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Blasts from the past! Gone but not forgotten are (clockwise from top left): Stardust, Frontier, Aladdin, Riviera, Landmark, Dunes (also center), and Castaways.
The RivieRa’s implosion is The laTesT in a decades-long hisToRy of showy deTonaTions. By Sarah FeldBerg
It is the best kind of magic trick. One minute there is a building, a tower, a monument to stacked chips, spilled drinks and dreams dashed or fulfilled. The next there is nothing. With the push of a button, a self-contained world becomes rubble. This
summer, the Riviera, former home of Liberace and those famous Crazy Girls posteriors, was the latest casino to go boom in a pair of carefully engineered demolitions. But the tradition of detonating our former haunts dates back more than 20 years to 1993,
when a crowd of about 200,000 watched 365 pounds of dynamite turn the Dunes to dust, its neon sign still shining and the words “No Vacancy” splashed across its marquee. In the years since, implosions have become a beloved local tradition, an only-in-Vegas
spectacle that celebrates the city’s constant evolutionary march toward what’s new and next. The Landmark’s toppling was famously captured for the film Mars Attacks in 1995. The Hacienda fell under a hail of fireworks on New Year’s Eve 1996. In 2007, the New
Frontier announced its own death with glittery fireworks on the building’s facade counting down to zero. Crowds often cheer when a casino crumbles, but just as thrilling as the symphony of explosions and the crash of concrete is seeing what rises from the ashes.
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contents fall 2016
Baz Luhrmann’s star-crossed lovers reunite at the Palazzo Theater 20 years after he adapted Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting to Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”
12 // FULL FRONTAL 26 // LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 28 // THE LIST
Meet the chef who ran this summer’s most delicious internship program.
Ray LaMontagne brings his latest tour to The Pearl at The Palms.
31 // INVITED
SCENE 39 // STAR MAN Baz—Star Crossed Love brings the best of Baz Luhrmann’s catalog to the Palazzo Theater.
40 // BREWED AWAKENING A trio of buzzy independent coffee shops is bringing top-quality java (and more) to Vegas.
42 // LIFE GOES ON As Life is Beautiful sets up shop downtown this September, curator Charlotte Dutoit weighs in with her must-sees.
44 // RECIPE FOR SUCCESS Natalie Young’s Chow is more than a good restaurant—it’s an incubator for culinary talent.
photography by emily wilson (chow); brian stowell (lamontagne); courtesy of the palazzo las vegas (baz)
46 // VODKA EN VOGUE As the whiskey mania ebbs, good old vodka is back, baby—and with an upscale twist.
48 // TO DINE FOR Vegas partners with the Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival to throw the best food and beverage bash of the year.
50 // FOLK HERO Ray LaMontagne brings his genre-bending music to The Pearl at the Palms.
52 // THE GUIDE The best of Las Vegas dining, drinking, culture, and clubs.
57 // SLOW BURN
Don some forgiving pants: It’s time for the Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival! Shown here: a spread from Cleo at SLS.
With Gigi Hadid fronting its new ad campaign and a fall campaign that mixes playfulness with elegance, Max Mara is sizzling!
60 // WHO BELIEVES IN GUCCIGHOST? Gucci scares up a fab collab with Brooklyn artist Trevor Andrew.
photography courtesy of sls las vegas
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A night at ReBar is like drinking in your parents’ basement— only better.
70 // EMPIRE OF THE SUNNY
Designers are bewitched again by black. But there’s a difference this time around. To rough and tough, they say “Non!” To feathers, silk, frills, and lace, “Oui, oui, et oui!”
He defined the “Vegas blonde,” and now Michael Boychuck expands his tress dominance with a new product line.
72 // ALL ABOUT EVENING 66 // FASHION FORWARD The 35th anniversary of Fashion Show mall celebrates the largest shopping destination on the strip, and early days that were strictly “only in Vegas.”
68 // STAR TURNS Awards season means stunning jewels will light up the night—and bedazzle the paparazzi.
The season’s hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
74 // THE GUIDE The very best in Vegas shopping destinations, fashion, jewelry, watches, spas, and beauty.
Tadashi Shoji makes a luxe entrance at Fashion Show.
photography by jeff gale (rebar); courtesy of tadashi shoji (workspace)
62 // THE NEW NOIR
ARTISTRY. INSPIRATION. NEW TEMPTATIONS. BE IN THE NARS
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Jacket ($7,850), shirt ($880), denim ($1,250), socks ($990), and moccasins ($1,590), Gucci. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-369-7333; gucci.com. Shirt, skirt, and pants (prices on request), and shoes ($2,200). DSquared2. Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, 702-733-8300; dsquared2.com. Hat, Gucci ($385). see above
FEATURES TV’S kinkiest married couple, Billions’ Maggie Siff and Paul Giamatti, gives us the reel-/ real-life down and dirty on sex, $$, power, and staying on top in Tinseltown.
84 // BRAVE NEW WORLD This season, it’s back to the future with a Stateside ode to UK chic.
92 // AN INSPIRED LIFE As cofounder of one of the world’s most successful beauty brands, Moroccanoil’s Carmen Tal is a force of nature.
photography by rodolfo martinez. styling by isabel dupré
78 // MÉNAGE À DEUX
CALIBER RM 63-02 WORLD TIMER
SPACE 97 // RAISING THE BAR Philanthropy meets drinking meets antiques at ReBar.
98 // PROJECT RUNWAY Tadashi Shoji’s new boutique hits close to home—his own, in fact. We spoke to the designer about the new store in Fashion Show.
100 // SERENITY NOW A casino as well-being destination center? At Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa, it’s perfectly natural.
102 // THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
106 // THE GUIDE The best of Las Vegas home décor, hotels, and real estate.
LIVING LAS VEGAS 112 // I GOT HIGH ON YOGA An acrophobia sufferer finds peace on the world’s largest Ferris wheel.
Max Mara reintroduces its legendary camel topcoat. Fashion fans everywhere jump for joy.
on the cover: Maggie Siff and Paul Giamatti on siff: Lace gown, Dolce & Gabbana ($8,995). The Shops at Crystals, 702-4316614; dolcegabbana.com. Platinum, white-gold, and diamond Heritage earrings, Van Cleef & Arpels ($82,000). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-696-7139; vancleefarpels.com. on giamatti: Tuxedo ($3,395) and shirt ($395), Dolce & Gabbana. see above. Pocket square, Ermenegildo Zegna ($105). The Shops at Crystals, 702-891-8726; zegna.com
on the cover: photography by rodolfo martinez. styling by gregory wein. Styling assistance by Abraham Winter. Hair by Matthew Monzon for John Paul Mitchell Systems at Jed Root. Makeup by Matin for ChapStick. Grooming by Jordan Bree Long using SK-II skincare at Starworks Artists. Manicure by Ana-Maria using Dior Vernis. Location: Bathhouse Studios, 540 E. 11th St., New York, 212-388-1111; bathhousestudios.com
High-end realtors keep some of their most fabulous penthouses in Las Vegas a secret. Here’s now to find them.
ANDREA BENNETT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR KAREN ROSE ART DIRECTOR ALLISON FLEMING SENIOR DESIGNER ALICIA MACKIN PHOTO EDITOR SETH OLENICK SENIOR FASHION EDITOR FAYE POWER
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Managing Editors Chuck Ansbacher Murat Oztaskin Oussama Zahr
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LETTER From THE EDITor-IN-CHIEF
My favorite regular childhood road trip involved piling in to our ’78 Buick station wagon with its rubbery red Naugahyde seats, special-ordered by my practical parents for their wipeability but more memorable for their power to retain heat and scorch bare child thighs. Las Vegas was the halfway point on our pilgrimages to the beach, and we’d look for it along I-15 headed south; whoever spotted that little strip of neon lights first won. We always stayed well off the Strip in a drive-up motel, and we always went to glamorous Circus Circus. Fast forward a few decades: That “spotting” game is long obsolete since the city’s perma-glow can be seen from space, and I’m raising a child who, around the age I was gawking at palm trees, has mastered daytime sequins and is a known regular at raw bars around town. Of course, every parent has these “When I was your age” moments that point to fast-moving times, but I’d say they’re most pronounced in
Las Vegas. After all, when I was stopping over as a child, I would have been among 8 or 9 million annual visitors; we’re now surpassing 42 million each year. Some of my early memories would have been approximately the same time Las Vegas first put two department stores together in one mall (page 66), and there are now five walkable Louis Vuitton stores along Las Vegas Boulevard (a new Vuitton concept store opens in Palazzo in September). We’ve passed through the city’s thematization and its Epcotification to being one of the world’s most recognizable original brands. It might be hard for my child to eventually move away and downshift into a reality that’s more like the rest of the world’s, but until then, we’re enjoying the ride.
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photography by gabe ginsburg (apfel); ray alamo (art of the City, intrigue)
clockwise from above left: Artist Sush Machida and I celebrated his gorgeous Vegas Summer cover at our Art of the City party at The Ogden. Brian Moore, my husband, Reid Gardner, and Tony Staton joined me to toast the opening of Intrigue in Wynn Las Vegas. At a Capri-themed party hosted by Elaine Wynn and Pamela Fiori in Wynn to celebrate the 45th anniversary of jewelry brand Faraone Mennella, I had the thrill of hobnobbing with fashion icon Iris Apfel and HSN’s incredible CEO, Mindy Grossman.
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INVITED Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr come together for a historic Beatles celebration.
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A star—and Starr— studded crowd gathered to celebrate a decade oF the Beatles LOVE.
A beaming Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on July 14 to celebrate the anniversary—and the major reimagining—of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, entertaining crowds with high-flying Beatlesinspired (and endorsed) acts for 10 years at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Especially notable attendees included Yoko Ono, who walked the red carpet with Sean Lennon. Also attending the anniversary performance, which included new acts, music, choreography and rare footage, were Mira Sorvino, Kevin Nealon, Ron Howard, and Eagles member Joe Walsh, who has been an occasional member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band; and Daniel Platzman and Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons, among many celebrity friends.
INVITED Yoko Ono
The cast and creative team of The Beatles LOVE
Kevin Nealon and family
Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr
More than 70 cast members of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil performed the fabulously retooled show—supported by brand-new technology and with new acts, music, and choreography—for a crowd packed with Beatles and Cirque fans, as well as a clutch of celebs, who gave them a standing ovation at the end of the energetic anniversary performance.
Randy Char, Michelle Wilmoth, Alexandra Lourdes, Lin Jerome, Deven Chase, Ricardo Laguna, and Randy Burns
Chris Backus and Mira Sorvino
Kevin Dillon Daniel Platzman and Ben McKee
Mark Shunock and Cheryl Daro
Lin Jerome and Alexandra Lourdes
ANDIRON WHITE PARTY
Natalie Tenerelli and Dan Cox
Andiron Steak & Sea celebrated its first ever White Party on June 25, kicking off the summer season at the Downtown Summerlin hotspot. Inspired by the traditional Hamptons parties, guests sipped on their favorite cocktails while delighting in summer fare by Executive Chef Micah Waltz, including surf & turf skewers, scallop ceviche, steak tartare, and oysters. Summerlin’s finest also enjoyed a DJ, photo booth, and made-to-order cotton candy during the evening.
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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ETHAN MILLER AND MJ KIM ( THE BEATLES) RAY ALAMO (ART OF THE CITY). OPPOSITE PAGE COURTESY OF GABE GINSBERG
THE BEATLES LOVE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
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Mindy Grossman, Iris Apfel, Manon Crespi, and Elaine Wynn
FMXV CAPRI IN LAS VEGAS Guests attending the 45th anniversary celebration of Italian jewelry brand Faraone Mennella during the Couture Show were asked to wear â€œCapri in Las Vegasâ€? attire, which made for a festive evening in a private suite in Wynn Las Vegas with an exclusive gathering hosted by Elaine Wynn and longtime former Town & Country editorin-chief, Pamela Fiori.
Rachel and Sarah Felong try on jewelry with the help of Leandro Scarpa
Gabriella Migliore and Andrea Meggiato
Model Jamillette Gaxiola in Faraone Mennella
Mia Felecan and Zoli Grim
Edward and Faina Shapiro
Amedeo Scognamiglio and Mindy Grossman
Gabriella Migliore, Michael Shulman, and Amedeo Scognamiglio
INVITED Dennis Lafontaine, Brad Garrett, and Drew and Brittany Brees
TOPGOLF GRAND OPENING WEEKEND
Topgolf Las Vegas came out swinging as the four-story entertainment complex opened to the city with much fanfare and a month of grand opening parties. A traditional ribbon cutting officially opened the doors June 16 as guests were treated to delicious bites and sips from the Topgolf culinary team; got into the spirit of friendly competition playing the Topgolf game; enjoyed live entertainment; and topped off the evening by watching a spectacular laser and fireworks show.
