On Saturday, designer and Project Runway alum Ben Chmura made his StyleWeek Providence debut, showcasing his NIBIRU (and self-proclaimed comeback) collection. We were there to see his sci-fi inspired/contemporary streetwear designs come down the runway, and met up with him post-show to talk the future of fashion and Project Runway’s all-star season.

Rue La La: We were blown away with these designs. Tell us about the inspiration for this line.
Ben: The whole idea comes from a novel called The 12th Planet and its theories about how alien civilizations came to earth and helped man evolve through the dark ages. While they’re here, they’re re-creating streetwear and trying to understand how humans dress and behave.

Rue La La: Part of your futuristic approach is the idea of unisex clothing. Can you tell us more about that?
Ben: There are a few pieces in the collection that are gender-benders. I’m playing with a lot of exaggerated proportions so they could go female or male. I wanted to put more streetwear out there that would blur the lines – I really think it’s the future of fashion.
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January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012

With all the casual get-togethers on the horizon (like super bowl shindigs and stag parties on Valentine’s Day), we want to look our best. But no need to be confined to a sartorial status quo. Here are 5 easy ways to shake things up – just enough.

1. White!
Creamy leather bags, bright white denim tucked into rugged boots, and winter white cords with cozy sweaters.

2. Plaids, meet stripes.
Don’t be afraid of a little pattern power struggle. A tartan tie and striped sport shirt can get along after all.

3. Bring outerwear in.
Plan whole all-day outfits using fall jackets. Top a maxi with a cropped leather jacket or try a tweed blazer over a T-shirt and jeans.

4. Daytime dancing shoes.
Swap in formal footwear with everyday looks. Just picture: patent pumps will do wonders for cropped jeans and a drapey top.

5. The dusky showdown.
Mix and match brown, black, and navy. Our advice: dim the lights and make sure you can still distinguish the different pieces.

January 30, 2012

Spring fashion is seeing a serious trend: pleats, pleats, and more pleats. With awards season in full bloom, Halston Heritage is coming out as the leader of the pack. A red carpet favorite, the fashion house brings saturated ’70s hues and swinging silhouettes to the ballerina-girly look.

Our Halston Heritage Boutique opens today, January 29, 2012 at 11AM ET.

January 29, 2012

1. Send (okay, email) a quick invite to friends beforehand with a quote from the movie and a comfy-cute-only dress code. For inspiration, take a peek at a few picks from our Weekend-Ready Sale.

2. Set out a basket of soft cashmere blankets – no one wants to ask for an extra layer.

3. Light candles – not mood lighting, but a seasonal smells like D.L. & Co.’s Thorn Apple Candle – so you can dim the lights without putting everyone to sleep.

4. Get creative with popcorn. We love sprinkling on cheese and cayenne pepper for a little extra kick.

5. Put cookies (homemade, pre-made, we won’t tell) in the oven right before guests arrive. They’ll smell delicious throughout the film and be the perfect excuse for a mid-movie break.

The Weekend-Ready Sale opens today, January 28, 2012 at 11AM ET.

January 28, 2012

We declare orange the color of the moment when it comes to home décor. Both bold and sophisticated, it injects interiors with a jolt of energy. The best part? As our stylist Maureen tells us, orange accents get along with all color palettes: “I’m a big believer in treating orange like a neutral – in the sense that it goes with everything. It definitely pops against beige, taupe, and grey, but also looks amazing with turquoise, green, purple, and pink.”

Our On the Home Front: A Burst of Orange Boutique opens Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11AM ET.

January 27, 2012


Here at Rue, January is all about revitalizing our life of style. To put that goal into action, we’re looking at ways to shake up wardrobe staples and add visual interests to our home.

Another big way we’re recharging our life of style? This month, the Rue Report is shoppable. In today’s Boutique, we’ve pulled together the wardrobe classics every style lover needs, plus the accessories du jour that make any outfit feel of-the-moment.

Read The Rue Report: January 2012

January 27, 2012

At Rue, we <3 love. Starting right now, consider Rue your go-to Valentine’s Day headquarters.

Say it: We’ve kicked things off on Facebook, where fans can scribe their own love notes to anyone (or anything) they want the world to know they care about. We’re handpicking some of these pretty little proclamations to take over our ruelala.com login page on V-day (and let’s face it, that trumps any card you gave last year).

Share it: An invite to Rue is way better than chocolate. For two weeks, Members can give $10 and a special valentine “Rue-ism” to make sharing more festive. (Think: old-fashioned valentines, but way better.)

Suit up for it: What to wear, what to wear? And what does your sartorial choice say to the world? On February 1, we’ll open our Valentine’s fashion Boutique, ELLE + Rue La La: What Your V-Day Style Says About You with offerings based on valentine personalities like Ms. Meet the Parents or Mr. Walk on the Wild Side.

Seal it: Once you’re done professing your love and getting dressed up, sign in every day at 11AM ET to shop swoon-worthy style that your S/O is sure to love (we’re talking everything from lingerie and chocolates to spa treatments and way beyond).

Cupid, who? (We’ve got this thing stylishly covered.)

January 27, 2012

All dolled up! Need we say more? We’re playing up a storm and showcasing some of our favorites from tonight’s three Little Rue Boutiques: Brooks Brothers, Tractor Denim & Tease Tops, and Let’s Play Make-Believe: Dress-Up Clothes, Playhouses & More. 

Our Little Rue Boutiques open Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8PM ET.

January 26, 2012

The quickest way to make an outfit feel current? A few key add-ons let us dabble in trends and try out new looks. With that in mind, we pulled together some of our favorite items from The “You Can Never Have Too Many” Sale. For daytime, we’re all about bright colors and preppy-quirky shapes. For evening, metallics are the name of the game: glimmering golds, jewels upon jewels, and heavy-metal accessories.

January 25, 2012