Who says a celebrity can't wear the same dress twice? Certainly not Emma Samms. She recently modeled an evening gown at a charity fashion show and announced shortly after that she plans to wear it, in full view of her public, at least twice more. The dress, a full-length design that David Keys of the Plunkett Keys boutique made especially for Samms, is ocher-colored silk taffeta, trimmed with ruffles. Samms first wore it to a cystic fibrosis fund-raising luncheon where all the models were TV-series stars, and all the clothes were from that same boutique. Later, we hear from the store's press liaison, Lee Anderson, Samms said she plans to wear the same dress to co-host a Miss Hollywood pageant and on an upcoming episode of "The Colbys," the nighttime soap on which she's a regular.
'Get ready, she's packing," the doorman at Tina Turner's house warned designer Clifford Olson when he arrived there recently. Olson says he was delivering three identical suede jump suits for Turner to fit into her "giant Louis Vuitton steamer trunk" and take with her on a trip to London. He brought her a yellow, a red and a pearl-gray version of the outfit and says she already has it in turquoise. Olson, who has a design studio in Los Angeles, adds that his regular customer also chose a skintight, mint-green suede pantsuit for her trip.
Maud Adams believes her skin is pale, her hair is "browny, mousy" and her eyebrows tend to droop. "The combination is very undramatic," she says. But the Swedish-born actress, who won't complain about her cheekbones, has managed to compensate over the years with beauty and makeup tricks. Now Adams is passing on those tricks on a $60 videocassette, sold through I. Magnin stores. The tape not only instructs on applying cosmetics but includes a makeup kit. Adams, who says most women use either too much makeup or not enough, says she hopes this venture will be the prelude to a full Maud Adams cosmetic line.
It was Star Wars time at the Matsuda fall show at New York's Palladium last week. Both Cher and Candice Bergen had front-row seats, and photographers were snapping furiously. Cher won the honors for Best Dressed in a black Matsuda tricorn hat and brocade coat. But Candice won the dramatic honors. She cried real tears at the end of the show when her pal Matsuda came out to take his bows.
Actress Suzanne Somers left the performing to others last week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she sat in the audience with husband Alan Hamel. The two came, video camera in tow, to see the Otis/Parsons School of Design Fashion Critics Awards show, the annual gala showing off student designs. Hamel's daughter, Leslie, was among the graduating seniors, and a black satin, beaded gown of her design was among those featured. Young Hamel noted later that she designs for her stepmom at times, including a dress Somers wore on a December, 1984, cover of Playboy magazine. Somers' assessment of the student show? "This is as good as anything you'd see in Paris couture."
Hottest new mannequin on the New York runways for the fall shows this week is a baby-faced black model from Detroit named Veronica Webb. Listen thinks she looks like a cross between Billie Holiday and Sandra Dee. Karl Lagerfeld, who used the 20-year-old in his KL Sport show, tells Listen that Webb is his latest muse. Webb, who's with the Bethann agency, also vamped down runways this week for Willi Smith and Matsuda.
The third annual More Fashion Award for young design talents, held at New York's Plaza Hotel Monday, went to Stephen Manniello. When hostess Catherine Oxenberg, gowned in black with colored rhinestones by Giorgio Sant'Angelo, presented him with the Paloma Picasso-designed statuette, Manniello thanked his mother, Rose, for sticking by him. The Broadway's Lee Hogan Cass commented to Listen: "I thought he showed a lot of talent with his architectural, Mondrian-like use of fabric. I think he shows promise."
The people who are giving you Esquire magazine are coming out with a woman's magazine that, in a sense, will be bigger and better. It's called New York Woman and will be larger, at 9 by 11 inches, than Esquire and printed on better-stock paper. Listen asked editor Betsy Carter--who will debut the new, six-times-a-year magazine with its September/October issue--if she thinks the Los Angeles woman will relate to New York Woman. "The words New York Woman will become a generic term for a woman with a certain wit and intelligence," explains Carter, who was the former editorial director at Esquire.
If you've always wanted to own something by artist Rene Magritte, now you can. Well, sort of. For his fall women's line, Alexander Julian has been partially inspired by the late Belgian surrealist painter whose derby-hatted man with an apple in front of his face is a familiar image. Julian's put the same image on the front of a sweater. He's also done a jacket inspired by Magritte's "This is not a pipe" image of a pipe. The jacket is embroidered with pipes and the phrase "This is not a jacket" in French.
Out of the mouths of proud parents: At the Calvin Klein fall show in New York this week, Listen overheard Calvin's father, Leo, comment to Calvin's mother as the models began coming down the runway: "They look good, don't they?"