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A Head Above Lacroix

November 06, 1987

Actress Jane Seymour caught our eye the other night at the highly touted Christian Lacroix fashion show Saks put on at 20th Century Fox. She was wearing dark silk flowers and a bit of velvety netting entwined in her simple chignoned hair. Funny thing. When we looked around the room, every other long-haired woman in sight was wearing some variation on the same theme. Listen spied more chignons and French twists bedecked with jeweled combs, velvet and silk flowers and tuille or net than we can remember. Maybe it was the women's way of saying hello to Lacroix, who seldom sends a model down a runway without a faux blossom or two, if not a whole garden sprouting from the top of her head. So they like the way he dresses hair, but we wondered how the audience liked the way he dresses bodies. So we asked around and got mixed reviews. Everybody loved to look at the clothes. (What's not to love? They're as playful as puppy dogs.) Some said they would definitely wear the clothes--if only they could afford them. (This is four-digit fashion.) And then there were those few women Saks and Lacroix are counting on, who can't get enough of the stuff. We let Patricia Kennedy, the city's newest acclaimed clotheshorse and a regular at the couture shows in Paris, speak for that group. Nay-nay, she said to rumors of impossible problems of any sort, adding: "The clothes are divine to wear." At the time, she was carrying the train of a Lacroix evening dress--a knee-grazing, embroidered-silk event with yards of train trailing happily behind it. She wasn't wearing flowers in her hair. But she turned around to show us a full bouquet of long-stem pink roses hugging her at the waist. (Oh, yes: Seymour's hair ornament and her black-and-gold lace dress were designed by Fe Zandi of Beverly Hills.)

Auld Lang Syne Time?

Is it that time already? Jessica Uribe, manager of Charles Gallay's boutique on Rodeo Drive, tells us Heather Locklear has purchased her New Year's Eve outfit: a two-piece, rubber-lace dress by the master of sexy French clothes, Azzadine Alaia. The skirt is flared and hits about mid-thigh; the top is long-sleeve, turtleneck and see-through enough to require a cashmere tank top underneath. Locklear must have been craving cashmere, because she also stopped in the Gallay Sunset Plaza store for some cuddly, wraparound cashmere sweaters by Italian superstar Romeo Gigli.

Creating Her Own Dynasty

Listen wonders what actress Linda Evans plans to do with the little antique box she just picked up at Polo/Ralph Lauren. Owner Jerry Magnin tells Listen that Evans bought the 19th-Century tortoise-and-sterling-silver jewelry box on a recent stop at the Rodeo Drive store. The following week, Magnin tells Listen, Evans returned for something simple to wear. She purchased a classic black velvet dress--with mink collar.

Furnishing Celebs

If you don't think singer Sting has a whimsical side, witness a recent purchase he made at the Malibu-based gallery Tops. Owner Judy Walker tells Listen that Sting picked up a three-door, peach-and-pale-blue cabinet by Taos artist Jim Wagner that had primitive images of bluebirds in flight. No idea where Sting plans to put it. Actress Whoopi Goldberg, in town for last weekend's AIDS benefit, also dropped by Tops to indulge her fetish for fetishes. This time she picked up a fetish pendant made of boar's tusk, a carved turquoise spirit mask and a ruby laser rod. The piece was made by Taos artist Will Powers, says Walker, and "anytime she (Goldberg) sees something unusual of his, she grabs it."

Baubles, Bangles and Cher

We can only think that Cher is mad about jewelry. The actress-singer was recently seen shopping at Glitz in Century City, where she quickly surveyed the merchandise and selected two pairs of antique-finish earrings: a large hoop and a triangle with rings attached. She added an "armful" of faux marble bangles made of glass and ceramics, according to assistant buyer Betty Floura. That, however, wasn't the last of it. About a week later, Cher's secretary was back for duplicates of the earrings. And then came public exposure: The entertainer was seen on MTV recently, promoting her new film, "Suspect," with a triangle dangling from each ear.

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