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March 15, 1985

Holly Harp is Academy Award headquarters this week, with Sally Field (Best Actress nominee), George-Ann Hyams (wife of "2010" producer-director-story adapter Peter Hyams) and Sherry Lansing (of Jaffe-Lansing Productions) all looking for the Dress, please. Lansing took top honors for fastest shopper in the biz. "She was in and out of here in 10 minutes," Kathy Propst of the Sunset Plaza boutique says. Lansing's dress is cream-color matte jersey with pearl fringe. Hyams had one Oscar-worthy scene when she described her problem--how to chose a dress that she can wear again to meet England's Royal Family at an upcoming date in London. "She bought our princess slip-top gown," Propst says. It's black, with a chiffon capelet and silver beading. But Field gave the performance of a lifetime when she had Propst board a plane and escort five Holly Harp gowns to a movie set in Arizona, where the actress is shooting her next picture. Field chose a strapless black gown with a lace flounce, waist sash and capelet, Propst reports.

Billy Dee Williams is looking good in "Double Dare," the new CBS series now shooting in San Francisco. We know all about it because Danny Marsh, of the Sy Devore shop in Sherman Oaks, told us that the show's wardrobers bought $10,000--that's ten thousand dollars, folks--worth of clothes for Williams to wear on just the first episode. We wondered exactly what sort of character would go through such a wardrobe in 26 TV minutes, so we called Terry Hughes, the show's executive producer.

"Williams plays a suave, sophisticated, elegant, extremely wealthy man with a shady past," Hughes says. "The sort of character Cary Grant played in 'To Catch A Thief'--except slightly different. This guy is forced by police to help solve unusual cases, because if he refuses they'll put him away for a long time with the evidence they have on him."

Listen likes the sound of all this. We think it's high time TV had a great male clotheshorse.

First the good news: That dynamic duo, Fred and Gale Hayman of Giorgio renown, tossed quite a party last week to celebrate Robinson's Giorgio fragrance sales figures for 1984. In 11 months, cash registers in 17 Robinson's stores rang up sales of $6,363,000, making the store "neck and neck" with Bloomingdale's, Gale reports. Naturally, the champagne was flowing (OK, so what if it was Paul Masson?) and oysters were sliding off the shells and into the mouths of giddy Robinson's employees from sales clerks all the way up to chairman Michael Gould. Then, Fred stood on the Heaven-Can-Wait staircase and told the multitudes that if Robinson's meets the projected $12.8 million mark in 1985, "perhaps next year at this time you can enjoy some caviar."

Hold on to your atomizers . . . there's more. Everything's not coming up gardenias and tuberose at Giorgio. Word from the inside is that a power shift is under way at Giorgio headquarters. The official statement from Katy Sweet, the company's public relations director, is: "Fred will remain at the helm, and Gale will continue as a vice president and co-owner of the company. But from now on, her responsibilities will focus on long-range development projects related to fragrance." In other words, she will no longer be part of the boutique's daily operations. We'll be sniffing around for further developments.

Geoffrey Beene a cult star? It's too soon to know, but the New York design dean flew West this week to appear in not one, but two TV shows. Dovie Mamikunian of the Fashion Office in Los Angeles, tells us that Beene made a cameo appearance on "Cover Up" (to air in late March or early April) in which he played himself. And while he was on the set, an "Entertainment Tonight" crew stopped by and taped an interview with the tiptop designer. Listen phoned Beene to find out what he wore for all this small-screen exposure. We couldn't actually see him shrug his shoulders, but we heard it in his voice: "I didn't know what to wear," he drawled in his soft, Southern voice. "So I put on my cardigan sweater, as always."

Sidney Poitier missed it. But we hear his new movie, "Fast Forward," got an unusual send-off recently. A new local clothing company called Voyou held a fashion show at Club Lingerie in Hollywood using the movie's eight unknown young stars as models. Tout young Hollywood was there, including Christopher Lemmon, Kate Vernon, Leif Garrett and James McNichol. But by 2 a.m. things got a bit wild, and the police asked the party to leave the premises. How'd the folks at Voyou, including designer Claude Attias, feel about that? They loved it and sent out a press release about being "kicked out of Club Lingerie." A spokesman explains: "Voyou means bad boy in French, and the clothes embody a rebellious attitude."

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