Listen's mailbox this week contained some enchanting sketches by Christian Lacroix for the new American Ballet Theatre production of "Gaite Parisienne." Whimsical, extravagant and full of joie de vivre , they were among 19 commissioned by Mikhail Baryshnikov for a brand new production of the ballet, which opens March 1 at the Shrine Auditorium. In charge of executing the costumes, by the current darling of French haute couture , is legendary Broadway costumer Barbara Matera.
If you're looking for Bernadette Peters, she's eating ice cream on TV in a commercial that only runs in the East. Listen heard it first in Los Angeles from Daniel Storto, a local designer who made the gloves Peters wears in the ad. They're shoulder-length, black suede and part of an outfit that's definitely not vanilla. Along with the formal-length gloves (a version of which is sold at Fred Hayman's Giorgio), Peters wears a tight black velvet gown and bright pink taffeta stole that Bob Mackie designed especially for her ice cream number.
New Scent in the Air
Kathleen Turner got the first one, but there will be plenty more bottles of Nino Cerruti Pour Femme perfume soon. The Paris-based designer is launching his first fragrance next spring, Listen hears from Cerruti's spokeswoman, Mary Hall Ross. He presented Turner with bottle No. 1 when the two longtime acquaintances recently met for dinner in Paris. They had other things to talk about too. She's wearing his designs in her next two movies ("Julia, Julia," due out in February with Cerruti-clad Sting as Turner's co-star, and "Switching Channels," a March release that co-stars Burt Reynolds). Last but not least, when Turner shops for Cerruti in Beverly Hills from now on, she'll have to leave the Rodeo Collection behind. The new shop for women is opening at 405 N. Rodeo Drive in about a week.