Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week AW10: Vena Cava

Editor’s Note: With so many festivities during Fashion Week, we asked our fabulous friend and fashion publicist, Liz Anthony, to help out. Over this next week, look out for her coverage on shows and events.

Arriving at the stroke of noon to Mac & Milk Studios, I found my seat displaying the Vena Cava Fall 2010 program and a small plastic package of ear plugs resembling two pieces of candy. My initial wave of disappointment (I was really hoping for a mid-day treat) was soon replaced by the anticipation of a high-impact fashion show featuring live music by The Like.

The inspiration for the Fall 2010 collection came to the Vena Cava designers – Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai – after a long weekend in Woodstock, NY. They researched the work of Sheila Hicks and the 1970s craft movement and created “pieces that read more minimal, American, 70s tinged and somewhat classic, but with singular Vena Cava detailing and a hazy, rainy day color palette.”

With twenty-one looks, their vision came to life on the runway. One of the strongest was thick fur collars tangled with the models’ tousled and brightly streaked manes. Other highlights included the culottes, tailored trousers, soft and full hoods, and mesh sleeves. All the fabrics were rich, ranging from more traditional brushed cotton and wool twill to a metallic copper viscose. The ensembles were tied together with striking accessories – fabulous felt hats by YESTADT Millinery and vintage-looking sunglasses from Retrofuture. Vena Cava stays hip and equestrian all at the same time and their attention to unique detail including skeleton prints, custom hardware and Tetris beading never fails to impress the fashionable masses.

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Photos courtesy of Liz Anthony

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