Scott Sibella, Erik Anderson, Bryan O’Reilly, Ken May, and Commissioner Mary Beth Scow
Lynn Vaughn, Candace Carrell, and Amy Van Hook
Laura Lake, Roberto Recinos, and Cindy DiMino Marc Heiman, Jordan Claffey, and Ana Tracey Hawkins Rachel Rosenberg and Frank Volk
MIRACLE MILE SHOPS ICSC RECON PARTY On May 22, Miracle Mile Shops partnered with Robert K. Futterman and Associates to host its annual ICSC party at Cabo Wabo Cantina in celebration of this year’s RECon—the global leasing convention for the retail industry. Top real estate and shopping industry professionals enjoyed delicious bites and drinks while taking in breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip.
Sal Babbino, Marc Behar, and Amanda Cole
Robert Futterman, Jackie Mansfield, and David Edelstein
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TOPGOLF LAS VEGAS (TOPGOLF); ERIC ITA (MIRACLE MILE). OPPOSITE PAGE: COURTESY OF RAY ALAMO
John and Lori Laue
Ricardo Laguna, Lisa Song, Tal Eidelberg, and Terrance Carter
Eden Shaul and Hileah Cleveland
THE LIST PARTY AT INTRIGUE Vegas celebrated the Summer edition of our VIPs who made “The List” with an unforgettable evening on the patio at Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas. Guests sipped specialty cocktails provided by Belvedere Vodka and snacked on ice cream and cotton candy provided by Intrigue.
Chuck and Ellerie Cleveland
Heather and Hooney Kim
Brittany Williams and Ed Huckfeldt
Scott Nelson and Amy Ma
Krisanna Spinato and Florine Elena Tesfa
Ricky Castro and Megan Fazio
Amber Marsala and Kim DelMonico
VOSS WATER Chimmie Hernandez and Steven Williams
Vegas magazine and VOSS water hosted a mixology event at LAVO Casino Club in Venetian on June 24. Their new sparkling water flavors, Lemon Cucumber and Tangerine Lemongrass, made for exotic “VOSStails” when mixed with Death’s Door Gin and Hangar 1 Vodka. Guests sipped the specialty drinks, dubbed “The Grove” and “California Weather” and tasted a huge array of signature menu items from LAVO Las Vegas.
Ken Tangen, Samantha Carpenter, and Wayne Webb
Cristian Giron and Allyson Wadman
Venus Yanes and Nicole Bullis
Kathy Burneika and Adam Horowitz
Kady Casullo and Tracie Echols
ART OF THE CITY Vegas magazine, The Ogden, and board members of The Art Museum at Symphony Park celebrated the magazine’s second annual “Art of the City” issue with Las Vegas cover artist Sush Machida. Guests sipped specialty cocktails provided by EFFEN vodka and decorated an EFFEN bottle social media art project, surrounded by pieces by Machida. The artist not only created a custom cover for Vegas, but also donated an original piece for auction on Paddle8.com to benefit The Art Museum at Symphony Park’s capital campaign.
Sush Machida and Eri Ishikawa
Marc DiGiacomo and Carrie Farber
Christine Javier, Gabriel Torres, and Amanda Parrette
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RAY ALAMO
Rich Crithfield and Kristy Frehner
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STAR MAN BAZ—STAR CROSSED LOVE BRINGS THE BEST OF BAZ LUHRMANN’S HIT LIST TO THE PALAZZO THEATER.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS
BY JOHN KATSILOMETES
The term flitting around Las Vegas is “Baz Buzz,” and its focus is a terrifically talent-filled and inventive stage show at Venetian, Baz—Star Crossed Love, which knits together some of the most inspired storylines of writer and director Baz Luhrmann. Scenes from Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, and The Great Gatsby are reimagined for the stage, using dialogue from the films, with the segments performed by a set of four principal singers and a backing band. Impressively, the Palazzo Theater—the former home of Jersey Boys—has been renovated to the specifications of the LAbased indie creative team, For the Record. Three runways extend to the audience for a show that is immersive, aggressive, and uniquely chic in Vegas. For the Record Executive Producer Shane Scheel talks of the production’s extensive “remodeling, reinventing, and recasting,” after previous limited engagements. The timing of this show nicely coincides with a Netflix original series from the director, The Get Down; the first six episodes were released August 12, with the rest of the season to come later this year. As for Baz—Star Crossed Love, Scheel says, “I want this show to be around for a very long time.” We’re all abuzz! Palazzo Theater, 866-983-4279; venetian.com
Gitchy gitchy ya ya here! At Baz—Star Crossed Love, the Palazzo Theater transforms into the Moulin Rouge for this “Marmalade” number from director/ producer Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.
BREWED AWAKENING A TRIO OF BUZZY INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS IS BRINGING TOP-QUALITY JAVA (AND MORE) TO VEGAS. BY SARAH FELDBERG
No more wishful browsing on your Portland and Brooklyn friends’ Instagrams! Fancy foam and fancier brewing are now part of the fabric of Las Vegas.
Type the words “Las Vegas Strip” into the store locator on the Starbucks website, and a forest of green pins sprouts from the map. There are 36 total in the tourist corridor. I counted. But step off Las Vegas Boulevard and a new wave of independent coffee shops is springing up around town, offering caffeine with a side of creativity and character. At Tiabi Coffee & Waffle
(iwanttiabi.com), with locations in Centennial Hills and on Maryland Parkway, thin, crispy waffles support sandwich fixings and lattes come in flavors like lavender white chocolate and honey cream with a dash of nutmeg. Henderson’s Bad Owl Coffee (badowl coffee.com) has generated international buzz since opening in February with nods to the Harry Potter
franchise like a Butter Brew latte and Platform 9¾ sign, but it’s the coffee that keeps customers coming back: Japanese-style 16-hour cold brew for the purists and mint mojito lattes for more casual sippers. And true bean geeks are flocking to Coffee Hunter (702-5865002), the Eastern Avenue cafe that opened in March. Along with coffee from revered third-wave roaster
Stumptown, the shop serves an array of locally made snacks and Instagram-ready drinks like macchiatos in waffle shot glasses and saltedcream cold brew. Co-owner Hunter Hawkins sees a revolution brewing in Vegas. “All of us are a community, and we’re here to push this. It’s a group effort,” she says. “People are expecting more from their coffee.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARL FREDRICKSON (POURING); MARK DAYNES (BEANS); FRANK LANIGAN (MUG)
A NEW WAVE OF INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS IS SPRINGING UP, OFFERING CAFFEINE WITH A SIDE OF CHARACTER.
LIFE GOES ON AS LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL SETS UP SHOP DOWNTOWN THIS SEPTEMBER, CURATOR CHARLOTTE DUTOIT WEIGHS IN WITH HER MUST-SEES. BY ROB KACHELRIESS
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Expect a love fest à la Life is Beautiful 2015; Amanda Parer’s Intrude (aka gigantic bunnies); festival curator Charlotte Dutoit; Major Lazer is one of Dutoit’s top festival picks.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (HEART HAND); AMANDA PARER STUDIOS (INTRUDE); JUSTKIDS (DUTOIT); BY KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES FOR COACHELLA (MAJOR LAZER)
After drawing more than 100,000 fans last year, the biggest block party in Vegas is back for its fourth annual celebration of music, art, food, and the ambitious spirit of Downtown. Here, art curator Charlotte Dutoit offers her don’t-miss attractions: Big Rig Jig “It’s two stories tall,” says Dutoit of the sculpture of tanker trucks twisted together by artist Mike Ross. Find it outside the old Western casino, housing more than 100 exhibitions this year. Major Lazer “Their shows are colossal,” says Dutoit. “Massive production and raw energy.” The EDM chart-toppers share the main stage with Mumford & Sons and other headliners. Shepard Fairey Remember that iconic Barack Obama HOPE poster? Fairey is responsible for that, and is creating a Downtown mural that will stick around long after the festival wraps up. A Rabbit Rampage Amanda Parer delivers an “invasion of gigantic rabbits” that Dutoit promises will be a “must-see” piece of art. Location, Location, Location The festival is in the heart of the city—“where people live and hang out”—instead of the desert or a park that’s miles away. “It makes the production more ambitious and laborious, but the result is worth it. It’s magical.” September 23–25; lifeisbeautiful.com
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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS NATALIE YOUNG’S CHOW IS MORE THAN A GOOD RESTAURANT—IT’S AN INCUBATOR FOR CULINARY TALENT.
At Chow, chef Natalie Young is mentoring a group of “soldier” interns.
“EVEN IF THEY DON’T DECIDE TO BE CHEFS, THE THINGS THAT I’M TEACHING THEM WILL HELP THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.” —NATALIE
Giving back is embedded in chef Natalie Young’s DNA. The owner of Downtown’s hotspot EAT and new Chinese and chicken joint Chow, Young has gotten a couple of generous breaks herself in her time, and now she’s passing it on. She recently teamed with West Prep’s Core Academy to form a culinary internship program for 16 high schoolers. Starting from the ground up (think busboy to dishwasher to, eventually, line cook), “We teach them the five mother sauces, how to break down a whole fish, and how to be soldiers in the kitchen,” Young says. “Even if they don’t decide to be chefs, the things that I’m teaching will help them throughout their lives. Our first class covered how to fill out a job application, what to wear, and how to shake somebody’s hand.” The kids work with Young three days a week. “One girl that I was teaching how to be a hostess told me, ‘I can’t do it.’ I sat the group down and said, ‘Can’t is not an option. You don’t quit when somebody gives you constructive criticism,’” Young says. What’s next? “I want to make this program available to felons and underserved kids,” she says. “Everything I wanted, I have. The way that I find happiness is by helping others.” 102 Fremont St., 702-998-0574; chowdtlv.com
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY WILSON
BY LAURA JANELLE DOWNEY
Scene cheers “each drink can become an elevated experience with a fitting choice of vodka.” —tony abou-ganim
vodka en vogue as the whiskey mania ebbs, good old vodka is back, baby—and with an upscale twist.
A clear comeback: Master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim’s recipe for the perfect martini? Vodka stirred with ice, unadulterated by vermouth, and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Take that, James Bond!
These days, vodka is increasingly what’s in cocktail-hour glasses. For a while, a revived interest in whiskey and other brown spirits nudged the clear elixir out of the spotlight, but now a growing number of unusual and luxe vodkas are fueling a renewed surge. “Vodka’s heritage and flavor nuances deserve a measure of reverence,” says Tony Abou-Ganim, the award-winning mixologist and author of Vodka Distilled. As smooth and versatile as ever, the newest crop of vodkas also comes with a twist—stories to tell. For example, Hangar 1’s limited edition Fog Point Vodka (USA; $125 for 750ml) is a grape-based vodka, distilled from wine (specifically, Bonny Doon’s 2012 Le Cigar Blanc), and then cut with water collected from San Francisco’s world-famous fog—a love letter to the distiller’s NorCal home. Across the Pacific, Soyombo Super Premium Mongolian Vodka (Mongolia; $30) is a bottled history lesson: The wheat-based spirit is distilled on the site of the last Mongolian emperor’s palace and filtered through such precious materials as quartz, silver, and diamonds. Finally, Double Cross Vodka (Slovakia; $37) comes packaged in a sleek, sculptural bottle made from high-end French crystal and laser-cut with select lines of Slovakian poetry. Regardless of which you choose, drink it with respect: “Take your time,” counsels Abou-Ganim. “Vodka should be sipped and savored rather than shot back in a flash.” Cheers to that!
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Vegas partners with the Las Vegas Food & Wine FestiVaL to throw the best food and beverage bash of the year.
Med à la mod! The Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival wraps up with a Sunday brunch at Mediterranean destination Cleo at SLS.
By RoB KachelRiess
This September, the Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival invades SLS Las Vegas—no holds barred, and nothing is off limits. That includes the valet area. “They’re going to have to park the cars somewhere else,” laughs Alan Semsar. “We’ll have the front drive all to ourselves, serving the best food around.” The
CEO of Barcelona Enterprises has a long history of running culinary events in big cities. The festival, now in its seventh year, is one of his staples. “It’s bigger than ever,” says Semsar, who’s teaming up with Vegas for the four-day event. “We’ll be covering a lot of ground throughout the property.”
