Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Vena Cava

September 6th, 2007

Vena Cava Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: NY Magazine

Key Takeaways: Vena Cava’s Spring 2008 collection vacillated between the 1930s and the 1970s, with classic depression-era silhouettes (think: drapey bias cuts and nipped in waists) interspersed with styles of the 70s (think: empire waistlines, the mini, and the maxi).  Key trends included high-waisted pants and skirts, emphasis on the waistline, the minidress, the maxi dress, belts, ruffles, and the color purple.

Color Palette: 
Neutrals with shorts of yellow-green, seafoam, dusky rose, and shades of purple.

Silhouettes:  Bottoms were high-waisted and were loosely cut for a voluminous look.  Ruffled louses and tie-neck tops followed suit with the volume theme, while belts provided a counterpart to the volume and defined the waistline.  Dresses largely fell under either the mini or maxi category, but 30s style knee-length dresses also made an appearance.  Vena Cava’s jackets were either cut cropped (often with elbow-length sleeves) or long and sleeveless. 

Accessories Report:  Belts played a key role in Vena Cava’s collection–of note were the thin, drapey, multistranded belts.  Tights replaced leggings for Spring.

What’s Wearable:  Favorite pieces include a seafoam green blouse with an asymmetrical gather at the neckline and an art deco style black column dress.  The perfect casual chic look?  A white, empire-waist minidress paired with an olive cropped closureless jacket.

What’s Not Wearable: 
Maxi dresses aren’t inherently unwearable, but they’re tough to pull off without looking like you just walked out of the 70s.  Same goes for the drapey palazzo-style pants.

Previous Vena Cava Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Backstage Interview with Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Vena Cava

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