Be honest. Does Lesley Ann Warren look like Donna Mills to you? Even if most of Warren doesn’t, her hair sure does since stylist Allen Edwards bopped both women with the identical haircut. He calls it a “shabob"--a shaggy layered bob. “It gives both Donna and Lesley the chance to wear their hair loose and wild or tailored,” Edwards says. And as fate would have it, one says tailored; the other says untamed. “Lesley likes to blow-dry hers straight for a rock ‘n’ roll look. Donna uses gels and blow-dries hers to a bigger, fuller shape for a glamorous look,” Edwards says.
Music hath charms: Listen loves the Trump Towers lobby in New York because it has a grand piano and tuxedoed player to put shoppers in a happy mood as they head for the upstairs stores. Well, now Listen loves the new Westside Nordstrom too. On opening day, the store featured a live piano player who tickled the ivories--and the customers’ fancies--all through the day. It was an opening-day treat, but we’d like to suggest that it continue. We know we got so happy that we opened an instant charge account against our better judgment and purchased some baubles we suddenly couldn’t live without. The music made us do it, we’re fairly sure.
Two beaming brides--Olivia Newton-John Lattanzi and Cristina Ferrare DeLorean Thomopoulos--were in the audience when the new spring maternity clothes from Pink & Blue were unveiled at L’Orangerie this week. Does that mean they’re both with child, Listen brazenly asked? “Hoping to be,” Lattanzi chirped. “The same thing,” Thomopoulos grinned, “hoping to be very soon. " Pink & Blue’s owner Sabine Brouillet--three months along with Baby No. 2--just shrugged. “I don’t know what’s happening these days,” she said. “You can’t go to dinner without everyone talking about wanting to get pregnant.”
When Diana Vreeland came out with her book “D. V.” last year, everybody got a peek into her personal and professional life. Now everybody can get a peek at her personal jewelry too. Murray Mondschein of Fred Leighton estate jewelers in New York tells Listen he’s purchased a small collection of Vreeland’s favorite baubles, including some 1920s Chanel pieces, a Jean Schlumberger pin given to her by the legendary craftsman and items that belonged to the former Vogue editor’s mother. Mondschein says the bijoux are not for sale but can be viewed at his Madison Avenue shop.
A personnel note from Ralph Lauren’s Polo firm seems to sum up just how complicated corporate fashion life has become. The note announces that Wendy B. Gerber has been named Polo’s director of public relations. And Gerber’s background made us sit up and blink. She is a graduate of New York University law school, a cum laude graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs, has worked as a Newsday reporter, as an advertising copywriter and, most recently, as an attorney at a well-known international law firm where she specialized in corporate law and licensing. Listen wants to know: . . . but can she sew?
Actress Jill St. John is no Julia Child. But then again, she’s not exactly a slouch in the kitchen. St. John, a self-described “cooking fanatic,” did several cooking segments on “Good Morning, America” and was so well-received that she signed a year’s contract to demonstrate her saute and salsa prowess. Her next problem, she says, was “What do I wear?” A sequined gown or a couture suit would not look right under an apron. But the Hollywood glamour gal has solved her problem. She flies to her taping sessions in New York next week with a suitcase full of what she calls “functional, fun fashions.” They’re shapely cotton cambric jump suits in fuchsia, black, red, turquoise, white and aqua. And they’re designed and made right here in California by a firm called Saint Germain.
What does Nancy Reagan have in her cosmetics case these days? Well, trivia buffs, we can’t say for sure. But she may be carrying a crystal flacon of Interlude perfume. Jamye Webster, senior vice president of the Frances Denney company, tells us that “an assistant to the First Lady telephoned the firm recently to learn where Mrs. Reagan could buy the fragrance in Washington.” Not one to miss an opportunity, Webster “arranged to fly a representative to Washington to present the fragrance personally.” Frances Denney, you may recall, also makes the fragrance by Adolfo, one of Mrs. Reagan’s favorite designers.