2010 February 12

Vena Cava

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(NEW YORK) After what seems like seasons of 80s influences, the fashion world's been buzzing for weeks that the tide might be turning toward the softer 70s. After a day of shows, the trend can hardly be confirmed, but Vena Cava is certainly evidence toward the positive. Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock showed a fall collection of high-waisted culotte shorts, sweeping maxidresses, shirtdresses, and overall closures on tank dresses. "It kind of has that feel of '70s fiber art," explained Buhai post-show. "It's what the Vena Cava woman would wear if she was in Woodstock." Luxe additions, like plush fur collars, lent a more grown-up air to the collection. Of course, the designers' aesthetic came through in frocks that blend easy and edgy; the closing dress, with cotton nylon "lace sleeves" and geometric layers of gray, lichen, and copper, was pure Vena Cava, 70s or not. The one remnant of the 80s wild-child? The brightly colored streaks in the models' messy ponytails. Baby steps…