Bullock's Beverly Center store opened its Antique Boutique department Saturday, and buyer Heidi Bulloch tells us that on the very first day "business surpassed all my expectations. It was phenomenal." That is to say, she had more customers than she dreamed would appear in search of what we can only call old clothes. Of course, "they're not ordinary old clothes, the sort you find on Melrose Avenue," Bulloch advises us. They're from the same New York-based Antique Boutique firm that rings up Cyndi Lauper, Mick Jagger, Al Pacino and dozens of other celebs whenever owner Harvey Schefren finds a fabulous cache of stuff somewhere in the world. (His most recent find, Bulloch confides, was a German warehouse packed to the rafters with never-worn leather coats from the World War II era.) In any event, many of the Antique Boutique shoppers in Beverly Center last week were women buying golden-oldie beaded prom dresses and little black-beaded cocktail dresses from previous decades, which they told salespeople they were going to wear to the Academy Awards. Bulloch's Hawaiian shirts for either sex are moving briskly too, she says. The shop, currently located in the Young Attitude area of the store, will move to bigger, permanent quarters in April, as soon as store renovations are completed, Bulloch says.
On Oscar night,Kathleen Turner is one actress who won't have to worry that someone else has on the same outfit. She's expected to wear an evening ensemble by Nino Cerruti--the only one in captivity. Turner, who has been wearing Cerruti styles almost exclusively in recent months, inspired that dyed-in-the-wool designer of daytime, sporty separates to style a red Chinese silk evening mini-dress and jacket for her alone. "It's got nuggets of gold thread all over it; it's draped in front, with a tight skirt and a slouchy cardigan. So we're talking short, tight and kind of strutty," Mary Hall Ross, Cerruti's West Coast representative, says. Nino's calling it the Kathleen Turner dress, but Ross says he's not planning to add it to his ready-to-wear line at this time.
When you see Shirley MacLaine present the Oscar for best male performance on Monday night, you'll also see a dress by New York designer Fabrice, who says MacLaine ordered it from him especially for the Academy Awards telecast. Fabrice tells us it's "black, white and taxicab yellow silk crepe in an ankle-length sheath, and it has an exploding houndstooth design done in jet beading." And now, the envelope please. . . .
CBS reporter Maria Shriver isn't having an easy time of it. Last week, you may remember, we reported that strange men were stopping her on the street, asking where she bought her sunglasses. This week, the story continues. When we spotted her dashing into the Armando Hair and Makeup Salon to get her hair trimmed (she was in such a rush that she volunteered to wash it herself), we heard her say she's been searching for the right stuff to wear on television and can't seem to find it. She likes brightly colored suits and dresses by Emanuel Ungaro or Hubert de Givenchy, but her favorite styles don't seem to be in Los Angeles, she says. If it weren't for deadlines (hang the expense), she'd go to Paris. But, she explains: "I can't get a day off." What next?
New York designer Jhane Barnes may be having a baby--in name only. A woman telephoned Barnes to say she'd seen her name on a label in a clothing store and wanted to name her expected infant after the designer but wasn't sure how to pronounce her name. "The 'h' is silent," Barnes assures Listen.
Vicky Davis,New York-based tie designer, has solved the problem of how to get a cab at rush hour. She bought her own. Davis tells Listen that she's purchased a Checker cab, which she's painting red, manning with a chauffeur and decorating with lace curtains and Oriental rugs. "It's a little extravagant," Davis says. "I think all those old black limousines look like they're going to funerals." Yeah, but what a way to go. . . .
While designers such as Ralph Lauren have borrowed wallpaper chintzes for their spring clothing collections, Alan Londin, a fabric designer for such fashion houses as Liz Claiborne, Donald Brooks and Jantzen, has segued into designing fabrics for the home. He now finds five of his pink and white prints (from irises to gingham checks) in Joan Collins' Beverly Hills home--to be exact, in her daughter's bedroom. "People now think of coordinating prints and patterns for a room as they do for a sportswear outfit," Londin said on a recent visit to Randolph & Hein, where his fabrics are sold. Londin notes that "the two fields are becoming closer, more so than ever before. I get more out of reading Women's Wear Daily than I do from any interior design magazine. And everyone on Seventh Avenue is going to home-furnishing centers to look at the florals."