On the steamy movie set of "Rambo III" in Thailand, all is not well. Turns out the humidity there is putting a damper on Rambo's hairdo. Listen hears that Sylvester Stallone, who stars in the picture, summoned hair stylist Bruce Wayne of the Umberto salon in Beverly Hills, on an urgent mission to reconstruct the big R's coiffure. Wayne's spokesman, Josh Barans, tells us Wayne calls the cut "the Cranalator" (a variation on the architectural term crenelation, as in the slotted parapets that look like jack-o-lantern teeth atop medieval castles). Translated to hair, the term connotes a spiky effect, and Wayne created the look just for Stallone last August. This could be the most expensive hair style ever. Maintenance costs now include round-trip air fare to Thailand as well as living expenses there.
Have Luggage, Will Travel
Remember we told you about Cary Grant's luggage, which retailer Jerry Magnin of Polo in Beverly Hills purchased at auction for $1,870? Well, it turns out that the day following the sale, Sotheby's auction house received a call from a Los Angeles woman who simply had to have the luggage for herself. Sotheby's called Magnin. Magnin said he wasn't interested in selling. The woman persisted. So Magnin named his price, and the woman walked into Polo the next day with a cashier's check to retrieve the seven pieces of Hartman luggage. The price? Magnin won't tell, but judging by the grin on his face, you can be sure he made a tidy profit.
What do you wear to a Hong Kong tea? Wait--what is a Hong Kong tea? It's an afternoon social event "more important than lunch or dinner," said Cecile Shusheun, owner of Joss on Sunset Strip, during her restaurant's launch of the midday snack. (Instead of serving scones and sweets as in England, in Hong Kong it's dim sum and sweets.) As for appropriate clothing, Listen was most impressed with how Angelinos dressed for the event on a recent rainy day: lots of cardigans paired with short and long skirts, several of them by knitwear queen Sonia Rykiel. One teatoter remarked that Shusheun's ankle-length knit ensemble in slate gray looked like an "Asian Sonia Rykiel." In fact, it was designed by her brother, David Sheekwan, a Hong Kong designer whose Pellini stores are in New York and San Francisco.
Nothing to Schuss at
Julie Cleaver might not be a household name right now. But that could change soon, in ski chalets if not houses. This fashion design student at the Otis Parsons school was just named one of 22 finalists from around the world in a "creative sportswear" design competition sponsored by Mizuno sporting goods manufacturers of Japan. She takes off for Tokyo in February, where a jury including such stellar style setters as Matsuda and Kansai Yamamoto will chose the grand-prize winner. At stake among other things is 1 million yen, which could pay a skier for many trips up the rope tow. But can the fashion sketch of a sci-fi ski jump suit with bolero jacket that got Cleaver this far take her to the top? We'll keep you posted.
An Opening With Glasnost
If you noticed Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband (Prince Frederic von Anhalt) carrying Christmas presents down Rodeo Drive the other night, he was coming from Fred Hayman's Giorgio boutique, where the champagne was flowing, the caviar was glowing and the balalaika music was in honor of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's historic visit to the White House. It so happened that the arms control meeting coincided with the first meeting of Hayman's men's club. At the occasionally recurring gatherings, regular customers--all men--will be able to shop in private after hours. Supposedly they were buying presents for the women in their lives, Listen hears. And indeed several wives called ahead and told sales people exactly what to show husbands. But it turned out that most of the men bought presents for themselves. Ho-Ho-Ho.
Hot on the trail of information about Bruce Willis' bride, Demi Moore, Listen called Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue. We were told he comes in a lot; she isn't a regular customer. But our sleuths were correct. Moore and her mother did visit the shop before the Las Vegas nuptials, gift hunting for Moore's future mother-in-law. The actress was interested only in sweaters by Marika Contompasis, who designed the knits Moore wears in her next film, "The Seventh Sign." She reportedly tried on some hats and bought a check-pattern sweater with little buttons for Willis' mom, Marlene, but Moore didn't buy a thing for herself.
Cracking a Peanut