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October 18, 1985|the Fashion85 staff

You can't spend all your time in the hotel, so actress Connie Sellecca of the "Hotel" TV series jumped into a white limo, stage makeup still intact, and sped over to the new Viva boutique on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to pick up a few things for real life. Store owner Sita Hoyt, a longtime friend of the actress, gave Sellecca the run of the place. "I locked the doors to the public," Hoyt says. "I kept running outside to feed the meter while Connie tried on clothes." An hour later Sellecca emerged the owner of some $3,000 in scarfs, belts, cocoon-shape jackets and tops and trousers by Litzah, a Moroccan designer featured in Hoyt's store. "She said she needed the clothes for a weekend in Palm Springs," Hoyt says. "She's going to a surprise party." Whose? Hoyt says she won't tell.

Forget about Snoopy the World War I flying ace, think of Snoopy the designers' darling. Snoopy, along with his sister Belle, is the lucky recipient of clothing designed especially for his 18-inch frame by more than 100 international fashion names. Names such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Mary McFadden, Issey Miyake, Norma Kamali, Albert Nipon, Gianfranco Ferre and Giorgio Armani. What, you might well ask, could Snoopy and Belle do with all those clothes (more than 200 at last count)? Wear them, of course. And that's exactly what they will be doing from Saturday through Nov. 17 at the art gallery of Cal State Fullerton. The collection comes to Fullerton via Paris, London, Milan and Tokyo, where Snoopy and Belle wowed viewers with everything from Fendi furs to Betsey Johnson haute punk. Show times are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. This Saturday, the world's best-dressed beagles will host a public reception from 7 to 10 p.m.

We don't know what clothes Morgan Fairchild actually wore to the Bruce Springsteen concert recently, but Santa Monica retailer Bobi Leonard breathlessly reports that the "Falcon Crest" star sported the store's "starburst" earrings by Belladonna to the big event. They're made of silver slivers that drop from a modern, artsy-looking clasp, sell for $125, and they happen to be Leonard's best-selling item, thanks to customers such as Cher, Angie Dickinson and Melissa Gilbert, who have also snapped up pairs. Leonard says Fairchld has bought "tons" of other accessories in the last six months, including belts, bracelets, necklaces and 50 pairs of earrings.

Our London ear, Jo-An Jenkins, visited the Victoria and Albert Museum the other night for what turned out to be a double first: The first time a major fashion show was ever held at the venerable institution and the first time Italian designer Gianni Versace ever launched one of his collections outside of Milan. (It was his spring collection, which he showed to the press later in the week in Milan). Jenkins writes: "The wide, double doors of the 'V & A,' as it's known here, opened onto the building's Great Hall to reveal cascades of white carnations and a black-tie crowd of guests, most of whom had paid $75 to witness the show. The event attracted a glittery mix of diplomatic, fashion and jet-set personalities, including London designers Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield (designer for Joan Collins and the Princess of Wales) and David Sassoon of Belville Sassoon (another favorite of the Princess of Wales). Super-model Jerry Hall, in town to launch her book about life with Mick Jagger, mugged for the cameras. But the star of the evening was Princess Michael of Kent, who lent a royal presence to the event. Jenkins adds that even the true Brits seemed to adore Versace's sexy, spring styles and his black maillot swimsuits with cutouts that revealed a sea of skin.

First Mrs. Elton John stopped in at the leather-and-suede clothing store, Jean-Claude Jitrois, and bought a skirt and jacket. "Then she found another jacket she said Elton just had to have," we hear from Gloria Blackburn of the shop. So the next day, Mr. John showed up to take a look. The jacket, a black leather tuxedo-style with tails, is embossed with gold leaf and, indeed, John decided he did have to have it. That and a coat of marabou feathers as well.

'If I were Dr. Toni Grant, what would I wear?" That's the question Anne Archer asked herself when she was cast as a radio talk-show psychologist in a CBS "Movie of the Week," now in production, called "A Different Affair." Archer had seen the KABC radio personality in real life and concluded that she effectively manages to strike a balance between looking sexy, yet professional. So Archer set out to find clothes that fit a similar bill. From a new designer at Neiman-Marcus named Andrea Jovine, she bought a form-fitting burnt-red knit dress with drop waist and a navy silk blouse with gold monogrammed pocket--very Carole Lombard--worn with a floral fitted sarong skirt. Archer's character will also wear one outfit each by Krizia, Perry Ellis and Valentino.

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