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February 28, 2013

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> STYLE ORACLE Ardi, in Hudson, and Vanessa, in Alice & Trixie, J Brand and Brian Atwood, find new sides to their clients. VASARI FOUNDERS: Ardi Najmabadi and Vanessa Chamberlin Houssels NEIGHBORHOOD: Summerlin At Tivoli Village, 597-9500 Vasari���s ���owing fabrics and bright palettes are as chic as anything you���ll ���nd on the Strip. What sets the Tivoli Village shop apart is Ardi Najmabadi. Having grown up in Europe���he cut his teeth as a fabric designer in Germany���Najmabadi is something of a style oracle. After guessing my exact sizes and measurements���shoes included���with a quick once-over, he returns moments later with an armful of items far outside my black-andwhite, straight-cut comfort zone: red shoulder-baring silks, tight sandblasted denim, a kelly-green cocktail dress. I emerge from the dressing room feeling chic and con���dent; instead of hiding behind my usual ���safe��� choices. I look my age. ���You had a big punk-rocker phase when you were younger, didn���t you?��� Najmabadi asks in another eerily prescient moment. ���Lots of leather jackets, piercings?��� Pairing out���ts is Najmabadi���s selfconfessed forte, and he uses pieces from high-end lines like Hudson, J Brand and Bailey 44 to bring out aspects of customers��� personalities as much as their physical features. ���I start by reading the person. It���s not something I can explain; it���s instinct,��� says Najmabadi, who opened a men���s store at the Forum Shops in 1992, then moved to Boca Park in 2002 and added women to the mix, before bringing Vasari���s ���luxury lifestyle��� blend to Summerlin in 2011. ���My looks are all about comfort and trust, so that you can be yourself in the out���t. My greatest joy is to put someone in an out���t they love, to see them discover new sides of themselves in it. ���People joke that shopping is ther- apy, but in that sense, it���s very true.��� ���Andrea Domanick Spring looks you���re excited about: Tuxedo jeans, bright colors, silk pajama pants. Vegas style? Vegas style is LA style with a twist. It���s light and layered, but a little sexier than LA. Women in Vegas are in better shape, so they can show a little more skin. Element you spend the most on: A great top is what makes an out���t. You can buy expensive jeans, but if you don���t have the right top, it ruins the out���t. 20 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM FEBRUARY 28���MARCH 6, 2013 16-21_Feature_Fashion_20130228.indd 20 2/27/13 4:36 PM

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