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{ SHOPPING }
11 Honoré
11 HONORÉ’S offerings include these designs from the Marlene Olivier line. The online retailer urged design houses to produce their fashions in larger sizes.
Luxe now knows no size
Shopping website 11 Honoré sells plus-size versions of high-end designs for women
By Amy Preiser
In a world of $400 white tees and
runway looks that easily cost five
figures, there is nothing shocking
about a woman willing and able to
drop a mortgage-sized chunk of
cash — or hand over her platinum
card — on a ready-to-wear dress.
That might be the norm for
those of a certain income bracket,
but often this level of luxury shopping has been exclusive to a woman
of a certain dress size (in general,
sizes 00 to 8). However, those closet
doors opened in a major way this
year with the launch of 11 Honoré, a
high-end online retailer for lustedafter brands and exclusively made
clothes in a size range of 10 to 20.
That’s far closer to the national
size average for women than the
size options other luxury retailers
generally offer.
T-shirts on 11 Honoré.com start
at $95, while dresses generally
hover around the $1,000-to-$2,000
range. Those prices are akin to
what the typical Net-a-Porter or
Barneys New York shopper might
expect.
Fashion world veterans Patrick
Herning (the Nichols Canyon resident is an alum of public-relations
powerhouse HL Group) and
Kathryn Retzer (a former Vogue
editor who lives in Marin County in
Northern California) are the
masterminds behind the retail
startup, which launched in August
and operates out of West Hollywood. Herning and Retzer were inspired by their chic, above-samplesized mothers and the changing
landscape of the industry.
So what’s the keyword in their
mission to bring more high-end
fashion to more women? It’s not so
much about size as it is about fit.
“We came to major design houses
with the pitch that we could work
together to produce their exact designs, in the highest quality possible, with the same perfect fit on a
size 18 as they offer in size 4,” Retzer
said.
Across the board, designers appear to be rejoicing in the approach. After all, consider this
training wheels for luxury brands
eager to race into the $200-million
plus-size fashion business. Although some of the brands on the
website already offer extended
sizes (Christian Siriano and
Michael Kors), the majority of the
labels are now available to a new
market of shoppers for the first
time, including well-known designers such as Zac Posen and L.A.based Monique Lhuillier and
newer phenoms including Brandon Maxwell, Haney and La Ligne,
a premium fashion-girl brand
launched in 2016 by former Vogue
editors Meredith Melling and Valerie Macaulay. 11 Honoré’s site is
the place to find it all.
“We’re so excited to discover a
whole new audience for La Ligne,”
Melling said. “But [we] only
wanted to enter the size-inclusive
market via experts. We knew we’d
need different pattern markers, fit
models and grading systems to
make the best product. And for a
young business, partnering with
Patrick and Kathryn has made
that possible.”
It’s an oft-cited statistic that
67% of women in America are a size
14 or larger. Now consider her options for luxury fashion. A handful
of bricks-and-mortar stores, Saks
Fifth Avenue being one, offer a fair
assortment, chief among them
pieces by Marina Rinaldi, a plussize brand under the Max Mara
umbrella. Then turn to the offerings of major online retailers and
marketplaces, which sell dozens
and dozens of luxury clothing
brands. A recent check of a wellknown luxury shopping site
showed the number of options
shrunk to seven when you filtered
to XXL.
“Women with curves are often
treated like second-class citizens
at department stores,” said Melissa Chataigne, an L.A. fashion
stylist and consultant. “My clients
aren’t going to be satisfied by a sad
selection of cable-knit sweaters
and stretch pants — and they’re
not going to be happy buying a
Celiné bag and Jimmy Choos because they can’t fit into anything
else.”
11 Honoré, with its name that invokes the image of a bougainvilleadraped, side-street Paris atelier,
certainly set out for a different approach, becoming a white-space
option for shoppers. “We’re creating a destination for the customer who’s been marginalized,
disrespected and overlooked,”
Herning said. “We always want to
err on the side of being thoughtful.”
That means only selective use of
the word “flattering,” a sort of pariah in the size-inclusive world, and
the absence of anything that too
11 Honoré
FASHION veterans Patrick
Herning and Kathryn Retzer
co-founded 11 Honoré.
closely resembles a caftan. “We’re
about celebrating women’s bodies,
not hiding them,” Retzer said.
It’s a thought that’s clear when
you browse the online fashion
showcase they created.
You’ll find sheer shoulders, velvet ruching, alluring cut-outs and
nipped waists. Also, the modest
options offer a twist. A long hemline, long-sleeve dress by designer
Prabal Gurung has a subtle peeka-boo moment.
