It was cold, cold, cold outside the grand opening of the Via Spiga store on Broadway in Soho, which made us appreciate the warm welcome made by waiters offering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches all the more. It was a night of two debuts—that of the mirror-lined store with its lush banquette couches, lux Via Spiga goods, an indoor fountain as well as the first showing of Vena Cava's shoes for the high-end brand. Their suede, metal-adorned wedges and marbled heels were solid, but it was the chunky chain thong sandals that really impressed us with their chic kink. Yes, CFDA runners-up Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock were in the house and we extended our congratulations between glasses of Champers. But, honestly, if we're going to remember one thing about the night, it was the food—the Parmesan balls, the mini-meatball burgers, the chocolate truffles, the salmon roe, the… excuse us, we have to go get a snack.
Above, left to right: Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava, Lena Jung, intern, Vena Cava.
The shoes, my God, the shoes.
Above, left to right: Rajni Jacques and Michelle, Editors Nylon Magazine, Lydia Turner, Graphic Designer and Gabe Andruzzi of the Rapture