Since partnering with global trading group Li & Fung in April, it's taken time for Vena Cava
designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock to adjust. But a look at their Spring collection says they have definitely regained their footing. "It's so nice to finally have this kind of backing," Mayock said at her Soho studio. "Now we can execute what we have been wanting to do for years." The VC girls called their latest range Vena Cava Tijuana. They were thinking about their trips to Mexico in the eighties. Mayock recalled seeing a lot of crafts and embroidery around her great aunt's perfume shop there, and the clothes clearly reflected such memories. A colorful striped jacket was the VC take on an army coat, and a long linen-blend dress with chiffon bias-cut to look like fringe was inspired by mariachi singers.
The designers showed their signature prints—from a fun corn design to an artsy drawing of an elegant hand—on feminine dresses and skirts. Mixed in with these statement pieces were "not too basic basics," as they called them. Think office-appropriate black pants with pompoms on the front, leather separates with graphic perforation, and mock-vintage Mexican rock band T-shirts. "The clothes are not just meant to look good on an 18-year-old model," Mayock said. "They are for real women to wear every day." That includes the sexy red dress with cut-outs on the neckline. Well, maybe that should be reserved for a special night out instead.