vena cava spring 2011 new york fashion week runway

Three looks from Vena Cava's Spring 2011 runway show. Photos: Chris Moore, Getty Images

DESIGNER: Vena Cava by Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai

INSPIRATION: 1980s Memphis design movement mixed with a Southern California ease

TOP LOOKS: Tannish-gray, soft-tailored pantsuit with a black, off-the-shoulder jersey T-shirt; gunmetal silk-crepe printed camisole with a long-sleeve shawl and black cotton pressed pants; black cotton gauze slip dress with color-blocked silk appliqués

ACCESSORIES: Rope necklaces and belts; black and orange fabric headbands; platform laced sandals

WHO WAS THERE: Editors and retailers aplenty

WHAT WE THOUGHT: Taking notes from Memphis in the 1980s, when bold geometric shapes and bright colors were mixed with a touch of humor, Mayock and Buhai sent down a collection of beautifully tailored but easy-to-throw-on blazers with perfectly fitted high-waisted pants in colors like black, tan, and gray (which is already shaping up to be a big spring color).

There were lovely silk slip dresses highlighted with a pop of color, mostly orange or blue. While prints weren't in abundance, the few that were there were quite wearable, even for those who usually opt out of prints altogether.

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