Who loves a dog? Try Kirstie Alley, Susan Blakely, Constance McCashin, Ana Alicia, Maud Adams and Mary Frann. These actresses will be among dozens of celebrities modeling Tuesday at the Amanda Foundation's annual fashion show and benefit at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will raise money for this L.A.-based foundation, which rescues pets from animal shelters, gives veterinary care and finds them homes. Besides modeling clothes by designer Margi Kent and retailer Rick Pallack, some stars will be auctioning off a bit of their time. Sources tell Listen that actor Alan Thicke plans to auction himself off as a lunch date, on the set of TV's "Growing Pains."
We're naming it the Leopard cut. Laurence Roberts, who styles Juliet Prowse's hair at Tovar in Beverly Hills, tells Listen the dancer/actress came in recently asking for a change. Her reason was definitely out of the ordinary. She is training with the Cristiani leopards for NBC's "Circus of the Stars" and can't use the amount of hair spray and mousse her normal style requires. "The fragrances would alter how the cats react to her," explains Roberts. His solution was a boyish cut with wispy bangs. Our hat is off to Prowse. Not for giving up her hair, but for bravery. A leopard bit the entertainer on the neck during training Sept. 28, sending her to a hospital for five stitches. Roberts puts the blame on the big cat's sense that Prowse was afraid of it. We're relieved to hear from her hairdresser (who ought to know): "She's a lot more confident now."
Parody Is the Cat's Meow
Hot on the successful heels of Dogue magazine (a canine satire on Vogue) comes Catmopolitan, a feline parody affectionately known as Catmo. The $9.95 Pocketbooks trade paperback by Dogue's creator Ilene Hochberg is set to hit bookstores in November, featuring fashions by Calvin Claw, Cheshire Dior and Norma Katmali (whose gown is accessorized with a Catier necklace, modeled on the cover by Pawlina Purrzikova and photographed by Francesco Scatvullo). Spoofed advertisers include Estee Longhair's Purrfect perfume, Clawnique's glossy claw enamel and Espurrit sportswear. According to Catmo, mouse mousse is not a hair-care product but rather a culinary delicacy: "the ultimate kitty dessert."
Signs of the Times
Beverly Hills sales folks sometimes know a touch of French, Japanese or Italian. But when actress Marlee Matlin asked a question in the Chanel boutique on Rodeo Drive last week, she got her answer in American Sign Language. Cynthia Napientek, who waited on the hearing-impaired actress at the boutique, tells Listen she learned the sign language back in college. "It was just a fluke," Napientek says of the exchange with Matlin, who was shopping casually in her orange T-shirt and gray pants. "It was really nothing."
Ad Faces the Music
Listen is stunned by the latest Guess? TV ads: A beautiful couple, filmed in black and white, attempts to dodge the paparazzi. Or at least we think they do. The ad is dubbed "London, 1967," which, for us, was a very wholesome year. This led Listen to wonder why L.A.-based Guess? chose such menacing music for a jeans commercial. What did we miss? When contacted about the ad, designer Georges Marciano's brother Paul, advertising director for Guess?, was surprised Listen felt so piqued. The music, he said, "is Polynesian. We created it to have a fast pace." Marciano added the commercial depicts a jet-set couple in "a more innocent, affluent time . . . a time of almost an abusive chicness in people who had money." The '60s, he concludes, "was a better time." And what of those strange Guess? magazine ads featuring a Lolita-ish young woman, with a very mature man? A parody of the classic Fellini movie "La Dolce Vita," Marciano said.
Vera Brown, who tends such well-known faces as Kelly Lange, Jane Seymour and Alexis Smith at her skin-care salon in Tarzana, is about to come over the hill to open a second salon in Bel-Air. Brown says even though the Hollywood set has been willing to drive to the Valley, it's time to add a shop "closer to Beverly Hills." She opened Vera Brown's Beauty Retreat 11 years ago "to bring luxury to the working lady in the Valley," as she says. The new retreat, which will open near Beverly Glen and Mulholland Drive in late November, will offer facials and massages, plus foot, hand and ear reflexology.
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