The Grand Tasting will wrap around the outdoor pool for two nights and extend toward the lobby, with food and drink stations showcasing not only the best restaurants in Vegas, but also some of the biggest names in the industry. José Andrés, Charlie Palmer, and François Payard are among the culinary masters taking
part. “Being next to the Strip is good,” says Payard. “People in Vegas always like to be outside.” He notes that he’ll be watching Vegas temperatures before he commits to his outdoor desserts. Among the famed pastry chef’s contenders: macaron ice cream sandwiches, shots of cold coconut desserts, and hot
and cold piña colada shots. Andrés played a major role in bringing another culinary extravaganza, Dine-N-Dash, to SLS last year. “Many of my friends who are great chefs have opened restaurants in Las Vegas,” he says. “We’re seeing more people traveling to Vegas for these culinary experiences.”
PhotograPhy courtesy of sLs Las Vegas (cLeo, Bazaar Meat); By John Parra/ getty IMages for soBeWffÆ (andrés); courtesy of LVfW (dessert)
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José Andrés (ABOVE RIGHT) may make an enormous paella, but he hosts an intimate dinner at Bazaar Meat (PICTURED) as part of the Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival.
“IT’S GOOD TO CHECK OUT THE NEW RESTAURANTS IN VEGAS. YOU KNOW WHY? THEY HAVE SO MUCH POWER.” —FRAN IS PAYARD Art for dessert? Bien sûr! François Payard is bringing his best to Vegas this year.
Also on the festival’s can’tmiss list are afterparties at Foxtail, cooking demos, and an intimate multicourse dinner at Bazaar Meat, hosted by Andrés himself. The festival wraps with a Sunday brunch at chef Danny Elmaleh’s old-Hollywoodinflected Mediterranean restaurant, Cleo. With hotels and casinos putting their resources behind elite restaurants and culinary events, Vegas has broad appeal for culinary festivalgoers. Payard says it’s hard to find such convenience in other food-driven cities. And, he notes, it pays for chefs to do their research here. “It’s good to check out the new restaurants [in Vegas]. You know why? Because they have so much power; when they want a new concept in a restaurant, they can make it work. I think Las Vegas is like going to New York City. What do you want to eat tonight? You want Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian? That’s the rhythm of the hotels. They’re all different.” Andrés expects plenty of, ahem, researchers this year. “When we held Dine-N-Dash at SLS, it was a great event. SLS is an amazing destination for people who love food, and I think this festival will draw a similar crowd.” September 15–18; vegasfoodandwine.com
Scene exclusive Grammy award-winning Ray LaMontagne rarely gives interviews—he lets his music speak for itself.
folk hero Ray LaMontagne brings his genre-bending music to the Pearl at the Palms.
With an approach to songwriting styled after Otis Redding, Van Morrison, and Elvis Costello, Ray LaMontagne is an evolutionary artist. He concedes to a brooding persona in his early years that has given way to personal exploration. His latest album, Ouroboros, is laden with warm vocals and what reviewers have found to be a hazy production approach. The album is a consequence of what LaMontagne calls an ongoing “Velvet Underground phase.” The 43-year-old singer-songwriter is also fiercely private, but spoke to Vegas in advance of his September 16 concert at The Palms. “I had a real self-criticism streak that was really harsh when I was younger,” he says. “It drove me to be a better songwriter, achieve more and reach a bigger audience… but now I just approach my writing from a place of joy. I’m lucky to do it, and I’m more of a mellow dude than I used to be.” He’ll admit that he doesn’t quite get the Vegas vibe when he visits. “I sometimes want to yell at everybody and tell them to stop putting money into those machines,” he laughs. “But having said that, I am sure there are probably lovely neighborhoods and lovely people that I don’t see when I come in and hit it and split it. There are a lot of places like that. LA is like that, too, so I am open-minded.” The Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms; palms.com
“now I approach my wrItIng from a place of joy. I’m lucky to do It, and I’m more of a mellow dude than I used to be.” —ray lamontagne
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ANDIRON STEAK & SEA Summerlin’s spot for steaks and refined comfort foods from culinary power couple Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla. 1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Summerlin, 702685-8002; andironsteak.com
BARDOT BRASSERIE Be sure to sample the decadent French onion soup and perfectly roasted chicken at Michael Mina’s take on the Parisian brasserie. Aria, 877-230-2742; aria.com
BAZAAR MEAT José Andrés’s elegant nod to carnivores is, as you might expect, all about the meat, with dishes like wild boar sausage and even an entire 10-pound suckling pig on the menu. SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7610; slslasvegas.com
CARBONE Ambience reigns supreme at this gorgeously designed ode to Italian-American culture, but standouts like the rib eye Diana and tableside bananas flambé are the real stars. Aria, 702-5902663; aria.com
CITRuS Downtown Grand’s 35,000-square-foot pool deck (think private cabanas, grassy hang-out areas, and fire pits) offers cocktail and food menus using ingredients grown in organic herb gardens, plus games like
cornhole. Downtown Grand, 702-719-5100; downtowngrand.com
COSTA DI MARE Chef Mark LoRusso flies in exquisite seafood and exotic shellfish from Italy daily at this Wynn favorite. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3305; wynnlasvegas.com
DB BRASSERIE Daniel Boulud’s sole Las Vegas outpost spotlights uncomplicated French-American fare. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-430-1235; venetian.com
DELMONICO STEAKHOuSE Star chef Emeril Lagasse puts a Southern spin on the steakhouse at Delmonico, which also features an impressive wine list. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-414-3737; venetian.com
EIFFEL TOWER RESTAuRANT Directly facing Bellagio’s fountains, the intimate Eiffel Tower offers one of the most romantic views in Vegas. Paris Las Vegas, 702-948-6937; parislasvegas.com
EL DORADO CANTINA Sustainability meets Mexican tradition at this luxe eatery just off the Strip, known for its top-quality street tacos, burritos, and fajitas. 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr., 702-722-2289; eldoradovegas.com
ESTIATORIO MILOS This light-filled Greek eatery specializes in fresh seafood and crave-worthy dishes like the Milos Special (fried zucchini
and eggplant with tzatziki and Graviera cheese). Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7930; cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
lobster eggs Benedict. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-791-1800; venetian.com
This relaxed ocean-totable concept takes the coastal theme to a new level with beachy décor and live music. Aria, 702-590-9898; aria.com
The quintessential French restaurant stuns just as much today as it did when it first opened inside Bellagio more than 15 years ago. Bellagio, 702-693-8100; bellagio.com
JOËL ROBuCHON Home to perhaps the most acclaimed tasting menu on the Strip, this Michelin-starred restaurant is a must-add item to any Vegas devotee’s bucket list. MGM Grand, 702-8917925; mgmgrand.com
Grab a patio seat at Julian Serrano’s contemporary Italian eatery for a front-row view of Bellagio’s fountains. Bellagio, 702-693-8865; bellagio.com
Be sure to make a reservation for this low-key Japanese izakaya, an off-Strip favorite of local chefs and visiting foodies alike. 5030 W. Spring Mountain Road, 702-3673511; raku-grill.com
LAVO Find unpretentious Italian standards at Lavo, famous for its bottomless brunch and dishes like
Designed by David Rockwell, this celebrity favorite from Nobu Matsuhisa more than earns its rep as the ultimate purveyor of teppanyaki andsushi.CaesarsPalace,702785-6628; caesars.com
RESTAuRANT GuY SAVOY This Michelin-starred Vegas temple is a true
icon, offering multiple tasting menus and a cognac lounge for after-dinner drinks. Caesars Palace, 702-7317286; caesars.com
RIVEA Not-to-miss items at Rivea include tangy Provençal caponata, and a lobster and purple artichoke salad whose vibrancy only rivals the view to the west. Delano Las Vegas, 702-632-7888; delanolasvegas.com
RM SEAFOOD Sustainably sourced seafood and steaks, sushi, and a coast-tocoast raw bar by chef Rick Moonen. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-9300; mandalaybay.com
SALuTE TRATTORIA ITALIANA The offerings at Red Rock’s newest eatery run from pastas prepared tableside to Nutellastuffed bomboloni. Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 702-797-7311; redrock.sclv.com
Bottiglia CuCina & EnotECa Rustic elegance is the order of the day at Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson. The latest in a string of smash openings from Clique Hospitality, Bottiglia offers Tuscanstyle fare from beloved Vegas chef Brian Massie (who developed menus for Hearthstone and Libre Mexican Cantina at Red Rock Resort). Start with zucchini flowers with lemon ricotta—and don’t skip the fresh crudo—but leave room for inventive entrées like short rib cavatelli with piquillo-pepper gravy. Inside, it’s all cool tile and marble; out on the patio is a cozy fire pit and serene desert views, perfect for enjoying a glass of vino from Bottiglia’s well-categorized list: “bright & easy”; “wild & jammy”; “wow”. Which will you choose? 702-617-7075; bottiglialv.com
photography courtesy of bottiglia
Gourmet dishes like smoked-salmon pizza make Wolfgang Puck’s original Vegas outpost one of the Strip’s best options for a power lunch. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-369-6300; caesars.com
A legend in its own right for 20 years and counting, Hard Rock’s celeb-favorite Center Bar is back and better than ever after undergoing a full-scale renovation. Party on. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 702-693-5000; hardrockhotel.com
SW STEAKHOUSE Overlooking Wynn’s Lake of Dreams, SW Steakhouse is one of a handful of restaurants in the country to serve certified-authentic Kobe beef. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3325; wynnlasvegas.com
TWIST Pierre Gagnaire’s Mandarin Oriental restaurant—his only presence in the States— offers creative takes on French fare (broccoli ice cream, anyone?). Mandarin Oriental, 888-881-9367; mandarinoriental.com
VERANDA Vegas’s ultimate brunch hot spot also boasts an afternoon tea, an intimate lounge, and a lush pool-facing patio. Four Seasons, 702-6325121; fourseasons.com
YARDBIRD This Miami transplant is known for its experimental cocktails, Southern-style finger foods, and delightfully addictive fried chicken. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-297-6541; venetian.com
DRINKS BOUND Mixology pro Salvatore Calabrese pays his respects to iconic cocktails of the past inside this ultra-posh lounge. The Cromwell, 702-7773777; thecromwell.com
THE CHANDELIER At this unforgettable tri-level hot spot shrouded in crystals, each floor maintains its own distinctly cool theme. Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7979; cosmopolitanlas vegas.com
CLIQUE Cosmopolitan’s newest avant-garde lounge concept raises the stakes with artisanal cocktails and an intimate tableside mixology program. Cosmopolitan, 702-6987939; cosmopolitan lasvegas.com
DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM The city’s hub of creative mixology, this swank lounge releases a new menu with each change of season. 111 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-880-3696; downtowncocktail room.com
FIZZ David Furnish and Elton John’s two-story Champagne bar is an exquisite blend of ’70s-style bronze accents and faux-fur prints. Caesars Palace, 702-7763200; caesars.com
FRANKIE’S TIKI ROOM Authentic tiki drinks in a retro-style space accented by hand-carved furnishings, vintage posters, and an exotica soundtrack. 1712 W.
Charleston Blvd., 702-3853110; frankiestikiroom.com
FRANKLIN Rich dark woods and black leather lend an air of mystique to Delano’s stylish craft-cocktail lounge. Delano Las Vegas, 702-632-7888; delanolasvegas.com
THE GOLDEN TIKI Located in Chinatown, the newer of Vegas’s two tiki bars features tropical drinks, talking tiki statues, and a giant conch shell.3939 Spring Mountain Road, 702-2223196; thegoldentiki.com
HERBS & RYE Head off the Strip for this romantic bar whose drinks reflect a timeline that begins in the 1700s and ends with the present-day cocktail revival. 3713 W. Sahara Ave., 702-982-8036; herbsandrye.com
MANDARIN BAR Take in the sights at this under-the-radar hangout on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental, which showcases a selection of tea-based cocktails. Mandarin Oriental, 888-881-9367; mandarinoriental.com
PARASOL UP/ PARASOL DOWN With colorful fabrics and hanging lanterns, this two-level lounge overlooks Wynn’s picturesque Lake of Dreams. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3392; wynnlasvegas.com
ROCK ON! Party under the stars with the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) as they welcome some of rock’s best-known artists for thrilling outdoor concerts. The Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 9 million records since they formed, and they return to Vegas on September 16th at DLVEC, joined onstage by Collective Soul and Tribe Society. Just one day later, multiplatinum artists Counting Crows and Grammy Award-winning singer Rob Thomas appear at DLVEC to perform some of their most iconic hits from the past two decades. Fans can visit dlvec.com for tickets and more information.
