growing up, in the media it was always beautiful red head women, cartoons, TV Shows, movie stars, beautiful, beautiful, red head women and models. The guys were always the nerdy bully, the ugly kid that got beat up, in every single medium, always the ugly kid and then my whole childhood I was always bullied and picked on for it, its great now, but its night and day, so it was definitely something I identified with. I like the whole initiative of this.”

Check out this video clip from The Washington Post:

 

Brie Harris

Brie Harris is a New York Contributor for The Chic Incumbent

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#DANNIJOROADTRIP SPRING SUMMER 2015

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Conclusion: We the CHIC literally want every piece in this collection….

Shop DANNIJO here.

 (Photos by Kirsten Holtz)

Hair: Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken, Styling: Kat Typaldos, Makeup by Yadim, Nails by Alicia Torello for MAYBELLINE New York

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NYFW RECAP: WHIT BRINGS ALL THE “GIRLS TO THE FRONT”

Emerging designer Whitney Pozgay presented her Spring 2015 WHIT collection, “Girls to the Front” with a burst of fun colors and prints where women are ‘free to be both feminine and tough, thoughtful and reckless, womanly and girly.’ Pozgay incorporated original artwork from the likes of Mary Matson, Gordon Holden, Amanda Jasnowski and Jill Galarneau. Check out our favorite looks below:

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