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DESIGNER CLOTHING has long been a status symbol, but not everyone buys into the trend. Appearing on Channel Two's Beauty Experts with host Sharon Kidon, actress Gilat Ankori recently expressed pride in the fact that neither she nor her daughters are brand name addicts. Ankori likes to look elegant, of course, but not at some exorbitant cost, she said. Brand name addiction is getting worse and worse, she added, among schoolchildren - a contrast from earlier periods when Israeli students dressed modestly and much more alike.
Actress Rivka Michaeli agreed with Ankori, but model Shiraz Tal confessed that when she first hit the big time she bought brand names like crazy - and then discovered that she didn't wear half of what she'd bought. She's a little more cautious now, she said, and her priorities have changed in any case - the dark-haired beauty is now an expectant mother.
Rumor has it that songwriter Svika Pik, known to fans as the Maestro, may be taking another trip under the bridal canopy. Pik, who has been divorced for some time from songwriter Mirit Shem-Or, celebrated his 55th birthday this month, and is reportedly considering marriage with the tall and striking Shira Manor, his girlfriend of the past couple years. Manor, who is younger than Pik's daughters, seems to have a profound influence on Pik, who often appears to be on his best behavior around her.
ACCOMPLISHED COMPOSER David D'Or, whose repertoire ranges from opera to liturgical and ethnic music to pop, is busy with two new projects. One is the building of a dream house in the new Techelet Hayam neighborhood of Hadera, and the other is the construction of a synagogue in memory of his father, who brought the D'Or family to Israel from Libya. Once the synagogue is completed, D'Or will regularly lead services. Congregants will of course get to hear him live, without having to pay the price of a concert ticket.
D'OR WILL have at least one celebrity neighbor when he moves into his new home - singer Arik Einstein is also planning a move to Techelet Hayam. But another potential neighbor is an even more famous performer, one who would certainly boost property values if she moves in nearby. Word is out that Madonna, who's reportedly looking for a foothold in Israel, may be interested in buying a home in the area.
FANS OF Yehuda Levy learned almost everything they wanted to know about him on Channel Two last week in a special program about the shooting of Fox's winter catalogue recently in England. What viewers really wanted to know, of course, was what the Yossi & Jagger star would say about his famous girlfriend, Kochav Nolad winner Ninet Tayeb, and Levy didn't disappoint, discussing what a wonderful person she is and how often the twosome call each other on their cell phones. Being in England, the actor also had a chance to show off his pitch-perfect English, the product of the years he spent as a child with his family in South Africa.
Rising teenage model Esti Ginsburg, who replaced Levy's former girlfriend Yael Bar Zohar as Fox's cover girl in the new campaign, somehow remained very much in the background, even when Levy wasn't in the picture.
ON THE subject of Yael Bar Zohar, anyone who's seen her on TV lately can't help but notice the new poise and sophistication she brings to her public appearances. It may have something to do with being married, or simply with shedding the image she acquired from her own days as a teen model. Whatever it is, it suits her.