CBS Calls Lingerie Special 'Fun'
The criticism that met a racy Victoria's Secret show on ABC won't deter CBS from airing a new special with models strutting in skimpy
CBS President Leslie Moonves told the Television Critics Association that the program is a a change of pace for his network.
"This isn't your grandmother's CBS," he said.
"It's a lark. It's an hour of programming. It's fun," added Nancy Tellem, the network's programming president.
ABC came under fire when it aired its Victoria's Secret special in November and declined to show another one, giving CBS an opening.
The National Organization for Women ( news - web sites) complained about ABC's use of prime time to promote the sexual exploitation of women, and the Parents Television Council called it part of a trend of "crass and vulgar" TV programming.
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Stephanie Seymour's panties are up for grabs.
The former Victoria's Secret lingerie model has signed on with television shopping network HSN to create an exclusive collection of "comfortable" lingerie and women's intimates.
The leggy mannequin, who was the longtime love of rocker Axl Rose before going on to marry polo-playing publisher Peter Brant, is actually lending a hand when it comes to designing the unmentionables.
The Seymour collection, debuting in November, is being touted as
romantic and feminine. Including such items as lace-trimmed pajamas,
embroidered sleep shirts, satin nightgowns, terry-cloth robes, camisoles,
seamless bras and cotton panties, the prices will range from $18 to $60.
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As America stands aghast at the fraud of recent corporate
scandals - and watches its stock portfolios dwindle -- Playboy appears to
have tapped into a gold mine.
The "Women of Enron" issue is still on newsstands and the
magazine has already put out its next call for potential posers: female
employees of WorldCom and Arthur Andersen.
"As soon as our 'Women of Enron' issue hit the newsstands, we started
getting calls from female employees at both WorldCom and Arthur
Andersen," said Gary Cole, Playboy magazine's photography director.
"They had read the Enron article in our current issue and immediately
began expressing their desire to pose for Playboy as well."
A spokeswoman says that Playboy has not yet determined if the magazine
would run a joint spread or separate the employees in two separate issues:
"We'll see what the response is."
A Chinese model parades during an outdoor swimwear fashion
show in Beijing, China Sunday, July 21, 2002. Such displays are new in the
nation where, just 20 years ago, social mores were far more conservative
and the baggy gray and blue costumes of the Cultural Revolution era still
Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen wears some creations of
summer collections of the brazilian swimsuit brand Compania Maritima and
Beny Rosset during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo,
Brazil on Monday July 15.
Miami's Swimwear Show
It's the biggest swimwear show in the world: Over 2000 swimwear
lines bowed new collections at the Swimwear Association of Florida's
show, held June 20-24 at the Miami International Merchandise Mart and
Radisson Centre Complex. Buyers worldwide, desperate for merchandise, came
in search of fashion trends.
"We're finally feeling some real excitement for the first time since
September 11," said SAF executive director Judy Stein.
Sexy halter tops, low-slung hipsters and romantic one-piece suits ranked
as top silhouette trends at the show, with bright neons, earthen naturals
and sultry reds and blacks sharing the spotlight in solids, florals and
"Cover-ups, (including skirts, tops, pants, shorts and sarongs) are
bigger than ever this season," said Erika Marini, designer of Rusty,
a California-based collection, adding, "embellishments and
in top demand for 2003." Popular embellishments include embroidery,
jeweled accents, fringe, wooden or metal rings and laser-cut perforations.
"2003 sees a return of the one-piece sexy suit with plunging
necklines, lace-ups and safari looks. People are looking for fashion...
and lots of detail," said Rod Beattie, designer of La Blanca.
There were plenty of plunging necklines at Monday night's
highly-anticipated fashion show, featuring over 300 of the tiniest suits,
where models and partygoers rocked to '80s disco and a pulsating light
show beneath the massive white fashion tent.
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