“Twin Peaks” stars Kyle MacLachlan (Agent Cooper) and Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna) were spotted shopping in Santa Monica recently. And, no, they weren’t stocking up on doughnuts and berry pies. They were in Na Na buying practical items for MacLachlan: A pair of Doc Marten shoes, some E.G. Smith socks, surplus long johns, T-shirts and cotton sweaters. Boyle was more adventurous. She bought a Na Na cat suit.
A CAUSE TO SHOP: “In my 22 years as a designer, I’ve never seen Seventh Avenue come together so enthusiastically as a group for one cause,” says Donna Karan, a co-chairman of 7th on Sale, the three-day shopping extravaganza that starts today in Manhattan. Proceeds benefit the New York City AIDS Fund, which seems a particularly apt cause for the fashion industry to support. The list of designers who have died of the disease is long: Halston, Willi Smith, Angel Estrada, Perry Ellis; and in Los Angeles, Rick Beach, Antony Moorcroft and John Leitch of Axis. Others widely rumored to have died of the disease, though officially friends and associates have denied it, are Patrick Kelly, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and Isaia. The sale includes over 100 designer booths at the 69th Regiment Armory. And items account for more than $4.5 million in merchandise, some marked below wholesale prices. The Council of Fashion Designers and Vogue magazine, which is underwriting the event, were near their $1-million goal long before the sale began today. A gala $1,000-per-seat preview dinner last night raised more than $800,000 and more than 13,000 tickets for the sale at $10 each sold out last week.
WHEN HARRY MET ALEX: The stylish jazz pianist Harry Connick Jr. is being accompanied by Alexander Julian on threads. For his current tour, Julian put Connick in a charcoal blazer, navy-striped pants and a white button-down oxford cloth shirt (open at the neck) and the band in double-breasted, glen plaid suits and the trio in shades of navy. “It’s a swinging look,” says Julian. At opening night of his two-week run last Friday at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in New York, Connick was so keyed up over his wardrobe he had Julian stand and take a bow from the audience.
BEAUTY PARLOR GOSSIP: Donna Mills has joined the growing list of film celebrities to shed long hair for short. Beverly Hills stylist Allen Edwards describes the cut as having “a ‘60s feeling.” It tapers from short in back to jaw-length around the face. The retro aspect gets an assist from short, wispy bangs and a slightly layered, back-combed crown. How does Mills look without her long, wavy Hollywood hair? “More defined,” Edwards says. “This brings out her bone structure.”
NECKTIE PARTING: L.A. neckwear designer, collector and historian Stephen Sotnick’s garage has become so overstuffed with his rare collection of some 3,000 vintage ties that he has decided to make a donation to the Costume Council at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art after the L.A. County Museum turned down his offer. Sotnick says he will be cataloguing more than 100 ties (10 examples from each decade since 1890) and delivering them to the Met by the end of the month. The rarest of the offering will be a group of neckties from 1935 to 1942 “the most influential period of neckwear history,” according to Sotnick.