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15 posts tagged "Sophie Buhai"

Vena Cava’s Heartland Horror

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Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock were inspired by 1970s neo noir films for their Fall collection, so it was only fitting that they create one of their own. They joined forces with Josh and Benny Safdie of Red Bucket Films (“they are some of the last people making New York cinema the way it was done in the seventies”) and enlisted a gaggle of their girlfriends (including Langley Hemingway and Eléonore Hendricks) to play the cult girls in their horror flick, entitled Heartland. “The film references a lot of cults from seventies L.A., a darker time in history,” they tell Style.com. “We intentionally did not want product shots or a ‘fashion film’ thing going on. We set out to make a movie that could stand on its own outside of the fashion audience.” Here, we debut the movie trailer exclusively on Style.com, and your average fashion it is not. “We did some pretty intense gore scenes in my mother’s kitchen—at one point, the whole floor was covered in fake blood we had purchased at gore shops in the San Fernando Valley,” they add. “Horror is much messier art than fashion!”

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

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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.”

Photo: John Sciulli /WireImage

Still Very Vena Cava

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Vena Cava is making headlines today for its new business partnership with Li — Fung. Despite the deal with the group, which also backs brands like Rachel Zoe, Ellen Tracy, and Keds Apparel, designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock remain in full creative control of their eight-year-old label. And their latest collection shows it: They’ve maintained their Vena Cava aesthetic, delicate and modern with a vintage twist. To see the full collection and read Style.com’s review, click here.

Photos: Courtesy of Vena Cava

Maggie Gyllenhaal Strikes A Pose For Vena Cava

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Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock didn’t have their show as usual this season, opting instead to have their celebrity friends, including Nora Zehetner and Tennessee Thomas, model their forties-esque clothing in their Spring ’12 lookbook. If you thought you had already seen all the looks, think again. Today, Style.com shares a few more offerings from the duo, modeled by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“Maggie was our ideal woman to represent Vena Cava,” Mayock tells Style.com. “She’s a movie star in the traditional sense, but also has the modern-day qualities we admire and adore in friends, collaborators, and accomplices.”

Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg

Vena Cava’s New Accessory

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Among the hats, shades, and shoes that hit the Vena Cava catwalk tomorrow, there’s one VC-designed accessory you won’t see: a condom. But Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, whose Fall collection debuts tomorrow, can check prophylactic creation off their bucket lists; they’re the latest designers to collaborate with Proper Attire, the company that each season taps a designer or label to create its packaging. For their three boxes, Mayock and Buhai created hand-drawn, conversational prints, like those they feature in their collections. One box features euphemisms for sex; another, euphemisms for condoms; a third, the famous “No Glove, No Love.”

“We just thought it would be so cool to have condom packaging that was not so serious—that wasn’t any kind of sleek, slick-looking box. It’s just not how we approach design in general,” Mayock said from their studio the day before the show. “We wanted to use our hand-drawn prints that we’re known for, but also to make packaging that would be a conversation starter,” Buhai added. If you want to start conversations, you’ve got to supply the words. Here are two more: Planned Parenthood, which benefits from the sale of every pack at locations like select Thompson Hotels, Opening Ceremony, and the Museum of Contemporary Art store in Los Angeles.

Photos: Courtesy of Proper Attire