Have you started to think about all the academic literature that will be generated in future years discussing the sociology and psychology of the pandemic?
I have. I picture it like an old-fashioned card catalog. “Pandemic, societal changes. Pandemic, societal impact. Pandemic, societal regression.”
But there will also be “Pandemic, fashion of.”
In the elaborate spending and consumption rules that I have laid down since last March — with a focus on supporting artists and craftspeople as well as local D.C. restaurants — I have allowed myself some inexpensive purchases on The RealReal.
This jacket was one such purchase.
I know, I know. I already have XX (is “XX” a placeholder or a Roman numeral?) black jackets. But this one is different. It has a nipped in waist and is made of a lustrous cotton sateen that gives the effect of satin. I knew deep down inside that it would look good belted . . . even though belts are generally not (or should not be) visible on Zoom.
Also, this Nina Ricci jacket was $30.
When the jacket arrived, it raised more questions than it answered.
Although not advertised as “NWT” (new, with tags), it came with several tags attached: (1) the original Nina Ricci hangtag, (2) a Neiman Marcus inventory control and price tag, (3) a random handwritten tag, and (4) The RealReal’s own inventory control tag.
Perhaps the jacket was not advertised as NWT because two of the buttons on the front placket were missing. And they weren’t elegantly missing. Shaggy threads remained in their spots. One of the buttons was awkwardly pinned to the jacket label with a slightly distended safety pin. (Note: A small envelope along with the Nina Ricci hangtag bore the original, spare button. So no harm, no foul.)
The mysteries don’t stop there. Each of the tags stated a different size. This jacket may be a 6, a 10, or a 12P depending on who you deem most credible.
According to the Neiman Marcus tag, the original price was $1890. That shocked me.
The final oddity: I swear when my eyes passed over the invoice/bill of lading, I saw the name “Perth.” Did this jacket come from Neiman Marcus by way of Australia? If so, The RealReal’s assurances regarding the gallons of water conserved by purchasing this used garment may be offset by the gallons of oil consumed in shipping it half-way around the world.
Regardless, I love my $30 jacket. It’s a jacket with a past.
I was right. It does look cute belted.
Note the pleating that gives the jacket its shape.
While the belt cannot be appreciated by anyone who is not in my apartment (The Photographer, Mr. Orange and Philo), the brooch is for everyone.
This heart looks vaguely medieval to me.
Perhaps it looks like folk art.
It is actually a vintage piece from Christian Lacroix, who made fabulous costume jewelry in the 1990s and 2000s. The Internet has made it easy (relatively easy) to find these pieces and I must admit to a bit of an obsession. But as charming as I find all of them, I only need one.
Finishing things off, my other pair of pandemic dress sneakers: platform Supergas in a camouflage print