The Prince-style regalia that turned up at the Forum for the performances of His Royal Badness was impressive. At Prince's closing concert on Sunday, for example, about one in three concert goers was clad in some sort of Prince-inspired gear: the color purple, black lace, ruffled Edwardian shirts or, on one woman, a copy of the outfit the singer recently wore to the American Music Awards (purple fur tails draped over one shoulder along with a lei of brightly colored flowers). On stage, Prince did not disappoint his fashion fans, performing in a number of opulent, funky costumes that are a sartorial cross between the styles of James Brown and Liberace. But the biggest surprise came not from Prince but from Wendy, Prince's lead guitarist. In the latter part of the show, she played wearing an elegant, open-front gown revealing garters, stockings and running shoes.
"Hollywood Wives," the TV saga, is over but not forgotten, at least not on Rodeo Drive, which got quite a plug in the opening credits of the ABC miniseries last week. Retailer David Orgell, who also happens to be president of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Rodeo Drive Committee, explains that the Rodeo Drive merchants normally don't like having film crews around because they just clog up the streets and get in the way of police and fire trucks. But the chamber made an exception this time for producer Howard Koch, and Orgell, for one, is glad it did. "If you lived in Madison, Wis., you would have been on the edge of your chair watching the beautiful storefronts and interesting shots of the whole street," Orgell says. OK, so the storefronts looked good, but Listen is still trying to figure out how much reality was in the mind of costume designer Nolan Miller when he was dressing the stars of the show. What was that get-up Elaine Conti (a k a Candice Bergen) wore to her party? How did poor Elaine manage to look tacky in Chanel? Was that shoplifting suit (the one with fringe) for real or what?