‘Bruce and Cybill know me by my...
‘Bruce and Cybill know me by my first name,” Listen hears from Karen Roddy, who says she got to know Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd when she appeared on “Moonlighting” episodes with them. You may have missed Roddy. She says she played a passenger in a busy airport and, later, a member of the audience at the symphony. But she tells Listen her time on the set got her where she is today--winner of the Miss Black Gold contest. (Wesley Spears was named Mr. Black Gold, she explains.) Roddy says a hair stylist spotted her between “Moonlighting” takes and told her about the contest that was held during a recent black beauty trade show. Her prizes, she says, include half a dozen or more photo sessions for fashion and beauty magazines, a scholarship to modeling school, money and “a crown, a trophy, a banner and more than 60 roses.”
Now that she’s conquered the “Aliens,” Sigourney Weaver (Ripley on screen) is pampering herself a bit. She checked into the Aida Grey salon for a manicure the other day and made an appointment to come back for a facial, Listen hears from Jessica Vitti of the Beverly Hills Institut de Beaute. It sounds as if success hasn’t gone to Weaver’s head. “She called here and made the appointments herself,” we’re told by Vitti.
When Prince wants to slip into something comfortable, he slips into white silk and pearls. And no, that’s not his boudoir attire, that’s his boudoir decor. Gina Berschneider, the designer-decorator who created the singer’s princely “sleigh” bed, invited the media in for a party recently at her West Hollywood showroom, and, needless to say, there was a fair amount of bedside chat going on. Along with the inside scoop on Prince’s sheets and such, Listen learned that bigwigs from “Wheel of Fortune” are after a Gina B bed to add to their list of prizes. The European designer-decorator says she’ll oblige with a chrome-and-white raffia creation, similar to the one she’s currently making for Johnny Carson’s Malibu home. The retail price is about $5,800.
Just Beautiful: She wanted something “real clean and architecturally modern.” And for a few hundred-thousand dollars, that’s what Cindia Beckering, co-owner of the new Ceva salon on Robertson Boulevard, got. She designed the salon’s interior, throwing in such niceties as Italian-tile floors, black lacquered columns, stone-textured walls and natural lighting. Celebrities who have already visited the peach, gray and black premises include Lesley Ann Warren and Madonna, and Beckering has become something of a celeb herself. Proud of her accomplishment, she entered Modern Salon magazine’s interior design competition and won. The $500 prize money, however, won’t make a dent in the $180,000 she spent to make her establishment worthy of the locals. “It’s quite a bit for a salon,” admits the hair-designer-cum-interior-designer. “But in Beverly Hills you have to do something beautiful.”
On this particular Fright Night, even kids who wear costumes for a living will be geared up in disguises-- Halloween disguises. We hear from Wanda Fudge, owner-designer of the Kids in Costume store on Melrose Avenue, more than one TV tyke has been shopping. Brian Bonsall, who plays Andrew Keaton on “Family Ties,” walked out of her store as the Karate Kid, Fudge tells Listen. Emily Schulman of the “Small Wonder” sitcom will be dressed like a Barbie doll rock star (as “Barbie Rocker”) tonight. Tiffany Brisette may play a robot on the same show, but she’ll play a Halloween flapper after dark, Fudge reports. And Ashley Mutrux, who is L.B. (Little Blake)--heir apparent on the “Dynasty” soap--is taking to the streets as Dracula, Fudge tells Listen. She’s expanded her business so that other children’s stores carry her designs: Imagine in Santa Monica, Pixie Town and the Lollipop Shop in Beverly Hills.
You’ve heard of the power lunch, power dressing and power people, well Cartier has introduced what it calls a “power pen.” What exactly makes it powerful? It has a name: Pasha. It will be produced in limited quantities and will be offered on a year-by-year “vintage basis.” And it carries price tags of $550 (ball point) and $650 (fountain pen). Much like the Montblanc--the King of Power Pens, if you will--Cartier’s version is rather hefty in size and is not for the petite of hand. (The size reflects “the strong and persuasive aura of today’s power people,” as the company puts it.) Unlike the Montblanc, the Cartier pen caps come with a single tiny cabochon stone.
‘It’s the best show we’ve seen since we’ve been in L.A.,” said New York fashion buyer Joyce Lucy, as she traipsed to her car after the recent “Best of the West” fashion show. It was just the reaction the mayor’s office was hoping for at this annual salute to the Los Angeles fashion industry, staged to encourage out-of-town fashion buyers to do business here. The show, at the outdoor Spiral Court of California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles, featured more than 100 outfits from 30 designers--clothes ranging from ethnic to businesslike, swimwear to evening gowns. This was the 14th year of the show, which was presented by Mayor Tom Bradley, the Los Angeles City Council, the Mayor’s Fashion Advisory Committee headed by Barbara Trister and L.A. Fashion Group. Between the cocktails and the choreographed show came a cheerful warning from the mayor, stumping that night in his race for governor: “Tell Mayor Koch that we’re on our way. We won’t accept anything less than the best,” he said, bringing up L.A.'s fashion rivalry with the Big Apple. Spoken on the record.
Cheapest way we know at the moment to go browsing in France is a $5 trip through the Convention Center. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. what is being billed as the largest showcase of French home and fashion designs will be open to the public. If you fancy anything from costume jewelry and apparel to crystal, china, lamps and clocks, bring along your Yankee greenbacks, because floor samples will be available on a cash-only basis.
Here’s another way to part with your money: Take a shopping trip to New York, without ever leaving Los Angeles. The new Manhattan Catalog is a mini-tour of 57 New York City stores, listing a smattering of mail order goodies from each. Order a $300 knit dress from the Courreges on Madison Avenue or a $900 leather jacket from Therapy, also on Madison. Or pick out a mink bedspread, an Art Deco diamond bracelet or some executive desk-top toys. A spokesman from Karz Publishing, maker of the catalogue, told Listen the book will be a twice-yearly endeavor, which will grow to 100 listings for the spring/summer issue. Of course the diligent shopper could find much of this merchandise by combing stores in Los Angeles--but then you couldn’t claim you’d been on a spree in the Big Apple. The catalogue retails for $5 at selected bookstores.