>> Next season brings bags from Vena Cava, but for Spring 2011, it was all about the debut of the seriously-platformed wedge sandals Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai did in collaboration with LA boutique TenOverSix. In fact, according to the Vena Cava show notes, the entire collection was designed in Los Angeles, where both Buhai and Mayock are from. The designers cited "the 1980s design movement Memphis, which used bold geometric shapes, bright colors, and a health sense of humor to refute 'good taste' design," as inspiration, showing up in "colorblocking and geometric construction, mixed with a southern California ease and less rigid way of dressing." Hence the flowy skirts, loose halter dresses, and even a pair of overalls snuck in.
What you're about to experience is signature Vena Cava, with an extra exuberant flair. Designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock — who are adorable in person — worked in their signature quirky prints and flowy fabrics, but also injected bold, feminine flair, with bouts of bright hues that are Spring perfect. One of the most notable updates to their wears? The longer hemlines — it seems the ladylike trend will carry on beyond Fall. But with Vena Cava, the lady also has a cool-chick bone. For accessories, the models wore turban-like headbands, stacked bangles, and chunky platforms. Close your eyes, transport yourself to Vena Cava-land, and imagine frolicking in these pieces — red and camel, funky overalls, ethnic touches, silky fabrics, asymmetrical hemlines — you can't help but feel alive!
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>> Vena Cava Launching Handbags for Fall 2011, Designers Hope to Build "Lifestyle Empire" —Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, who both hail from Los Angeles, have paired up with LA boutique TenOverSix for shoes, which will debut on Thursday during Vena Cava's Spring 2011 presentation; the duo has worked with Via Spiga in the past, starting with the Spring 2009 season. Come the Fall 2011 season, Mayock and Buhai are adding handbags for the first time: "They're going to be mostly structured pieces in the $700 price range. There's nothing else out there at that price point except for Alexander Wang. We're also doing some small leather goods like wallets and evening bag type styles." Eventually, they hope to have a "Vena Cava lifestyle empire," including "flagships, posters, websites and movies." [Viva Vena Cava, WSJ]
Did you catch our last interview with Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava? With the new collection in stores at Bloomingdale's this weekend, watch our video to hear about Lisa's favorite pieces from the Vena Cava for Aqua line.
Lanvin For H&M Designer Collaboration, Jessica Alba’s Gorgeous Premiere Style, and Shop Vena Cava For Aqua!
H&M released a video teasing its next designer collaboration this week, and shortly after revealed Lanvin will be the next label to design for the mass retailer. From girlie ruffles to red carpet stunners, Jessica Alba looks fantastic while promoting her new movie Machete. Plus, Vena Cava’s line for Aqua hits Bloomingdales!
After much anticipation — especially after watching FabTV's exciting interview with designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock — the Vena Cava for Aqua line has finally landed on our doorstep. In fact, Bloomingdale's got the exclusive lower-priced pieces today. Click through right now to see — and shop! — every single cool-girl outfit from one of our favorite labels.
Where Will Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Alexander Wang, and More Be For Fashion's Night Out 2010?
>> Fashion's Night Out is back with even more bang in its second year: in addition to a CBS special documenting the occasion, the official directory for the event — scheduled Sept. 10, from 6-11 pm —boasts almost 1,000 events, including a public fashion show for the first time ever. Check out some of the highlights, below.
1. Karl Lagerfeld Will Be In Town
He's hosting a Chanel dinner the night before Fashion's Night Out, and accepting a Fashion Visionary Award (from the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology) at a luncheon the day of, so he's definitely in New York for the occasion. Word is he'll be at Chanel's Soho store — where they're also offering complimentary manicures and selling the forthcoming Les Khakis de Chanel nail polish collection for one night. Alternatively, the 57th Street Chanel boutique is offering visitors the option to color-customize their very own pair of iconic Chanel ballet flats.
Vena Cava is launching a collection for Bloomingdale's in-house brand, Aqua. FabSugarTV got a chance to talk to the designers, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, about must-have pieces, their collaboration with Bloomie's, and what trends they're looking forward to for Fall.
Alexander Wang released his first ever video campaign for his Fall 2010 collection, FabSugar is teaming up with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at New York Fashion Week for Fashion's Night Out, and Victoria Beckham tests her skills at designing handbags with Marc Jacobs designer Katie Hillier. Plus, catch our exclusive interview with the designers behind Vena Cava talking about their newest collaboration with Bloomingdale's!
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Vena Cava is outrageously amazing, but sadly, so are its prices. So you can imagine our excitement when the brand announced a cheaper line, dubbed Viva Vena. The collection just released, and designing duo Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock went above and beyond our fashion expectations. The line features Vena Cava's signature hand-drawn prints and neo-Dada photo collages made into organic jersey dresses, tees, and cute skirts. Did we mention each piece retails under $200? Get it before it's long gone . . .