The show notes at Vena Cava explained that designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock were inspired by a long weekend they spent in Woodstock last fall, but the clothes on the runway looked more urban than upstate. Backstage, Buhai elaborated, "It's what we'd want to wear in Woodstock." In other words, you can take the Brooklyn hipsters out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the Brooklyn hipsters. In fact, there was plenty here to tempt that demographic, which, from the looks of the vintage stores around town, has been getting more interested in the seventies lately.
The duo's familiar shirtdresses were layered over ribbed knit black turtlenecks, waists were high, and hems were long for a Me Decade vibe. A black silk crepe de chine jumpsuit with a corded halter neckline stood out, as did a dress patchworked from shiny gray, lichen, and copper viscose and black micro-lace. A washed gray leather jacket with snaps at the shoulders and a pair of wool cloaks with leather trim indicate Buhai and Mayock are trying to extend their range, but it's the instant-wardrobe-update items—the culotte shorts, cropped sweatshirts, and overall dresses—that will more likely attract buyers. What makes these designers successful is how delicately attuned they remain to what the cool girls want these days.