August 22 2014

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15 posts tagged "Sophie Buhai"

Robert Clergerie For Vena Cava


Great minds, as they say, think alike. So it pleased me greatly to find out that Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, two girls for whom I have a ton of respect, are going to be using the Clergerie shoes I’ve been obsessing on since March at their show tomorrow. “I have no idea why Clergerie is so under-the-radar,” comments Buhai. “Lisa and I went to the store today, and they’re just our favorite shoes out there. Refined, comfortable, a little eccentric, but never too flashy, you know?” Alongside the Douz platform I wrote about, the Vena Cava Spring ’10 show will feature the Dorine bootie that may have superseded it in my affections, and pairs of wood-soled Mary Janes Buhai says reminded her and Mayock of the shoes they wore to high school in the nineties. Also featured at the show: Robert Clergerie himself, who happens to be in New York City for a rare visit, and who will be checking out the Vena Cava scene, naturellement. According to Buhai, he’ll get to see a modern, outer-borough version of bon chic, bon genre. “This collection is really about what we want to wear and what our friends want to wear,” says Buhai. “Casual, Brooklyn-girl style.”

Photo: Courtesy of Robert Clergerie

Seriously Lacroix, Summer Road Kill, And More…


Rejoice! Printemps owner Borletti is serious about Christian Lacroix. The firm made a legitimate offer for the couture house yesterday, so those latest “restrained and approachable” creations may make it to red carpets after all. [WWD]

When a new designer can convince fellow designer pals—in this case Richard Chai, Doo-Ri Chung, Lisa Mayock, Sophie Buhai, and Scott Sternberg—to model her new wares, chances are the duds are better than average. Creative Growth for Everybody, a collaborative design effort from The News’ founder Stella Ishii and a nonprofit group supporting artists with disabilities, is just that. [WWD]

Socialites, models, artists…The Hamptons is always full of head-turning types come summer, and this year the list includes dead squirrels. [WWD]

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Everything Ancient Is New Again For Spring


Designers embraced their inner Cleopatras and Tutankhamens this season, offering fresh takes on Egyptian costume (click for slideshow). At Anna Sui, hieroglyphs provided the basis for elaborate prints, while Sophia Kokosalaki worked in a pharaoh-worthy palette of lapis lazuli and gold. Andrew Gn amped up tunic dresses with embroidered metal collars, and Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava accessorized with slinky silver breastplates. “Fashion is about escape. It makes sense to fixate on a historical era that no one can get to,” says Mayock. “I think everyone just wants to dream right now.” We’re all for that, but it’s probably best to leave Orlando Pita’s “Nefertiti-chic” hairdos at Christian Dior to the ancients.

See a gallery of Egypt-inspired looks >




Photo: Marcio Madeira


When Vena Met Via


In these hard times, everyone’s looking for high-end quality at mid-level prices. With said objective in mind, shoe retailer Via Spiga has hit the ground running, recently opening a boutique on Broadway and Broome just south of the frenzied retail strip and collaborating with Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai to produce a line of relatively affordable souliers. “One of the things that was really important to us was that the shoes be of the same price point as our brand,” said Buhai at last night’s launch. “So, the shoes are going to retail around $500, a little less expensive than some of the designer brands.” It’s not quite bargain basement; however, you can expect the same special detailing and exceptional craft that has made Vena Cava a downtown favorite. Try these on for size: a basic clog toughened up with the label’s signature triangle studs. “All the buyers are gravitating toward a lower price point,” added Buhai. “We’re trying to take those things that people are really responding to and run in that direction.”

Photo: Ben Gabbe /

Five Questions for Vena Cava


Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock have come a long way from the living room. Back in 2003, the freshly minted Parsons grads set up shop in the apartment they shared in Brooklyn and began mashing up ideas for their new brand, Vena Cava. In the years since, a healthy sense of eclecticism has served the label well: This season, for example, Mayock and Buhai nicked inspiration from the flick Space Is the Place, starring Sun Ra, translating its kitschy, seventies Egyptomania aesthetics into a collection that was characteristically casually elegant. The designers’ signature draping, idiosyncratic prints, and habit of festooning their clothes with custom hardware has found their brand fans among retailers and editors alike—not to mention the odd celeb. This year, Vena Cava was tapped as a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. The winner of the 2008 prize will be announced November 17; in the meantime, Buhai and Mayock answer’s questions about life in the Top Ten.

What made you want to be a designer?
Lisa Mayock: When I was a kid, my best friend’s mom wore the most interesting outfits. She had the best jewelry, too. I always wanted to touch everything she had on.
Sophie Buhai: My grandmother and her two eccentric sisters were pioneers of modern fashion, I swear. I love older women who have been refining a singular style for decades.

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