Rent The Runway And Nordstrom Expand Partnership To Help Shape The Future Of Retail

Rent the Runway Drop-Off Box to be available in nearly 30 Nordstrom locations

Rent the Runway, Inc., the company that has pioneered apparel rental as an indispensable utility and powers women to feel their best every day, and leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. has announced a multi-pronged partnership across stores, inventory innovation and product development.

Founded in 2009 with a vision to build the world’s first living closet, RTR –by enabling women to rent, versus buy, clothing– believes that women everywhere will soon have a subscription to fashion. RTR offers apparel, accessories and home decor from over 650 designer partners and has built in-house proprietary technology and a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation. RTR has five retail stores of the future and employs nearly 1,800 people, all of whom have equalized benefits across the organization, 93% of whom are female and/or non-white, with 80% of leaders who are women.

Beginning November 18, the RTR Drop-Off Box Network will expand from five to 29 Nordstrom locations where RTR customers can seamlessly return their rentals. RTR members can return items in Nordstrom stores as well as access exclusive Nordstrom services like styling services, gift-wrapping and more, just in time for the holiday season. Recognizing this is the busiest season of the year, Nordstrom and Rent the Runway are working together to deliver convenience and service where customers can return, shop and access Nordstrom’s unique services, all in one location.

Rent The Runway logo.

We’ve received great feedback from our customers about the convenience of the Rent the Runway Drop-Off Boxes in our Los Angeles area Nordstrom locations and are excited to offer the service to customers in cities like San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and more,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president, Nordstrom stores. “The expansion of our partnership helps us better serve our customers through innovation around products and experiences.

To further innovate around the future of inventory, Nordstrom will become an RTR Platform partner, contributing inventory to the RTR ecosystem to extend the lifecycle of Nordstrom products. Additionally, Nordstrom and Rent the Runway are studying opportunities to empower customers’ shopping experience by creating exclusive product available for both purchase and rental.

We are thrilled to be expanding our partnership with Nordstrom, the company known and respected for their unparalleled commitment to deliver world-class service and experiences. We have seen a massive consumer behavior shift unfold over the past several years, with our community now relying on Rent the Runway as a near daily utility. As our business has grown, we’ve seen unparalleled demand for physical experiences including the convenience of Drop-Off Boxes,” said Jenn Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway.

“What Is Love?” Burberry Reveals Festive Holiday Campaign

Burberry‘s festive 2019 holiday campaign is out. To mark his first holiday campaign for the fashion house, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci has assembled a cast of global talent to celebrate the notion of togetherness, union, hope and love.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry

The entire cast includes Alexis Chaparro, Arah Clarke, Ava Valentine, Blanket, Bodhi Horton, Boychild, Carla Bruni, Casper Chatfield, Cassius Varghese, Cecilia Chancellor, Christian Guzman, Dahely Nunez, Daisy Middleton, Elis Moaven, Fran Summers, Hector Polio, Howard Griffiths, Ikram Abdi Omar, Jacob Guerra, Jaeda Sherman, Jose Polio, Keith Summers, Kristians Jakovlevs, Lea T, Leissy De La Cruz, Louis Chatfield, Mahmood, Marina Morena, Noah Carlos, Noah Landes, Regina Limon Vega, Reia Zhing Cheong, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Sasha Pivovarova, Shay, Valentin Bedford, Wu Tsang, Yoo Ah-in, Zhou Dongyu

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

‘I am connected to the idea of unity, togetherness and challenging the perception of what love is today. This for me is the real spirit of the season. It’s one of my favorite times of the year – when I can stop, reflect and reconnect with those who make me feel happy and at home, no matter where I am in the world. I loved the idea of bringing together a group of people that have been so supportive of me since I joined Burberry to celebrate my first holiday campaign for the house,” states Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Ikram Abdi Omar in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

The campaign centres around a film of the cast dancing to the soundtrack of ‘What Is Love?‘ by Deee-Lite and is shot by renowned photography duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry. Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!” says Mert and Alas. “My favourite Christmas memory is when we were preparing a Christmas dinner and the oven literally blew up! I burnt my lashes and of course we had no turkey. Disappointing, but it was a funny night!

And the cast itself seems to have had a fun and memorable time as well.

Carla Bruni (above) in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

CARLA BRUNI: “I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together. I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert & Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future. My most precious festive memory is a Christmas Eve in a castle completely buried in snow in Touraine.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
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TheMet150 Celebration: Costume Institute’s Spring 2020 Exhibition to Present a Disruptive Timeline of Fashion History

Costume Institute Benefit on May 4 with Co-Chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Anna Wintour

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently announced that The Costume Institute’s Spring 2020 Exhibition will be About Time: Fashion and Duration, on view from May 7 through September 7, 2020 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit). Presented in The Met Fifth Avenue’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, it will trace more than a century and a half of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disruptive timeline, as part of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible—the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition. Michael Cunningham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Hours, which was inspired by Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, will write a new short story for the exhibition catalogue that reflects on the concept of duration.

