Tongues usually click when Princess Diana wears fashions by non-British designers. She is, alter all. expected to promote products of the realm. But when she sported a $65 Aztec Gold bikini by the Portland, Oregon-based Jantzen Co. on her "second honeymoon" last month, not only did her countrywomen approve, but they bought out the supply in London and Australian stores. Di was so taken with Jantzen suits on a trip to the U.S. last spring that she ordered five, including an I lira fusion bikini and a high-neck Right Angles maillot. "It's been a huge shot in the arm for us," says Jantzen spokesman Karl Malo. The venerable company recently eliminated 1,800 jobs because of operating losses. Thanks to Di, Malo says, Jantzen anticipates world-wide interest in its 1992 line.
IN THE BLACK
They're banned at Wimbledon where tennis whites are required garb. But Reebok's new black Reebok. The new shoe attracted so much attention that Reebok has already sold out the entire limited edition. One contractee, however, opted for traditional footwear. Michael Chang stuck with his custom-made white tennies. Still, the fact that Midnight Edition comes in tennis shoe, called the Pump Midnight Edition, won points with fans at the U.S. Open this month. The $135 air-cushioned Midnight was worn on the courts by players Michael Stich, MaliVai Washington, Alexander Volkov and Zina Garrison, who have shoe contracts with men's sizes only didn't seem to slow down Garrison, who wore them anyway. "They're cool," she says.
BEVERLY HILL FRILLS
Mall alert! Better amend those back-to-school shopping lists, teenagers. Beverly Hills, 90210's Shannen Doherty has a fresh new look on the tube, and that probably means that you'll want to pick up some of the goods too. As of this month, Brenda Walsh (Shannen's 90210 character) is partial to 1940s-inspired man-tailored pants with vests and no shirts or striped shirts and vintage silk ties. "I used to dress like that in high school," says the show's costume designer, Dianne Anthony Kennedy, who was searching for something beyond the current fads. "We don't do overalls or tent dresses or Pucci prints," notes Kennedy, "because they'll look dated in reruns."