Hollywood's French connection



This spring, the American Movie Classics network will air two programs that capture the link between film and fashion.

Topics on "The Hollywood Fashion Machine" range from Tinseltown's love-hate relationship with Paris couture to a look at how studios used to mold stars both on and off the screen. Daryl Hannah will be the host of the first two episodes of this 13-part series, which airs Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow's show focuses on legendary designer Edith Head. Following at 8 p.m. will be "The Hollywood Fashion Collection," in which Lauren Bacall introduces movies that have had a strong influence on fashion. So far, the weekly lineup includes: "How to Marry a Millionaire," "Pillow Talk" and (pictured) "The King and I."

Courtney and Almay

If you don't get your fill of Courtney Thorne-Smith (below) on "Ally McBeal," here's good news. The actress has signed with Almay and begun a print and television campaign for the company's new product, Almay Foundation Skin Stays Clean ($10.95).

She joins impressive company: Actress Karen Duffy and model Vendela have also promoted Almay products.

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Hue and buy

Sachet pink, ultramarine, citrus, bright rose and piquant green are the top colors for spring, according to the Pantone 7th on Sixth Designer Color Survey, which polls designers on their color choices.

"After seeing neutral tones for so long, the colors seen on the runway reawaken a hunger for color that entices us to buy something new," says Leatrice Eiseman, color psychologist and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

One example: Although DKNY is grounded in black, navy, gray and chino, the spring collection also has a mixture of more than 70 colors, mostly in dusty hues of sage, pale yellow, sky blue, cloud, tulip, spectrum blue and dusty rose (above).

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Designing men

Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs will receive three of the major awards given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America at the association's gala in June.

Kors (right) won the 18th annual CFDA women's wear designer of the year award. Klein won the menswear designer award, and Jacobs won the accessory designer award.

Winners were elected by a blank ballot submitted to a nominating committee of 70 editors and retailers, who voted in their specialty areas.

Other winners: Harper's Bazaar editor Liz Tilberis (humanitarian leadership), Yves St. Laurent (lifetime achievement), Yohji Yamamoto (international), Betsey Johnson, Elsa Klensch, Simon Doonan, In Style magazine, Sophia Loren and Cher.

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Pub Date: 04/25/99

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