On the set of " 'night, Mother," where they're making a movie of Marsha Norman's play that tells the story of a mother and daughter, Sissy Spacek got a mother-and-daughter fashion idea. She asked sweater designer Judy Graham of Topaz, who was visiting the set one day, to make identical sweaters for Spacek and her daughter, Schuyler, Graham tells Listen. They're a pair of plum-colored vests in oversize scale, Graham says. She adds that Weather Vane, a shop in Santa Monica, also carries them.
You may want to get out your Filofax for this item. If you've never rubbed shoulders with royalty before, your lucky day could be Saturday at 2 p.m. That's when Princess Stephanie of Monaco--the tall one with the tanned shoulders--will appear at Bullock's Beverly Center for the West Coast launch of her swimwear collection, Pool Position. The launch promises to be quite an event. The designer-princess has announced that she will sign autographs, meet the press and, along with her partner Alix de la Comble, oversee the showing of tanks, one-shoulder and bustier-shaped suits, as well as matching robes, that the duo first introduced last July in Monte Carlo. Prices in the collection range from $80 to $136 for the suits, and $151 to $295 for the robes.
And now, novelty hosiery lovers, the seam is in the front of the stocking. If those born-to-wiggle lines can make waves when they wander down the back of your leg, why not find out what they can do when you put them in front? The folks at Fogal have been wondering about this, so they put a pair of seams-in-front sheers in their new spring line--to satisfy their curiosity. They call the model the "Fifth Avenue 501," and they tell us the style will be available in the new Fogal shop when it opens this May in the Rodeo Collection.
Giuseppe Battaglia of the menswear shop on Rodeo Drive that bears his name says he gave his pal Danny Kaye a gift of six bottles of his new signature cologne, Essenza per Uomo. But, Battaglia jokes: "I am popular with my friends because of my Italian cooking, not my clothes or cologne." The veteran retailer says Kaye "is very fussy, and wears only one French cologne that he's worn for years." But that's not to say the gift will go to waste. "Danny's wife and daughter wear it," Battaglia explains. The new scent, a mild, citrus blend with jasmine and lavender, priced at $55 for a 3.5-ounce bottle, is available only at Battaglia in Beverly Hills.
Can a person be over-accessorized? Obviously, Billy Boy doesn't think so. Listen spotted the jewelry designer and Barbie Doll buff (he'll present part of his 10,000-doll collection at a Barbie Doll retrospective at the Glendale Galleria May 1 through 4) at the L.A. restaurant, 385 La Cienega Blvd., wearing 129 pins on his jacket. Half were Barbie pins and half were original items by the Paris-based designer, some of which will be available soon at I. Magnin.
T-shirts produced a few smiles this week. Among Listen's favorites was one created by Stanley de Santis, actor-turned-designer, and it read: "My Mother Was a Witch Too, But I'm Not Writing a Best Seller About It." Another--this one spotted on a protester in Hawaii near the new home of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos--had the words: "Imelda Shoe Drive." The protester carried a placard that read: "Three thousand pairs short. She must be in need."
David Hasselhoff took time out from work on the set of "Knight Rider," the TV series, to make a quick phone call. Not to his wife, actress Catherine Hickland of the "Capitol" soap. But about her. He phoned one of Hickland's favorite designers, Ellene Warren, and said he needed a wedding-anniversary gift. "David asked me if there was something in the shop that Catherine said she liked," Warren tells Listen. "It so happens, she has expressed a fantasy of owning a real drop-dead, show stopper of a dress," Warren says. Hasselhoff had Warren draw up a design for a custom-order dress of red sequins, an all-but-bare midriff and jeweled shoulders with feathers on top, to be completed on approval by the owner. Warren's reaction to the idea was hardly the predictable sort. "I'm declaring David the husband of the year," she says. (It's an honorary award she hands out once a year.)