Vena Cava Meets Its Muses

Instead of a show, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock decided to have dinner with friends this season.

Vena Cava Sophie Buhai Lisa Mayock

Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock

Photo By Steve Eichner

DINNER WITH FRIENDS: In lieu of a traditional runway show or presentation, Vena Cava kicked off New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night with a dinner party at MPD in the Meatpacking District. And in lieu of traditional models, designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock asked several of their friends and “muses” — including Arden Wohl, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Nora Zehetner — to show off the wears.

“We really design for our friends so we thought this was a great way to do that and have a nice evening,” Buhai said as guests filtered in for dinner.


“We like to have a party,” Buhai went on. “But we don’t want this to feel too uptight. We’re doing tequila shots.”

The restaurant was Vena Cava’d for the evening with desert-themed tchotchkes and a large spray-painted “Viva Vena” on one wall.


“That’s us,” Buhai said. “We tag. I don’t look like it, but we’re pretty street.”


“Sophie’s tag name is Lil Ripper,” Mayock deadpanned.