NYT COVERS THE REBIRTH OF VENA CAVA!!

Posted BY RHYS HALLETT ON August 18th, 2012

 

On Wednesday night, in celebration of the launch of Vena Cava‘s fall collection at Barneys, the designer Sophie Buhai and GenArt threw an all-night bash at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Annie Clark (a k a St. Vincent), whose new album “Love This Giant” is out next month, performed. Red Bucket Films was on-site shooting a neo-noir-inspired Vena Cava horror short. “Mostly I saw people drinking tequila and whiskey, which is always a good sign,” says Buhai, who played perfect host while her co-designer Lisa Mayock tended to the label’s next collection overseas. Here, Buhai talks to T about the duo’s fall offering and the V.C. “cult” that can’t wait to buy it.

 

Q.Tell us about your fall collection. What were you thinking about when you were designing it?

 

A.We were inspired by neo-noir movies. We spent a long time watching ’70s classics, like “Chinatown” and early Brian De Palma films. We love the strong, dark and elegant female characters in these movies. For some reason that whole vibe really fits Vena Cava.

Is there a print, a motif or an embellishment that runs throughout the collection?

We are doing a lot more tailoring based on ’40s shapes this season. The clothes are a lot bolder and more grown-up. We have one showstopper that’s a studded black tuxedo. St. Vincent performed in it last night. Overall it’s elegant and tailored — the tailoring aspect was really new for us.

The girl who wears, loves and inspires Vena Cava is so distinctive. What’s she been up to lately? What’s she into? Where is she living?

We always joke that Vena Cava girls are in some way like a cult. She’s a very specific girl. She lives in both New York and Los Angeles, she shops at Goodwill and for designer clothing, too. She is not uptight about getting dressed. Lisa and I design clothes for our friends — girls that want to feel feminine, cool and original at the same time. And yes, we have offices in both New York City and L.A. now, so the East Coast/West Coast reference is definitely in the clothes. It’s who we are, so it’s there.

How many pieces are in the collection?

About 40.

Annie Clark of St. Vincent played at the party last night. How does her music connect with Vena Cava clothes and you as designers?

St. Vincent’s music is elegant, dark, original, spontaneous, sensitive and magical. Those are all words we would like to think resonate with Vena Cava. Annie is also our good buddy and wears our clothes, so it was natural to have her perform.

You mentioned the possibility of the party turning into a sleepover. Did it happen?

Yes. Things tend to get wild at the Chateau. Perhaps it’s the ghosts of old Hollywood starlets that have partied there before. There was some late night skinny-dipping, some late night whiskey drinking, we’re making a horror movie — so we filmed that — and there was also lots of dancing. I went to bed early. People slept over, but when I awoke they were all gone.

What are you working on right now? What are you looking forward to?

We are working on the clothes. Since we merged with LF we have been pretty excited about all the resources they have. We can’t wait to make bigger collections and fully execute our vision with their help. We are also doing other very fun projects like designing band T-shirts. We did the first one with St. Vincent, and it was a hit with men and women at the party. One of the coolest things we’re doing is a short movie with Red Bucket Films. They are making a Vena Cava horror film. Stay tuned. …

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