This approach to size-inclusive
fashion appears to be resonating
with customers. Rebel Wilson wore
11 Honoré’s bright red Zac Posen
dress to the Australian premiere of
her film “Pitch Perfect 3,” while
Nicolette Mason, a plus-size fashion industry leader, showed up on
Instagram in a wool Michael Kors
dress from 11 Honoré. These women have their own fashion-forward,
size-inclusive lines, Rebel Wilson X
Angels and Mason’s Premme line,
which are at a lower price point
than 11 Honoré’s selections.
To promote the shopping site’s
mission, 11 Honoré’s blog, Page 11,
features stories about models, designers, industry leaders and stylists who are changing fashion as
well as shopping tips and other lifestyle content. Also, the startup’s
Instagram account offers photos of
11 Honoré looks worn by “Orange Is
the New Black’s” Danielle Brooks,
model Candice Huffine and others.
Herning and Retzer are gaining
fans outside the celebrity realm.
Diana Hasenbalg, 56, a Newport
Coast-based early adopter of 11
Honoré, has a schedule full of social
functions as a board member for
the JDRF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Type
1 diabetes research.
“It’s been a new world for me,
getting to dabble in the true designer world beyond shoes and
bags,” she said.
It’s that sentiment that might
have major global fashion brands
that still have a hard stop at size 14
thinking twice — and ideally, getting to work on expanding their
size-inclusive offerings. “I hope
we’ll get to look back at this in three
years and ask ourselves what the
big deal was,” Herning said.
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{ ESSENTIALS }
Shop with force
BY ADAM TSCHORN >>> With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” now in theaters, fans of the franchise
once again have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the “Star Wars” world. And thanks
to the licensing deals struck with fashion designers, shoe designers, watch brands and more,
they’ll also be able to pay homage to the galaxy far, far away when they’re far, far away from the
theater. ¶ Here’s a look at some of the limited-edition, Jedi-worthy wearables that could well
make you a fashion force to be reckoned with — if you’re lucky enough to find any of this merchandise that appears to be moving faster than the Millennium Falcon on the Kessel Run.
RAG & BONE
CARGO COSMETICS
The Force may be
with you if you got your
hands on any of the
apparel from Rag &
Bone’s surprisingly
stylish limited-edition
collaboration with Disney, which ranged from
$95 to $1,295 and riffed on
the good-versus-evil
theme by way of everything from black T-shirts
screen-printed with the
Rag & Bone
white silhouette of an
X-wing starfighter to chunky pullover sweatshirts with
Jedi-appropriate hoods and white pants with adjustable
lacing cords inspired by Princess Leia and the rebel base on
Hoth (first seen in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back”). The
collection hit Rag & Bone’s website and select bricks-andmortar stores on Dec. 1 and, as of this writing, all but a very
few items are listed as sold out.
www.rag-bone.com/star-wars-the-collection
Cargo Cosmetics’ merchandise tie-in includes a $22
four-pack of nail lacquers
with shade names inspired
by the film: Restore the
Republic (Silver Shimmer),
Praetorian Guard (True
Red), the Force (Cobalt
Blue) and Rule the Galaxy
(Metallic Gold). Other offerDisney
Consumer
ings include eye shadow
Products
(available in two color palettes — one for the dark side
and one for the light side), mascara and compact mirrors
featuring one of four characters — Gen. Leia Organa, Capt.
Phasma, Rey or BB-8. www.cargocosmetics.com
STANCE
San Clemente sock
maker Stance has added
to its already robust
assortment of Star Wars
hosiery in the run-up to
the new film with new
characters and themed
multi-packs. This is very
good news for fans of the
red-armored Praetorian
Disney
Guard or someone whose
Consumer
Products
sock game could benefit
from Chewbacca pictured with a porg on his
shoulder ($20 a pair). The latter sock also appears in the
sidekick-themed three-packs (along with pairs depicting
R2-D2 and C-3PO, $60). www.stance.com
Disney Consumer Products
COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR CO.
