Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? We vote for Loni Anderson now that we've learned how she'll be dressed on an upcoming episode of NBC's "Easy Street." In her role as an ex-Las Vegas showgirl turned wealthy widow, Anderson brings out a memento of her past. She was obviously some showgirl. It's a get-up designed to be a replica of the Chrysler Building, complete with a 3 1/2-foot headdress. Costume designer Robert Turturice tells Listen that the headpiece is decked with mirrors and a two-foot flagpole topped by a beaded banner. The rest of the costume consists of a flesh-colored unitard "punched with rhinestones and mirrors" and a coat covered with more mirrors. With costumes like these, Turturice just might outshine his designs on "Moonlighting," the ABC series that features Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as fashionable sleuths.
When it comes to shopping in bulk, Kim Bassinger may have set a new record. Listen hears that she purchased no fewer than 40 pairs of hose (suntan-toned with a black seam in back) at the Fogal hosiery boutique on Rodeo Drive and had them sent out to Austin, Tex. "She's making a movie there," Joan Wills of Fogal says. If Bassinger holds the bulk-buying title, Wills says, actor John Lithgow gets the store's good-luck charm. Lithgow's wife, Mary, stopped by the Fogal shop and bought black silk socks for her husband to wear with his tux the night the Emmy Awards were presented. And he won. "I called Mrs. Lithgow after her husband got the award," Wills recalls. "I told her the socks brought him luck." Wills adds that leggy Lesley Ann Warren and Rita Moreno stopped into the shop recently too. Both women bought cold-weather tights.
Actress Teri Garr put some sparkle in her wardrobe the other day when she bought a silver lame walking-shorts suit at the Azar Woods boutique on Melrose Avenue. But she's not the only star who's been polishing her wardrobe. We hear from Yvonne Woods of the boutique that Valerie Perrine stopped in and selected a full-length, iridescent leopard-print coat. Both celebs' outfits are by Wayne Woods.
Joan Rivers may be among the first to wear the latest entry in the perfume proliferation act of the decade. Add Amen Wardy's name to the long, long list of designers and shop owners who now have a fragrance named for themselves. Wardy's own is a floral scent with "precious wood undertones" priced at $125 for a 3.4-ounce bottle, says his assistant Annie Bower. He's launching it later this fall, but has been handing out testers to pals and customers, including Rivers, who chooses clothes at Wardy to wear on her late-night TV talk show. Rivers selects her own wardrobe, all Size 4s and, so far, has chosen styles by Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and Pauline Trigere, among others, Bower says. As to what exactly the fragrant fashion plate will be wearing on the air, Bower says: "She's got everything from evening dresses to slacks and sequined sweaters. Glamour is the key word."
What does one witch give two other witches and a devil to please them? Darned if we know, but Susan Sarandon does. She bought presents at the Wilder Place boutique on Melrose Avenue for Cher, Susan Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson, her co-stars in the upcoming movie "Witches of Eastwick." Since it'll be a while before Sarandon delivers them, boutique owner Jo Wilder won't tell what the witches will receive. Curses. But she can say that Richard Gere recently bought Sarandon a present at Wilder Place (for her birthday), and it sounds like the sort of thing an Eastwick Witch might want for her own. It's a model of the planet Saturn made of silver to dangle from one ear.
In her new book, "Jane Seymour's Guide to Romantic Living" (Atheneum Press), the actress models some favorite antique clothes from her own closet. We hear from Ellen Johnson of Ellen's, a boutique in Santa Monica, that a lot of Seymour's golden oldies came from the shop. Among the antiquities pictured are a lace jacket, a lace dress, a vintage hat and a Renaissance-style bustier that Johnson made of satin, antique lace and pearls, she tells Listen. So much frothy finery is a real contrast to the clothes Tina Turner picked out on a recent shopping excursion to the tiny shop. Johnson says Turner chose deco-style duds, including a blue chiffon nightgown studded with rhinestones "to wear as a dress," Johnson says, and a metallic-colored dress from the '20s.
Hollywood wears: The McGuire Sisters, now on the comeback trail, made the hit parade fashion-wise when they taped a week of "Hollywood Squares," which begins airing Monday. Phyllis, Dorothy and Christine, who were famous in the '50s for both their singing and their harmonious ensembles, were a triple threat all week wearing designs from Harve Benard, Adolfo and James Galanos.
The innate glamour of canines might have escaped many readers, but not after seeing a new publication called Dogue: A Parody of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine. Author Ilene Hochberg created this Vogue send-up in which the likes of Canine Klein, Yves Saint Bernard and Ruff Lauren present their puppy collections, and fashionable pooches flaunt homes out of Barkitectural Digest. Dogue's first, and likely only issue, will reach bookstores this fall, priced at $8.95.