Christiaan: A Cut Above the Rest
The most surprising hair style on Seventh Avenue in the recent shows was not on any model but on Christiaan, the hair stylist. Behind the scenes at the Bill Blass show, where he did the hair of all the models, Christiaan was sporting a crew cut, which is remarkable because for years he has worn a pony tail. "My kids made me do it," he laughed mischievously while concocting a tale of how his two children grabbed him by his pony tail, wrestled him to the floor and chopped off his locks.
Christiaan, who has championed minimal hair care -- including no shampoo for years and only an occasional rinse in salad oil -- has little more than a quarter-inch of hair to worry about these days. But for the models at the Bill Blass show, Christiaan emphasized longer hair than in seasons past, partly as a response to all the years of very short hair, which he had helped to promote, and partly "because I just have the feeling that it is time for more hair."
No chance that Blass will follow his favorite hair stylist with a similar coif. "I only wish I had enough hair to crew," he said. The Singular Business Approach
For fashion entrepreneur Franklin Nash, the most important word in the English language is "single." In fact, he's carved it in gold and built a business around it.
Nash, 34, was married until a year ago and as he began to mix with new friends he had difficulty letting the word out he was single. "I figured there had to be a better way to conservatively, not too boldly, save myself and others in this embarrassing situation," says Nash, who lives in Lynchburg, Va.
He came up with the idea of making jewelry and T-shirts that simply say "single." He's gotten a patent and a trademark, taught himself to make jewelry and has a line that includes pins, shirts, baseball caps, running shorts and even a bathing suit with what Nash calls a "designer pouch," a small back pocket for keys, change, whatever. For the moment the items are available only through mail order from Single, P.O. Box 11312, Lynchburg, Va. 24506. A Pair of Real Cards . . .
Brothers Steve and Carl Bjo rkman pride themselves on nice sentiments for a line of cards called Simply Said for Recycled Paper Products. But now and again they catch themselves coming up with more reckless statements. And so, they've added the Bold Remarks collection, with boldly inked graphics, including such lines as: "It's not who you are but what you wear," and, "Of course I have a goal in life . . . shop 'til you drop," and "Let's do some serious shopping . . . it's important to have a purpose in life." It's Howdy Dowdy Time!
"Look at me -- I'm frumpy," laughed the always stylish Dorcas Hardin, Washington cave dweller, at a party at the Irish Embassy residence recently. Harden is one of at least two dozen women listed and photographed in an unbylined story in the recent issue of W (May 19). Part of it read as follows:
"In frumpy Washington frumpery is a badge of honor, a tradition as cherished and predictable as the cherry blossoms in spring. Why show off that cute little figure if you can camouflage it in waves of printed chiffon? The political wife -- the eternal little woman behind the big man -- flaunts her plainness as proudly as the English aristocrat. Spoon on those crepe-soled shoes. Serve up those sensible suits. Dish up those dowdy dresses. This is D.C. where protocol sticks you somewhere between the wall and the woodwork, ladies."
Maybe so, but only for some of us. Let's hope W continues to include those stylish Washington women in its regular review of best-dressed ladies. West Coast Clothes: Color & Comfort in California
Diana Parker, who owned a pop fashion boutique in Annapolis for 18 years and for some of that time had branches in Ocean City and at White Flint, says if she ever moved back from California, where she has lived for the past five years, her look would be different.
The major style change would be comfort. After a year in Santa Fe and now five years in Santa Barbara, she's a softy for flat shoes, elasticized waistlines and easy-fitting clothes. All of which she considers California style.
She's adapted easily to this style of dress, which also includes, in contrast to Washington or Annapolis, a lot of color. "It's our only way to tell the change of seasons," says Parker.
At the end of August, even though it's no cooler than in July, Parker and others start wearing khaki or black and other dark colors. And since she's been west, she's wearing more subtle makeup and more casual jewelry. "The good gold stuff is in the vault," she says. The other day, she was wearing huge earrings in silver, one shaped like a moon and the other like a star.
Parker, who sells real estate for Merrill Lynch in Santa Barbara, and who also helps organize self-help workshops called Women Moving Forward, is buying fewer clothes these days. "Let's face it, now that I no longer have a store and have to pay full price, I can get along with less." I Tried to Be A Teen-Age Vamp; Note de la mode:
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- Prom chic at the beach seems to be mostly cutaways for the boys and although there's a heavy dose of strapless, most girls favor typical prom dresses -- off-the-shoulder, full-skirted styles. But then a dozen or so girls appeared in gold or silver Lurex dresses with very tight bodices and full skirts. It's a very vampy style on the most wholesome looking girls -- and it's hard to look vampy when you're 16 and have long, blond, sun-bleached hair. Flights of Fashion: Aviation Apparel
Now that we might be tiring of the "Out of Africa"-esque displays and marketing gimmicks, here comes the newest line of movie-inspired fashion for your flights of fancy. When Paramount Pictures sold a license to Jeff and Jacky Clyman to sell a "Top Gun" line of aviator fashions, the Clymans already had the clothes in stock. They've been selling military pilots' apparel since 1977 as owners of The Cockpit, a New York store and mail order business specializing in American military aviation clothes.
They did have to pull together a "Top Gun" vintage leather jacket (with appropriate patches), like the hand-me-down flight jacket Tom Cruise's character, a F14 Tomcat pilot in training, wears in the movie. The line also includes denim shirts, athletic warm-ups, warm weather flight jackets, bags for pilots' helmets, hats, and cotton flight suits in khaki, sage (drab) green and rescue orange. All standard-issue styles.
For those who like flight jackets but who don't want to go Navy, The Cockpit catalogue has scores of others -- WWII Air Force jackets, 1942 Airborne jump jackets, leather air-rescue parkas and Howard Hughes jackets. One thing it has in common with the "Out of Africa" look -- lots of khaki.
Catalogues available by sending $2 to The Cockpit, 627 Broadway, Seventh Floor, New York, N.Y. 10012.