One of the treats within “New York Stories,” the new three-part movie about Big Apple life by Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola and Woody Allen, is the Chanel fashion parade--scaled down to kid size--in Coppola’s segment, “Life Without Zoe.” It turns out that 17-year-old Sofia Coppola, who co-scripted with her famous father, worked summers at the Chanel atelier in Paris, according to a Chanel spokeswoman in New York. The film, about a poor little rich girl who is loco for Coco, is awash in berets, bijoux, bags--even an enormous perfume bottle--from the East 57th Street boutique, the source tells us, but the clothing is all from Paris. “Of course, there is no children’s wear within the Chanel collection,” she adds, speculating that Big Apple teens of means probably do mix “real Chanel--in small sizes--with other things.” (The 12-year-old protagonist combines a houndstooth hat and jacket with torn jeans.) And if it’s not enough for Chanel worshipers to spot signature buttons and bows, there is a cameo by Chanel No. 5 spokeswoman Carole Bouquet, who plays a princess.
Since returning to California, Nancy Reagan has had more time to have her skin pampered at the Aida Grey Institut de Beaute in Beverly Hills. But nothing’s changed about the tight security measures that still accompany the former First Lady on her every visit. According to Grey, Reagan’s been in twice since her husband left office, and both times, Secret Service agents arrived to check out the salon before her arrival. And three agents remained with Reagan at the salon during her treatments, she says, noting that the same procedures were followed when Reagan visited during the preceding eight years. While Grey clearly enjoys seeing more of her famous client, she’s making no secret of the fact that she’d also love to have Barbara Bush stop in so she could create a “natural, translucent look” for the current First Lady to accent her “quiet elegance.”
E. G. Smith’s Eric Smith was one of the first to get his foot in the door of the ‘60s revival in fashion. It was three years ago that the sock designer came out with his tie-dyed foot gear. Now he’s added two more oh-so-'60s looks to his line--one pair of socks printed with “Love” and another with those famous smile faces (which are also the trademark of the current Acid House music craze in London). Smith has been spreading his message by sending out heart-shaped greeting cards with socks that have “Love More, love Eric” written on the soles. The smile-face version reads “Have a Nice Sock.” Smith’s neo-hippie hosiery retails for about $8.50 at Bullock’s.
It’s a Goofy Business
Tina Cassaday, owner of the Beverly Hills’ hair salon of the same name, seems to travel with a walking advertisement. She was celebrating her birthday at Disneyland recently with her 7-year-old-son, Justin, she tells Listen, when the pair was spotted by one of her clients, Miko Brando, son of Marlon. According to Cassaday, Brando liked Justin’s layered hair style so much, he made his next appointment on the spot. As they sing at Disneyland: “It’s a small world, after all.”
We had to do a double-take when we spotted a sophisticated-looking 13-year-old in a body-hugging, polka-dot Guess? suit and huge hoop earrings recently in the foyer of the Leo S. Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The willowy brunette, whose long hair was pulled up in a high, knotted ponytail, was whispering to a slightly older blond boy dressed in black with lizard-skin boots. The two were Danica McKellar and Jason Hervey, known to “Wonder Years” viewers as the winsome Winnie Cooper and junior-high tough guy Wayne Arnold. On the hit ABC show, set in ’68-'69, the youngsters frequently wear bell bottoms and tie dyes--truly vintage looks for actors born in the mid-'70s. McKellar and Hervey were at a Museum of Broadcasting presentation on their Emmy-winning sitcom, after which a show staffer confided that “the kids ask if people really wore those things in the ‘60s. But some of the adult actors could just walk right in in their own clothes.”
Son’s Red Letter Day
Another Hayman has entered the fashion fray. Robert, 30-year-old son of Rodeo Drive retailer, parfumeur and Giorgio co-creator Fred Hayman, has become a clothing manufacturer. In December, he introduced Red Square Wear, a unisex clothing concept incorporating Soviet-inspired prints, such as a “double nyet” pattern, a “little red man” motif and a sexy-woman design entitled “babushka.” Vanna White has worn the shirt that says “I love you” in Russian. “We’re not a political company, and we’re not a peace movement,” explains Hayman, who says he merely has a fascination for Soviet imagery. Dad was initially skeptical, the younger Hayman admits. However, he must be impressed now. In addition to being carried at stores like Theodore, Fred Segal, Ron Ross and Nordstrom, the line is available at Fred Hayman Beverly Hills.