Vena Cava's spring collection was inspired by a bright-and-geometric '80s design movement called Memphis that apparently sought to refute "good taste" design. The resulting collection, however, seems to us to be good taste, indeed.
In an apparent homage to Memphis, the designers worked with artist Marisa Tesauro to erect a series of dangling, geometric mobiles over the runway. The spring collection was playfully colorful -- a palette of creams, blacks, and eye-popping reds -- and the breezy dresses and light-as-a-feather tops felt like the epitome of easy dressing. Stand-outs were several tunics whose graphic shape seemed almost to mirror a skyscraper, as well as a red silk day dress with an asymmetrical hem that seemed to twirl in motion. Also note-worthy were the incredible accessories (no doubt catching the eye of more than a few retailers), including a silk twisted head wrap that the designers backstage sayd were perfect for "dirty hair" days, a series of chunky, statement necklaces (like something an art gallery owner might wear), and the chunky wooden clog shoes that the label created in collaboration with TenOverSix.
Fans of the brand will find some of the label's most retail-friendly staples remain intact: There are the printed separates -- silk tops, shorts, and an amazing "MC Hammer print" pant -- as well as the chic, day-to-evening dresses that have steadily earned the label a legion of indie-cool girl fans.