Vena Cava Fall 2011

When & Where: Thursday, February 10 at noon, Milk Studios
Runway Recap: While waiting for Vena Cava's show to start, I tweeted that the music (specifically Happy Mondays' "Step On") was taking me right back to 1994--and, as it turned out, I was entirely correct about the year Sophie Buhai and Lisa Maycock had in mind when designing this collection. While not exactly an about-face from the duo's Memphis-inspired minimalism for spring, it was an evolution of that minimalism, albeit with a very strong nod to the sexy, Calvin Klein supermodel minimalism of the mid '90s. In other words: slinky matte jersey, shrugs, chokers (by Dannijo), square necklines, and cropped tops. Steeped in nostalgia, it completely took me back to my days as a Contempo Casuals salesgirl; the unfortunate aspect of this is that if you've worn it the first time around, you're too old for the second time. Maybe I can make an exception to that rule.
Standout Look: From the knit black tank and matching shrug to the striped kilt-like skirt, this is totally an outfit my teenage self would have loved. All that's missing is a pair of Dr. Martens.
Bonus Points: The well-stocked gift bag contained Proper Attire condoms (in packaging designed by Vena Cava), hand lotion, toothpaste and toothbrush, nail polish, and 'Zina Cava, a zine detailing the collection's mid-'90s inspiration.
Where to Buy: Click here for store locations.

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