The Inside Scoop On Vena Cava

We were backstage at Vena Cava‘s spring 2010 show today and you can’t tell from this Teen Vogue video but the scene was downright exciting since the show kicked off MAC & Milk’s new partnership. (If you hadn’t heard, MAC, which used to sponsor makeup at the Bryant Park tents, decided to go rogue-ish and strike up a deal with Milk Studios — which is where anybody who’s anybody in NYC fashion shoots their magazine editorials and advertising campaigns.) The space is amazing and, because of its vast size, will allow them to do all kinds of experimental presentations which we totally look forward to this week. Also, because it costs so much to show in the tents, MAC & Milk are going to provide the space to less well-established new designers as well. That said, Vena Cava might as well be old hat at this point, and I mean that in the best possible way. The two Brooklyn-based designers, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, have been pretty wildly successful. They’ve got lots of buzz going this Fashion Week, including the fact that every hipster in the city will likely show up to their Fashion’s Night Out block party in Williamsburg tonight. While we loved the clothes — black for spring, I’m in! — I feel it’s my duty to inform you that the makeup was beyond gorgeous close up. MAC makeup artist Lloyd Simmons wanted to create a sophisticated look, so he made the lips this very deep plum-violet shade by mixing together no less than three Lipmixes in White, Burgundy and Red, which made the models look stunning, no matter what their skin tone. (Will we be sporting plum-colored lips soon? Why yes. Yes we will.) He used taupe-y neutrals on the eyes (which you can’t see due to those shades) but, really, isn’t wearing dark shades with charcoal-tinted clothes the perfect accompaniment to rocking purple lips? Also while we were back there, we ran into hair guru to the stahs Ted Gibson, who gave us a product that you will need to add to your arsenal immediately! More on that later …

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