Listen got a call from Dana Turner at Johnston & Murphy, the shoe firm, who said a pair of $700 crocodile shoes was made especially for Rudolph, the red-nosed you-know-what. Turner wouldn't confide the details but informed us that because "Rudolph works only one day per year and is an upwardly mobile reindeer, it behooves him to wear shoes that set him apart from all the rest." How did they find Rudolph? "A friend of the firm's, who's an outdoorsman, actually brought him to us," Turner reports. All Listen knows is that we have a photo, allegedly of Rudolph's legs and feet, all of which are clad in very classy reptile shoes. And that's a lot of croc.
Faces From the Classic Era
We spoke to makeup maven Joey Mills to see how his book--"New Classic Beauty," Villard Press, $19.95--is faring. Mills "does the faces" of such celebs as Isabella Rossellini, Barbara Walters, Brooke Shields and Mary Tyler Moore. But most other folks, he says, wear too much makeup and ought to watch old films for guidance. "Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly always looked natural and gorgeous on film. You could never tell that they wore makeup. You never saw eyeshadow or rouge. That was classic, what they did with makeup in those days. I've brought that look back, so you don't see eyeshadow or lipstick, rouge or mascara on my clients. I don't even use mascara on the lower lashes. Something I notice in Los Angeles is that women don't wear rouge in the right place, or even for the right reason. Rouge shouldn't be worn to give color, but to give bone structure. It's supposed to be high on the cheekbone, going up into the hairline in the shape of a pork chop." We'll think about that for a while.
They Dream About Bridges
It's been wild at Wilder Place, the Melrose Avenue boutique, what with shoppers the likes of Jeff Bridges, Jean Stapleton and Linda Gray rushing in and out. Jo Wilder, who oversees all the action there, says Gray's purchases included an American Indian "dream pillow" filled with "herbs and things to make your dreams sweet." Stapleton took home gifts of jewelry, including a silver "slinky" bracelet for herself, and nobody remembers what Bridges bought. "We were all undone by him," she says. "The women in the store were fighting me to wait on him, so I let them do it."
Pinning His Sweetheart
Anne Archer got a wedding-anniversary gift almost anyone might envy. Her husband, Terry Jastrow, asked sculptor Robert Graham to create a piece of jewelry for her. Listen hears from Archer's spokeswoman, Deborah Kelman, that Archer collects sculpture, and Graham is one of her favorites. He made her a silver pin shaped like a rectangle with one of his characteristic faces projecting from the surface. Archer wears it on her winter coat.
What a Photo-Shoot Suit!
It sounds as if Marlee Matlin is getting ready to send out a few fashion shock waves. At the Charles Gallay boutique on Sunset Boulevard, she chose an outfit that consisted of one oversize cardigan sweater in turquoise and one set of sporty, cotton underwear, Listen hears from Kelly Chapman of the store. Matlin also took a dress with a V-back by Azzedine Alaia, whose body-contour clothes have a way of setting off sensations. Matlin was with fashion photographer Greg Gorman, who helped her with her selections. They're working on a fashion photo layout, Chapman tells Listen.
Lassoing a Fit Pair of Jeans
It's nice to know that even Raquel Welch has trouble finding the right jeans. She was in Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue recently and went through an impressive number of pairs before selecting styles with narrow waistbands and narrow legs by several European manufacturers. "You know how hard it is to find jeans," a store spokesperson tells Listen. (We certainly do.) Seems the problem wasn't Welch's figure, which, we are told, is "great." With the help of three costumers from NBC, she was selecting the perfect wardrobe for an upcoming television film. She spent about four hours darting in and out of the dressing room before giving the final nod to the jeans, several pairs of cowboy boots, long denim coats with fleece linings, leather belts and a silk miniskirt. Through it all, Listen learned, the actress was "very patient and very sweet."
We especially enjoy Christmas cards like those sent by Ruder Finn & Rotman, the public relations firm in charge of all the hoopla surrounding the opening of the Century City Marketplace. For the second year in a row, their cards were purchased from a special source. The tip-off comes on the back of the envelope with a pretty gold seal that reads: "This card represents a gift to the American Cancer Society." According to Jeri Gardner, the company's office manager: "It's a nice way to send a greeting to people and do someone else some good."