Surreal, David Bailey (British, born 1938), 1980; Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © David Bailey

The exhibition will feature approximately 160 examples of women’s fashion dating from 1870—the year of The Met’s founding and the start of a decade that witnessed the development of a standardized time system—to the present. The majority of objects in the show will come from The Costume Institute’s collection, including gifts made as part of The Met’s 2020 Collections Initiative in celebration of the Museum’s 150th anniversary.

A linear chronology of fashion comprised predominantly of ensembles in black will run through the exhibition reflecting the progressive timescale of modernity, and bringing into focus the fast, fleeting rhythm of fashion. Unlike traditional chronologies, which reduce the history of fashion to a limited number of decade-defining silhouettes, this timeline will be presented as a ceaseless continuum that is more complete and comprehensive in scope. Interrupting this timeline will be a series of counter-chronologies composed of predominantly white ensembles that pre-date or post-date those in black, but relate to one another through shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, or decoration. For example, a black silk faille princess-line dress from the late 1870s will be paired with an Alexander McQueenBumster” skirt from 1995, and a black silk velvet bustle ensemble from the mid-1880s will be juxtaposed with a Comme des GarçonsBody Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body” dress from 1997.

The Clock, Sarah Moon (French, born 1941), 1999; Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Sarah Moon

The exhibition will conclude with a section on the future of fashion, linking the concept of duration to debates about longevity and sustainability.

This exhibition will consider the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical,” said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. “As such, the show will present a nuanced continuum of fashion over the Museum’s 150-year history.”

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan Launches a Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels

Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by elite jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Main Entrance (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

Available until 23 February 2020,A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time, Nature, Love, accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a limited-edition book of the exhibition.

Time, Nature, Love is an amazing collection, entirely signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, which through this event exhibition — in the halls of the Appartamento dei Principi and the Sala degli Arazzi of Palazzo Reale from November 30, 2019 to February 23, 2020 — celebrates all that world of creativity which the Van Cleef and Arpels maison has given shape, from 1906 to today. (Image courtesy of Van Cleef and Arpels)

Taking place at the city’s Palazzo Reale, the Time, Nature, Love exhibition showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line drawings on display.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Lobby (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

After visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin Oriental, Milan’s spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Seta restaurant. Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan Interior (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels is priced from EUR 670 per night, and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room or above with views of the city or leafy courtyard
  • Breakfast for two served daily in guests’ room or convivial Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
  • Complimentary access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an expert guide
  • A limited-edition book of the exhibition, Time, Nature, Love
Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Exterior Facade (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

The package is available until 23 February 2020. Minimum two-night stay required. For reservations, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/milan

Score Incredible Deals With Macy’s 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Week Specials

Get a head start on select savings with Macy’s Black Friday Preview beginning in stores and online on Thursday, Nov. 21

Doorbusters begin on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with Black Friday deals continuing through Saturday, Nov. 30 in-store and on macys.com

Plus, find the best Cyber Monday savings in-store and online from Sunday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 2 with Daily Deals continuing through Saturday, Dec. 7

Win the holidays this year with Macy’s and the best Black Friday and Cyber Week specials on the hottest items of the season. From buzz-worthy gifts for everyone on the list to amazing deals on fashion for the whole family, fine jewelry, tech, beauty and home, the ultimate one-stop shop for holiday gifting has everyone covered.

With a broad assortment of offers across favorite brands, these limited-time deals will begin in stores and online on Thursday, Nov. 21 with a special Black Friday preview and carry through Cyber Week (Sunday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 7). Be sure not to miss the unbelievable selection of doorbuster items, with major savings or free after mail-in rebate.*

Black Friday and Cyber Week mark the true start of holiday shopping for many of our customers,” said John Harper, Macy’s chief stores officer. “Macy’s is pleased to offer the very best gifts and holiday entertaining must-haves at unbelievable prices with multiple days to save. Our curated assortment of deals, both in-store and online, are sure to help shoppers find the perfect gift at the best price this season.”

