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May 22nd, 2006 at 8:30 am

Sunglasses Help You Handle Stress

The love of your life stood you up. You were passed over for a promotion. Your sports car was towed from a no-parking zone. A professor flunked you. You are angry. The adrenaline is pumping. Your teeth are grinding. You want revenge. You are out of control. Hold on. Science might have found a way to help. The secret could be in a new sunglasses design that is said to bring calm and rationality within minutes of wearing them.

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Marketed as NeuView ( www.neuviewglasses.com ), the glasses direct light at an angle to the optic nerve. The result is said to activate the more rational left side of the brain to balance the emotional right brain that is inflamed during stressful moments.

They’re called lateral glasses, and the idea was researched and developed for psychotherapy by Fredric Schiffer of the Harvard Medical School. Veteran psychotherapist Robert Buck, in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., modified the glasses and obtained a patent. Buck compares the process to turning on the light in a dark room so that you can see the entire room. When a man whose car had been towed came to his office several days after the incident threatening to flatten tires where he was parked, Buck gave him the glasses. Within seconds, he was able to say, “I don’t have to do that.”

Kansas City boxer Katie Dallam, who was severely injured in a fight, has worn them before a television interview to keep her calm, Buck said. The glasses have been used by experienced golfers, before putting, to activate the right side of the brain as a balance to the over-active strategizing left side.

The glasses are $72, including shipping charges, at the Web site.

Who was Beau really?

He is credited with inventing the suit. He was considered the first metrosexual long before the term was a word, and he was at the forefront of personal style centuries before there was such a thing as a celebrity stylist or a Giorgio Armani.

Beau Brummell: His influence from the 18th century affects how men dress today. And if he had not lived, we would have difficulty categorizing the dapper writers Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese, the designer Valentino, Andy Warhol or the work of Gianni Versace

His name has been the stuff of drama and song. He is mentioned in Billy Joel’s lyrics and was the subject of an operetta, a musical called Beau and a play.

So at a time when celebrity obsession is at a fevered pitch, it is probably appropriate to see a book on the life of the first quintessential celebrity who was, like the modern stars, copied at every opportunity. Welcome the arrival of Beau Brummell: The Ultimate Man of Style (Free Press, $26), by Ian Kelly.

Ironically, Kelly says, Brummell came from a shady neighborhood in London known for brothels. He grew up tending a boarding house that might have been a brothel.

He rose to the height of society and became a friend to royalty. But life was not kind as he grew older. He fell into debt. His wardrobe unraveled, as did his mental capacity. He was even imprisoned for a time.

It’s a sad, dramatic story whether you love clothes or not or appreciate the vanities of society.

Brain drain

You’re determined to lose those 10 pounds you gained. You start a diet with a strict regimen that forbids many of your favorite foods.

It seems simple enough. But the downside is that you’re thinking about food all the time. What’s for dinner? Pasta is out. What’s for a mid-afternoon snack? No Snickers bars. Where did you pack that apple? You just had lunch and you’re still hungry.

That brings us to the real problem. You’re not thinking about much else but food.

A llure magazine says researchers at Flinders University in Australia studied 64 women, half of whom were said to be dieting. They administered cognitive tests and found that the dieters had difficulty performing simultaneous tasks and recalling sequences.

Researchers concluded that the obsession with food and body shape hindered mental efficiency in other areas.

The lesson here: Eat hearty when you’re about to take oral exams or deliver an important presentation.

A Dutch treat Hot fashion on the cheap inevitably brings out consumer mobs.

When Stella McCartney created a collection for H&M, the Swedish retailer that markets trendy items at budget prices, the best pieces were gone from the New York stores before mid-afternoon, mostly to the fashion press. Lines formed out front before dawn. Karl Lagerfeld’s popular designs didn’t last much longer.

So having found a good thing, H&M is giving it another go with the Dutch team of Viktor and Rolf. Never mind that they sound like a circus act.

They are known for their quirky, stylized twists on classic tailoring. They recently experimented, for instance, with a group of white cotton-sheet shirts with unusual shapes.

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren will do low-priced men’s and women’s collections for fall. They are seen as one of the most innovative brands in the business. In addition to their collections, they have scarves, fragrance, underwear, glasses and shoes.

They issued a press statement reported by British newsletter “WGSN.” Their roots are in couture, they said, but they love to play with opposites.

“Transformation is a key element of our signature style. For us, fashion is an antidote to reality.”

Hurray to that. Reality is scary these days.

No word yet on when the collection will hit the stores. H&M is in negotiations with The Legends shopping center in Kansas City, Kan.

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