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Monday, September 13, 1999
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The Palm Beach Post MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 m SECTION D Fashions from New York Watch for staff writer Staci Sturrock's reports from the runway beginning Wednesday In Accent. Updated '60s designs the hot look for fall PAGE 3D GEOFFREY BEENE , DONNAKAR AN R A L P if L AIRE N Ron Wiggins 1 AL VJLJl N J. MartinSt. Lucie County Living ATf ? i I'' -- I I ,7-?- cC'i t ? ' i 11 11 m jet its LI i-a like . a Ml M Idiot box? I say it's prime time we listen a hot ill NU 7r ' It tr T ' I S-t - I 111 v I ; r---' y l . ;i youn vA - . ;i i ( v5.; J I I What's the cast of WaetahTZ " - Some time ago, thoughtful reader Bob Miller of Jupiter wrote me to say that television, far from being a wasteland, is a bottomless well of learning, asking only that We pay attention and drink deep. ;I I have learned a lot from television," he. writes, "although I admit that it may have taken several viewings of the same program for me to fully assimilate the facts." ' Rich have been his rewards for thousands of hours of viewing, Miller attests, noting that if it weren't for television, he would not have known that: B If you tie a hunk of bloody beef on a rope and throw it over the side of a boat, a shark will actually come up and chew on it. B The best products aren't available in stores, and desperate would be our lot were it not for exciting TV offers. I B The tight boots worn by professional wrestlers seem to make them hoarse and cranky. r ; B General Custer was not prepared for every contingency. ; B Suzanne Somers is master of her thighs. . "I'm sure that much more valuable knowledge has escaped me during the odd moments wasted eating and sleeping," Bob writes. "Perhaps you and other readers will be kind enough to let me know what I have missed." I'm happy to return the favor, Bob, and if I've overlooked anything, perhaps other readers can add to the list. If it were not for television, I probably would not know: B Professional wrestling probably wouldn't be as dangerous if somebody thought to remove all folding metal chairs from the arena. Even so, pro wrestling teaches us that while slamming a man repeatedly with a metal chair and ramming his head into a turnbuckle will make him groggy, it will not actually injure him or stop him from pinning you for the win. B If situation comedies can be believed, it is not unusual for single adults to have sex before marriage. B Fleeing felons taped from police helicopters eventually run into something. B Not only are there people in this world with truly marvelous psychic ability, they are gathered in telephone boiler rooms and will share their gift with you for $3 a minute. ; B Viagra is a new prescription medicine for couples that makes it possible for them to dance and walk hand-in-hand on the beach. B When molten lava flows into the ocean, it makes a hissing noise and causes water vapor to rise. B People who drive new cars are so ecstatically happy with them that the prospect of $400-a-month car payments for five years doesn't trouble them in the least. B If you buy any of Acme's fine Road Runner-catching aids, you will probably end up at the bottom of a mile-deep canyon in a puff of dust. B Rocky Balboa can take a punch. Postgraduate work: If television has taught you anything that you haven't read here, send it to Ron Wiggins, Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700, or e-mail Summerville promises that, just like in real life, you'll see the same pieces again and again. "You only have so much room in your closet.", ' ; " Dawnie, the 26-year-old virgin and graduate student in anthropology, wears muted pastels and cutie-pie sweaters. Chain-smoking Jesse, a harried publicist, sports a wardrobe of black, red, brown and charcoal. "She makes a pretty good income compared to the anthropology student," Summerville says. And Vandy the bartender takes the grunge plunge with vintage, suede, wornout corduroys and beaded bracelets. Between The Wonder Years 'Wasteland' What it's about: Six twenty-something friends living in Manhattan come to terms with life af- -ter college. Where you can see it: 9 p.m. Thursdays on ABC Who's the designer Trish Summerville (previous credits include indie films, videos and commercials) What you can expect from the clothes: "Since it's set in New York City, we're trying to make it look a little bit more edgy and real," Summerville says. That means aging the clothes so they don't look brand new. And and thirtysomethlng: The characters in Wasteland are in their mid-to late twenties, just a few years removed from Dawson's Creek (also created by Wasteland" s executive producer Kevin Williamson). "In this day and age, people who are in that age frame still dress really young," Summerville says. "We want to keep them interesting and realistic, but I don't want them to look too mature." Fact to make you put down that pint of Ben & Jerry's: Summerville