When it came time to pin down their resort inspiration, Vena Cava
designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock literally had visions dancing in their heads. The subjects? Anjelica Huston, Jerry Hall, and Loulou de la Falaise circa their Studio 54 days, with a little Helmut Newton thrown in for good measure. Easy, simple, and louche were the words that the girls used to describe their midi-length wrap skirts, barely-there camisoles, and delicate slipdresses with minimal ruffled detailing. Keeping with the label's modern-vintage aesthetic, the prints here came in all shapes and sizes, from a mini matchstick design to a large-scale bright floral to a spunky "Deco machine" graphic splattered on a range of silky separates. Since rebooting their label with the help of Li & Fung, Buhai and Mayock have opted out of "editorial" looks in favor of simplicity and ease. A smart move on the part of the VC duo, who, in the coming months, will launch their wares exclusively at Barneys.