Friday, February 11, 2011

Vena Cava Fall 2011

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Star design duo Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava paid homage to the 90s in their FW2011 show at Milk Studios. The venue was packed with the hippest of the fashion scene, including Tavi in the front row. Prior to the show, guests received magazines (cleverly named 'Zina Cava!) showcasing anarray of artistic content put together by Mayock, Buhai and some notable friends.

The collection drew on the more refined trends of the decade. Models strutted down the runway in long, flowing maxi skirts, structured, cropped tops with cut out detailing and square necklines, and wide-legged pants, all topped off with berets. We saw once more Mayock and Buhai's keen eye for unusual prints and their indefatigable desire to produce fashion that is both fresh and inventive.

Standout looks included a long-sleeved, black and white body skimming maxi dress and later, a halter top with cut-out under the bust paired with flowing silk pants subtly tapered at the ankle. Also memorable was the oversized colorblock cardigan with leather sleeves, matched with a cropped top with boning and high-waisted leather shorts.

All in all, the show was in every way a hit - the duo succeeded in creating a collection that was cohesive, and something new, but still saleable. Best of all, it immediately evoked among the audience a sense of inspiration and excitement to draw on a time period that has yet to be explored by the rest of the fashion community.

- Stephanie Wu

Additional photos by Stephanie Wu

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