PETROSSIAN BAR Bellagio’s ground-floor piano bar is known as much for its afternoon tea service as it is for its fine vodkas and caviars. Bellagio, 702-693-6163; bellagio.com
Scene the guide SkYFALL LOUNGe Connected to Alain Ducasse’s Rivea, this Strip-facing lounge with amazing views and just-as-good drinks appears straight out of a James Bond film. Delano Las Vegas, 702632-7575; delanolasvegas.com
VICe VerSA pATIO & LOUNGe
FLORAL NOTES Sun City - Summerlin Florist creates artistic, vibrant floral designs for its discerning clients. It sets itself apart in the Las Vegas floral community with its exuberant use of color, gorgeous variations in texture, and eye for detail. Sun City - Summerlin Florist’s professional staff works with its clients to design aweinspiring results from simple bouquets to weddings and spectacular holiday decor installations. Innovating new designs and spectacular floral treatments is the passion of every florist at Sun City Summerlin Florist, so every gift you give will be distinct and special. Sun City Summerlin Florist 9442 Del Webb Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89134 (702)254-0063 www.suncitysummerlinflorist.com
Vdara’s fireside patio bar is a perfect place for cocktails and light bites before a night on the town. Vdara, 702-5902312; vdara.com
VISTA COCkTAIL LOUNGe This glittery cocktail lounge showcases a rotating display of cityscapes from around the world. Caesars Palace, 702-731-7852; caesars.com
culture/ clubs BeLLAGIO GALLerY OF FINe ArT Exhibitions at Bellagio’s onsite gallery have focused on everything from the decorative art of Fabergé to Pablo Picasso’s early lithographs. Bellagio, 702-693-7871; bellagio.com
BrOOkLYN BOWL This cornerstone of The Linq combines a bowling alley with a concert venue and restaurant. The Linq, 702-862-2695; thelinq.com
DrAI’S NIGHTCLUB The cherry on top of the Cromwell, Drai’s attracts toptier hip-hop talent and boasts the Strip’s only rooftop pool deck. The Cromwell, 702-7773800; thecromwell.com
HAkkASAN NIGHTCLUB A playground for EDM heavyweights from Steve Aoki to Tiësto, Hakkasan features
both an Asian-inspired restaurant and lounge in addition to a nightclub. MGM Grand, 702-891-3838; mgmgrand.com
HYDe BeLLAGIO Perched on the banks of Bellagio’s famous lake, this Philippe Starck-designed nightclub is best known for its sprawling patio terrace and fountain views. Bellagio, 702-693-8700; bellagio.com
INTrIGUe Wynn’s newly transformed nightspot comes complete with a waterfall, a glassenclosed patio and a clubwithin-a-club for VIP guests. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-7707300; wynnlasvegas.com
jeWeL NIGHTCLUB Significantly smaller than its sister clubs, Hakkasan Group’s newest Vegas venture is a throwback to the intimate nightspots of yore. MGM Grand, 702-5908000; jewelnightclub.com
MArQUee NIGHTCLUB The venue that kick-started Vegas’s nightclub boom remains one of the most popular spots to catch EDM, rap, and hip-hop acts. Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000; cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
THe MOB MUSeUM Housed in a historic Downtown building, the Mob Museum explores the impact of organized crime on Las Vegas’s history. 300 Stewart Ave., 702-229-2734; themobmuseum.org
THe NeON MUSeUM The restored La Concha Motel now serves as the entry point to this must-see collection of some of Vegas’s most iconic neon signs. 770 Las Vegas Blvd. N., 702-3876366; neonmuseum.org
OMNIA NIGHTCLUB The Strip’s newest megaclub brings with it a talent roster topped by Calvin Harris and 75,000 square feet of dance floor. Caesars Palace, 702785-6200; caesars.com
THe pArk The first public park to hit the Strip boasts desert native greenery, Marco Cochrane’s Bliss Dance sculpture and several nearby eateries. Caesars Palace, 702-785-6200; caesars.com
THe SAYerS CLUB Alternative rock meets old-school jazz inside this laid-back lounge on the ground floor of SLS Las Vegas. SLS Las Vegas, 702761-7618; slslasvegas.com
THe SMITH CeNTer Downtown’s performing arts center is home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and dedicated Broadway and Cabaret Jazz programs. 361 Symphony Park Ave., 702-749-2000; thesmithcenter.com
SprINGS preSerVe A 180-acre nature preserve complete with botanical gardens, a seasonal butterfly habitat, and the Nevada State Museum. 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 702-822-7700; springspreserve.org
TAO NIGHTCLUB After more than 10 years in the game, Venetian’s Asian-inspired nightclub Tao continues to appeal to the celebrity set. Venetian, 702-388-8588; venetian.com
XS NIGHTCLUB Top-ranked DJs (Alesso, Zedd) headline the festivities at this gold-drenched club with a spectacular poolside patio. Encore Las Vegas, 702-7700097; wynnlasvegas.com
STYLE OF THE CIT Y
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PHOTOGRAPHY BY VITTORIO ZUNINO CELOTTO/GETTY IMAGES; SELIN ALEMDAR/GETTY IMAGES; WESTON WELLS; VITTORIO ZUNINO CELOTTO/GETTY IMAGES; CATWALKING/GETTY IMAGES
WITH GIGI HADID FRONTING ITS NEW CAMPAIGN AND A FALL COLLECTION THAT MIXES PLAYFULNESS WITH ELEGANCE, MAX MARA IS SIZZLING! BY BETSY PERRY
In one sense, Max Mara’s Fall/ Winter 2016 collection is all about the coat. The reintroduction of the Italian house’s legendary 101801 camel cashmere topcoat—a decadeslong emblem of swagger, Hollywood glam, and royalty— is a fitting gift from the brand to itself on its 65th birthday. (The coat’s other two available colors—ever-chic black and a lush, soft oatmeal—might rightly be considered Max Mara’s gift to us.) In another sense, though, the collection is all about an up-and-coming coterie of new shoppers. Youthful touches abound in punchy colors, stripes, and geometrics; goofy, textured coats worn with shiny gold; and white, yellow, and red high-heeled oxfords. But the brand’s trademark elegance is likewise apparent in six new styles from the Max Mara Tailored Suit Project Collection and matching skirts, trousers, or dresses in easy-peasy coordinating colors of blues, beiges, and grays, as well as eye-popping yellow, red, orange, and fuchsia. With both a loyal, longtime client base and a PYT gaggle of new fans, Max Mara’s creative director, Ian Griffiths, blends youthfulness and timeliness into one harmonious and elegant aesthetic.
Max-imum impact! Maria Giulia Maramotti (TOP RIGHT), director of retail for North America, has moved Max Mara in a fresher direction that was very much on display at the Fall 2016 show in Milan (REST OF PAGE).
Max Mara’s much coveted 101801 topcoat has continually inspired photographers. clockwise from here: Valery Katsuba’s Bolshoi Ballet–themed series from 2011; Roxanne Lowit’s portrait of Alba Clemente from the brand’s archives; Steven Meisel’s current campaign with Gigi Hadid; a shot from a 1994 series by Martine Barrat.
“Max Mara is a ‘warM’ brand—not a ‘hot’ brand. this is what Makes us so successful.”—maria giulia maramotti
While the company is known for keeping core customers happy with classic styles, Maria Giulia Maramotti, the granddaughter of the company’s founder, has brought a discerning eye to her role as director of retail for North America. Overseeing and strategizing the retail business for their 17 stateside boutiques, Maramotti has to make sure the collections are relevant. “With every new collection, the classic style will always be present, but given the contemporary climate, our collections are becoming more experimental and playful, which reenergizes the brand,” says Maramotti. “I like to think of Max Mara as a ‘warm’ brand—not a ‘hot’ brand—and I think this is what makes us so successful right now.” Part of this “warming” trend includes the choice of Gigi Hadid as the face of Max Mara’s latest accessories campaign, which introduced the JBag Shopper—a more contemporary bag than the elegant but structured Whitney bag, which debuted this spring on the first anniversary of New York City’s new Whitney Museum—and one that skews slouchy, rich, and young. Between the reintroduction of the 101801 coat, an emblematic symbol of its heritage, and the introduction of the JBag with Gigi, representative of their future, Max Mara organically continues to stay elegant but fresh. As Maramotti says, “For me, pairing the 101801 coat with tailored trousers and sneakers is a superchic and timeless look.” A match made in Max! Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, 702-733-8300; maxmara.com
photography by Valery Katsuba (ballet dancers); Martine barrat (children); roxanne lowit (cleMente)
WHO BELIEVES IN GUCCIGHOST? Imagine the scene: The word “real” is scrawled in yellow paint on a black Gucci bag. A red coat is emblazoned with two Gs back-to-back under a diamond rendering. If it looks as though a phantom street artist has passed through Gucci’s Fall 2016 collection with brush in hand, that’s because he has. Skateboarder/snowboarder-turnedartist/musician Trevor Andrew, aka GucciGhost, first came up with the idea behind his street-art persona three years ago, when he took a prized set of Gucci sheets and cut out eyeholes for a last-minute Halloween costume. Ever since, he’s adopted the house’s double-G logo and painted it all over New York—bathroom walls, trash cans, you name it. “I just thought it was dope,” says Andrew of the famed Italian fashion house. It wasn’t long before GucciGhost caught the attention of Gucci itself. Suddenly, Andrew found himself being flown to Rome to collaborate on the Fall 2016 collection with the label’s creative director, Alessandro Michele. “He never once told me what to do,” says Andrew. “He doesn’t operate out of fear.” The result is a collection with a decidedly street feel, including a logo midi skirt that brings to mind those “original” GucciGhost sheets. For Andrew, it feels like manifest destiny. “I felt it was going to come to Gucci’s attention,” he recalls. “That was my whole mission. I believed in it so much that I made it real.” The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-3697333; gucci.com
Who you gonna call? Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele, pictured near right with Trevor Andrew of GucciGhost fame, tapped the artist to collaborate on the house’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection. LEFT AND ABOVE: The resulting pieces, seen here on the runway in Milan, mix Gucci’s bold, vintage-modern aesthetic with Andrew’s street-art sensibility.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN TACHMAN (CLOTHING DETAILS, MICHELE AND ANDREW); DAN & CORINA LECCA (HANDBAG)
GUCCI SCARES UP A FAB COLLAB WITH BROOKLYN ARTIST TREVOR ANDREW. BY KRISTIN YOUNG
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night shades Flirtatious, Fun, Feminine… that old black magic has us under its spell. Silk embellished mini dress, Bally ($1,395). The Shops at Crystals, 702—732-7800; bally.com. Goldie French shoulder bag, Michael Kors Collection ($2,150). Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-731-2510; michaelkors.com. Medusa chain-link bracelet, Versace ($425). The Shops at Crystals, 702-933-7950; versace.com. Black wedge sandals, Alexander McQueen ($3,600). Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3490; alexandermcqueen.com
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BEFORE DARK Sexy, Sporty detailS (think lacing and neoprene) mean black workS for dayâ€”and play. Hex whipstitch bucket bag, Proenza Schouler ($1,960). Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; proenzaschouler.com. Brushed leather booties, Versace ($1,575). The Shops at Crystals, 702-933-7950; versace.com
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FASHION FORWARD THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF FASHION SHOW MALL CELEBRATES THE LARGEST SHOPPING DESTINATION ON THE STRIP, AND EARLY DAYS THAT WERE STRICTLY “ONLY IN VEGAS.”
Time flies! Fashion Show’s entrance looks distinctly different from its 1981 opening— including this massive “flying saucer” landmark, added in 2003.