Another apparel brand that looked back to “The
Empire Strikes Back” for a current-day collaboration was
outdoor outfitter Columbia Sportswear Co., which created an Echo Base Collection of jackets inspired by the
cold-weather costumes worn by Leia, Luke and Han Solo
in that film. The Luke and Leia looks on offer were jacketand-vest combinations and Solo’s was a heavy-duty
parka with a faux-fur-trimmed hood. Only 1,980 of the
$400 jackets were made available on Dec. 8 and sold out
online within 72 hours. According to a Columbia representative, there are a few archive edition Han Solo parkas
(in dark brown instead of blue) signed by Harrison Ford
($1,980 each, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit
group Conservation International) still available.
www.columbia.com/starwars
Farfetch
MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN This
mod black-and-red-striped faux fur pea coat
has a generous loose fit, long sleeves and a hookand-eye closure. $695. At www.Farfetch.com.
Faux fur for
a guilt-free
festive look
By Janet Kinosian
Faux fur is no longer the fashionista’s poor-stepsister-style option. With increased interest in responsibly sourced, animal-friendly clothes coupled with
ever-more ingenious fabrics and colors from which to
choose, designers have embraced faux fur as a compelling sartorial category. “More and more designers
are incorporating faux fur,” Los Angeles designer
Clemmie Watson says, “because it provides the same
feeling of luxuriousness and social prowess [as real
fur] yet allows us to be more responsible toward our
fellow furry friends.” She says because she’s texturally
driven and inspired by all things organic, it was important for her to have faux fur as a replacement or
alternative for the real thing. Plus, she adds, “I love
the puffiness of it.” Here are some creative takes on
faux fur for the holidays and this winter.
IZAAK
AZANEI This
traditional
charcoal gray
cashmere-andmerino-wool
sweater has
long sleeves
with thick
bands of burgundy faux fur
for a festive Los
Angeles look.
$278. Available
at www.Farfetch
.com.
Farfetch
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
The good news is that Christian Louboutin’s “The Last
Jedi”-inspired one-of-a-kind shoes are still available. The
bad news is they’re available only via an online charity
auction where bids are currently as out-of-this-galaxy as
the shoes (current bids range as high as $12,500). Bidding
continues through Dec. 20, and each lot includes two pairs
of shoes — one pair autographed by the designer and a
second pair to be made in the size of the winning bidder’s
choice as well as the
opportunity to attend a special Jan. 16
screening of the film
at Lucasfilm headquarters in San
Francisco. The beneficiary of the online
auction is Starlight
Children’s
Foundation, which
will receive 80% of net
proceeds on behalf of
Lucasfilm and Disney’s charitable
initiative, Star Wars:
Force for Change.
www.charity
buzz.com/starwars
Christian Louboutin
Guillaume Fandel
adam.tschorn@latimes.com
MUI MUI These
Pendleton Woolen Mills
retro-inspired ’70s
brown suede ankle
boots sport a platform
and shiny dome studs
with tone-on-tone
faux fur. $1,250. Available at www.My
Theresa.com.
PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS
Pendleton has incorporated “Star Wars” imagery into
two new wool blankets that are being offered in editions of
just 1,977 each (a reference to the year the first “Star Wars”
film hit theaters). “The Last Jedi” ($249) is a 64-inch by
72-inch Jacquard-woven blanket filled with images and
emblems certain to warm a fan’s heart, including AT-ATs
marching along the top and bottom edges, not one but two
silhouettes of the Millennium Falcon and the Rebel Alliance’s Starbird insignia in the center. At 32 inches by 44
inches, “A New Alliance” ($89.50) is a Padawan-appropriate blanket that bears the likeness of everyone’s favorite
wookie, Chewbacca, chatting up a passel of porgs, the
faintly penguin-like critters that appear in “Star Wars:
The Last Jedi.” www.pendleton-usa.com
NIXON
Longtime Star
Wars licensee
Nixon is back with
a “Last Jedi” capsule collection of
watches and accessories that
finds inspiration
in unexpected
characters such as
the red-armored
Praetorian
Guards and the
First Order
Stormtrooper
Executioner as
well as the expected ones (including Luke and
Rey). The brand’s
42-millimeter
Sentry stainless
steel timepiece in
Nixon
Praetorian Guard
Red ($275) is the
focus-puller of the range with details that include red
armor-inspired indices on a black watch face and a custom secondhand shaped like the guards’ polestaff weapon. Other offerings include backpacks ranging from $80
to $120 in colors such as Jedi brown and Phasma silver
and a canvas crossbody bag with a leather strap named
after Rey ($80). www.nixon.com
Mytheresa
TORY BURCH This enchanting mossychartreuse Chelsea faux-fur mini-crossbody handbag has an antiqued signature
brass logo and pull-through chain strap that
can also be worn as a shoulder bag. $328.
Available at www.ToryBurch.com.
