Friday, April 23, 2010



words/images Judith Ecochard

LISA MAYCOCK and SOPHIE BUHAI of the seasoned fashion duo VENA CAVA--- sourced the works of renown fiber artist Sheila Hicks and other females from the 70’s craft movement for an "American minimalist" collection for “the Vena Cava women to wear in her cabin upstate…”

… said the 'run of show' program notes.

We saw a sleek collection of rayon spandex fitted knits, silk chiffon frocks and blouses, that had us thinking of Faye Dunaway in the movie the Getaway, sans beret... and Ali McGraw in anything from that era.

The autumnal colors (loden, army green, black, navy, caramel tweed, cream cupro) gave the rtw looks a warm, sophisticated embrace of brisker temps. Unlike prior collections, there are few prints.

BONUS: The show came with a rockin’ dose of rock and roll, courtesy of The Like

Our top picks are the tailored jackets including a cropped tweedy wool, belted "car" coats with hoods and a chic cloak…country gentry fun and functional.

And since we actually retreat to a locale near where the designers spent a long weekend (Woodstock, NY) that got their brain cells flowing---for the collection…we are sure that we will be the most stylish gal up there if we ever wear anything we saw off the runway--- while trooping through the mud and snow.

PLUS: The new basics line VIVA VENA – tees, tanks, dresses…with organic cotton and jersey fabrics featuring those hand drawn prints that are typically a Vena Cava's signature touch--- will hit retail outlets (Saks, Bergdorf's, Barney's Shopbop, etc.) in July. All separates priced under $200 too.

HAIR: Swinging ponytails (hair extensions done right) like horse TED GIBSON