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Charter Club Cashmere Sweaters For Her, $39.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

Black Friday Preview

For shoppers looking to get a head start on saving, Macy’s Black Friday preview will offer a selection of Black Friday Doorbusters from Thursday, Nov. 21 through Tuesday, Nov. 26 including:

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Sealy Posturpedic Lawson Queen Mattress, $747.00. (Photo: Business Wire)
  • 50 to 60 percent off outerwear for the family
  • 65 percent off Effy jewelry
  • 60 to 65 percent off select Damask and Hotel Collection for the home
  • $39.99 women’s Charter Club cashmere sweaters
  • $19.99 women’s boots
  • 60 percent off Carter’s and First Impressions
Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Diesel Little Daddy Watches For Him, $199.00. (Photo: Business Wire)

Black Friday Specials

Begin the savings with doorbusters on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and kick off Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day with most stores open at 5 p.m. through 2 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 a.m. through 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. Store hours vary by location. Go to macys.com and click on stores to find local information. Customers can shop online all day from the comfort of their couch at macys.com and on Macy’s mobile app. For more information on Black Friday and Cyber Week deals, store hours and shipping, visit www.macys.com/blackfriday.

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor Vacuum, $229.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the great deals available on Black Friday, while supplies last:

For Him, Her and Home

  • $29.99 diamond earrings with any purchase of $50 or more
  • 30 percent off select dresses
  • 50 percent off select designer brands
  • $19.99 and under Family Pajamas
  • $7.99 small kitchen appliances after $12 mail-in rebate
  • $99.99 select suits, sport coats and overcoats for him
  • $39.99 Charter Club cashmere sweaters
  • 60 percent off select women’s designer coats
  • 40 percent off select boots and shoes for her
  • 50 percent off select men’s loungewear
  • 50 percent off select designer handbags
  • 60 percent off select kids’ styles
  • $15.99 select kids’ puffer jackets
  • 60 percent off select diamond studs and earrings
  • $15 select MAC lipsticks
  • Extra $100-$200 off select Dyson vacuums
  • $15 men’s or women’s five-piece fragrance box
  • $10 beauty products from brands like Clinique, Too Faced, Benefit, Urban Decay, and more
  • $124.99 Nespresso bundle machines
  • 65 percent off select barware and dinnerware
  • $29.99 select Created for Macy’s 1200-thread count sheet sets in queen or king size
  • 60 to 65 percent off select luggage
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STORY at Macy’s Presents: Home for the Holidays

A Wonderland of Gifts for Everyone on Your List

STORY at Macy’s, the always-changing, narrative-driven concept store inside 36 Macy’s locations nationwide, kicks off the holiday season with the launch of its latest theme: “Home for the Holidays.” As an editorial-inspired, living gift-guide, the concept showcases gifting options within home-themed environments. Up and running through December 31, “Home for the Holidays STORY” offers a one-stop destination for everyone on your holiday list as shoppers explore stylized spaces that correspond to different gift recipients. Featuring more than 900 gifts from 200 small businesses, including items for foodies, lovers of travel, glam treats, tech and DIY kits, pet accessories and more, STORY at Macy’s is the home base for a wonderland of presents to explore and discover this holiday season.

For this year’s living gift guide, we are bringing shoppers a wonderland of gifts for everyone on their list in the ultimate home setting!” — Rachel Shechtman, STORY founder and Macy’s Brand Experience Officer

STORY is a retail concept that changes every few months to bring a new narrative experience to life through curated merchandise and event programming. The ever-changing experience began in 2010 in New York City, where STORY operated as an independent small business for seven years and pioneered a retail as media business model that changed every eight weeks to open a new theme while engaging brands as sponsors for each themed story. Macy’s acquired STORY in 2018 and its founder, Rachel Shechtman, now serves as Macy’s brand experience officer. STORY relaunched in spring of 2019 as STORY at Macy’s. (Visit www.macys.com/STORY for more information.)

Drink Mixers at the STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

This is our first ‘Home for the Holidays’ installation at our new home inside 36 Macy’s stores nationwide,” noted Rachel Shechtman, STORY founder and Macy’s brand experience officer. “For this year’s living gift guide, we are bringing shoppers a wonderland of gifts for everyone on their list in the ultimate home setting! Our special event programming will bring the magic of the season to life helping shoppers enhance their holiday celebrations.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special, STORY at Macy’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ Installation have endless finds —over 800 plus gift-giving ideas— for the person who has everything or just wants to treat themselves.  Interested in seeing more and can’t come in-store?  Check out a few of their favorite gift picks online for the first time!

Movie Night at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
Gifts for the man in your life at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

Each section of the ultimate holiday home features merchandise that speaks to a number of recipients. For the person who has everything, shoppers will discoverfood-themed finds, party and entertaining gifts, whimsical games, as well as travel, office, and pet accessories. For someone who deserves to treat themselves, it’s all about glam and comfort gifts. Cozy up with cold weather must-haves from Echo, candles from illume, and super-soft cashmere socks from iLux, all housed inside a warm and woodsy space. For someone especially hard to shop for, “Home for the Holidays STORY” offers the perfect gifts from grooming kits to tech items and rock music-inspired collectibles, and even a cocktail kit from Brooklyn’s Hella Bitters. And finally, for someone little and bright on your list, customers can discover great space and science-themed gifts, DIY kits and animal plush toys.

