Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai christened the second floor venue at Milk Studios to show their spring 2010 collection for Vena Cava in front of a packed house, including fellow designers (Patrick Robinson) and Vogue fashion editors (Sally Singer and Lauren Santo Domingo).
The Brooklyn-based design duo presented what has become their signature look, along with a few new tricks, in a collection that will undoubtedly please their fierce cult following. Acid washed rayon pieces in shades of brown and black made a major statement, best when paired with an orange laser-cut blouse or a black silk crepe sleeveless blazer. Also of note were pyramid studs on chiffon, a cropped bustier and the metal safety pin details seen on a short black dress.
Fans of Vena Cava’s one-of-a-kind printed fabrics will not be disappointed in the star print silk georgette shorts and dress, nor the green and black ancient mask print used in a mid-length chiffon gown. Styled with oversized black sun visors, armfuls of Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. bangles and Persol eyewear, the collection was a perfect mix of edgy clothes made for vintage shopping in Brooklyn and classic uptown accessories.
Best summed up by the show’s stylist Kate Young, “The Vena Cava girl is wearing luxury accessories like a quirky art dealer, not like a lady who lunches.”