BEWITCHING BLING: TV’s beloved good witch, Samantha Stevens, hits the big screen this weekend in “Bewitched,” with Nicole Kidman in the title role. And she sparkles throughout thanks to a heart-shape diamond pendant inspired by the piece Elizabeth Montgomery wore in the Seventies-era television series. Try as many major jewelry houses did to win the chance to design the pave and platinum heart, the job went to the mall staple Zales. “It just made sense that Samantha, this Everywoman, would shop Zales, not Cartier or Harry Winston,” said Kathryn Vanderveen of entertainment marketing firm K2, who approached Sony Pictures on behalf of client Zales. Six of the $2,499 pendants were made for the film.
BLACK IS THE NEW GREEN: Like red lipstick and oversize sunglasses, the iconic ideal of the little black dress as chic staple has been manifested in endless incarnations. So it was no surprise the styles up for grabs at last Wednesday’s Little Black Dress fund-raiser benefiting Stop Cancer, a nonprofit committed to funding research and chaired by former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, were a diverse bunch by 30 designers mostly from Los Angeles.
There was a long, slinky Halston-inspired dress from Petro Zillia’s Nony Tochterman as well as Rami Kashou’s take on the dress as a cocktail frock. Others — or, at least, their dresses — also traveled the distance, including Colleen Quen from San Francisco, with one of her opera-worthy gowns, and, in lacy product only, London’s Alice Temperley.
The 700-plus cosmo-carrying partyers around the pool at Westwood’s W Hotel raised $30,000 from the auction of these dresses, as well as a few raffled gift packages. The highest bid? Just $1,500 for a sexy number by new buzz designer Juan Carlos Obando. After the successful showing and another last year at Diane von Furstenberg’s studio in New York’s Meatpacking District, founder Emmy Cortes is taking the two-year-old LBD event to Manchester, England, Sept. 10.
OC’S FASHION WAVE: Karla Stevens, costume supervisor for “The O.C.,” is leaving the Fox TV show. Stevens will be costume supervisor for “Hot Properties,” a new program airing in the fall on ABC and produced by Warner Bros. Television, which also produces “The O.C.” Her role in fashioning the wardrobe of “The O.C.” cast has helped make it a product placement haven, similar in popularity to ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” The show’s sartorial buzz has spurred Warner Bros. to launch a clothing line for the fall in partnership with Necessary Objects and available exclusively on Amazon.com as well as a contemporary knit line with 2 Love for sale at Intuition in West Los Angeles. Karine Joret, senior vice president of worldwide communications for Warner Bros., said the change won’t affect the new clothing ventures or the signature style of the show. Stevens’ replacement hasn’t been named.
This story first appeared in the June 15, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.