What a relief. We'll finally see some high fashion on the small screen when NBC's half-hour comedy "Baby Boom" debuts in October. Kate Jackson, who plays the role originated by Diane Keaton in the film of the same name, wears nothing but the best on this weekly show, which is set entirely in Manhattan. That's the word from our network informer, who saw the pilot and phoned to tell us that Jackson was all gussied up in outfits by Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Azzedine Alaia, Agnes B. and Ralph Lauren. Jackson has the perfect stature for all this. She's 5 feet 9 and once worked as a part-time model while a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
More news on the Yuppie-Parent-as-Entertainment front: Tony Danza, who plays the moderately scruffy maid on TV's "Who's The Boss," becomes a dapper Ralph Lauren addict in his next film role as a media exec in "Daddy's Little Girl." Costume designer Marie France tells Listen that Danza sports "a chic, yuppie haircut" in the film and that his "Daddy clothes," by Lauren, were selected "more for taste than for flash."
Still more kiddie news from the fashion front: Designer Donna Karan, in town this week to show her fall clothes, confided to a guest at Saks Beverly Hills that she's "just wild about all the new baby films" and that they inspired her to use a baby in her upcoming fall advertising campaign. We don't know any more than this: Some of Karan's ads will feature a teeny-weeny tyke sitting alone in plush luxury in the back of a huge limousine.
Clothes to Beat the Band
L.A. designer Drew Bernstein says he got a surprise when he was watching MTV and Steve Tyler of the Aerosmith band came on wearing skin-tight vinyl clothes from Bernstein's Lip Service collection. More than that, the band had Bernstein's banner-sized logo displayed on stage too. It's a skull-and-dagger image he uses on T-shirts and leggings. "I only make the banners for stores," Bernstein says. Aerosmith got theirs from a shop in Boston. Closer to home, Lip Service is sold at Retail Slut on Melrose and NaNa in Santa Monica.
Something for the Big Guy
Sweater designer Judy Graham of Topaz saw a glimpse of what's in store for the audiences of "Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4" when the film's wardrobe department asked her to knit a sweater 10 feet wide and 7 feet long. She says it's identical in color and shape to the 16 normal-size sweaters--red-and-green-striped rugby styles--she's already made for the main character to wear. She's not sure who's going to wear her oversize version, but she's heard that the film's producers built a King Kong-size monster who plays a very big role in the story.
Daisies and Diamonds
Psychologist Irene Kassorla tied the knot last weekend with Norman Friedmann, president of Daisy Systems Corp.--the firm that makes the daisy wheels for computer printers. Here's what the well-dressed couple wore: He marched down the aisle in a beige Armani suit. She wore a knee-length, opalescent lavendar-and-pink lame suit by Ungaro. Also, an 8-karat, pear-shaped diamond engagement and a diamond bracelet.
The Dawn of Power
Power brunching last weekend at Cravings on Sunset Strip, we saw Columbia exec Dawn Steele in a casual mode. She wore a white pullover sweater, stone-washed jeans and--could this signal the return of another retro fashion?--red Dr. Scholl's sandals.
A Different Style Off-Screen
Dawn Lewis, a blue-jean-clad college kid on "A Different World," has a whole other style of dress when she's off screen. She went shopping at the Kevan Hall showroom on her way to a Caribbean cruise, Listen hears. And, Hall assistant Phyllis Cohen says, "Dawn wants flamboyant, theatrical, body-revealing clothes, nothing like her TV character." The young actress stocked up on short, strapless dresses, a black-and-white pique suit with a bustier top and a floor-length taffeta evening gown, Cohen says. Another recent shopper, Nancy Dussault, the erstwhile witty wife and mother on "Too Close for Comfort," found a ruffle-skirted rumba dress at Hall's showroom that she couldn't leave without.
Under the Table
We visited the Twenty/20 club in Century City the other night and caught Raquel Welch in rare form. She was squatting under a table, feeling around on the floor for a lost something-or-other. We figured out what she lost as she climbed back into her chair, saying "I found it," and began putting her earring on. Welch wore skin-tight black tights, a short black top and a captain's cap. She sat with film maker John Waters and her son, Damon, whose hair was in a ponytail.
Present at the Creation
Designer Holly Harp and feminist artist Judy Chicago have completed the "female goddess" costume they've been making for composer/singer Joan La Barbara. Santa Fe-based La Barbara will wear the dress to perform "Prologue to the Book of Knowing . . . (and) of Overthrowing," a 21-minute aria, in New York July 6, and she gave Listen a preview of the dress and many veils she'll be wearing at Merkin Concert Hall that evening. The white, multitiered, floor-length dress is used with six scarfs illustrating female creation myths from such cultures as the Plains Indians and Africans, including the Egyptians. The aria is lit by lighting designer Aubrey Wilson with individual color schemes, and La Barbara says "comments I've had from people who've seen it in rehearsal are that the dress moves incredibly well and reflects the light beautifully."