Tory Burch
SUECOMMA BONNIE Cult Korean label
Suecomma Bonnie’s playful bright blue suede
Birkenstock-style, slip-on sandals are lined with
blue-dyed faux fur and oversized faux pearls.
$375. Available at www.Selfridges.com.
Selfridges
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{ BEAUTY }
Adds a
spritz of
perfume
The designer behind the
Clare V. label introduces
her first scent, Angie,
and it tells a story.
By Sari Anne Tuschman
Clare Vivier is not afraid of
treading new ground. She has
become a fashion-girl favorite
with her eponymous handbag
and accessories line, Clare V.,
fusing preppiness with elements of French-girl cool to
great effect.
Since starting Clare V. in
2008, she has ventured into
clothing, footwear and jewelry.
Now she’s taking on her next
challenge: the beauty industry.
“Fragrance was something
I’ve been wanting to do for a
while,” Vivier said of her first
perfume, Angie (50 ml., $95),
which launched in November
and is available at Clare V.
stores and www.ClareV.com.
“Scent can be so sentimental,
and it seemed like a nice extension of the brand we’ve built,
which has so many personal elements to it.”
One of those personal elements can be seen in the logo.
The word Angie is written in the
handwriting of Vivier’s late father, Manuel Guerrero.
“Angie is my middle name
and what my family has always
called me,” Vivier said. “We created the Angie logo from his
handwriting on one of the many
letters he sent to me over the
years. It all ties into how fragrance is such a personal thing
— and this one, particularly so.”
But it wasn’t only family that
served as a muse for Vivier’s inaugural fragrance.
“I love how the fragrance
evokes so many memories of my
past, including the places I’ve
lived,” she said. Vivier, who has
seven U.S. stores, is no stranger
to travel and passport stamps.
“I’ve lived away from my family
since I left for college in San
Francisco. From there, I went to
Paris and then Los Angeles.”
Working with Linda Sivrican
from L.A.-based Capsule Parfumerie, Vivier handpicked
scents inspired by the cities
she’s called home or places that
hold special memories for her.
“There are green notes from
France, bright citrus from Italy
and hints of California chaparral,” Vivier said. “I particularly
love the California element because [the perfume] is produced locally in Los Angeles.”
The result is an eau de parfum that fuses hinoki, bergamot
and geranium with softer notes
of citrus and cuir. “I leaned on
[Sivrican] and her team to lead
me in the right direction, knowing what I was looking for in an
eau de parfum,” the designer
said.
Although the fragrance is
Vivier’s first foray into the
beauty arena, it will not be the
last. “Expansion into beauty is a
big step for us,” she said. “The
goal was to build out our brand
beyond handbags. We know our
customers come to us for so
much more, and we are now in
the position to round out the
Clare V. lifestyle experience
with a step further into the
world of CV.”
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Clare V.
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
DR. MARC MANI performs MIST (Minimally Invasive Stromal Transfer), an alternative to Botox he created, on patient Mia Belle.
Beauty Bar Medical Clinic
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
THOSE WHO WANT to look red-carpet ready and not be Botox-frozen have choices, including, left, a HydraFacial at Beauty Bar
Medical Clinic, a Second Skin facial using French brand Biologique Recherche at the Peninsula hotel and Mani’s MIST procedure.
Go fresh, not frozen
BY KAVITA DASWANI >>> If you’ve noticed that your face is lacking warmth and expression, it might be time to scale
back on those Hollywood red-carpet beauty favorites, a.k.a. Botox injections. ¶ So what’s a person to do to smooth
fine lines and wrinkles in time for the awards season? ¶ While the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
reported that 2016 sales of injectables were up 10% over the previous year, alternatives to Botox and other injectable treatments are continuing to pop up in high-end spas and medical beauty clinics in the Los Angeles area. ¶ “I
deal with actresses who are petrified of Botox — and with good reason,” said Dr. Marc Mani, a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon. “Botox blunts expression. The idea was to find something that takes care of fine lines without
freezing muscles.” ¶ Beauty and cosmetic experts are increasingly mentioning natural alternatives to chemicalladen injectables. ¶ “Injectables look good in a selfie or a movie. But close up, it’s horrible” Mani said. “The face
doesn’t move like it’s supposed to.” ¶ Here are four alternatives to Botox, fillers and other injectables.
MIST
Vampire facial
Second Skin
HydraFacial
MIST, short for Minimally
Invasive Stromal Transfer, is a
procedure devised by Mani that
involves the pain-free transferring
of processed fat cells from the
flank area of a patient into the face
using three different instruments,
each designed to target different
skin layers.
