Wish you could wear a wedding dress by famed bridal designer Monique Lhuillier? If you don't have tens of thousands of dollars lying around, your chances are pretty slim. That is, unless you are willing to make a minor compromise. Although brides need not read any further, if you're attending a wedding this year, Rent the Runway is offering a much more affordable way to check "wearing Lhuillier" off your bridal bucket list.
The designer has created a limited-edition collection of dresses for wedding guests available exclusively on the rental site. Launching today in time for Spring wedding season, the six-piece capsule features her most iconic shapes and fabrics in a palette of corals, mints, and royal blues. And aside from two dresses that cost $325 for a 4-day rental, the price comes in at $300 or less.
Derek Guillemette, Rent the Runway's ready-to-wear director who has coordinated exclusives with such names as Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan, talked to us about how the collection came to life and walked us through each dress in the sure-to-rent-out collection.
"Guest-of-wedding dressing is our biggest occasion people dress for," he said of the brand's renters. "So this is great because all these guests are going to have amazing experiences, and when they go to get their wedding dress, they're going to think of Monique."