Don Johnson (a.k.a. Sonny Crockett) has his wedding suit all picked out for next Friday night, when he gets hitched on "Miami Vice." He's wearing an ivory-color tux with all the trims, including a double-bow tie. Listen hears from a spokesperson for the show that the suit is a replica of one by Italian designer Gianni Versace, copied with his blessing by the "Vice" costume designer, Eddie Castro. It seems Versace couldn't fit in Johnson's special order in time for the wedding. But all the ivory-color accessories are authentic Versace, we're told. As for the new Mrs. Crockett (played by pop singer Sheena Easton), she'll go down the aisle in an original by Castro. It's a strapless, white, beaded lace dress, short in front and long in back, to wear with shoulder-length gloves.
A One-Night Stand in N.Y.
In the name of equality, Joanna Doniger has decided that American women too deserve a One Night Stand. And so, after four wildly successful years of offering fancy evening attire for rent to women in London, Doniger's One Night Stand Boutique arrives in New York next week at 905 Madison Ave. Doniger's theory is that men can rent tuxedoes for black-tie dinners and gala balls, but to avoid being seen in the same thing time and time again, women must pack their closets with dozens of ludicrously expensive gowns. For a minimum three-day rental fee of $75, her shop allows customers to choose from among 500 dresses, Sizes 6-16, and designed by the likes of Terrence Nolder, Hidy Misawa, Annaliesa Sharpe, Bellville Sassoon, Victor Costa, Scaasi and Oscar de la Renta. Doniger's expansion plans include Paris, Munich, Zurich, Melbourne and Toronto; no West Coast location in sight at present.
In Ed Bradley's Ear
In the case of "60 Minutes" star Ed Bradley, all that glittered one night not long ago was ruby. At a cocktail party in New York last week, the CBS newsman sported a pinhead-sized ruby in his newly pierced ear. It looked quite fetching with his blue blazer.
Well-Suited for Travel
Some tuxedos are better traveled than people. Consider the dinner jacket actor Michael Nouri wore to a recent New York premiere of his new film "The Hidden." Nouri's English tailor, Edward Sexton, told Listen that last May, he flew to New York to see the actor for an initial fitting of the double-breasted tuxedo. Sexton then took the suit back to London for "refinement," as he calls it. Then there was a second fitting last summer in Los Angeles, with "final adjustments" made in New York shortly before the screening. Such labors aren't unusual in the case of Nouri's wardrobe, according to the master tailor. "Michael's an exquisite dresser. I know his tastes, and I know his requirements." Not unknown to Hollywood circles, Sexton also designed several '30s period outfits for the upcoming miniseries based on the life of heiress Barbara Hutton and starring Farrah Fawcett.
Bach Chooses Chanel
Listen was surprised to catch a glimpse of actress Catherine Bach the other day, wearing her real clothes instead of the hillbilly-belle duds she used to wear on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard." This was Bach bedecked in chi-chi Chanel from top to toes--gold coin earrings, quilted bag, sweater set with gold buttons and loafers with a double-C monogram. Estimated minimum retail value? $2,500. That's not including her leather miniskirt.
A-List Jewelry at the B-1
There's a time to be deep--and a time to get commercial. So says L.A.-based Acme Studio, known for making high-concept jewelry based on the work of Post-Modernists and the scrawlings of famous U.S. architects. Acme's latest line of cloisonne bolo ties, brooches and earrings--called the Acme collection--isn't supposed to provoke a thought. "People don't have to ask what it means. It's not a floor plan or a fragment of Memphis philosophy," Acme founder Adrian Olabuenaga tells Listen. Olabuenaga elicited designs from 14 L.A.-area artists, including Bob Zoell and art director Rod Dyer for the line, which was introduced last weekend at B-1 Gallery in Santa Monica.
Boxed In by the Market?
We found the appropriate gift for men who've tightened their belts since the stock market took a dive: boxer shorts plastered with portraits of George Washington (as seen on your last dollar bill) accompanied by the message, "Protect Your Assets." The shorts sell for $11.95 and they're the creation of Anne Reynolds Designs in Dallas, who takes phone orders at (800) 543-3200. Conservatives may prefer Reynolds' other printed option: "Safety Deposit Boxers."
Nimoy, on a Star's Trek
Leonard Nimoy's off-camera outfit didn't surprise us the day we sighted him on Westwood Boulevard. The erstwhile Star Trekker's jacket had a space-lab logo on the back. He was also wearing sky-blue sweat pants.