Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona on August 1, 2005 · Page 27
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BEST AVAILABLE COPY Accen Monday August 1, 2005 Local music coverage . Got a band? List it for free at the Web site dedicated v mutt Higiu tye. r uiu a submission Jorm online at: si www.a7nlfihthu77.com yf SECTION A A ARIZONA DAILY STAR SERVING TUCSON SINCE 1877 -3 P 1 A i ft ' f 2 i i y A 1 ! 1 I I 0 -' 1 ' J iff -Tim i 4 w.v ' -i ' , ! I ' 4 si tot r s I ,Vl; fo b r -f : c 0 K n . e 7L' V . ) i . ... Button-down look appeals to both men and women, but for the best cuts and finest fabrics, expect to pay a pretty penny. Still, from job to cocktails, you're fashionably classy. By Wendy Donahue CHICAGO TRIBUNE I ot so long ago, a white button- down shirt ensured anonymity JJ and a fine button-down shirt In Tucson, Amy Martino Trovato carries some of the finest Italian dress shirts at her store, Via Montenapoleone, in La Encantada shopping center. In fact, her husband, Massimo Trovato, designs men's shirts and has them handmade in Italy. They're double-twisted cotton and a comfort fit, which means that the shirts are cut a little wider, but still have tailored lines. The Massimo Trovato Collection shirts retail for $300. For women, the store brings in shirts from Italian shirt-maker Niformis. Most SEE SHIRTS E2 These shirts go from jeans to job to cocktails to washing machine. (If they're cotton, they don't need to go to the dry cleaner if you know your way around an iron.) "They're almost a second skin," Stephanie Fisher, a mother of two children in Lake Forest, EL, said of Craig Taylor's shirts at the Lake Forest Shop. "I wear them day-to-day." "You know how you shop and maybe 70 percent of your purchases are good?" Grace Tsao-Wu said at Anne Fontaine's shop on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. "With her shirts, everything has been a hit. I have not screwed up." Why wear white? A white blouse is great for a job interview or when you don't know what else to wear, said Quinta Peterson, of Cele Peterson's shop in Tucson at 4811 E. Grant Road. They're tailored and clean-looking. "It's not overdressy, but it's not underdressy, either," added Cele Peterson's daughter. Cele Peterson's carries a few deviations from the staple white blouse, because her store strives to stand out among competitors. But that doesn't mean Quinta Peterson doesn't understand the value of the staple shirt. "It's just something that everybody needs in their closet It goes with everything." She recommended pairing the top with a blazer, a simple piece of jewelry, a vest or scarf. "But a collared white blouse can also just stand on its own," she said. I Jennifer Duffy implied "men's." Two accidental shirt designers, Anne Fontaine and Craig Taylor, have nixed those notions, giving rise to an extraordinary specimen: a $20O-plus button-down that women will buy and buy again and again, if they have the means. Their fans were asked why at recent events for each designer. The sum of the answers: Perfection in fit, fabric, fashion and functionality. He's just another teen gaming wiz, only he's blind By Scott Bauer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS rice Mellen is a wiz at video games such as v AA1 " i X V 1 ;-:: ' - Jf i r v - "Mortal Kombat." said his father, Larry Mellen. "But he just kept on trying He's broken a lot of controllers." When the question of broken controllers comes up, Mellen flashes a smile and just shrugs. "I used to have quite a temper," he said. "Me and controllers didn't get along very welL" Now they get along just fine. While playing "Soul Caliber 2," Mellen worked his way through the introductory screens with ease, knowing exactly what to click to start the SEE GAMER E2 troller like an extension of his body. "I can be beat." Those bold enough to challenge him weren't so lucky. One by one, while playing "Soul Caliber 2," their video characters were decapitated, eviscerated and gutted without mercy by Mellen's on-screen alter ego. "I'm getting bored," Mellen said in jest as he won game after game. Blind since birth when his optic nerve didn't connect because of Leber's Disease, Mellen honed his video-game skills over the years through patient and not-so-patient playing, memorizing key joystick operations and moves in certain games, asking lots of questions and paying particular attention to audio cues. He worked his way up from games such as "Space Invaders" and "Asteroid" onto the modern combat games. "I guess I don't know how I do it, really," Mellen said as he continued playing while facing away from the screen. "It's beyond me." Mellen started playing at home when he was about 7. "He enjoyed trying to play, but he wasn't very good at first," In that regard, the 17-year-old isn't much different from so many others his age. Except for one thing: He's blind. And as he easily dispatched foes who took him on recently at a Lincoln, Neb., gaming center, the affable and smiling MeUen remained humble. "I can't say that I'm a super-pro," he said, working the con Bill Wolf The Associated Press Brice Mellen, left, makes short work of Ryan O'Banion. Mellen, blind since birth, is a video-game master who started playing at age 7.

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