At yesterday's Vena Cava production, no one quite knew whether they were at a show or presentation. There were no seating assignments, but there was a runway. Ladders perched in the middle of said runway, but lights went down and there was a start and finish. It ended up being a bit of both, set to The Fiery Furnaces and starring some of Sophie and Lisa's classics. We spotted cut out triangles, zip fronts and sheer dresses in the best prints; a gorgeous dove grey gown and safety pin patterns; cummerbund belts and fishnet knit layers. We also spotted GAP's Patrick Robinson chatting with Nicole Phelps in the pit and Sally Singer maneuvering through the crowd for a semi-decent seat. Like three people said in the space of the hour, "Those girls just keep getting better and better."
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Struggling Label Vena Cava Gets a New Investor, Plans Expansion
Good news for Vena Cava fans: The struggling label has found a lifeline. After reports surfaced last winter that the label had lost a key investor and was laying off employees, things were looking pretty grim. WWD was reporting that the financial state of the company was "drastic" (whatever that means). Today Vena Cava announced their partnership with LF USA, the US subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Li & Fung Limited. Designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai "will continue to oversee the creative vision for the brand," a press release reads, "while LF USA will contribute its extensive global resources and deep retail relationships to support the growth of the brand." So what does this deal mean for Vena Cava, LF USA, and for us as shoppers?
Vena Cava to Collaborate With Uniqlo
Vena Cava's Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock announced Wednesday at Fashion Group International's panel on entrepreneurship that they will be collaborating with Uniqlo. It's a juicy little tidbit of news that we nearly missed because the designers mentioned it so offhandedly (luckily Fashion etc., didn't and reminded us). Collaborating with brands is nothing new for Vena Cava. They've partnered in the past with Gap, Aqua for Bloomingdale's and Converse. The Gap collab was a struggle, Sophie said, because "Vena Cava is not a khaki brand", and she and Lisa are "pretty far from preppy." The design duo went on to weigh out the pros and cons of doing collaborations--one the one hand, lower-priced collaborations with big brands are a great way to reach the mass market and a new audience, and bottom line, make money, but they would never want work on a collaboration that wasn't true to their brand.