August 30 2014

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Vena Cava: One Part L.A., One Part New York


Though a bout with the stomach flu kept her partner Lisa Mayock sidelined, Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai (pictured, left) was delighted to celebrate her own return home to Los Angeles last night among friends and muses. Hosted by GenArt, the party marked the launch of their Fall collection at Barneys and their strong ongoing working relationship with the retailer. “We really see Vena Cava as being half L.A. and half NY; it’s part of the brand DNA,” Buhai explained of the design duo’s new dynamic now that she lives in Los Angeles and Mayock remains in New York. “We’ve been exposed to different environments, and when we come together to design, they come together and meld in an interesting way.”

Set against the backdrop of Chateau Marmont’s Bungalow 1, a subtle reference to the designer’s neo-noir-inspired Fall collection, guests including Malin Akerman, Into the Gloss’ Emily Weiss, Cher Coulter, and Sophia Bush caught a poolside performance from St. Vincent’s Annie Clark (pictured, right), for which Vena Cava designed an exclusive T-shirt. And while there was an exciting emphasis on the brand’s SoCal heritage (both Buhai and Mayock are L.A. natives), Busy Philipps reflected that their resonance is a result of their ability to draw from both coasts. “I have this older Vena Cava LBD that is very simple but has some great detail that sets it apart, which is the reason I keep going back to it again and again,” Phillips said. “It’s the only dress that my friend Michelle [Williams], who lives in Brooklyn, and I both own and both wear.”

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Irene Neuwirth Debuts Diamonds With Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps, And A Few Famous Friend-Loves


Irene Neuwirth is known for her colorful, slightly bohemian jewels, but every girl—even those who live, like she does, on the beach in Venice—need to go full-throttle upscale now and again. So when Barneys, one of her earliest supporters, came knocking with a request for a diamond collection, Neuwirth obliged. The Barneys pieces represent her first foray into fine jewelry, a move the designer describes as a natural next step. “I’ve been designing jewelry for ten years,” she explained last night at a private bash at the retailer’s Madison Avenue flagship. “All of my clients who had been collecting pieces over and over, I felt they needed something different and a little bit finer. I feel like there was a hole in the market for something youthful.” The collection mixes diamonds with Neuwirth’s old favorite stones, like chrysophase, Rose of France, and Peruvian opal. Prices start at $15,000 and go up to $200,000—the Weinstein range, you might say. And there was Harvey, schmoozing in the corner.

The California connection may have helped account for his presence and all of the star power collected at Barneys’ eighth-floor penthouse. Michelle Williams (in orange and black striped Prada) and Lake Bell also stopped by, and the evening was hosted by Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps and musician Joanna Newsom, who had her boyfriend, Andy Samberg, in tow. Philipps (above, with Neuwirth and Williams) has been a big Neuwirth supporter: The actress wore Neuwirth’s pieces to this year’s Oscars and Golden Globes. “I’ve known Irene a relatively short time,” Philipps admitted, but “it’s been a love affair that’s blossomed to its full potential very quickly. We fell into instant friend-love.” Williams, her longtime friend—devotees may remember they both starred on Dawson’s Creek—was sitting beside her. “I wasn’t jealous,” she deadpanned.

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