Vena Cava - 2006
Los Angeles natives Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, the designers behind Vena Cava, attended Parsons School of Design in New York, where they quickly bonded over a love of vintage clothing and an admiration for each other's work.
The design duo draws inspiration from found objects, their mothers' hand-me-down clothing and designers such as Jean Muir, Claire McCardell and Elsa Schiaparelli. Vena Cava aims to design simple, elegant and wearable clothing with original, hand crafted detail.
Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, February 2006
Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock presented their Fall 2006 collection in a whimsical setting with four framed rooms, each featuring a group of models posing languidly. The exquisitely staged tableaux set the mood for the Vena Cava designs, inspired by 1960s London boutique Biba and Parisian couturier Paul Poiret.
In The Withdrawing Room, Vena Cava's sweet lingonberry print made its first of several sartorial appearances in a belted frock. The Game Room featured a grey crêpe de chine short-sleeved tulip dress with a bright red appliqué banded hem and a sage matte jersey dress with delicate button sleeves.
The Dining Room showcased opulent gowns with triangle cutouts - a recurring motif - and muted wool and brocade separates. Meanwhile, the Boudoir displayed black silk charmeuse, lingonberry crêpe dresses and a captivating red and crème pyramid print silk chiffon gown.
Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, September 2006
Vena Cava echoed the theme of understatement with its Spring 2007 collection at New York Fashion Week. A dreamscape setting of three faux lawns served as the backdrop for delicate designs, such as a cream silk charmeuse gown with a Havasu print caplet. The collection's edgier looks included a graphite wool shift with a copper luggage clasp at the neckline. Finally, a taupe silk crêpe de chine dress added a sense of playfulness, mirroring Vena Cava's fresh, versatile aesthetic.