Cyndi Lauper,Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson have all had their portraits airbrushed onto sweat shirts by Ron Artis, so why not your dad? Artis will next appear Thursday through Saturday at I. Magnin, Beverly Hills, painting his 15-minute portraits, for which the model needn't even be present. He works from photographs, drawings or anything else for that matter, but no X-rated or political matter, please. "My work is positive, fresh, beautiful and artsy," he insists. And the average price tag is $50, including the sweat shirt.
Jim Palmer tried not to write another "holier than thou" fitness and grooming book, he says. In "Jim Palmer's Way to Fitness" (Harper & Row: $17.95), the former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and spokesman for Jockey International dishes out advice that even weekend athletes can heed--and Palmer tells Listen that he has followed his own advice. "If you're active in sports you figure it doesn't matter if you abuse your body diet-wise," he says. "Walk into any sports club in the country and you see all the wrong foods, like sodas and candy. Athletes do so much activity that they figure they burn off whatever they eat." But since his release from the Orioles last May, Palmer says he's made a conscientious effort to change his own diet, switching over to a high-carbohydrate, high-fiber, low-fat diet ("kinda like Pritikin"). "I played at 195 and now I weigh 188," he boasts. As for exercise, Palmer believes in the obvious. "Why not try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking at the far end of the lot where people can't dent your car when they open their doors?"
What's the "Perfect" look? John Travolta came into designer Nino Cerruti's New York showroom to buy something to wear to a press screening and party for his latest film titled "Perfect." Travolta picked out a dark blue herringbone wool suit, blue-and-white striped shirt and blue/black pin-dot tie. "He's a perfect 40 long," Cerruti's Margaret Muldoon says, "and his body's beautifully proportioned--not at all muscle-bound. The dark blue color looked great with his eyes."
Vicky Tiel,famous for her sexy, draped cocktail dresses, and Fabrice, the man who put the bead back in evening wear, are the two newest designer names in the skin game. Both debuted fall collections for Pellicce BasCardi/E.R.I.K. Furs International. Tiel's 20-piece collection is highlighted by mink T-shirts in bright pink, blue, yellow or white, a drop-dead red trench coat and a sable cocoon coat with an immense shawl collar fit for a movie queen. Fabrice's offerings include a white mink that dips dramatically from front to back and features a jagged-edge beaded trim, a black fox oversize evening jacket with attached beaded vest and a floor-length, grand-opera cape in black Russian broadtail with black sable neck bow and black beaded capelet. "These are furs for a sophisticated woman who knows fashion and adds fur to her wardrobe each season the way other women add a cloth coat," Pellicce BasCardi's Dennis Basso says.
The fashion generation gap may be closing--at least for formal occasions. Jerry ver Dorn, who stars on CBS' "Guiding Light" as attorney Ross Marler, was chosen by Raffinati as one of three soap stars to model the Robert Wagner Collection of formal wear for the firm's first press kit. Ver Dorn apparently believes you're never too young to learn the joys of wearing black tie. He tells Listen: "When I first brought my son, Jacob, home from the hospital, I bought him a little tux with tails to wear for the occasion. Unfortunately, he only wore it four times and then grew out of it."
Vern Pingatore may be something special when it comes to cutting and coloring hair (Sally Field and Jessica Lange should know). But he's no great shakes as a fashion reporter. We got wind of the fact that Pingatore has been tending the tresses of Lange and Field, so we checked in with him. Here's how the conversation went. Listen: So, Vern, what did Jessica Lange wear when she came into the shop? Pingatore: I don't remember. Listen: What did you talk about? Pingatore: Nothin'. Just goofy stuff. Listen: How about Sally Field--what's she up to these days? Pingatore: She's letting her hair grow. Hey, aren't you gonna ask me what she wore? Listen: You mean you actually remember? Pingatore: Sure I do. The cutest little red shoes I ever saw.