Since its opening in 1981, both locals and tourists have flocked to Fashion Show, which brought five top department stores under one roof for the first time in the city and opened as only a Vegas institution can. Terri Monsour, now senior VP of corporate retail for Caesars Entertainment, helped open Neiman Marcus as an assistant public relations associate in 1980. “In those days, the only luxury shopping was Joseph Magnin, next to the Desert Inn. Our population wasn’t even half a million, and along came Fashion Show and blew everyone away!” she recalls. It was the heyday of Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, and Escada, she describes, and well-heeled locals regarded it as a retail sanctuary. “Gloria Fine modeled hats at the opening on Valentine’s Day, 1981,” Monsour recollects. “And Stanley Marcus came to the opening, where [legendary publicist] KJ Howe mooned the governor!” she laughs. A bull imported from Dallas (Neiman Marcus headquarters) named Red River—for whom a men’s denim bar was named—greeted new shoppers from a pen at the store’s entrance. And, these being
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FASHION SHOW (EXTERIOR, DENIM BAR, NEIMAN MARCUS); BY BRYAN STEFFY/ GETTY IMAGES FOR FASHION SHOW/GRAND CANAL SHOPPES SUPER SATURDAY VEGAS-STYLE
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the days in which retail was a perfect way to entertain gamblers’ bored significant others, “We actually accepted casino chips as currency. The guard would have to go to each casino to redeem them at the end of the day. I think we took the chips until at least 1990.” An early-day highlight included loading U-Haul trucks with fashion in multiples for sheiks filling their planes for the women back home. “I remember one early ad that featured a model getting out of a RollsRoyce in a giant fur, to show the glamour of the place,” Monsour shares, laughing. “Locals weren’t wearing them... It was too hot!” These days, a runway rises out of the floor at Fashion Show to accommodate shows by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, which both expanded
their already large stores when the mall nearly doubled in size in 2002 to its current footprint of almost 2 million square feet (with more expansion still happening!). In many ways, the city can thank this seminal mall for the many branded boutiques in Las Vegas. After meeting with such success in Fashion Show’s department stores, brands like Chanel, Prada, Balenciaga, David Yurman, Brioni and many others ventured out to the Strip. There is no other city with four Chanel boutiques and six Louis Vuitton boutiques in walking distance of each other —brands that were originally introduced via Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Hats off, Fashion Show, and here’s to another 35! thefashionshow.com
“WE ACTUALLY ACCEPTED CASINO CHIPS AS CURRENCY—UNTIL AT LEAST 1990.” —terri monsour Show time! clockwise from top left: Celeb designer/stylist Rachel Zoe and her family walk the retractable runway at Fashion Show during Super Saturday 2015; the Red River bar was where 80s men could be cowboys (and also buy their denim); Neiman Marcus today.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Eternity Band by Forevermark (price on request) was spotted on Kate Hudson at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. This simple, classic design glitters with exquisite Forevermark diamonds and plays your glamorous co-star on the red carpet with understated brilliance. Ben Bridge Jeweler Fashion Show, 702-733-0003; forevermark.com
GALA SEASON MEANS STUNNING JEWELS WILL EVEN FURTHER BEDAZZLE GLAMOROUS LAS VEGAS NIGHTS. BY ALDOUS TUCK
Fall signals the return of red-carpet-ready “wow.” While the runway pieces seen on fashion arbiters about town get all the copy, it’s the gorgeous colored gems and deliciously decadent diamonds that set these looks aglow. Several key trends will be on display this season, including a clamor for bracelets; retro jewelry designs complementing thoroughly modern gowns; whimsical and romantic shapes from nature; and pieces incorporating the most sumptuous gems from the sea: pearls. Lights, camera, chic! For more watch and jewelry features and expanded coverage go to vegasmagazine.com/ watches-and-jewelry.
Inspired by the rays of the sun that shine down on the world of creativity, these Raggi yellow-gold earrings ($8,500) by noted Italian jewelry maker Miseno feature 1.52 carats of blazing diamonds. The arresting aesthetic of these earrings will make them true show stoppers as they glow through the night. Wynn & Company Watches, Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3520; misenojewels.com Unveiled this year, Cartier’s collection, Cactus de Cartier, features wild and wonderful designs that incorporate the beauty and drama of this desert dweller. The Cactus bracelet ($77,500) is realized in yellow gold and lapis lazuli and enlivened by 146 diamonds that will be a conversation piece throughout the sands of time—or at least the gilded Vegas valley. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702418-3904; cartier.us
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EGORR/GETTY IMAGES (MODEL)
Designed with the high artistic expression of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes as its inspiration, this stunning Firebird Tassel necklace ($19,500) from Lalique’s 2016 Vertiges collection shines in yellow gold pavéd with 58 0.54-carat diamonds, six 2.51-carat pear-cut orange sapphires, 190 135.58-carat freshwater cultured pearls (white, champagne, pink), and one 7.55-carat black jade motif with black and orange lacquer. Lalique, The Shops at Crystals, 702-507-2375; lalique.com
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Style beaut y below and left: Boychuck Platinum Collection’s chrome-finish packaging mirrors the sleek space at Michael Boychuck’s Color Salon at Caesars Palace. below: Paris Hilton, one of the Boychuck Blondes.
EmpirE of the Sunny
Just ask any A-lister who sits in colorist Michael Boychuck’s chair at Color Salon at Caesars Palace if blondes have more fun. He might say that the so-called “Vegas blonde,” has the most. “The Boychuck Blonde is the Vegas Blonde,” he says. “That became my trademark after doing Paris Hilton, Josie Bissett, Baywatch beauties, and Kirsten Dunst.” His work has also been featured on four Playboy covers, but Boychuck is the go-to colorist for mere mortals as well. “If done correctly,” he swears, “blondes will always be the center of attention.” In August, he’ll turn more heads with the debut of his product line. “We are using plant stem cells and
cutting-edge elements to create a line that is totally original,” Boychuck says. He and partners Alfredo Andreani and Brad Sugars began developing sulfatefree shampoos, conditioners, and serums two years ago. “All three of us have been involved in every aspect of the process,” he says. “We’re following up with a full organic line, including a vitamin spray and mask, a leave-in spray, and cream to protect and repair locks. We’re super excited.” He’s counting on a devoted clientele for the lines’ citrusy and floral fragrance. After an exclusive stint at Caesars, they’ll do a worldwide launch. Never underestimate blonde ambition! michaelboychuck.com
“if done correctly, blondes will always be the center of attention.”—michael boychuck
PhotograPhy by Eric Jamison-gEtty imagEs (hilton); alfrEdo andrEani (Product)
He defined tHe “Vegas blonde,” and now Michael Boychuc expands His tress dominance witH a new product line. By Laura JaneLLe Downey
think of it as a midnight rendezvous of fine art and haute horology.
ALL ABOUT EVENING THE SEASON’S HOTTEST/HAUTEST TimEpiEcES ArE ligHTiNg Up THE NigHT wiTH EXQUiSiTE gEmSTONES, EXOTic mATEriAlS, ANd EXTrAVAgANT dESigNS. By Aldous Tuck
This year’s Swiss watch fairs were a virtual design renaissance in the category of women’s high-end jewelry. As the weather cools and the nights grow longer, these timepieces are illuminating the season’s most elegant evenings with fanciful forms and fabulous gemstones that incorporate elements such as enameling, mother-of-pearl, and embroidery. Think of it as a midnight rendezvous of fine art and haute horology. For more watch features and expanded coverage go to vegasmagazine.com/watches-and-jewelry.
clockwise from left: Inspired by the classic cocktail that took the women of the 1930’s smart set by storm, Richard Mille’s Pink Lady Sapphire ($990,000) offers classic elegance and éclat. The bezel, caseband and case back are made from a solid piece of pink sapphire, which takes more than forty days to cut and finish. The result offers both dazzling form and incredible scratch-resistant function. The Shops at Crystals, 702-588-7272; richardmille.com
Blancpain reinforces its tradition of innovation and flair for savoir-faire in this Day Night timepiece ($51,500). The diamondstudded bezel encases a motherof-pearl dial set with 14 diamonds representing the stars, while the moon glows with 50 more diamonds that complement a shining sun of 50 yellow sapphires. The movement incorporates two retrograde indications. Horologio, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-733-0016; blancpain.com
The Grande Seconde Sunstone by Jaquet Droz ($23,400) offers ethereal beauty that lights up the night. Sunstone, used to create the dial, carries both a solar and astral magic and adds a shimmering compliment to the elegant mother-of-pearl subdial. The 18k red-gold case encases a self-winding movement that has a power reserve of 68 hours. Limited to 88 pieces. Horologio, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-733-0016; jaquet-droz.com
sTYLE: THE guide the very best in Vegas shopping destinations, fashion, jewelry, watches, spas, and beauty
THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH The mixed-use District is the go-to destination for fashion, home, art, and accessories in the heart of Green Valley Ranch. 2240 Village Walk Dr., Henderson, 702-564-8595; shopthedistrictgvr.com
DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN Summerlin’s massive retail district houses more than 100 big-name brands, including Apple, Macy’s, and Sephora, plus eateries galore. 1980 Festival Plaza Dr., 702-832-1000; downtownsummerlin.com
THE ESPLANADES AT WYNN AND ENCORE Wynn and Encore’s elegant retail Esplanades impress with a mix of luxury superstars (Chanel, Givenchy) and entirely original retail concepts. 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-770-7070; wynnlasvegas.com
FASHION SHOW One of the Strip’s premier retail destinations, Fashion Show mall features more than 250 shops, as well as the city’s only Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue outposts. 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-369-8382; thefashionshow.com
THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS The iconic mall that introduced small luxury boutique shopping to Vegas is now the exclusive home to designers Alexis Bittar, Charlotte Olympia, and
Mulberry, among others. 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-893-4800; simon.com
GRAND CANAL sHOPPES AT VENETIAN AND PALAZZO
The only Alexander McQueen boutique in Las Vegas stocks the brand’s bold collections of apparel, accessories, and eyewear for men and women. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3490; alexandermcqueen.com
Venetian and Palazzo’s vast retail experience offers more than 150 signature stores, including Vegas’s sole Barneys New York. 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-414-4525; grandcanalshoppes.com
MIRACLE MILE SHOPS Connected to Planet Hollywood, this 200-brand mall’s boutiques spread across more than a mile of prime Strip real estate. 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-8660704; miraclemileshopslv. com
THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS This jewel-like retail mecca caters to VIPs with exclusive luxury boutiques (think Lanvin, Miu Miu, and Stella McCartney), concierge services, and other toptier amenities. 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-590-9299; theshopsatcrystals.com
bally Luxury leather goods, such as shoes, bags, and accessories, are the cornerstones of this Swiss heritage brand. The Shops at Crystals, 702-732-7800; bally.com
BARNEYS NEW YORK This multilevel megastore is a one-stop shop for everything from ready-towear apparel and footwear to fine jewelry and fragrances. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; barneys.com
CANALI In addition to casual clothing and accessories, Canali’s Grand Canal Shoppes
outpost also offers the brand’s made-to-measure suiting experience. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-862-4447; canali.com
CARMEN STEFFENS Don’t miss the eye-catching array of exotic shoes, bags, and other fine leather accessories from one of Brazil’s hottest luxury brands. Fashion Show, 702-462-5408; carmensteffens.com
CHANEL Wynn and Encore offer a double-dose of must-have handbags, fragrances, fine jewelry, and ready-towear apparel from the legendary house. Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, 702770-5458; chanel.com
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN From sandals to spikeheeled stilettos, Christian Louboutin at The Forum Shops offers an impressive assortment of the brand’s eye-catching red-soled shoes. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-818-8444; christianlouboutin.com
dolce & gabbana Enjoy dedicated apparel and accessories selections for men and women at this legendary Italian fashion house’s Crystals boutiques. The Shops at Crystals, 702-431-6614; dolcegabbana.com
dvf Diane von Furstenberg offers a tightly edited presentation of her iconic wrap dresses, scarves, and accessories. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-818-2294; dvf.com
elie tahari This ultramodern Forum Shops boutique houses the womenswear designer’s tailored separates, classic sheath dresses, and plush sportswear. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-7322454; elietahari.com
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Italy’s leading men’s luxury brand specializes in tailormade suiting and sportswear, plus shoes, leather goods, and eyewear. The Shops at Crystals, 702-891-8726; zegna.com
TIVOLI VILLAGE Tucked away just north of Summerlin, this outdoor Old World-style shopping village boasts fashion, home décor, and jewelry retailers. 440 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-570-7400; tivolivillagelv.com
“When we started I knew we wanted to do a bar concept,” says Alli Webb, founder of Drybar. Hence the long marble counter, flat screen TVs, and a hairstyle menu including The Manhattan, Southern Comfort, and Uptini.
