When serious, reputable anchorwoman Diane Sawyer put on a come-hither pose for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, a lot of people were shocked. But when serious, reputable film producer Sherry Lansing vamps for the newest ad in an American Express series, what does Hollywood do? "They love it," Lansing tells Listen about the picture she considers a spoof of '40s glamour. Dressed in a ve-ry dish-y dress by Bob Mackie (Cher's favorite), poised on the Paramount lot, Lansing smiles for the camera of Annie Leibovitz, who snaps all the pix for the celebrity series. "We all like the idea that a woman can be perceived as hard working, persistent but also playful," she says of herself and her Hollywood cohorts. She accepted the invitation to pose for several reasons. "I'm a great admirer of the campaign and of Annie Leibovitz's work. And it gave me the opportunity to donate the substantial fee to Stop Cancer." She is a fund-raiser for that research program.
Playing It Again
Listen's ear in Paris heard rumors that the scene in St. Tropez, summer fashion capital of the world, is dead. So she went south to see for herself. Here's what she found: Sad to report everything that was hot last year is being replayed, especially fluorescent patchwork surfer shorts, Indian madras patchwork shirts. Many of the boutiques around the harbor have closed as has the best restaurant in town, the Bistrot des Lices. Sorry to say, the place is completely overrun with large-stomached gents in very brief Speedo swim trunks baring hairy, sunburned chests to the world.
Kept in the Dark
Jodie Foster sauntered into City Restaurant on Saturday fresh faced and sans makeup. She took off her tortoise-shell shades as she entered, but put them right back on once she was seated at her table. Other leave-us-in-the-dark details: Foster wore a black, oversize sweater with black-on-white pinstripe pants.
Break From Ghostbusting
We hear actor Ernie Hudson left his coveralls and proton pack behind when he went on a national promotion tour for "Ghostbusters II." Instead, he's been seen in the clothes he selected at Bobby Yosten in Burbank. For the "Oprah Winfrey Show," Hudson wore what Yosten describes as a more fun look: taupe trousers with a green, white and taupe shirt and a coordinated tie. For his "more serious" upcoming Johnny Carson appearance, Hudson plans to slip into a black wool-serge blazer, taupe-and-black pants and a taupe shirt. There is a tie for this outfit, which we suppose will be worn if things start to get real serious.
All Dressed Up to Go
More "Ghostbusters II" news comes from the Tyler Trafficante shop, where movie co-star Dan Aykroyd's actress wife, Donna Dixon, bought an outfit to wear to the premiere party, and singer Bobby Brown, who performs the show's title song, had himself outfitted for the music video. Dixon's ivory-colored pantsuit has a nautical jacket. And Brown's new, black crepe suit has metal-studded sleeves. He also bought a body-contoured purple jacket without lapels, explains Lisa Trafficante of the store. Everything, of course, is an original by the in-house designer, Richard Tyler.
The Spy Who Came In
We wouldn't say the going got tough, but Madonna has definitely gone shopping. The singer/actress was recently seen with Milena Canonero, "Dick Tracy" costume designer, at Bulter & Wilson on Sunset Boulevard selecting earrings for the film. And she was spotted in Maxfield on Melrose Avenue, looking for a present for daddy. Our spy left too soon to report if her Father's Day present would be the Giorgio Armani or the Jean Paul Gaultier suit she was considering. But he reported that Madonna was very blond for her "Dick Tracy" role and "very tastefully" turned out in black leggings, black turtleneck sweater, black motorcycle jacket and black flats.
Student Label at Nordstrom
Shoppers at Nordstrom's Brass Plum department for junior fashions will soon see an unusual label on some of the clothes. It reads: Otis Parsons for Betty and Sheila. And two graduating students from the school's fashion design program, Tracy Meaghan and Becky Blackmore, helped create the collection. The line will be available in early July, says Shula Malkin, a spokeswoman for Betty and Sheila.