purchases petite-friendly Earl jeans for her show's female cast members because the women are so tiny that almost everything has to be altered. "They're Size 2s and 4s . . . typical non-real TV stars." By Staci Sturrock Palm Beach Post Staff Writer When you were little you begged your mom for the Buffy dresses you saw on Family Affair. As a teenager, you made Aquanet stock soar with your attempts to achieve Charlie's Angels-stye wings. And in college, you cringed when your trend-chasing guy friends pulled on pastel, unconstructed jackets like the ones they'd seen on Miami Vice. TV isn't necessarily a bad place from which to draw sartorial inspiration ... as long as you're not watching reruns. For a preview of the latest cathode-ray couture, we talked to costume designers for four new fall shows Get Real, Wasteland, Popular and Roswell. Designers for TV series must be part sociologist, part fashionista and part professional shopper. And it helps if they can anticipate the ever-shifting winds of consumer taste. "You shoot so far in advance that you hope people aren't tired of seeing (a certain look) by the time it airs," says Trish Summerville, Wasteland designer. (Last week, Summerville and company were shooting the show's Thanksgiving episode. Sweaters and scarves in early September!) And if you think it's hard pulling together five decent outfits to wear to work each week, consider this . . . Because each of these shows has several lead actors, the designers and their teams coordinate anywhere from 40 to 80 ensembles for each one-hour episode. And that doesn't include costumes for secondary characters and extras. Whew. Makes you want to prop your feet on the ottoman and reach for the remote control. Roswell Designer Laura Goldsmith says the show's fashions come from vendors such as Diesel and Earl. Other outfits were found in thrift stores. She is trying to keep the wardrobe 'a little bit true to the actual geographic territory' of New Mexico, where the show is set. Popular Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope star. The . show's fashions ' fA ; are a blend of I f .; I jr C what teens are j j I -i wearing in the S ' : r late '90s and J' - . what Jackie J ' Kennedy wore in the early '60s, , ' says designer - ' j? Carol Ramsey. J . , More ' TV fashions, Page 4D I r f r )h I , J J l r "" i ; V .1... Director MRS SZ CK M WE GAM TTncfcOAOO In his third baseball movie, Costner plays a pitcher whose flaws mirror his own Ah! I'm fifty! So, how do I feel? Miff-ty By Paul Reid Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Last month, on my 50th birthday, my teenaged daughter gave me a get-well card. She was in a hurry, she said, and didn't know the card read Hope you're back on your feet soon. Then she paused. Well, she said, you are 50. Her precocious little brother, 7, said, Hey, Dad, you're 10 percent of 500. His card, hand drawn, was of a leafless tree in a desert. I didn't ask about the meaning. But the card that hurt the most arrived about two weeks after my birthday. My membership card from AARP. With it came an offer of a subscription to Modern Maturity, replete with timely stories about moving your stock investments into money market funds because the days of investing for the future are over. And stories about buying cemetery plots and traveling with grandchildren and the pitches. "I don't think you can make a sports movie about sports," he says. "I think it always has to be about people. What you need to do is honor the athleticism it requires to make such a movie, because even nonathletes can tell what an unathletic movement looks like. But there was no feeling on my part that now was the time to make another baseball movie. These three movies are like my three children. They're all my children, but they're wildly different and they each can stand on their own. Field of Dreams was Please see COSTNER, 3D By Jay Carr The Boston Globe You could say that Kevin Costner is stepping up to the plate again with For Love of the Game, except that this time he's occupying the pitcher's mound. After reinvigorating the baseball movie genre with Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, he's returning to onscreen hardball as an aging Detroit Tigers ace working on a perfect game against the Yankees, punctuated by flashbacks from a less perfect personal life. The movie opens Friday. In an interview, he delivered a couple of surprise best senior discounts and . . . give me a break. I'm 50, not 90. I have a 7-year-old, for crimminy sake. And an eighth-grader. And a lOth-grader (the get-well carder), and a college freshman. I'm not old enough to be 50. I'm sure as shootin' not old enough for AARP. I may have a retiring personality, but I'm not retired. Show me someone who enrolls in AARP within a month of their 50th birthday, and I'll show you someone unwilling to embrace denial. Or too willing to embrace the unthinkable: age. But mostly I'll I t'V if V 1 Please see MjP, 4D

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