September 05, 2008
"Egyptomania" is the key to deciphering Vena Cava's latest effort. Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai looked to the King Tut craze that enthralled America during the mummy's world tour in the mid-seventies, resurrecting that decade's sportswear silhouettes, but punctuated them with hieroglyphs and zodiac symbols. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists demonstrated their superior draping skills once again with several nipped-waist chiffon gowns, while the addition of more structured piecesa sleeveless power suit with a flawless fit, to give one good exampleproved the duo has range. There were shoes, too, taken from their new collaboration with Via Spiga. But it wasn't all about making a serious impression: An allover print on an evening gown turned out to be snippets from an Egyptian glossary of mythology. Kitschy, sure, but it's just the kind of irreverent detail we've come to expect (and love) from these two.