Gifts for Her — in an icy bedroom filled with party-right pieces that will make you say freeze — at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
More gifts for Him at The STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

Home for the Holidays is also about how we spend time together – so drop by for pop-up card making sessions and ornament craftingTired from shopping? Pop in for a workshop or art class where the staff will be customizing gifts for everyone on your list – yourself included. If you’re gearing up to host family friends this season, join us to discover how to take your tablescape up a notch with napkin ring customization, decorating tips, ceramic bowl customization, and cookie decorating classes for mini-makers. This season, it’s all happening at Home for the Holidays – so remember to RSVP and get on our nice email list for updates and more.

It’s a Rice Krispies World at STORY at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. In the onsite retro kitchen,they’ve stocked up on tasteful finds from pizza socks to whiskey rocks.
Rice Krispies Display at the STORY at Macy’s Herald Square 2019 Holiday Shop in New York City

What would the holidays be without sweet treats? STORY at Macy’s has joined forces with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, a favorite in homes across the country for generations. “We are excited about bringing our brands to life in new contexts and occasions. When the opportunity to be a part of STORY’s Home for the Holidays installation at Macy’s came up, it seemed perfect for Rice Krispies Treats, to further spread our message of love through holiday events,” shared Gail Horwood, chief marketing officer Kellogg North America. In all 36 STORY at Macy’s locations, customers will be able to take a break from shopping and decorate their own holiday Rice Krispies Treats to gift to friends or enjoy at their own family celebrations.

Darcy Miller and David Stark at the STORY at Macy’s Holiday shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray at the STORY at Macy’s Herald Square Holiday Shop in New York City

At STORY at Macy’s flagship location inside Macy’s Herald Square in New York City, the wonder of the holidays will be celebrated with a larger-than-life experience, created with designer David Stark. “For the flagship location, we wanted to give shoppers the ultimate home experience and introduce them to our friends who’ve been part of STORY holidays year after year – David Stark designed our amazing flagship environment, artist Darcy Miller will bring our NYC section to life with original art and will host special events, and Iris Apfel is back by popular demand to sell jewelry from her personal collection,” added Shechtman.

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Coach Presents “Wonder For All” A Holiday Campaign Championing Inclusivity, Optimism And Authenticity

Featuring Yara Shahidi, Kate Moss, Megan Thee Stallion, Spike and Tonya Lee and more.

Coach hasunveiled “Wonder For All,” its campaign for the 2019 holiday season. Starring a fun, diverse cast that includes actress Yara Shahidi, model Kate Moss, rapper Megan Thee Stallion in her first-ever fashion campaign, Spike and Tonya Lee, and more friends of Coach, the campaign follows the band of revelers as they gather at an impromptu party at a New York brownstone. Capturing the magical mood of the season, it champions the belief of coming together for the holidays and the inclusive, authentic spirit of New York.

Coach Logo (PRNewsfoto/Coach)

Photographed by Juergen Teller, who debuted his first campaign for Coach this fall, the colorful, irreverent print campaign highlights the individuality of the campaign’s cast members. Set on the Upper West Side and featuring Shahidi, Moss, Megan Thee Stallion as well as model Fernanda Ly, actor Miles Heizer and an unexpected feathered friend, it sees the cast in joyful, unfiltered scenes that highlight the house’s spirit of playfulness and the authentic self-expression that defines New York City.

The campaign also introduces the house’s new Horse and Carriage collection. Seen on Kate Moss and a new version of the Kat Saddle Bag, the collection reimagines Coach’s iconic Horse and Carriage motif as a cool, colorful pattern on bags and ready-to-wear. First introduced in the 1950s, the Horse and Carriage is a symbol of Coach’s legacy of leathercraft and New York heritage, and the house’s first-ever code.

Meghan Thee Stallion in Coach’s 2019 “Wonderr for All” Holiday Campaign, her very first fashion campaign ever.

Wonder For All” is also a series of short films written and directed by Bunny Kinney. Featuring Spike and Tonya Lee, actress Camila Morrone, winner of Season 8 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Bob the Drag Queen, and writer, actor and producer Ben Sinclair, as well as special appearances by the Shahidi family and the Newark Boys Choir, the films celebrate the magic and spontaneous fun of being together during the most festive time of year.

Coach customers in Japan will be able to play a limited-edition Rexy holiday video game where the house’s beloved mascot snowboards through animated Coach worlds with the goal of reaching the holiday party.