“It’s basically injecting stem
cells under and within the skin,”
Mani said. “It makes fine lines
softer, enhances blood supply and
over the long term keeps skin
healthy.”
The in-office treatment takes a
couple of hours. Some patients see
a slight redness of the skin, akin to
a slight peel, which dissipates in a
couple of days. It can take two
months for the full effects to be
seen as new blood vessels form.
Mani advises having the procedure yearly, unlike most chemical injectables, which have to be
repeated every six weeks. “And it’s
completely natural because you’re
using your own fat,” he said.
Nataly Gold, owner of iGlow
Med Spa in Beverly Hills, has
noticed a spike in demand for her
platelet-rich plasma treatment,
commonly referred to as a vampire
facial. “We take the patient’s
blood, spin it in a centrifuge for
several minutes to separate the
PRP, which is packed with stem
cells and growth factors, from the
red blood cells,” she said. “PRP is
known as the fountain of youth
because it gives the skin the building blocks to generate.” Plateletrich plasma is injected into the
face, after which a micro-needling
device glides across the skin,
causing the stem cells to react and
rejuvenate.
The treatment has to be completed three times in an 18-week
period, and results are said to be
most dramatic after the first 28
days.
“You can’t be allergic to it because it comes from your own
body, and it can be done on any
skin type or color,” she said.
Among the more exclusive
offerings at the Peninsula Spa at
the Peninsula hotel in Beverly
Hills, Second Skin uses products
from French brand Biologique
Recherche and electro-spun hyaluronic acid on custom-cut patches
for targeted areas of the face. A
dose of Sérum Seconde Peau is
massaged into those patches. The
result? Almost immediate regeneration.
“It’s very popular because it’s
completely different from most
facial treatments, and you can see
results on a daily basis,” said Sudie
Tehrani, lead aesthetician at the
Peninsula Spa. “Our clients are
not doing a lot of [fillers]. They’re
health conscious and don’t want
to take the risk of side effects.”
The HydraFacial is a top treatment at Beauty Bar Medical Clinic
in West Hollywood. The treatment
is said to be non-invasive as well as
take 30 minutes and get rid of the
appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a combination of water,
vitamins and peptides.
“It shows that you don’t have to
have harsh chemicals injected into
the body in order to get rid of
lines,” said Jeremy Tebbutt, operations manager for the Torontobased clinic, which opened its first
U.S. location in West Hollywood in
February. “You get the results of
an invasive procedure without the
invasiveness.”
An attachment on a machine
“sucks the junk out of your face,”
he said, while reintroducing nutrients. He added the procedure is
especially sought after by celebrities before they hit the red carpet
because of the immediacy of the
results.
Cost: $3,500 and up per visit
Cost: $900 to $2,800 per treatment
How often should you get this
treatment? Once a year.
How often should you get this
treatment? Usually you should
get three treatments over an 18month period (with results lasting
about a year).
Dr. Marc Mani, 9675 Brighton
Way, Beverly Hills, (310) 203-0511,
marcmani.com
iGlow Med Spa, 9400 Brighton
Way, Suite 201, Beverly Hills, (310)
652-0544, iglowmedspa.com
Emma Feil
ANGIE, Clare Vivier’s first
fragrance, bears her middle
name and the moniker her
family calls her. It is available at Clare V. stores.
The Peninsula
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Cost: $445 per treatment
How often should you get this
treatment? Whenever your skin
looks like it needs a pick-me-up.
The Peninsula Spa at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa
Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)
551-2888, beverlyhills.peninsula
.com
Cost: $175 per treatment
How often should you get this
treatment? Whenever your skin
looks like it needs a pick-me-up.
Beauty Bar Medical Clinic, 8527
W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood,
(310) 694-9841, www.beautybar
clinics.com
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The delight is in the details
BY KAVITA DASWANI >>> That the revamped Westfield Century City was envisioned as walking streets and gathering
places could also make it the place where you can check off those last few people on your holiday shopping list. The
sprawling Los Angeles shopping center at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., which received a makeover to the tune of $1 billion, was created as a community hub, a Westfield executive says, but also to serve time-starved, on-the-go people.
“We had to think about
the influence of the internet, lifestyle and how people shop,” said David Ruddick, Westfield’s executive
vice president of leasing.
“It’s nicely positioned near
Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard, the Beverly Center, Rodeo Drive,
which all have their own
personalities but also their
size limits.”
