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Fashion Week Chat With Rent the Runway's Lucy Sykes Rellie


If you could sashay in the shoes of one of NYC’s finest fashionistas during Fashion Week, who would it be? For us, it definitely depends on the shoes – and one woman who’s got shoes to swoon over this season is Lucy Sykes Rellie, Fashion Director at Rent the Runway. She’s calling the shots at one of New York chicest startups, and took a moment out of her schedule to chat with us about all things New York Fashion Week. Ready? Set. Read:

Thompson Hotels: What are your Fashion Week essentials?
Lucy Sykes Rellie: My Rent the Runway “Keep Calm and Rent On” notepad, Giorgio Armani Stick Gloss in Beige 103, YSL Touch Eclait Concealer, L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes and my iPad.

TH: What shows are you most looking forward to seeing this year?
LSR: It’s hard to narrow down the options because there’s no show I don’t enjoy, but Bihbu Mohapatra, Prabal Gurung and Narciso Rodriguez never fail to wow me.

TH: If you could strut your stuff on the catwalk to any song, what song would you choose?
LSR: “Lights” by Ellie Goulding. Nothing gets me into the strutting state of mind like an upbeat dance song by a fellow Brit.

TH: Who is your style inspiration?
LSR: My style inspiration is and always will be Julie Christie in 1975’s Shampoo. It was all about those big eyes, big hair, and of course that backless black sequin gown…swoon!

TH: What’s your secret to packing a stylish vacation wardrobe without going overboard?
LSR: My number one travel secret is Rent the Runway because, incredibly enough, they ship to hotels! You don’t even have to pack a bag when a lovely garment bag full of designer dresses and accessories is waiting for you at the check-in desk.

TH: What’s your favorite New York venue for runway shows?
LSR: I would have to say the tents are my favorite venue for shows. You just can’t beat the buzzing atmosphere and, of course, the convenience.

TH: Once Fashion Week winds down, what do you do to recuperate?
LSR: I plan to run away to the beach in Water Mill. I look forward to taking it easy with my best girlfriend in the fashion industry, wearing sweats and not worrying about how I look!

TH: What trends are you most excited about for fall?
LSR: I’m currently feeling a 1930s, ultra-glamorous moment happening with the long sleeves and high slits. However, we’ll see what my new favorite trends are after attending the shows; that’s always the best part.

TH: What have you been wearing this summer that you’ll be sad to retire once the cold weather rolls around?
LSR: I fell in love with amazing, chic basics from Joe Fresh this summer, from the perfect flare jean to white, crisp cotton tunics and dresses. I also found Steven Alan to have a fabulous selection of printed denim jeans and sundresses that are just perfect for the season. Another summer favorite of mine were brightly colored shoes in yellow and orange, though these have already found their way to the back of my closet to hibernate for winter.

TH: What are your travel essentials?
LSR: My very large black nylon bag from Zara, Repetto ballet flats, Clarks Botanicals lip gloss, water and herbal tea bags, cozy cashmere wraps and leggings.