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August 28 2014

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TenOverSix Trots to Texas

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TenOverSix's  Dallas store

As one of the leading retail destinations in Los Angeles, TenOverSix—founded by Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham—has garnered a cult following with its tightly edited mix of designers (think Jesse Kamm, Jenni Kayne, THVM, Alasdair, Maison Kitsuné, and beyond). Now, Lee and Cunningham have brought their cleverly cool curation to the Lone Star state, selecting Dallas’ recently renovated Joule Hotel for the location of their second outpost. Mimicking the L.A. store’s eclectic white-and-wood interior, the more-than-550-square-foot Dallas boutique is filled with an ample array of wares by up-and-coming designers, established indie labels, and high-profile brands. With the Dallas set in mind, Lee and Cunningham have stocked a ready supply of cocktail dresses and filled their Lucite display boxes with both subtle and statement jewelry from the likes of Mociun, Lizzie Fortunato, and Pamela Love. Staying true to their signature edit, the pair has made sure to bring along their best-selling stock of Karen Walker, Vena Cava, and Rachel Comey, as well as pieces exclusive to the new location.

 

In addition to the main store, Lee and Cunningham have created TenOverSix Presents—an updated take on a hotel gift shop, which, set in the Joule’s lobby, offers a quirky mix of gifts, accessories, and essentials. Only at TenOverSix can one find toothbrushes, a birdcage necklace, and a pig-shaped fruit basket all in the same place.

 

TenOverSix is open now at the Joule Hotel, located at 1511 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75202

Photo: Courtesy of TenOverSix

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

Deco Dannijo

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“We wanted to show how beautiful the pieces look in real life, not just under studio lights,” said Jodie Snyder, one half of the design duo behind Dannijo jewelry, at their Fall ’12 presentation/dinner last night.

Their latest collection, Deco Gatsby, was modeled by a host of the designers’ friends, including Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine and Becka Diamond. “I love their statement cuffs—it’s like this necklace was made for me,” gushed Vena Cava designer Lisa Mayock; one piece was named in her honor.

The gathering at Kingswood was a welcome change from fashion week’s more formal presentations, with the sibling designers mingling around the room to check on their guests. “It was actually Lisa’s idea,” admitted Jodie of the seated dinner. “Vena Cava did a similar event for their last collection and it felt so much more intimate than a show.”

The jewelry, featuring vintage mosaics, oxidized glass, and mixed crystals, spans a spectrum of styles, and as with previous collections, the designer’s eye could be seen in each piece. “Danielle and I can have quite different aesthetics, but they always coordinate in some way,” said Jodie, motioning toward a spectacular turquoise necklace. “But look at all those crystals—that one’s mostly mine!” she laughed.

Photo: David X Prutting / BFAnyc.com