The description of the Vena Cava Fall 2010 collection is best said in the words of the designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock themselves:
“Fall 2010 started when we secluded ourselves in a house in Woodstock one long weekend. After researching the work of Sheila Hicks and female artists of the 70′s craft movement, we designed a collection for the Vena Cava woman to wear in her cabin upstate: pieces that read more minimal, American 70′s tinged and somewhat classic, but with singular Vena Cava detailing and a hazy rainy day color palette”
Now, when I hunker down in a country cabin, I’m certainly not wearing threads of this caliber. I’m rocking more of a sweatpant, jersey and flannel look, so I don’t mess up my best duds while collecting and chopping wood for the fire and collect burrs while I go on quiet nature strolls. But if you throw luxury into the mix, I kind of see what the ladies are getting at. More importantly, we’re not in the 70′s in an upstate cabin, and this collection is splendidly wearable now.
To live music provided by Southern California based band The Like, models graced the runway of Vena Cava’s first Fashion Week showing at M·A·C & Milk in dark wools, muted silks, rayons, twills and furs in this 21 look collection. Vena Cava’s familiar shirtdresses were again reimagined keeping the stalwart style new. High waists and short hemlines kept the moody ambiance of the collection from feeling too dark, while precise details like the U-shaped ruching on a jumpsuit collar, the drape of a skirt or dress, the use of textured mesh on tops and the wolford tights kept the collection looking fresh. In addition, the styling with heavy jewelry, hats by our friends over at Yestadt Millinery, and the bright, punkish individual rainbow stripes that were settled into the frizzy ponytails of the models kept the 70′s inspired looks firmly seated in 2010. My personal favorites were the numerous cloaks, the shirt dresses, the metallic skirts, and the skeleton print blouse and gown.
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