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- September 16, 1996
- Vol. 46
- No. 12
With So Many Stars Showing Up at So Many Events, Designers Can't Help but Send in the Clones
Red alert! The satin column by Valentino that actress JOBETH WILLIAMS (below) sported at the People's Choice Awards in L.A. last March had a prior record. In December, the same design warmed the form of supermodel ELLE MACPHERSON at a fund-raising gala for New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute.
Yes, this semitransparent Badgley Mischka evening dress is all about illusion—and no, you're not seeing double. CHERYL TIEGS (right) wore hers to a November benefit for breast-cancer research in L.A., while singer-choreographer PAULA ABDUL saved hers for January's American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Carmen Marc Valvo's satin halter gown premiered on JULIA ORMOND (left) at the L.A. opening of Sabrina in December. Two months later, Cheers alum JEAN KASEM, wife of deejay Casey, gave the design a second run at the annual American Comedy Awards in Los Angeles.
Two silver belles gave their ringing endorsement to Badgley Mischka's lace gown: E.R.'s GLORIA REUBEN (left), who lit up January's Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, and ANGELA BASSETT, who wore it three weeks later to a fashion industry awards ceremony in Manhattan.
Note the striping similarities between Danish supermodel HELENA CHRISTENSEN (far left), at a Manhattan arts benefit April 25, and singer GLORIA ESTEFAN, who appeared three days later at the VH1 Honors in L.A. in a nearly identical number by Jean Paul Gaultier. "There were several different versions of this dress," says a Gaultier representative. "Each has a different theme."
How many Big Apple-based beauties could be seen in Donna Karan's metallic gown within a month? Two. CHRISTIE BRINKLEY (far right) sparkled at a May party for Cartier, just weeks before DONNA MURPHY turned up to collect her Tony Award for best actress in a musical, The King and I.
Do you see a pattern here? Italy's superhot designer Miuccia Prada must have caused runway traffic jams airlifting in this essential coat for spring. Actress JENNIFER TILLY (left) wore hers to the L.A. movie premiere of The Pallbearer in April, just a few weeks before JENNIFER JASON LEIGH (above) took hers to the Cannes Film Festival. Tank Girl's LORI PETTY (right) followed the trend at the May opening of Twister in L.A., nearly two months after MOLLY RINGWALD had begun the Prada parade at a New York City Oscar bash.
A month after model-turned-talk show host LAUREN HUTTON (above left) attended a February New York City fashion industry gala in this yellow silk Lanvin pantsuit, Access Hollywood anchor GISELLE FERNANDEZ lifted her look for the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in L.A.
Fashion watchdogs were given a code blue when Waiting to Exhale's LELA ROCHON (left) heated up the June MTV Movie Awards in L.A. with Badgley Mischka's cool slip dress; LAURALEE BELL of The Young and the Restless had already been there, done that in February at the 12th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards in L.A.
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