Federica's Belted Vest
Federica leads me into the bowels of Milanese speakeasy. It’s all canopy wide striped wallpaper, dusty Louis Seize furniture, a bar made entirely of copper, and just enough light to see five steps ahead into a haze of cigarette smoke.
There are aging Italian rock stars, a couple of young lady professors from Statale, two Russian gangsters (of course), a ferret, and a woman I think is Myrna Loy but couldn't be. I don’t quite fit in but that’s usually the case.
The only thing I see is Federica’s luminous ivory linen vest. I follow it like a ship attached to a tug. Bright, wonderfully sophisticated, unknowingly sensual, it’s glowing in this desert of dark, decadent, and tufted emotion.
I’m deposited at the bar and Federica announces to all that I am the proprietor of anti-fashion and that I once took people “out” for the government (none of which is true, as far as they knew).
One of the rockstars looks up and says, “She’s great isn’t she?”
I watch her tie the belt around her waist, give me a wink, then disappear up the cobblestone steps to go fetch another body to complete her masterpiece of social and intellectual Darwinism.
Federica’s Belted Vest (No. 5995). Long, tunic-style open vest in 100% linen. Band collar with notched lapel. Removable self-fabric belt. Pockets on side seams. Fully lined. Federica wore it with a tank top and jeans. I imagined it would also look great over a dress, maybe even something you thought you were tired of. Imported.
|XXS||0||32||24 1/2||34 1/2|
|XS||2||33||25 1/2||35 1/2|
|4||34||26 1/2||36 1/2|
|SML||6||35||27 1/2||37 1/2|
|8||36||28 1/2||38 1/2|
|MED||10||37||29 1/2||39 1/2|
|LG||14||40||32 1/2||42 1/2|