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Where's Real Mr. Wright?

November 20, 1987| Compiled by the Fashion87 staff

Actress Robin Wright is getting married today--for the second time in recent weeks. Her first on-screen wedding was in "Princess Bride," the feature movie that opened in mid-October. This time she'll walk down the aisle on the daytime soap "Santa Barbara," where she has a continuing role as a madcap heiress. Wright will wear a sequined satin-and-lace dress in ivory with a 12-foot train, designed by Richard Bloore, who carried the train around behind the bride to keep it clean during two days of shooting the scene, Listen hears from Frank Tobin, a spokesman for the show.

Fitting Tribute for Bubbles

Rick Pallack really does plan to design a little something for Bubbles, Michael Jackson's chimpanzee. But the Sherman Oaks haberdasher says he's still toying with the final concept--and waiting for Bubbles to stop in for a fitting. Pallack thinks the chimp, who is helping Jackson promote his new line of stuffed animals, should go bananas over a dressy black jump suit, bow tie and white shirt with French cuffs. "But absolutely no glove," the retailer says. Even after Bubbles is measured, he'll have to wait his turn. Pallack is giving top priority to organizing a clothing drive for the homeless, which gets under way next month.

Future Frock

For Wednesday's Muses luncheon, Eletra Casadei was given the year 1997 and asked to design an appropriate dress. (Mark Eisen, Joan Martin, Rosemary Brantley and David Dart also created future fashions for the 25th anniversary of the support group of the Museum of Science and Industry.) Casadei says it took two weeks and approximately $1,000 to complete her futuristic masterpiece: a spandex gown covered in white, iridescent sequins that creates the illusion of a naked, glistening body. As if that weren't enough, icicles on the shoulders, peplum and stand-away hood light up in phosphorescent shades of pink, turquoise and green (thanks to batteries in the shoulder pads). And the crowning glory, a skull cap, is covered in quartz crystals. Now that the show is over, Casadei says the gown may turn up in Bloomingdale's as part of a window or floor display. Actually, it could turn up almost anywhere. The designer is thinking of including a lights-on cocktail dress in her next collection.

Booming After the Bust

Luciano Benetton was 15 and fatherless when he left school in Italy soon after World War II. Now he's 52, a multimillionaire and a giant of fashion. When Benetton asked if he could meet with students while visiting the North American branch of his empire this week, the Italian language department at New York University, around the corner from the Greenwich Village Benetton shop, seized the opportunity. "We have not really been frightened by the situation," Benetton, speaking through an interpreter, told an NYU student who asked him about the stock market crash. "I don't think it's the end of the world." On the contrary, Benetton said his company, with its $80-million research-and-development budget, plans a still-more aggressive North American onslaught. He expects to raise the current 705 U.S. stores to 1,000 by 1990. Benetton said his son, Alessandro, a student at Boston University, keeps him apprised of campus trends. But Alessandro says he will postpone signing on with the family business after he graduates in January. In proof that yuppiedom is universal, he plans to join Goldman Sachs in London.

Hs and Planes

How very convenient. Hermes' Francine Bardo tells us that a couple, whose last name begins with H, will soon have the seats and pillows of their six-passenger jet covered in an Hermes cashmere-and-silk fabric (little Hs all over, you know). Wanting more of a good thing, these jet setters also ordered seat belts made of Hermes-initialed leather. Slightly less spectacular, but very impressive, we think, is the request from a Jaguar owner, who is replacing the plastic end-piece on his convertible top with a $12,000 section of hand-made, hand-molded leather.

Face It

Can you wait? One of the first 10-best lists to come Listen's way this holiday season is the group of pronouncements from Elizabeth Arden in New York, naming the company's 10 "best-dressed faces of 1987." That means Arden likes the makeup of the following women: Ann-Margret, who never ceases to highlight her cheekbones; Cher, who has "an intuitive sense of makeup drama"; Glenn Close, the nontraditional, complex beauty, and Faye Dunaway, the post-40 stunner who has "just the right curl of the lip to keep you guessing." Also on the list are Madonna, Audrey Hepburn, Dina Merrill, Bernadette Peters, Tina Turner and finally Oprah Winfrey, deemed as proof "that you don't have to be Size 6 to be beautiful." We knew that.

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