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Vena Cava

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ART SCHOOL CHIC

New York: Having been inspired by the 1970s craft movement for their fall show, design duo Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock progressed to the 1980s this season, taking cues from the Memphis Group, the Italian post-modern architecture and design movement that defined the era. Just as the Memphis movement was a reaction against the Bauhaus, which Memphis-ites considered cold and humorless, Vena Cava’s vibrant collection served as a counterpoint to the all-black, goth-tinged shows that have become commonplace in New York. Copper-tinted tan, lemon yellow, sky blue and eye-popping orange-red made for an upbeat palette, grounded by black and charcoal grey. Dropped-waist dresses, cocoon-shaped cardigans and draped suede jackets all had a sense of ease and effortlessness, perhaps derived from relaxed Southern California, where Buhai and Mayock resided during their design process. Colorblocked prints, collaging and whimsical turbans gave looks an arty, free-spirited feel.

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