Yves Saint Laurent, the shy and very talented Paris designer, hasn't been in California since he made a memorable trip to Los Angeles in the late '60s and sunned poolside at the Beverly Wilshire and met with, among others, the late Edith Head and actress-dancer Shirley MacLaine.
A return visit to California is long overdue. But Saint Laurent will take care of that when he shows up at San Francisco's Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on Nov. 21 with some 150 pieces from his fall 1985 collection and an assortment of comely models from Paris and New York. The show plus cocktail party, dinner and post-show gathering is a benefit for the San Francisco Symphony and it's already shaping up to be one of that city's major events. Fashion mavens from New York and Texas have sent their checks for tables not already spoken for by San Francisco's stylish.
The fashion show, staged just as it was last July in Paris, will be supervised by Saint Laurent associate Pierre Berge; the directrice of his salon, Baroness Helene de Ludinghausen; and Christophe Gerard. New Yorker Mrs. Thomas Kempner, a walking ad for Saint Laurent, and Mrs. Gordon Getty are honorary co-chairmen and chairing the evening is Mrs. Edward Strobin.
Hold on to your hats for the honorary committee, which consists of Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Diana Vreeland (she staged the 25-year Saint Laurent retrospective that was such a hit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year), Betsy Bloomingdale and Nancy Kissinger. Here's another surprise--George Lucas, the creative force behind "Star Wars" and "American Graffiti"--is on the benefit committee along with such San Franciscans as Mrs. Donald Fisher, Timmie Will, Mrs. Donald Nichols, Mrs. Jeffrey Congdon, Mrs. John S. Hatfield and a few others.
Saint Laurent, who recently received the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur from France's President Francois Mitterrand, is designing the invitations for the black-tie event ($75-$100 for couture show and post-show party; $350 covers the works) and will supervise the decor of Davies Hall. The evening will begin with the 6 p.m. cocktail party on the orchestra level, followed by a patrons dinner on the first tier, the show and then an on-stage party with dancing, champagne, caviar and other goodies.
Five years ago when costume designer ("Dynasty," "The Colbys," the upcoming mini-series "Crossings") Nolan Miller and Sandra Stream were married in New Orleans, their wedding cake was a disappointingly flat one. Someone had goofed.
On their fifth anniversary the Millers were determined to correct the oversight. They ordered a frothy, tiered confection and were ready for the traditional cake-cutting ceremony.
Only it never happened. The cake was there at the anniversary dinner dance at Jimmy's. But Sandra was missing. She was home with a 102-degree temperature. Nolan decided he couldn't cut it without her, so the cake was sent home where it will wait for another occasion. Sounds like a "Dynasty" episode, doesn't it?
Nolan managed to be the perfect host, his mother-in-law, Mrs. Harold Stream, helped and the guests had a perfectly marvelous time.
The color scheme, carried out by Flower Fashions, was peach and teal blue--overlays of teal on the peach cloths, European-style centerpieces of peach-colored roses and lilies, napkins tied with ribbons and small flowers and ficus trees rimming the room.
Miller was right at home that night with his colleagues: "Dynasty" producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy; "Dynasty" co-stars Linda Evans (with Richard Cohen, her constant escort), John Forsythe (with his wife, Julie), Joan Collins (with Peter Holm, as always), and--new to the Dynasty-Colby family--Barbara Stanwyck (wearing a Miller creation and looking splendid) and George Hamilton (with Phyllis Davis).
There were lots of hugs and kisses among the group: Nolan's father-in-law Harold Stream; Elizabeth Taylor with Roddy McDowall; former vice chairman of American Broadcasting Companies Inc. Elton Rule and his wife; ABC's Gary Pudney, who escorted Wallis Annenberg and Joanna Carson; Rosemarie Stack; Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens; Tom Tryon with Anne Rogers; fashion designer David Hayes with Judy Shepherd; Terry Moore with Tab Hunter (you heard it right); and Yvette Mimieux solo.
Among more of the Millers' friends were Grace and Merrill Lowell, the David Orgells, restaurateur Maude Chasen with Carl Neubert, Fred Gibbons with Gail Simms, Bradley and Mary Jones, Jasmine and Tyler Runnels, the Gwynn Robinsons, Priscilla and Curtis Tamkin, and Chris Matsumoto (wife Kathy was still in Paris).
Robinson's Beverly Hills will play host to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Costume Council with a fashion show luncheon in the store's third level on Sept. 11. Co-chairing the afternoon, which benefits the museum's Textile and Costume Department, are Mrs. Franklin Johnson and Mrs. Gerald Labiner. Nelly Llanos is the council's president.