A few weeks after graduating from Parsons in 2003, most of the newly minted adults were half-heartedly surfing HotJobs in between <i>Everybody Loves Raymond</i> reruns. Not Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai. The two transplanted Californians were working on their own line of women’s clothing, specializing in hand-drawn prints that they designed on their living room floor. The result was Vena Cava, and their sophisticated, vintage-clothing-inspired designs have earned the Brooklyn-based pair two consecutive nominations for the prestigious Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award (and presumably a work table).
Be a winter fox in a shaggy faux-fur vest, slinky velvet dress or shiny silver cardigan by Vena Cava. This hot, young design label often looks to the past for inspiration, as is evident in a groovy silk dress with ’60s-inspired, lava-lamp print.
We love the unexpected touch of glam metallics deliver in the summer, and this season's styles are some of our all-time favorites. Think retro blouson dresses in dramatic gold silk; hip silver shorts in cool raw cotton; blouses with just a hint of shimmer; and other high-octane styles.
It's not always easy to strike the perfect balance when attempting a laid-back look for the office. With that in mind, we've rounded up an array of sophisticated takes on dressing down, all worthy of everyone's favorite weekday. Expect easy pairings like slouchy trousers and drape-y tops, plus a gorgeous array of eclectic—but always chic—accessories to cap off your workweek.
Spot a piece that has your name on it? Snag it before it's too late—each item in this assortment is the only one left of its kind. Check back throughout the day for new styles, from versatile accessories perfect for the workday to dresses and layer-friendly separates you'll live in all season long.