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Come September 1st, anyone within shopping distance of a Bloomingdale's or in possession of Internet access and a credit card will be able to get their hands on some Vena Cava—Vena Cava for Aqua, that is. A preview of the 19-piece capsule collection took place earlier today, appropriately at the downtown Bloomingdale's. The designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, looking super cute in their favorite looks from the line, introduced the collection as "soft and edgy" with a mix of mesh, silks, velvet, lace, detailing and collaged hardware. The collaboration line creates more accessibility (both in price point and availability), but it keeps their signature design elements intact and is in a way a mix of some "greatest hits of the Vena Cava collection."
The Vena Cava for Aqua collection ranges from $98 (for a lace back tee) to $198 (for the sleek long sleeve Ponte jacket). Lisa Mayock rocked the geometric print ruffle dress in pink and navy ($158), while Sophie Buhai wowed in the white silk print tank ($128) and pleated skirt with silver geometric studs on the waist ($138). Models were also weaving through the chatting crowd and vamping about in different outfit combos. We really liked the aforementioned black fitted Ponte jacket layered over the black knit tank with silver studs ($108) and matched with the tapered, pleated, cropped pants ($138). The oneshouldered two-toned mesh draped dress is $178 and comes in black navy (which we like best), blush/grey, and olive/dark. The little boy military jacket ($178), one of the designers' fave pieces in the collection, looked chicly eclectic paired with the mini fringed black skirt ($128) and the grey faux fur shaggy vest ($188) is also super cute and versatile for fall.
We had the chance to chat with the dynamic design duo and asked who they envisioned as the ideal Vena Cava for Aqua girl. Sophie Buhai conjured up an image of a girl who's "eclectic, mixes a lot of different pieces and maybe wears her mother's or grandmother's hand me downs and is open minded about fashion." The line launches at all Bloomindale's and online on September 1, but accessibility only goes so far, as only lucky New Yorkers will be able to meet the Vena Cava designers at a special debut event on September 11 at the Bloomingdale's 3rd Avenue flagship.
· Collabs: Vena Cava for Aqua [Racked]
· Vena Cava [Official Site]
· Bloomingdale's [Official Site]