Z’Scoop wants to know HOW TO “BORROW” DESIGNER FASHION The Rules for Wardrobe Renting by Kim Coston

Z’Scoop wants to know
The Rules for Wardrobe Renting

Looking amazing wearing fabulous designer clothes — without owning them or setting foot in bricks and mortar — is suddenly easier than ever before. Choose from several professional designer wardrobe services for on-demand rentals or monthly subscriptions.

Before you think “eww” and equate these services with bowling shoes, rest assured the garments are dry-cleaned and maintained to extremely high standards. Carefully examined between rentals, those pieces exhibiting points of wear are quickly removed from rental rotation.

Z’Scoop just had to find out more about this, so lets break it down:

Rent The Runway
Raid the dream closets of over 450 designer styles. Called the “Netflix model for couture” by the New York Times, RTR is formidable. Need something special for a wedding, gala or vacation? You can rent a stunning $795 Marchesa dress.

What’s the fee scale?
Low: $30-45 for a $398 Monique L’Huillier lacy cocktail dress.
High: $800 for a $5,450 Naeem Khan dress, free backup size included.

Easy exchanges, subsequent rentals at bargain prices. 4 days as low as: $125-$140, 8 days $200-$240. Monthly RTR subscriptions include a $65 Stylepass = one monthly item; $139 UNLIMITED = 3 outfits, as long as you want. As you send items back, new ones become available.

Designers include: Prabal Gurung, Giambattista Valli, Proenza Schouler, Etro, Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Monique l’Huillier, Rachel Zoe, Peter Pilotto, Halston Heritage, Haute Hippie, Trina Turk.

Rent the Runway’s inventory is over 3,000 items, rotating daily.
Differentiation point: 5, soon-to-be 15 flagship stores with in-specialty store RTR bars (akin to Genius Bars at Apple Stores), including Neiman Marcus-San Francisco.

Armarium: Join the Armi
Like an AirBnB for closets, Armarium rents you the best seasonal edit, linking with magazine-shopping app, Net-a-Porter. Experienced fashion insiders assist your with a vast wardrobe of luxury designers: Alberta Ferretti, Alexis Mabille, Carolina Herrera, Christopher Kane, Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Haider Ackerman, Missoni, Mugler, Nina Ricci, Roberto Cavalli, Vera Wang.

Rent by occasion designers like Emilio Pucci off-the-shoulder dress for $625, retail value: $4,950. Naheem Khan gown $5,395.00 for $600. Keep looks 4 days, with the option to extend.

Need help in choosing? Book an Armarium Style Brigade representative on the site or download the app and have a network of experienced stylists available for you at home or in the NYC showroom.

Stylelend: Transform your style
Rent, rock and return thousands of tempting unique items.
Prices: $55  for one 7 day rental monthly. Items arrive fast with 2 to 3 day delivery, and they’re yours to wear for 7 or 14 days. Designers: Azzedine Alaia, Marni, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Alice & Olivia, Fausto Puglisi, Herve Leger, Isabel Marant, Balmain.

The MS Collection: We Are Here To Make You Look Good
Monthly subscription service for men and women sends 3-5 pieces a month.
Ms. Play Casual: $39
Ms. Business: $45
Ms. Details accessories-only: $35
At the end of the period, trade in for new items, or buy them at discounted prices. Brands include: Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, the Sanctuary, Eliza J.

Bag, Borrow Or Steal
Luxury certified authentic accessories available for one-month leases, renewable. The list is long: Hermes, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino. Rental bags are not for sale, but certain items are.

So Z’Scoop.com has concluded that this fashion rental system is extremely popular. One RTR customer said she has so much fun wearing amazing quality dresses that she dumped her monthly Stitchfix subscription to keep renting.

Spoiler alert: When renting for special events plan ahead, there may be a wait.


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