Westfield Century City is
also about retail innovation
— a concierge can direct you
where to buy whatever is on
your list; a luxury Private
Suite for shoppers provides
the sort of access and attention that only celebrities
usually get. (The suite is
$1,500 a day to use and half
that price for members of
Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport.)
Also, two of the shopping
center’s department stores,
Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, offer complimentary
personal shopping, and a
slew of new stores have
opened in recent months offering something at every
price point.
Before you go, you might
want to sign up for the
Smart Parking service,
which will recognize your license plate, then charge
any parking fees through an
app, so there’s no need to
rummage for your parking
ticket.
Papyrus
PRETTY
JOURNALS
For around $25, Papyrus
sells pretty notebooks —
an embossed peacock
feather, floral or butterfly journal — or for $50 a
black Italian suedecovered version. Check
out its eco-friendly giftwrapping paper.
www.papyrusonline.com
Compartés
Seafolly
NYX
$50 MAKEUP
LESSON
Between now and Jan. 1,
for a $50 minimum purchase, an in-store makeup artist will spend 50
minutes on a private,
full-face makeup lesson
at beauty boutique NYX.
www.nyxcosmetics.com
WHEN IN DOUBT, GO WITH CHOCOLATE
It’s almost impossible to disappoint with a gift of
chocolate. Compartés, with its hand-plastered emerald green walls and a marble-and-brass showcase
housing 1,500 bars of the stuff, is a chocolate treasure-trove. Among the offerings are its signature
flavors such as lavender violet, churros and milk,
and caramelized green pistachio, as well as chocolate-dipped fruit. The 20-piece Holiday Truffles
Collection starts at $59.95. compartes.com
MAKE A SPLASH
Workout buffs say they
can never have enough
fitness clothes. Seafolly
addresses this subject
with a range of vibrantly patterned swim
and athletic gear. These
leggings come in a Palm
Beach-inspired motif.
The leggings are $112.
www.seafolly.com
Monica Rich Kosann
Rodd & Gunn
HANDMADE LUGGAGE
For the person who has everything, consider giving
bespoke luggage from New Zealand brand Rodd &
Gunn. The pieces are handmade from Australian
crocodile and are designed to last a lifetime. The
Roxburgh briefcase is $12,500; the weekender bag is
$17,500. www.roddandgunn.com/us
Swarovski
‘STAR WARS’ WITH
SPARKLE
For the design-savvy
“Star Wars” fanatic in
your life is this crystal
BB-8 from Swarovski,
less than 2 inches tall.
(Darth Vader, R2-D2,
C-3PO also available.)
The BB-8 is $129.
www.swarovski.com
Caudalie
SAY, ‘SPA’
A spa treatment from noted natural French brand
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Gives arch support
Eyebrow guru
Anastasia Soare’s
aha moment was
inspired by Da Vinci.
By Ingrid Schmidt
During her 20-year career, eyebrow artist Anastasia Soare has tended to the
arches of a list of well-known
celebrities:
Kim
Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Oprah Winfrey, former
First Lady Michelle Obama,
Jennifer Lopez, Victoria
Beckham, Eva Longoria,
Amal Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell.
However, the 60-year-old
Soare’s climb to the top of
the brow-grooming game
has been anything but easy.
Brought up in Romania
under Communist rule,
Soare studied art and construction engineering while
helping her mother with the
family tailoring business.
“In art school, my
teacher believed that if you
draw a portrait and want to
change an emotion, you
change the eyebrow shape,”
said Soare, at her Anastasia
Beverly Hills Salon on Bedford Drive, during an interview earlier this year.
“He introduced me to
the golden ratio — Leonardo da Vinci’s theory that
the body is in great proportion,” Soare said. “While designing, sewing and cutting
patterns for clients, my
mother was always telling
me to make sure the upper
part of the body was balanced with the lower part,
an A-line skirt to minimize
hips or shoulder pads if a client was smaller on top.”
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
ANASTASIA SOARE says she shapes brows “ac-
cording to bone structure and natural brow shape.”
Fast-forward to 1989,
when Soare was working as
an aesthetician at the Giovanna-Jutta salon on Melrose Place.
“Thinking of Da Vinci’s
theory, I created my golden
ratio technique to shape
brows according to bone
structure and natural brow
shape; that was my ‘Aha!’
moment,” she said.
In 1992, Soare began offering brow services at Juan
Juan Salon in Beverly Hills.
Crawford was her first celebrity client, followed by
Campbell and Stephanie
Seymour.
Five years later, Anastasia Beverly Hills opened in
its current location at 438 N.
