NRHS seniors pick prom dresses at Rent the Runway
The doors of the Rent the Runway flagship store in Chelsea were to open to New Rochelle High School seniors at 8 p.m. Friday. But students began streaming in at 7:30 p.m., eager to take advantage of the generous offer of a free rental dress for prom by Rent the Runway cofounder and CEO Jennifer Hyman, a NRHS alum.
Groups of excited students looked through an assortment of colorful dresses made of chiffons and silks to pick the one that flattered them the most. Hope Herzog, the NRHS senior class advisor, was at the store to supervise the students.
Annie Blay, 17, tried on a gold floor-length dress and examined her reflection in a mirror.
"It's amazing!" said Blay, obviously pleased with what she saw. "The opportunity to come here with my friends and to try on dresses, and to know that the person who started this also went to our schools, it's so awesome."
Rent the Runway is a successful New York City-based online service that provides designer dresses and accessories for rent at a fraction of the retail price. The company also has a handful of stores in major U.S. cities, including New York City.
Assistants and a stylist from Rent the Runway were at hand to offer suggestions and help the students make the most of the opportunity.
"Definitely find something you really love. Don't worry about what someone else is wearing or what someone else thinks," said stylist Gloria Cospito. "If you feel great in that dress, pick that dress and have fun with it. Think about when you're going to look at this photo a few years from now, you'll know you felt great that night and wore what you loved."
Desiree Puello, 17, was considering a crimson dress, when another caught her eye. She quickly moved on.
"This is a great opportunity for her to wear something she really wants that I cannot afford," said Yvette Puello, Desiree's mother, who had accompanied her. "This is a very good thing."
Students who were unable to go to the store will receive a free promo code that gives them a $100 credit to select their dresses online from Rent the Runway. Their selections will then be mailed to their homes.
Prom is Wednesday, June 7.