Ardi Najmabadi talks memorable styling moments and must-follow shopping tips.
Call up Ardi Najmabadi at his Tivoli Village boutique, Vasari, and he’ll answer by accurately guessing everything from your body type to your shoe size. “I’ve always had it,” Najmabadi says of the uncanny ability, a talent he’s used to climb the competitive ranks of the local styling scene. Nowadays, he’s the go-to resource on every Vegas socialite’s speed dial—and particularly well-known for getting them to try something new.
THE CLIENT LIST: Najmabadi’s styling roster reads like a who’s who of the Vegas social set: Cari Marshall, Lynn Weidner, Leora Blau, Jodi Fonfa, and Andrea Wynn are all clients and friends, and he’s also dressed stars including Pia Zadora, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and Britney Spears. “She came to the store once,” he says of the pop princess.
MOST MEMORABLE STYLING MOMENT: “Pia Zadora first came in around three years ago, and I tried to help her. She was a little resistant, but then she finally gave in. I put an outfit on her, and she just flipped out; after that I became her stylist.”
ADVICE FOR VEGAS SHOPPERS: “Always keep an open mind. Try stuff on before saying no. The comfort level you’re at is already reflected in your closet—that’s not what you’re looking for, so step outside of your box. Maybe then you’ll see a variety of changes in your wardrobe.”
LINES HE LOVES: “Bailey 44, Diane von Furstenberg, Young Fabulous & Broke, Hudson Jeans, and J Brand.”
PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: “I love Barneys New York. It’s very quiet and unique in there, and they always have the most up-to-date fashions. For menswear, Stitched at Cosmopolitan.”