When it comes to style, lots of ladies are inspired by other women, and it's no different for Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, the designers behind Viva Vena. Their new feature, VIVA Femme, shows whom they're crushing on now.
Meet Langley Fox—amazing illustrator, model and dear friend (and, oh yeah, great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway). We recently went to her house with another friend, photographer Jason Frank Rothenberg, and played around for the day. The backdrop consisted of paper, cats, cactus, toilet paper and, of course, designs from our latest collection. Check out our interview with one of our favorite muses.
Sophie & Lisa
How would you describe your drawings? What are your subjects?
My drawings have become more photorealistic recently. I use graphite mostly and like to draw characters; girls, animals or things of that nature. I try to involve some aspect of etherealness to them when possible.
Who are your favorite artists?
I really love Edward Gorey and old work by Tim Burton. Old etchings are also very inspiring.
If you could live eternally as one age, what age would it be, and what would you wear?
This one is a toughie! I guess I'd have to say my age now, but I haven't even seen what I'll look like as an old woman—that could be fun too! I hope to always be able to wear funky clothes, including fun socks and sneakers with shorts or miniskirts (that probably won't look so great when I get older).
What is your weirdest habit?
I am the queen of obscure habits! I guess one of the weirdest is how I wash my feet regularly in my bathroom sink, or how when I put away my dishes I rotate them so I use them all equally.
If you could die and come back to life as a dead actress or artist, who would it be?
It would be awesome to come back as Audrey Hepburn!
If your cat was a human being, what would she/he be like and look like?
Jack Skellington would be a handsome devil. I feel like he'd be slightly punk and really rebellious, but actually a lover at heart.
Do you prefer animals to humans?
It depends—I like both in small doses.
How much time do you spend drawing a day? What is an average day in your life like?
If I have a job, I can spend up to 10 hours drawing, but if I don't, sometimes it's just an hour or more. It really depends on what I'm doing and if I'm inspired. An average day in my life consists of waking up early, cleaning a lot, making myself meals at home, sometimes meeting up with friends, other times hiking, regular naps, drawing, planning and executing, and going to bed ridiculously early.
How did you come to know Viva Vena?
I met Sophie a few years back through lovely mutual friends, and from there we slowly developed a love for each other and our crafts.
If you had to be a goth, a hippie or a raver forever, what would you be and why?
I would definitely be a goth. I don't want to be an oversized-pants goth, though; I want to be the creepy, dark kind that looks mysterious, pale and knows weird magic.
Do you cut your own hair?
I do, but not all the time. The last time I did cut it I realized I really messed it up when I saw a picture of the back....
Howard Stern or Jon Stewart?
Do you hope to work in other mediums? If so, what?
I would love to start painting again and doing larger scale. I also think making fabric prints would be awesome.
—Sophie & Lisa