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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Vena Cava

Vena Cava Cleans Out Its Closets


“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” »

The Best-Dressed Shopgirls In The West?


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Shipley & Halmos

Fêtes For Fashion’s Must-See TV


As if there weren’t enough fashion swirling around this week, two new TV shows about the biz threw kickoff parties last night: HBO’s How to Make It in America and the Sundance Channel’s Web-based documentary miniseries Catwalk Countdown. The latter invited its featured designers to take a break from last-minute preparations at the Standard’s new poolside lounge and, er, wet bar on the 18th floor, where Erin Fetherston was haunted by visions of the impending blizzard. “We need to get models in the door,” she fretted. “And we need those boots! Last I heard, they were in Kentucky.” The countdown had begun.

Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai revealed to us that she and Lisa Mayock have small roles in a fashion-oriented zombie movie (written and directed by photographer Elizabeth Lippman) that’s contending for a spot at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The designer pair didn’t have a whole lot of time to talk about it, though. “We’re leaving after this to go have a pricing meeting—back to being a garmento,” Buhai said.

That busy mixture of work and fun is the subject of How to Make It in America, an ensemble drama about young creative types in New York. The cast (which includes Lake Bell and Bryan Greenberg) joined some big-time suits and HBO players Adrian Grenier and Chloë Sevigny (pictured with Greenberg, above) for a Cinema Society screening and after-party at the Bowery Hotel. Did current Angeleno Ian Edelman’s new series pass the New York authenticity test? “Ian knows his stuff,” native Upper West Sider Leelee Sobieski decided. The series—whose major plotline at this point revolves around two friends trying to launch a denim line—comes courtesy of the producers of Entourage, and Grenier half-jokingly declared himself a wee bit jealous. “They better watch their back!”

Plus, check out our Q&A with How to Make It creator and writer Ian Edelman here.

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

Blasblog: From Fashion Week To Food Weekend


Full disclosure: I like to eat almost as much as I like to judge what people are wearing. (Almost.) So when an invite came my way to a dinner that Veuve Clicquot (wait, I feel like I should add here that I like drinking Champagne while eating and judging) was hosting for the French food fair Le Fooding, I thought it would be a nice change of pace from my trudge through two fashion weeks so far. The event this weekend at P.S.1 in Long Island City is the culinary organization’s first time stateside. (Their press materials flatter our fair city’s gourmet chops, stating, “The reality of the ingredients comes first. The greatest chefs happily rustle up a simple sausage.”

Interestingly enough, last night my table was a mix of fashion-world foodies. Waris promised me he was very important in the European culinary world. I thought he was kidding till the president of Veuve asked him to make a speech. (Though he lost some credibility and class points when he tried to start a food fight.) Meanwhile, Katie Lee helped me by pointing out who everyone was. Apparently seeing Daniel Boulud is a big deal. (“It’d be like having Karl Lagerfeld at one of your parties,” she explained.) Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai provided the most surprising culinary tidbit. Turns out the designer, who was there with Maroon 5′s James Valentine, is proud member of the Bacon of the Month Club. Membership gets you a new regional pork product delivered 12 times a year. Le Fooding-New York will be held tonight and tomorrow at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information on the festivities of food and love, go to