Bedford Drive, and in 1998,
the brand launched a makeup line that now counts
more than 400 products
with 81 dedicated to brows
plus brushes, tools and five
patented brow stencils that
serve as the core of Soare’s
brow-shaping methodology.
Soare’s line is now sold in
25 countries and at Anastasia Brow Studios in 67 Nordstrom stores.
Last year, Soare stopped
taking public appointments, but she still tends to
stars such as Jenner, who
was in for an appointment
the previous day. “Kendall
said, ‘I never let anybody
touch my brows on shoots
because if three hairs are removed wrong, it could
change the shape, and
sometimes they don’t grow
back,’ ” Soare said.
Kardashian
West’s
makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic knows Soare and
her work well. “It’s sort of a
magical experience, getting
your brows done by Anastasia, the way her hands flow,”
Dedivanovic said. “She creates a masterpiece in the
way she frames your face.”
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ASK AMY
Dear Amy: On my wife’s
son’s (my stepson’s) wedding day, she began drinking,
etc., in midmorning.
I learned later that my
wife took the bride aside just
before she was due to walk
down the aisle and said she
didn’t believe the bride really
loved her son but was marrying him only for his money.
My wife confirmed those
feelings to me, yet now
(weeks later) she denies ever
saying those words to the
bride.
At least one other person
overheard and confirmed
what was said and shared
this with the groom. Understandably, the newlyweds
don’t want anything to do
with my wife. Thoughts?
Mending
Dear Mending: In the unlikely event of the couple
coming to you and asking for
reconciliation, you should
try to bring all parties together to talk this out.
Otherwise, you should
continue to tell your wife that
she owes her daughter-inlaw (and son) an apology,
preferably in writing. What
she did was unconscionable.
I hope it wasn’t unforgivable.
Your wife has a big problem.
No filter plus alcohol plus denial equals unhappy ending.
Send questions to askamy@
amydickinson.com.
HOROSCOPE
Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Pay attention to your environment; that’s always the
first step.
Taurus (April 20-May 20):
Maybe it’s time to stop thinking right and wrong and start
thinking of a good fit or a bad
one.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
People would like to think
that you see only what they
choose to show you about
themselves; however, that’s
not the case. You see most.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
The first thing you’ll notice
when you walk into a room is
the feelings that were left behind there.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
This will be a day of juxtapositions and opposites. You’ll
appreciate both the known
and the unknown.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You’ve been known to spread
joy indiscriminately, though
if you get more focused, you
could do real good today.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
It seems to you that doing
your duty shouldn’t require
so much patience. Better
tools will bring faster results.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
A little contact here, some
knowledge there, a sprinkle
of practice time now and
then — before you know it,
you’re an expert!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): You’re willing to sacrifice
sweetness if that’s what’s
necessary for health, but
what if the two aren’t mutually exclusive?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): As for emotions not so
easily defined or understood,
there’s healing power there.
The benefit will be released
through expression.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): People act unconsciously
all the time. You’ll strive to be
extra alert and mindful — a
counterbalance to what you
see in the world.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): You’ve been known to attract what you want without
ever asking out loud, but
that’s not the norm.
Today’s birthday (Dec.
17): Your intelligence will be
sought time and again. You’ll
be invited to boards, think
tanks and elite groups. How
far do you go with an exciting
quest in April? As far as you
dare! Your lucky numbers
are: 7, 40, 4, 44 and 20.
Holiday Mathis writes
her column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be
read for entertainment.
CHESS
Bill Cornwall
Bobby Fischer revealed
that he deeply mined the
games of 19th century chess
champions to see what gems
of wisdom he could unearth.
Especially, he mentioned the
play of Wilhelm Steinitz, the
first official World Champion, and his predecessor Paul
Morphy, the unofficial World
Champion.
Clearly, chess study can
be greatly enhanced by inclusion of historical material.
As a bonus, the stories in
chess history add interest
and even entertainment to
instruction.
Recently, three longstanding proponents of
chess in formal education released a unique high-quality
basic course book that plays
upon this theme: “Great
Moves: Learning Chess
Through History.” The authors are: International
Chess Federation Master
Sunil Weeramantry, a highly
reputed chess instructor of
more than 40 years who has
directed chess programs at
more than 70 schools; Robert
McLellan, developer and
manager of chess teacher
training for the National
Scholastic Chess Foundation; and Alan Abrams, a
longtime chess teacher and
developer of public school
chess programs in New York
City.
