The girls in Vena Cava (that would be dynamic duo Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock) always put on a cool presentation – girls lounging around a faux sitting room and library one season, or having a wine-fueled “picnic” (in the middle of the Bryant Park tents, no less) the next.
And yesterday’s outing proved no exception, as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists invited guests to a Chelsea gallery space, which had been kitted out with black-and-white stills of Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Myrna Loy, Greta Garbo – even Woody Allen and Diane Keaton c. Annie Hall made it into Vena Cava’s mash note to cinema heroes and heroines gone by. Onstage, models walked the runway in their ‘40s-meets-‘70s-inspired ensembles, then grouped themselves into clusters of twos and threes, chatting, dancing and appearing to have a blast being goofy with the giant cardboard cutouts they’d been given (one mimed drinking from a faux scotch glass, another sat with her arm wrapped around a paper kitty, and two young lasses turned the tables on the crowd by pretending to shoot the photographers who were shooting them).
The clothes themselves had been named for screen sirens of yore - there was the black, borrowed-from-the-boys “Rudolf” blazer worn with a sheer pleated chiffon “Stanwyck” skirt, while a crème text printed gown dubbed “Claudette” did, indeed, call to mind the star of “It Happened One Night.” Overall, the collection hewed to the sophisticated side of the scale, with lots of flowy print gowns, slinky color blocked dresses, hardware-edged cardigans and fine-knit sweaters. And the white, laceless oxfords worn with many of the looks played up Vena Cava’s girl-meets-boy, girl-steals-boy’s-clothes angle quite nicely.
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