The salons now do one million blowouts a year;
This 100-acre outdoor shopping center at the south end of the Strip, offers a broad selection of brandname retailers and specialty shops. 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-269-5001; mytownsquarelasvegas.com
the new location in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will raise that tally. You can even catch Webb on QVC selling signature hair dryers—“2,000 in 15 minutes”—and her first book, The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All, is out this fall. Webb (who favors the tousled Mai Tai) says products are key to extending your blowout at home. Or stop by Drybar Las Vegas, because your place doesn’t have a deejay, full bar, and photo booth. 702-560-5243; thedrybar.com
photography courtesy of drybar
Shop finely crafted readyto-wear apparel and accessories for men and women from one of fashion’s most enduringly popular designers. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-904-7741; armani.com
Louis Vuitton’s tri-level Shops at Crystals store—the largest of its kind in North America—is also home to James Turrell’s permanent light installation Akhob. The Shops at Crystals, 702262-6262; louisvuitton.com
The celebrity-favorite footwear designer offers a Vegas-perfect selection of sky-high stilettos and embellished heels. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-866-0055; giuseppezanottidesign.com
This expansive Fashion Show anchor store stocks brands including Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder, and Ralph Lauren, as well as home furnishings and housewares. Fashion Show,
Couture clothing, luxury handbags, and one-of-akind accessories are the stars of the show at Givenchy’s stately Wynn boutique. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-737-1091; givenchy.com
Timeless leather bags, shoes, and ready-to-wear clothing—including exclusive-to-Vegas pieces— reigns at one of England’s premier retail titans. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-382-0496; mulberry.com
GUCCI Gucci’s fantasy world, as imagined by the brand’s current creative director, Alessandro Michele, comes alive as one of the focal points of its Crystals boutique. The Shops at Crystals, 702-730-1946; gucci.com
GUESS Provocative, on-trend pieces for men and women, plus an impressively varied denim selection, stun at this Fashion Show staple. Fashion Show, 702-6912541; guess.com
HERMÈS All 14 categories of Hermès products, from fine silk scarves to leather bags like the Birkin, are represented at the French label’s Shops at Crystals boutique. The Shops at Crystals, 702-8938900; hermes.com
NEIMAN MARCUS In addition to luxury merchandise for men, women, and children, this Fashion Show anchor store also offers personalshopping services and custom alterations. Fashion Show, 702-731-3636; neimanmarcus.com
PRADA One of the biggest Prada boutiques in the world showcases the brand’s sophisticated, streamlined separates and accessories across three levels. The Shops at Crystals, 702-7403000; prada.com
ROBERTO CAVALLI Attention-getting accessories and clothing— think flowing maxi dresses in exotic patterns and animal prints—are perfect for the modern-day jet set. The
The Gold Standard in Skincare Shops at Crystals, 702-7367300; robertocavalli.com
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Go treasure hunting for a trove of luxury apparel, accessories, and shoes from both big-name and emerging designers, plus skincare, beauty, and grooming products. Fashion Show, 702-7338300; saksfifthavenue.com
STITCHED Part haberdashery, part lounge, this luxe retailer is a one-stop shop for custom suits and other must-have menswear. Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7630; stitchedlifestyle.com
TOM FORD Multitalented designer Tom Ford presents a dramatic display of ready-to-wear apparel, fragrances, and cosmetics, plus a made-tomeasure suiting program for men. The Shops at Crystals, 702-740-2940; tomford.com
VERSACE The storied Italian label’s 2,500-square-foot boutique at Crystals offers ready-towear apparel for both men and women, as well as fragrances, fine jewelry, and timepieces. The Shops at Crystals, 702-933-7951; versace.com
WYNN COLLECTION Wynn’s signature fashion boutique spotlights clothing, handbags, and accessories from more than 40 designers, including Azzedine Alaïa, Naeem Khan, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3545; wynnlasvegas.com
LUXURIOUS SKINCARE From the shores of the Swiss Lake Geneva, Jouvence Eternelle has developed a range of exceptional skincare treatments based on cutting edge bio chemistry and the exclusive rejuvenating complex of the alpine ﬂowers. By collaborating with the best Swiss beauty researchers and cosmetologists, Jouvence Eternelle has developed antiaging products that deliver measurable results. Bring this ad into any of our stores and receive a gift. Visit our stores at Harrah’s Palazzo Showcase Mall McCarran Airport (D Gate) 702.778.4663 www.jouvence-eternelle.com
STYLE THE GUIDE Jewelry & watches ALEXIS bITTAR Find avant-garde jewelry and rare antique pieces from one of the industry’s leading independent designers at his eponymous Forum Shops boutique. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-836-0896; alexisbittar.com
AUDEMARS PIGUET Ultraluxe Swiss-made watches dazzle at this legendary company known for its complex mechanical timepieces. The Shops at Crystals, 702-889-8828; audemarspiguet.com
bELLUSSO JEWELERS The Strip’s leading jewelry and watch boutique carries brands from Greubel Forsey to Harry Winston and Vacheron Constantin. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-650-2988; bellussojewelers.com
bULGARI The Italian luxury brand’s Crystals boutique features two sides: one dedicated to jewelry and watches, and another showcasing accessories and leather goods. The Shops at Crystals, 702-583-4747; bulgari.com
CA’D’ORO Located in the Grand Canal Shoppes, Ca’d’Oro specializes in Swiss-made watches and European jewelry lines (think Longines, Movado, and Wellendorff). Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-696-0080; cadorojewelers.com
CARTIER An extraordinary assortment of one-of-a-kind
designs and pieces from the Panthère, Love, and Trinity collections, among others, awaits at this Art Deco-inspired boutique. The Shops at Crystals, 702-487-3160; cartier.com
including the jeweler’s beloved diamond engagement rings, inside this massive two-level boutique. The Shops at Crystals, 702-545-9090; tiffany.com
Inside Graff’s dazzling Wynn showroom, enjoy an unparalleled selection of rare gemstones and diamonds of all colors and sizes. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3494;
The largest Tourbillon boutique in the world showcases some of the Swatch Group’s most prestigious brands, from Breguet and Blancpain to Jaquet Droz and Omega. The Shops at Crystals, 702-597-0284; tourbillon.com
HARRY WINSTON The New York-based jeweler’s intimate Bellagio salon is a trove of spectacular diamondbedecked pieces, including rings, pendants, and wristwatches. Bellagio, 702-4792479; harrywinston.com
HOROLOGIO FINE WATCHES This destination shop carries limited-edition timepieces from brands such as Breitling, Jaquet Droz, and Shinola. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-733-0016; horologio.com
RObERTO COIN Romantic, classically inspired pieces made from 18-karat gold, diamonds, and colored gemstones abound at this minimalist Caesars boutique. Caesars Palace, 702-731-7094; robertocoin.com
ROLEX Rolex’s Wynn store is the brand’s only dedicated boutique in all of Vegas and features both contemporary timepieces and an exhibition of vintage Rolexes. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3560; rolex.com
TIFFANY & CO. Find archival designs and contemporary creations,
TOURNEAU Explore an expansive collection of new and certified pre-owned watches from Breitling, Cartier, and Rolex, among others. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-732-8463; tourneau.com
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS The sparkling array of fine jewelry at Van Cleef & Arpels’ biggest US boutique includes pieces inspired by nature, fashion, and the arts. The Shops at Crystals, 702-560-6556; vancleefarpels.com
WYNN & COMPANY WATCHES Shop a broad range of expertly crafted timepieces from brands like Breguet, Panerai, and Vacheron Constantin, many of which have their own on-site showrooms.Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3520; wynnlasvegas.com
spa & Beauty CHANEL bEAUTY Chanel’s first-ever beauty boutique offers the French legacy brand’s limitededition cosmetics and fragrances, and its entire line of sunglasses.
The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-735-2555; chanel.com
ESPA AT VDARA This two-level spa comes complete with ESPA’s signature European heat experiences and a menu of rejuvenating pick-meups for the face and body. Vdara, 702-590-2474; vdara.com
GUERLAIN Enjoy an impressive selection of the French beauty brand’s fragrances, plus cosmetics like its famed Terracotta baked bronzers and Météorites loose powders. Bellagio, 702789-5427; guerlain.com
LOOK STYLE SOCIETY This multifaceted beauty emporium features dedicated spaces for makeup, hair, waxing, and tanning services, as well as an Essie-branded nail salon and retail boutique. Town Square, 702-712-4345; Tivoli Village, 702-5707400; lookstylesociety.com
NARS Find all the velvety lip pencils, cheekily named blushes, and ultrapigmented eye shadows your heart desires at makeup artist François Nars’s Forum Shops boutique. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-7491525; narscosmetics.com
PLATINUM ENTOURAGE Founded by stylist Todd White, Vegas’s original blow-dry bar also specializes in exceptional cut, color, and makeup services. 6670 S. Tenaya Way, 702- 410-5459; blowdrybarlasvegas.com
QUA bATHS & SPA Caesars Palace’s 50,000-square-foot
sanctuary boasts Roman baths, themed retreats like the Arctic Ice Room, and a Tea Room with its own tea sommelier. Caesars Palace, 866-782-0655; caesars.com
SISLEY The brand’s first US boutique offers botanical skincare and cosmetics lines, as well as a twoperson spa room for anti-aging treatments. The Shops at Crystals, 702-891-0545; sisleyparis.com
THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL The two floors that comprise this Asianinfluenced spa include seven couples’ suites, a Chinese foot spa, and multiple heat and water experiences. Mandarin Oriental, 702-590-8886; mandarinoriental.com
THE SPA AT WYNN Wynn’s gorgeous spa spotlights natural ingredients like white tea and coconut in a decadent environment complete with saunas and plunge pools. Wynn Las Vegas, 702770-3900; wynnlas vegas.com
WYNN bEAUTY COLLECTION Wynn’s beauty boutique stocks a curated selection of fragrances, skincare products, and cosmetics from luxury brands like Penhaligon’s, Laura Mercier, and Tom Ford Beauty. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3537; wynnlasvegas.com
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â€œI never watch television... I love to read!â€? admits king of TV Paul Giamatti, here entwined with his Showtime screen queen, Maggie Siff, enrobed in a black satin dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi ($1,335). preenbythorntonbregazzi.com. Sterling silver Horsebit Light bracelet, Gucci ($1,950). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-369-7333; gucci.com. on giamatti: Tuxedo, Brooks Brothers ($1,198). The Forum Shops at Caesars; brooksbrothers.com. Shirt, Eton of Sweden ($295). bloomingdales.com. Tie, Title of Work ($225). Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; titleofwork.com. Pocket square, The Tie Bar ($10). Nordstrom, Fashion Show, 702-862-2525; thetiebar.com
ménaGe À deUX TV’s kinkiest married couple, billions’ Maggie Siff and Paul Giamatti, gives us the reel-/real-life down and dirty on sex, $$, power, and staying on top in Tinseltown. by david hochman photography by rodolfo martinez
on siff: Dress, Roberto Cavalli (price on request). The Shops at Crystlas, 702-736-7300; robertocavalli.com. Slip, La Perla ($668). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-732-9820; saks.com. Champagne diamond briolette hoop earrings, Alexandra Mor (price on request). alexandramor.com. 18k pink-gold, amethyst, and diamond pave MVSA ring, Bulgari ($5,750). The Shops at Crystals, 702-583-4747; bulgari.com. on giamatti: Tuxedo coat ($695), shirt ($125), and trousers ($295), Joseph Abboud. josephabboud.com. Cast concrete cube, RH, Restoration Hardware ($130). restorationhardware.com
