Veni, Vidi, Vena Cava-------
At the time of their Resort ’11 show, Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava unveiled Viva Vena, the lower-priced counterpart to the main Vena Cava collection. Those who can’t wait until the end of the year for those can feast on Viva Vena’s first offering for Fall, in stores now. Mayock and Buhai have kept the casual vibe while introducing a new series of shapes, including organic jersey sundresses, high-waisted culottes, and slouchy tanks, many printed with hand-drawn prints and mash-up photo collages the designers call “neo-Dada.” We especially like the contrast-collar raglan sweatshirt. It’ll keep pace with the other sweatshirts soon to flood the streets for fall, but won’t set you back as much as a Dries Van Noten version—the entire Viva Vena line retails for under $200.
Viva Vena is available now at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Opening Ceremony, Saks, and other retailers.