It may be too soon to buy stock in pomade or suspenders. But Listen does wonder whether Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen can set off a bear market with the "bear grease" and splashy-print suspenders they wear all through "Wall Street," their new movie. The pair play two very stylish brokers and could set stocks soaring if their look catches on. It would certainly be a fashion turn around for most L.A. men-in-suits. Listen spied plenty of them talking "the Dow" in a Westwood theater lobby the other evening before the show. Not one had the Sheen-Douglas do, or the right suspenders.
Guarding His Wardrobe
We hear Sen. Edward Kennedy was at it again: more clothes for the Bostonian/Washingtonian from Rick Pallack in the Valley. But this time Kennedy did the shopping himself, showing up one recent Saturday during a round of political engagements on the West Coast. Pallack says Kennedy chose three double-breasted suits, including a navy pinstripe identical to the one Pallack was wearing, and rounded out his latest purchases with classic silk ties and pocket hankerchiefs. Pallack wouldn't say how many security agents arrived with Kennedy, and he left us to wonder if the number was more or less than his other heavy-duty-security customers have: Sugar Ray Leonard shops with four guards in tow, Sylvester Stallone with three.
Gold chains for men may be as passe as Nehru jackets, but don't tell that to Michael Spinks. Listen attended a little soiree in New York that real estate billionaire Donald Trump threw for his three or four thousand closest friends Saturday night, where the 1985 heavyweight champion of the world showed up wearing a thick rope of gold around his neck, and dangling from it, a huge diamond-encrusted golden glove. That bauble, about the size of South Dakota, was a duplicate of the ring Spinks wore, making him, no doubt, the best-accessorized boxer at the black-tie gala at Trump Tower that night.
Expecting a Snow Job
Yes, that was Barbra ("Nuts") Streisand we saw, accompanied by a retinue of four, plus assorted salespeople, tromping through New York's Scandinavian Ski Shop, trying on everything that wasn't nailed down. Just up the block from Henri Bendel on West 57th Street, the Scandinavian Ski Shop is roughly the alpine counterpart of Tiffany or Cartier, the kind of place where Stine Erikson hangs out on Saturday afternoons and powder suits start at approximately the cost of a master's degree from a moderately priced private university. Streisand, looking chunky in the thighs, Listen was told, spent a mere 2 1/2 hours seeking out the perfect cold-climate outfit. Perhaps she is expecting snow in Malibu?
Barely a Bag Lady
Much in the fashion that Grant descended upon Richmond, Cher blitzkrieged the lingerie department at New York's Bergdorf Goodman a couple of Saturdays ago. Accompanied by two buddies, the actress/singer/wig wearer left with shopping bags bulging, clearly oblivious to the $1,300 price tag on her brief foray. "Skin and bones," a Bergdorf sales associate reported of Cher's corporeal condition.
Diahann Carroll just added a swanky new number to her evening-wear collection. It's a white lace gown with a black fox border and a matching fox stole by Luis Estevez. The gown was plucked from Estevez's Melrose Place shop, we're told by the designer's son Edward, who runs it. And Carroll will wear it when she poses in a series of glamour photos. A few Hollywood wives--of Robert Stack, Kirk Douglas and the late Vincente Minnelli--also added Estevez wear to their dress up clothes closet this season. But the most energetic shopper of all has closer ties to the White House. Kitchen cabinet-er Armand Deutsch's wife, Harriet, bought a different outfit to wear every night of a long weekend bash in honor of First Lady and President Reagan.
VICs in the Crowd
If anyone knows how to celebrate a birthday, its songwriter/artist Allee Willis. Asked to create an artwork for the 10th anniversary of Camp Beverly Hills, Willis obliged with a mechanical 3-D cartoon where palm trees sway, cars move and people dance. For the official unveiling, Willis turned up wearing "her signature asymmetrical haircut," according to Camp spokesperson Cinnia Curran. She also brought along some guests, including singer Nicolette Larson. As for the VICs (very important campers) in the crowd, they were invited by co-owners Jeff Stein and John Lasker. And, no, they didn't wear those Camp Beverly Hills pink-and-white sweatshirts. "Just about everyone," says Curran, "was in L.A.'s favorite color: black."
Shopping for a Character