As scenes from A mArriAge go, it’s hard to top the opening moments of Billions for sheer eye-popping intensity. We don’t know it at first, but the man bound and gagged on the floor in the Showtime series premiere is actually wedded to the leather-bound dominatrix snuffing out a cigarette on his chest. The relationship only heats up from there. Paul Giamatti, 49, plays the guy with the burn hole, who also happens to be United States Attorney Chuck Rhoades. His wife, Wendy, portrayed in thigh-high footwear by Maggie Siff, 42, is more than just his partner in blowing off steam. She’s the in-house shrink and performance coach at Axe Capital, a massive hedge fund that pays her eight times more than her husband makes. Needless to say, Chuck cannot wait to expose Axe and its rakish billionaire CEO, played by Damian Lewis, as corrupt. What a relief that both Giamatti (Sideways, Downton Abbey) and Siff (Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men) are vastly more likeable in person than their deliciously despicable characters. The actors recently sat down with Vegas to talk about the show and the juicy themes it evokes: money, power, sex, greed, and, these days, how to dominate the not-so-small screen in Hollywood. Billions is being acclaimed as one of the best new shows on television, but Chuck and Wendy aren’t exactly easy to take. How do you explain their attraction? Paul Giamatti: They’re two incredibly smart people who are almost too well matched in some weird way. They both love power, they play off each other’s intensity, and they both hunger for success. We’ve dropped into their relationship near the end of something rather than the beginning, though I do think it was loving at one point. It’s a portrait of people hitting a bad spot in a marriage. How they’re going to work it out, I don’t know. But it is certainly a helluva lot of fun to play. Maggie Siff: They’re tough on each other but they’re also very honest. They can be their full selves in a way that’s completely uncensored and unguarded. People like to comment on the sexual element of their relationship as something very dark. But I see it as a testament to their connection. Somewhere along the line, it came up in conversation and they allowed it into the marriage. Behind the scenes, we talk about it being something that Chuck needs in his life, and that Wendy is like, Okay, I can do that. Don’t knock open, honest communication, right? In last season’s finale, Chuck breaks into Wendy’s computer, visits another dominatrix behind her back, and accuses Wendy of being an immoral criminal. Where are things when Billions returns in January? Siff: Season two picks up soon after we left off and you see them regrouping. Wendy’s not at Axe Capital anymore, which makes things complicated for her and Chuck personally and professionally. They’re trying to figure out what to do with themselves. It’s interesting playing a character this conflicted. Something I struggle with occasionally is wanting my characters to be maybe more heroic than they are. I don’t know if every actor struggles with that. I love Wendy and love that she’s so interested in helping people thrive and succeed. My question is always, why not help different kinds of people beyond the hedge fund guys? Can she examine her conscience and ask, “Why only help the super-rich?” Money is practically its own character on Billions—the $60 million beach house, the live-in chefs, the private helicopters. How has inhabiting this world altered your view of the 0.0001 percent? Giamatti: It freaks me out. I’m not going to condemn it, but I do find this level of extreme wealth to be strange and alienating. I’ve got no problem with living well, but you get to a place where enough is enough. In certain circles, though, more is more is more and it never ends. Money makes your
“I’M LUCKY AS HELL THAT I MAKE A DECENT LIVING, BUT I THINK I’M EVEN LUCKIER THAT I DON’T HAVE A TASTE FOR SPEEDBOATS AND TAILORED SUITS AND MANSIONS IN THE HAMPTONS.” —paul giamatti vegasmagazine.com 81
on giamatti: Tuxedo ($3,395) and shirt ($395), Dolce & Gabbana. The Shops at Crystals, 702-431-6614; dolcegabbana.com. on siff: Lace gown, Dolce & Gabbana ($8,995). see above. Platinum, white-gold, and diamond Heritage earrings, Van Cleef & Arpels ($82,000). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-6967139; vancleefarpels.com Styling by Gregory Wein Styling assistance by Abraham Winter Hair by Matthew Monzon for John Paul Mitchell Systems at Jed Root Makeup by Matin for ChapStick Grooming by Jordan Bree Long using SK-II Skincare at Starworks Artists Manicure by Ana-Maria using Dior Vernis Location: Bathhouse Studios is one of New York Cityâ€™s premier photo facilities. A private roof deck, penthouse, and myriad design details have made it an ideal locale for shoots as well as large-scale productions. 540 E. 11th St., New York, 212-3881111; bathhousestudios.com
situation better, I’ll tell you that. But I personally don’t tend to spend much of it. I think that’s made my life a lot easier. I’m lucky as hell that I make a decent living, but I think I’m even luckier that I don’t have a taste for speedboats and tailored suits and mansions in the Hamptons. Siff: My feelings haven’t changed at all. I still think it’s bizarre and maybe even a little unhealthy to be rich enough to be a nation-state of your own. At least tell us you enjoyed driving Wendy’s Christmas bonus—the Maserati GranTurismo Sport Coupe, which retails for around $132,000. Siff: To be honest, it’s like getting on a thoroughbred for the first time. You’re like, Whoa! What is this? I only got to drive in a parking lot, unfortunately. And here’s the scary thing: Not only are you driving an extraordinarily expensive car, but they also strap on the most expensive camera equipment to the windshield and you’re barely able to see the road. What I’m saying is, it wasn’t the most romantic driving experience. Paul, you won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing John Adams in the 2008 TV miniseries of the same name. Which is the most cutthroat—Washington, Wall Street, or Hollywood? Giamatti: All three worlds have colorful characters and a high degree of ambition, backstabbing, and all that. I think the political and financial people tend to play things a little more low-key and hidden. That’s not to say you don’t have maverick characters who come up, like the guy who’s running for president. But Hollywood, I think, is the most out-there when it comes to flaunting success and spreading gossip and who’s got the biggest, you know, office. What’s your take on awards season? Giamatti: As an experience, awards ceremonies are truly exciting but also complete mayhem. I’m always amazed people don’t have epileptic seizures with the camera lights flashing in their eyes. If Billions wins an award now or in the future, that would be great, but honestly, the awards and the job we do are completely separate. You never, ever enter a scene thinking, Oh, this is my Emmy moment. You think, This is a great story, these are phenomenal actors I’m working with, and it’s just fantastic to be making a living in this profession. You get an award and you’re like, Wow, this is an amazing unexpected bonus. We’ve talked about success, but what are the worst jobs you’ve ever had? Siff: For about a month in my 20s, I worked at a hedge fund for real. A friend of mine was dating a guy who was a banker, and he gave me a temp job. I had no clue what I was doing. I would sit in front of these Bloomberg computer terminals and bullshit my way through the day so hard it was scary. And while there’s a high degree of glamour in the world of hedge funds we depict on the show, this was pretty basic: a lot less swag and a lot more khakis and plaid. Giamatti: I’ve done so much weird stuff as an actor. I once had to do an entire movie [the 2006 indie film The Hawk Is Dying] with a hawk strapped to my arm. I remember driving in the enclosed cab of a truck down a highway in Florida with the bird screaming out and its claws going after my face. That was way more dangerous than bringing down billionaires. What do you like to do when you’re not working? Siff: I take it easy. My husband and I live in New York, where I grew up, and we have a 2-year-old. I was pretty tired after the season and wanted to catch the last of my daughter’s babyhood. It’s going really, really fast. As far as guilty pleasures, I’m pretty nerdy. A night alone, I like to eat ice cream and watch BBC’s Call the Midwife. Giamatti: I’m embarrassed to admit that I never watch television. I know I’m missing out. But I love to read and see theater. I took my son to Hamilton, which was incredible, of course, and we got to meet the cast, who were weirdly excited to say hello because they wanted to meet another founding father. Okay, finally, what really happens during a sex scene? Siff: In general on the show, we do everything we can to lighten things up. Paul and I call each other Buck and Cindy, and our version of Cindy is spelled X-I-N-D-E-E. Damian loves singing show tunes around the set. When the cameras roll on the sex stuff, it’s all a total illusion. I’m standing there in six-inch stilettos attempting to look hot but desperately trying not to fall on my ass. Giamatti: For me, it’s interesting. Being tie d up made me really relaxed to the point where I kept falling asleep. At one point, Maggie had to use a low-voltage prod on me, which nobody knew how to operate. I’m falling asleep and she’s tickling me with the thing by really pressing it into me. But then she kinda runs it lightly from my navel up to my chest and it shocks the living hell out of me. After that, I was wide awake. She didn’t try it again.
“WHEN THE CAMERAS ROLL ON THE SEX STUFF, I’M STANDING IN SIXINCH STILETTOS ATTEMPTING TO LOOK HOT BUT DESPERATELY TRYING NOT TO FALL ON MY ASS.” —maggie siff vegasmagazine.com 83
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This season, it’s back to the future with a Stateside ode to UK chic. From Dickens to Dystopia to Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll, Brit motifs go mod for our post-millennial times.
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH opposite page: left: Dress, Alexander Wang ($595). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show, 702-731-3636; neimanmarcus. com. Choker, Eddie Borgo ($275). Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, 702-733-8300; saks.com. Tights, Falke ($29). Nordstrom, Fashion Show, 702-862-2525; nordstrom.com. Platform heels, Rochas ($895). Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; rochas.com. Jacket ($3,300), shirt ($1,500), jeans ($1,100), bowtie ($155), necklace ($1,750), and boots ($1,160), Dior Homme. The Shops at Crystals, 702-597-0941; dior.com THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS this page: left: Jacket ($4,130), shirt ($930), skirt ($3,130), corset ($565), bag ($2,660), socks ($270), and sandals (price on request), Prada. The Shops at Crystals, 702-740-3000; prada. com. Earrings, Marni ($380). Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; barneys. com. center: Gown ($43,000), culottes ($650), and ring ($410), Gucci. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-369-7333; gucci. com. Necklace, Ralph Lauren Collection ($2,500). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-73400303; ralphlauren.com. right: Dress ($3,845), bra ($545), headband ($2,545), collar ($2,245), belt ($4,545), bag ($4,445), and pumps ($2,195), Dolce & Gabbana. The Shops at Crystals, 702-431-6614; dolcegabbana.com
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY opposite page: left: Top ($990), skirt ($2,690), and pumps ($890), Loewe. loewe.com. center: Trench ($3,400) and scarf ($590), Louis Vuitton. The Shops at Crystals, 702-262-6189; louisvuitton.com. right: Coat and leggings (prices on request), Versace. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-932-5757; versace.com. Boots, Jil Sander ($995). Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; barneys.com. sitting: Blouse and pants ($875 each), Escada. Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show, 702-731-3636; escada.com. Boots, Hermès ($2,000). Via Bellagio, 702-866-2629; hermes.com this page: left: Trench ($3,400), trousers ($1,060), scarf ($590), and derbies ($1,510), Louis Vuitton. see above. center: Dress ($3,250), trousers ($1,050), and sandals ($1,300), Céline. Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; barneys.com. Bracelet, Giles & Brother ($130). gilesandbrother.com. right: Dress ($10,600), bracelet ($2,975), socks ($305), and pumps ($970), Hermès. see above
SPACE AGE LOVE SONG opposite page: left: Top ($490) and leggings ($460), Emilio Pucci. The Shops at Crystals, 702-262-9671; emiliopucci.com. center: Jacket ($1,760), pants ($1,260), and scarf ($585), Louis Vuitton. The Shops at Crystals, 702-262-6189; louisvuitton.com. right: Top ($2,160) and trousers ($1,290), Marni. Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; barneys.com LONDON CALLING this page: left: Shirt ($563), turtleneck ($278), shorts ($663), pants ($221) and shoes ($838), Dries Van Noten. Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; barneys.com. center: Tuxedo jacket ($3,990), shirt ($1,490), pants ($1,190), tie ($195), and boots ($895), Ralph Lauren Collection. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-734-0303; ralphlauren.com. Ring, Aurélie Bidermann ($470). Barneys New York, see above. right: Blazer ($7,240), shirt ($1,130), pants ($480), scarf ($160), belt ($605), and sneakers ($595), Roberto Cavalli. The Shops at Crystals, 702-736-7300; robertocavalli.com
TIME’S ARROW left: Coat, Max Mara ($3,090). Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show, 702-733-8300; saks.com. Top, Lanvin ($2,820). The Shops at Crystals, 702-982-0245; lanvin.com. Tights, Falke ($49). Nordstrom, Fashion Show, 702-862-2525; nordstrom.com. Booties, Giuseppe Zanotti Design ($1,850). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-866-0055; giuspeppezanottidesign.com. center left: Jacket ($1,215) and pants ($1,300), J.W. Anderson. j-w-anderson.com. Socks (price on request) and loafers ($1,595), Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-474-4246; zegna.com. Rings, model’s own. center right: Dress, Ralph Lauren Collection ($3,490). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-734-0303; ralphlauren.com. Boots, Brian Atwood ($1,650). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. right: Coat ($6,895), top ($1,095), and pants ($1,395), Giorgio Armani. Via Bellagio, 702-893-8327; armani.com. Ring, Giles & Brother ($75). gilesandbrother.com. Booties, Paul Andrew ($995). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above Styling assistance by Connor Childers Hair by Zaiya Latt at Bryan Bantry Agency Hair assistance by Jonathan Mason Makeup by Glenn Marziali using Dior Addict Makeup assistance by Zarielle Washington Models: Carlton Ruth at Soul Artist Management, Cesar Ernesto Nunez, Duran with Ford Models, Francesca Frame with Ford Models, Fraser Ruth, Ian Weglarz at Fusion Models, Jacky O’Shaughnessy at Iconic Focus, Jacob Coupe at VNY Models NYC, Lara McGrath at Muse Management Inc., Meron Mamo, and Tiiu Kuik at Wilhelmina Models NYC
As cofounder of one of the world’s most successful beauty brands, Moroccanoil’s Carmen Tal is a force of nature. Here, she reveals how creating a line of iconic hair, body, and sun products has evolved into a mission to inspire other women. by JIll SIer aCkI
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an inspired life
well-traveled Carmen Tal (opposite page), cofounder of Moroccanoil, draws upon her travels around the world, including to the Beldi Country Club in Morocco (shown here), to fire her imagination for new products and ideas. The recently released fragrance Fleur de Rose was inspired by flowers Tal admired in France.
