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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.
“We both grew up in L.A. and we were kind of weaned on garage sales,” says Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock. She was talking about herself and her partner in VC, Sophie Buhai, both veterans of the flea market scene. “I think part of our aesthetic is formed by found objects, which is the best part of garage sales—you never know what you’re going to find.” That’s definitely true at Vena Cava’s virtual garage sale, which runs June 1 through June 30 (or until it’s sold out) and keeps the spirit while dispensing with the garage. (Space in New York—not to mention garages—isn’t as plentiful in New York as in L.A.) Lots can be viewed online and purchased by text message.
The goods for sale are all from Mayock and Buhai’s personal collections and range from paperbacks and decor to clothing. Vena Cava pieces are included (an oft-requested archival piece, a hardware-covered slip dress from Spring ’09, pictured, left, is back on offer), but so are pieces from their own wardrobes: Buhai’s much-beloved Contempo Casuals leather jacket (“I wore it all last year,” she says) and a YSL suede Safari jacket. Any favorites? For Mayock, a bright yellow, sixties-era telephone (below, left); for Buhai, a vintage book of celebrity bad dates (below, right). “It has the weirdest compilation of eighties celebrities talking about their bad dates,” she explains. “Like Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo, and then the next chapter is Tom Selleck.”
The duo are seasoned vintage shoppers (Buhai lists the Salvation Army on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue—”it’s pretty untapped”—and the Goodwill on Vine in Hollywood, a frequent drop-off spot for Hollywood costume departments, as her favorite secondhand shops), and many of the goods on offer are on their third or fourth go-round (at least). But a few of the pieces come from closer to home, like Mayock’s birth certificate (bottom) and social security card. It comes packaged with “her self-esteem.” Your own personal self-esteem? “Yeah,” she says, “it’s a free gift.” Will you be OK without it? “Yes.” Continue Reading “Vena Cava Cleans Out Its Closets” »
It took some patience, but Ilaria Urbinati, the stylist and co-owner of L.A.’s Confederacy, finally got Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos over to the West Coast. “We’ve had this on the calendar for a while,” conceded Halmos (pictured above, with Urbinati and Confederacy co-owner Danny Masterson). “We’ve known Ilaria since she started out as a stylist, and she’s been carrying our line here since the very beginning.” They’re now getting an added vote of confidence: Urbinati commissioned the duo to design her staff uniforms, which debuted at a party in their honor last night. Tara Subkoff, Hilary Duff, and Bijou Phillips were among the revelers taking in the long-sleeved black silk button- downs with chiffon sleeves and black and white printed silk shorts. Not that they needed a job on the sales floor to walk away with some S&H goods. The designers were previewing their Fall ’10 collection, which, they said, was perfect for the L.A. weather. “Our outerwear is particularly strong. Even in L.A., you can deconstruct the pieces and still wear them. And we happen to make a great leather jacket.” That’s something it’s easy to enjoy nationwide, but there are a few pleasures exclusive to the Wild West. “In-N-Out was our first stop,” Shipley admitted.