When “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles” go from...
When “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles” go from printed page to TV movie form, will they dress like Krystle and Alexis? They might, now that “Dynasty” costume designer Nolan Miller has announced he will style the clothes for the TV version of Dominick Dunne’s best seller. Miller tells Listen: “Barbara Stanwyck brought me a copy of the book, and I could hardly put it down. I called Ann-Margret after I read it and told her she’d be perfect in the show. And as it turns out, she’s in it.” Miller says he’s planning “80 changes” for Ann-Margret and that filming starts in London in July.
Sally Struthers wanted something new to wear to a birthday party, and she selected a chiffon dance skirt with a matching marabou boa and a pair of high-heel slippers--for her 6-year-old daughter to wear. Wanda Fudge of Kids in Costumes tells Listen that Struthers’ little girl will not just wear the outfit to parties. “I think she’ll wear it everywhere,” Fudge says. She also says she knows what Paris designer Sonia Rykiel’s grandchild will wear when the tyke is in a Western mode: a red cowboy hat with white lacings. Another of Fudge’s customers, Mark Werts (who owns the American Rags shop in Los Angeles), dashed into Kids and picked up the hat on his way to Paris. “His child has the same hat,” Fudge says. “He told me that Sonia Rykiel saw it and had to have one too.”
Dionne Warwick has something new to sing about. She’s launching her own perfume. It’s called Dionne, a scent she developed with the Elysee company of Madison, Wis. The new perfume will sell for $175 an ounce, with an eau de toilette priced at $28.50 for a two-ounce bottle. Warwick will introduce her line during a four-day personal appearance starting June 25 at Neiman-Marcus in Beverly Hills. Listen hears this from Dale Shoemate of N-M, who points out that Warwick’s venture makes her one of the few black female celebrities in the States with a fragrance of her own.
Wondering what with-it campers will be wearing this summer? According to Thomas Hill and Steve Slavkin, co-authors of “Salute Your Shorts, Life at Summer Camp,” (Workman: $5.95), T-shirts (“the prime emblem of cool at camp”) fall into two distinct categories: cool and uncool. Among the former are the plain gray T-shirt (“It has no message but the implied one: serious athlete inside”), college T-shirts, midriff-baring or mesh T-shirts--"best if they had to be cut off during a medical emergency on the (football) field"--and T-shirts from “the right rock concerts--Springsteen, the Who and any esoteric or heavy metal band.” Pronounced decidedly uncool are T-shirts bearing camp logos, iron-on letters, class rosters and sayings such as “Dyn-O-Mite,” “Somebody Went Somewhere and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” and “Here Comes the Judge.”
Our mailbag is packed with party invitations, but they rarely come from beauty salons. This week the charm was broken when we read: “Cristophe cordially invites you to join Dinah Shore and Julio Iglesias for a private champagne celebration at Cristophe Salon of Beauty.” Dinah’s and Julio’s names were in rather large type. So we dialed the RSVP number and connected with Travis Kleefeld, who said he represents the beauty shop and could explain what the party is about. “Julio and Dinah are both friends and clients of Cristophe,” he said, and they wanted to help the 28-year-old hair cutter kick off his new, 6,000-square-foot Beverly Hills shop, which is designed “kind of like a Mediterranean villa.” We won’t tell the time and date of the party next week, because Kleefeld cautioned that it’s “a strictly private affair” for about 100 guests and members of the press.
The hottest new fashion accessory is a snap. That’s the way Le Clic--a new plastic-molded camera in hot colors, paisley and pin-striped prints--is being sold. At a recent launch party for the product at the New York Public Library, one guest wore a dress made completely of photos taken by Le Clic. Another made a hat composed of two fake hands holding the slim, little camera. Jewelry designers Richard Serbin and Marla Buck decorated their Le Clics with gems. The chic Le Clic, which arrives in stores in August, can be “worn around the neck, cinched at the waist or clutched for evening,” says Roberta Bendavid, spokeswoman for the company that handled the event.
Giorgio Armani doesn’t know it, but he collaborated with artist Peter Max on a jacket design. New York writer R. Couri Hay recently co-hosted a dinner for Max after an exhibit opening of his new paintings in Manhattan. Hay saw Max autographing a T-shirt for guest Molly Ringwald and asked Max to do the same on the back of his white linen Armani jacket. Max not only signed his name but also did a bonus drawing--a quick sketch of his girlfriend, actress/model Roseanne Vela. Hay tells Listen he plans to hang the Armani/Max jacket on the wall of his dressing room.
But what do you feed it? Listen received the NAMSB (National Assn. of Men’s Sportswear Buyers) newsletter recently, which contains a story on new store mannequins. We learned that one countertop unit, by Adel Rootstein Display Mannequins, is shown lifting a weight bar and that this male mannequin “includes body makeup that adds a West Coast tan, attractive 5 o’clock shadow and highlights the ripple of muscle across the torso.” It’s part of the firm’s “salute to the body-conscious male.”