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Into the Silk

June 30, 1989| Compiled by the Fashion staff

The word is already out that Hugh Hefner won't be wearing silk pajamas for his wedding Saturday to Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad. But he might wear silk boxer shorts under his tuxedo. Sherman Oaks haberdasher Rick Pallack, who prepared the bridegroom's formal wedding attire, tells us he hasn't heard officially, but he did give Hef a pair of black-and-white, paisley-patterned boxers "so he would have on some silk." The king of playboys will call an end to his bachelor days--for the second time--in a '40s-style black-wool, single-breasted tuxedo jacket trimmed with satin lapels, satin vest, white pleat-front shirt, black bow tie, satin-trimmed trousers and black patent leather shoes. Not bad for a man who has been known to do television interviews in his robe and pajamas. "He doesn't even own a tie," Pallack tells us, adding: "He looks very handsome in clothes. He should wear them more often."

Dealt a Full House

A bash for Sandra Bernhard saw its share of celebrities as well as legal authorities. It was to celebrate Bernhard's new album, and it rapidly taxed the capacity of Eastside hot spot Enter the Dragon. Around 8:30 p.m. the fire marshal began turning away arriving guests, sending such notables as novelist Mark Lindquist ("Sad Movies") out into the street. Listen noticed that Lindquist has ditched his perennial suit-and-tie look for an ever-present blue blazer. The divine Miss Bernhard waited around for gal pal Madonna until the marshal finally shut the whole soiree down. Madonna had RSVP'd but the party gave up the ghost long before the Material Girl was scheduled to arrive. And we heard that Prince avoided the crowds by staying in his limo.

Watch Out

What's a $46 Batman watch doing in a place like Arlene Altman in the Rodeo Collection? Co-owner Carol Chase tells us the store, normally filled with Altman's expensive jewelry designs and pricey vintage timepieces, has a "Beverly Hills exclusive" on the watches and was the first shop in the nation to receive them. That seems only right, considering the manufacturers, DC Comics Inc., studied Chase's '50s Batman watch before proceeding with their limited-edition collection. The pieces went on sale two weeks ago, and the first customer was Linda Guber, who bought one for husband Peter and one for Jon Peters, producers of the "Batman" film, which opened last Friday.

It's All in the Mix

The rumor mill's been churning out stories about how Giorgio Armani joined the Italian fashion revolt, and will show his next collection in Paris, not Italy. (Romeo Gigli made the switch last fall, Gianfranco Ferre will do so this summer with his first couture collection for Christian Dior, though he'll still show his own ready-to-wear line in Milan.) "That's all wrong," insists Armani v.p. Gabriella Forte, about tales of the designer's defection. The mix-up occurred, she believes, because Armani will in fact show his fall '89 collection in Paris next September at the Musee Rodin, as part of a gala social bash. But, she says, he'll show his newer spring '90 collection in Milan next October. It's all just a tempest in a tortellini to actor Michael Keaton, who bought himself a new tux at Armani's Rodeo Drive boutique in time for the "Batman" premiere. We hear from the folks at the shop that Keaton also wears several Armani suits in the movie, when he's playing Bruce Wayne, not Batman.

Scott's Silk Substitute

Melody Thomas Scott of "The Young and the Restless" made a last-minute costume change for the daytime Emmy awards show Thursday. She was planning to wear a black chiffon gown, but "on a fluke" found an outfit at Ron Ross of Tarzana. "My husband and producer flipped when they saw it," Scott says. "I have my orders and that's it." The new outfit is black silk pants and jacket with a black-and-gold sequined bustier. About the original outfit, Scott says: "I love that dress and eventually I will wear it to the Emmys." As for her co-star and co-presenter, Eric Braeden, well, "I just keep telling him, 'wear a tuxedo, dear,' " she says.

Playing the Numbers Game

As if Giorgio Beverly Hills and former owner Fred Hayman didn't have enough confusion over their split, now comes word that Giorgio has picked a spot for a new gift and fragrance store to open in early fall. But get a whiff of this. The address is 327 N. Rodeo Drive, not to be confused with the old Giorgio boutique location at 273 N. Rodeo Drive, now the home of Fred Hayman Beverly Hills. Following in his own fragrance footsteps, Hayman is marketing a 273 women's scent and plans next January to offer 273 Cologne for Men. Meanwhile, Giorgio plans in the future to offer a full range of clothing at a second store. Michael Gould, chief executive of Giorgio, a unit of Avon Products, sniffs at the idea that the address similarity will cause confusion. But a Giorgio spokeswoman told Listen with a chuckle: "Somebody has already asked me if we're going to come out with a 327 fragrance."

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