An outstanding example
of how the book intertwines
the colorful events of history
with the concepts of chess
occurs in a chapter called “A
Night at the Opera.” Paul
Morphy, the 19th century
Bobby Fischer, traveled the
world defeating all who
would play him. he “was
treated like a celebrity. Everyone in high society
wanted to meet him.”
On one occasion, the
Duke of Brunswick and his
friend Count Isouard “invited Morphy to the Duke’s
private box in the Italian Opera House to see a performance of ‘Norma.’ ” During the
production, Morphy reluctantly played a game against
the two. Their talk disturbed
Dec. 17, 2017
Position No. 4499: White
mates in two.
Position No. 4498: 1.Qf4! Hint:
White mates next with: Nxe4,
Na6, Qxd6, Qc4, Nb3 or Bf2.
others, including the performers. Despite the distraction, Morphy produced a
masterpiece that is used to
this day to illustrate many
chess concepts. [See this column’s game]. Similarly,
other great games are used
to present important concepts to improve play which
is the main idea of “Great
Moves.”
POKER
Chad Holloway
Last month, I played in
the weekly $180-buy-in nolimit hold ’em tournament at
my local casino. Around 70
players participated, and we
were down to the final 12,
with the final six getting
paid. I was sitting with
120,000 in chips when the
blinds were at 2,000-4,000
plus an ante of 500. My chip
stack was well above average.
I busted out in 12th place.
Two decisions led to my
demise, neither of which was
particularly wrong.
We were playing six-handed at each table, but my table seemed to have all of the
big stacks. Five of us were
over 100,000, while the short
stack was around 50,000. At
the other table, just one player was above the six-figure
mark, while three players
had fewer than 50,000.
In one hand at my table,
action folded to the player in
the small blind, who happened to be the short stack,
and he moved all in. I looked
down at A♠ 9♠ in the big
blind and debated for a few
moments before calling. I
knew that such a hand was
Game of the week
The Opera House Game
Paul Morphy-Duke Karl /
Count Isouard
Paris, 1858
(A)1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4
Bg4(B) 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5
6.Bc4(C) Nf6 7.Qb3(D) Qe7 8.Nc3
c6 9.Bg5 b5(E) 10.Nxb5(F) cxb5
11.Bxb5+ Nbd7 12.0–0–0 Rd8
13.Rxd7(G) Rxd7 14.Rd1 Qe6(H)
15.Bxd7+ Nxd7 16.Qb8+(I) Nxb8
17.Rd8 mate(J) 1–0
A) Various chess concepts can
be discovered in this famous
game. Quotes given are from Great
Moves. B) A Pin. C) “Watch out for
the Scholar’s Mate!” [Qxf7 mate.]
D) A Double-Attack” [’b7’ and ‘f7’
pawns}. E) “Seeing no easy way to
complete his development, Black
tries to dislodge an attacker... .” F)
Sacrificing material for an attack.
G) To activate his last piece on ‘h1’,
Morphy now sacrifices again. H)
Trying to free his queen and f8
bishop, but it is too late. I) One of
chess history’s most memorable
queen sacrifices. J) Proving
position can prevail over material
superiority.
ccsknight@bellsouth.net
SUDOKU
Chad
Holloway’s Opponent’s
hand
hands
Flop
Turn
River
likely to be ahead of most of
the hands he’d move all in
with.
As it turned out, he held
3♦ 3♣ , and it was a coin flip.
Unfortunately for me, the
board ran out a dry 7♦ 6♣ J♥
2♣ 5♦, and I sent over nearly
half my chips. Just like that, I
had flip-flopped positions
with the player I had been up
against, and I was the short
stack at our table.
Not long after that, I was
down to 48,000 when I looked
down at A♥ J♥ under the gun
and decided to move all in for
my last 12 big blinds. According to SnapShove, a poker
app that calculates different
scenarios and tells you which
hands you should shove
with, this hand was well
within my shoving range. In
fact, I should have shoved
with any pocket pair, any
suited ace down to A-3, and
hands as low as 10-8 suited.
After I shoved, the player
in the big blind, who was sitting with around 130,000 in
chips, called with A♠ Q♦,
which had me crushed. The
board ran out an unhelpful
5♣ 7♦ K♦ 7♣ 8♥, and just like
that I was on the rail.
I made the choice to mix it
up, but upon reflection, I
think the better course of action would have been to sit
back, pick better spots and
simply wait out the short
stacks at the other table.
That would have put me in a
good position at the final table of 10, but alas I went down
another road and didn’t
make it that far.
Holloway is a 2013 World
Series of Poker bracelet
winner.
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