And they're off! It's the first day of New York Fashion Week and the style gods showed some mercy by bestowing cooler temperatures upon its woeful devotees, allowing for military trenches, leather trousers, and platform booties to run rampant in the Meatpacking District where Vena Cava held its Spring/Summer 2011 presentation at Milk Studios this afternoon.
Helmed by designer duo Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, Vena Cava is known to draw a trendy audience of it-girls and ingé nues (i.e. Blake Lively, Rachel Bilson, et al.) and today was no exception. The well-heeled crowd loitering on 15th street was comprised of pretty young things clad in long-hemmed dresses, motorcycle boots and this season's most noticeable It-item--the Celine shopper tote, which donned the arms of more than a few in-the-know editors. (The It Bag is back!)
Inside, D.J.-cum-model Harley Viera Newton sat front and center clad in the label's cap-sleeved frock with ankle booties, while Bergdorf Goodman buyer and sometimes star on MTV's "The City" Samantha Swetra held court also in a frock by the designer, accessorizing it with a top-knot bun.
When the show began, fresh-faced models navigated an abstract runway adorned with geometric mobiles reminiscent of Surrealist artist Joan Miro. As for the clothes, there were ethereal washed silks, cropped trousers, and plenty of ankle-grazing full skirts. The whole collection felt very Mad Men by way of Capri. (Attention ladies: hems are getting longer, not shorter.) With all the retro references, I couldn't help but imagine Betty Draper wearing each one of these ensembles-- perhaps on a much-needed self-discovery trip through the Tuscan region of Italy or France. An Eat, Pray, Love of the 1960s if you will. Hey, a girl can dream...
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