It started wIth just a basIc need—Carmen Tal, today the cofounder of Moroccanoil, was visiting relatives in Israel when a bad color process damaged her hair. Disappointed, she accompanied a friend to a salon in Tel Aviv, where a hairstylist used an oil treatment to both condition and style Tal’s hair. According to Tal, “The results were like, Wow!” Tal, a former salon owner herself who had also worked in the fashion industry, brought the product back home to Canada, where she started using it in her personal beauty regimen. She shared it with friends, colleagues, and her hairstylist. And as each reported the same impressive results—nourished, beautiful hair—she became convinced she had to distribute this oil on a larger stage. It took Tal six months to persuade her then husband, Ofer, a business executive who spoke Hebrew, that they needed to make this treatment oil their next venture. Initially, the couple started by just securing North American distribution rights, but when their success outpaced the company’s level of production, Tal bought the company outright and launched what is today the multimillion-dollar brand Moroccanoil.
Looking back, Tal admits it was no cake walk. “What we faced most was the negativity of people,” she says of those early days. “The thing for me was mostly people saying, ‘Don’t bring something with oil.’ ‘Don’t bring anything with glass because it’s going to break, it’s going to make a mess.’ Or, ‘Why do you do something with hair—that’s [a] saturated [category]?’ That was the challenge. We just said, ‘Okay, if we fail, we fail.’ You don’t always have a guarantee that things are going to be successful. But we were lucky.” “Lucky” might be the understatement of the century. The gamechanging success of Moroccanoil in an industry notorious for fickleness and fads could well be attributed to some luck, but the stunning growth and longevity of the brand is directly proportional to Tal’s tenacity, dedication, inspiration, and vision. Since the company launched less than a decade ago, Moroccanoil has ignited a passion (some would say obsession) in North America for argan oil, a rich elixir that’s harvested from kernels inside the fruit of Moroccan argan trees. In a labor-intensive process, Berber women crack open the argan nut to obtain the kernels, which are ground to extract the pure, unfiltered oil, which is then left to settle so any impurities sink to the bottom and can be removed. The resulting oil can be used for food (much the same way olive oil is) as well as a moisturizer for the face and hair. Argan oil is one of the main efficacious ingredients in the company’s cornerstone Moroccanoil Treatment and the signature ingredient across the entire product line, and spawned shelves of me-too merchandise. According to industry researcher Mintel, 29 products using argan oil launched in 2008; in 2012, it was 588. Meanwhile, researcher NPD Group has seen US department store sales of products featuring argan oil increase by more than 200 percent. “It actually doesn’t bother me anymore,” says Tal of the flood of argan oil products that fill shelves everywhere from high-end department stores to the local drugstore—even big-box stores like Costco. “Now I’m so confident that being the first, being the pioneer, and continuing to bring products of the highest quality, nobody will ever take that place. No matter how many other products come out, we’re still going to be
“I’m so confident that being the first, being the pioneer, and continuing to bring products of the highest quality, nobody will ever take that place.” white, black, red—there wasn’t much diversity in the marketplace.” Since then, the company has grown exponentially, both in size and in scope, and is now available in over 65 countries and has also experienced tremendous growth in the travel retail/ duty-free category around the world. Tal relocated to New York (Moroccanoil also maintains offices in Montreal, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo), and they have expanded their offerings, from just the treatment oil—which found fans in celebrities such as Madonna, Emily Blunt, and Bar Refaeli—to a range of hair products, including a new texture collection featuring a Dry Texture Spray, made with a special blend of volcanic mineral zeolite and high-performance resins, as well as the unisex styler Texture Clay, which blends argan oil with cosmetic-grade bentonite clay and nourishing shea butter for a silky texture with shapeable hold. A surprising addition to the hair collection, Tal introduced spa-quality Moroccanoil Body skincare treatments, including an exfoliating body scrub—which features a unique blend of argan, sesame, grape seed, avocado, and sweet almond oils to nourish the skin—cleansing bar, shower milk, body butter, body soufflé, and hand cream. Says Tal, “The development of the Moroccanoil Body collection was a natural next step for us, as
we wanted to satisfy our consumer’s desire for luxurious treatments that not only transform the hair, but the body as well.” In 2015, two enticing and exotic fragrances were added: Fleur d’Oranger, a rich orange blossom scent that Tal says “is good enough to eat” and was inspired by her time in Spain; and Fleur de Rose, sparked by a garden of roses Tal spotted during a trip to France. The Moroccanoil Sun collection was launched the same year. “Argan oil is an incredible gift of nature, a natural sun protector, so it was an obvious choice for us to launch a Sun line,” says Tal. “We have always been inspired by the Mediterranean, and our Sun collection reminds me of when I was a teen, and going to the beach with my friends feeling happy and relaxed.” “I find that when I travel is when I have the time to discover, and I have the time to observe and see what else is happening,” she adds. “I’m not a creative person, but I know what I like. And then I interpret it in my own way.” Later this year, the company plans to announce its next generation of yet-to-be-revealed haircare products. “Trends are changing,” says Tal. “We try to come up with one or two big launches every year, or we formulate something—like [when] a new ingredient has come up in the market and we need to adjust—so we constantly are reinventing ourselves.” But most importantly for Tal is her holistic commitment to her customers. As well as inspiring women to look and feel their best, Tal is dedicated to helping them fulfill their personal potential and make their dreams a reality by empowering them to discover beauty in a new light—through the power of inspiration. With this at the forefront of her vision for her brand, and realizing the power of inspiration to move us to action, Moroccanoil announced its
“Many people who have succeeded in what they do have failed, many times, and they continue and they don’t care if they lose their shirt. They just keep on going.” inaugural Inspired By Women™ initiative in the fall of 2014, a lifelong project for the company created to inspire, celebrate, and empower women around the world. “Inspired By Women™ provides a global platform for courageous women to share their unique personal journeys of bringing change through empowerment,” says Tal. “To me, inspiration is the vehicle for empowerment to pursue one’s dreams. The Moroccanoil brand was created
Women InspIrIng Women “I never imagined the journey this would take me on, or how our products would inspire confidence in women,” says Moroccanoil cofounder Carmen Tal. With that in mind, Tal has made giving back to women’s causes a vital part of Moroccanoil’s corporate mission. Launched in fall 2014, the company’s Inspired By Women™ initiative first explored the work of five influential women in a film series directed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard and introduced by supermodel and ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Now, the project continues with a new chapter, highlighting iconic fashion brand Marchesa’s cofounder and designer Georgina Chapman. Here, this exclusive group of women, handpicked by Tal, represents her dedication to women who inspire confidence in others and create change throughout the world. GeoRGINa CHapMaN The designer has joined forces with The Magic Bus Foundation, a nonprofit working to educate and empower India’s youth. magicbususa.org
ReBeCCa WeLsH As the founder of The HALO Foundation, Welsh aims to help homeless and at-risk youth heal and create a future through art therapy. haloworldwide.org
aLLysoN aHLsTRoM In 2010, when she was just 14, Ahlstrom founded Threads for Teens, which provides at-risk teen girls with brand-new clothing. threadsforteens.org
CHRIssy BeCKLes The trained boxer founded The Sato Project to save abandoned dogs on Puerto Rico’s “Dead Dog Beach.” thesatoproject.org
KavITa sHuKLa The founder and CEO of Fenugreen invented FreshPaper, paper infused with spices that preserve food two to four times longer. fenugreen.com
JessICa MaTTHeWs The cofounder and CEO of Uncharted Play also invented the SOCCKET, a soccer ball that generates renewable energy for kids in developing countries. unchartedplay.com
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the original. It’s not just about being an argan oilinfused brand; it’s much more than that. I think we are special.” At the time of Moroccanoil’s debut, it wasn’t just what was inside the bottle that was unique. The scent (a distinct and delicious aroma the company calls Fragrance Originale), the eye-catching apothecary-esque glass bottles, the elegantly designed labels—everything about Moroccanoil heralded something entirely new and different from anything available in the marketplace. Still, with only one product—the now iconic Moroccanoil Treatment—Tal needed to rely on grassroots marketing to get it into the right hands. Bottles were given away to hairdressers, stylists, influencers, and editors—anyone who could spread the word about what she believed was the new beauty essential. “It was very different than most of the beauty products of the time,” recalls Tal, noting the signature aqua and orange packaging, the blue culled from an image of an ocean seen in a fashion print ad. “Seven, eight years ago, most of the packages were
“It was an ocean, and sand, and it just clicked. It’s like, Wow, this is who we are. We are a Mediterraneaninspired [company], and these are the colors of the Mediterranean.” from an inspired moment! It only takes one moment of inspiration to ignite positive change.” The program’s first five honorees were highlighted in a digital short film series, directed by actress and filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard. Women featured in the series included trailblazers such as Rebecca Welsh, founder of The HALO organization, which helps homeless and at-risk youth heal and create a future through art therapy, and Allyson Ahlstrom, who provides cool clothes to kids in need across the country through her philanthropic Threads for Teens. “We’re extremely proud through Inspired By Women™ to feature powerful stories of passionate and courageous women who take confidence, compassion, and strength to a whole new level,” says Tal. “We hope their incredibly moving stories and accomplishments will serve as the catalyst that inspires all women to let go of their fears, take a chance, and realize their dreams. When you empower women, the sky’s the limit!” Most recently, the Inspired By Women™ program honored Marchesa designer and cofounder Georgina Chapman, who works with the organization The Magic Bus Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to lift communities in India out of poverty by providing education, sanitation, and mentoring efforts. It’s an organization close to Chapman’s heart as generations of her family have lived in India, and much of the artisanal embroidery and craftsmanship for which her designer gowns are known comes from these regions. Says Tal, “As we only just launched
“Most of the women who inspire me are the women who are not afraid to be women—women that are strong, women that have an identity of their own, and who go for whatever they believe in.” our newest film with Georgina Chapman, our goal is to ensure it touches as many lives as possible. As for the next film, we are looking towards a 2017 launch. It would be amazing, should the stars be aligned, to continue working with Bryce Dallas Howard. She has been such an integral part of the project, and is an extraordinary visionary and filmmaker, not to mention an incredibly inspiring woman herself!” “I always see us as goddesses,” continues the petite Tal, whose soft-spokenness belies her self-confidence and steely determination. “I think [women] should rule the world. We become mothers. And if we, as women, take seriously the responsibility of raising responsible human beings, this world would be a much better place. And by encouraging and empowering women to find themselves and teach them all these things, in 100 years we’ll have a much better place to live. People all over the world have been so moved by the stories of our Inspired By Women™ nominees. I think I’m most proud of the countless lives we have been able to touch through the initiative—and hopefully not only to inspire, but also empower other women to make their own dreams a reality.”
ENDURING INFLUENCE Carmen Tal has harnessed the power of argan oil in her company’s beloved Moroccanoil Treatment (ABOVE), and used her platform as the leader of a multimillion-dollar beauty brand to celebrate female philanthropists, such as designer Georgina Chapman (RIGHT), shown here with Tal at an event for Tal’s Inspired By Women™ campaign.
SPACE REAL ESTATE & DESIGN
RAISING THE BAR PHILANTHROPY MEETS DRINKING MEETS ANTIQUES AT REBAR.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF GALE
BY LAURA JANELLE DOWNEY
After a bout with cancer, former Atomic Liquors co-owner Derek Stonebarger gained a new perspective. “It took the cancer to realize that there’s more to life,” he says. So the 40-year-old entrepreneur figured out a way to do some good, while combining his loves of antiques and the bar business, by opening ReBar in the Arts District. “People liked the historic stuff on the wall at Atomic, but we weren’t willing to sell it because we couldn’t replace it. That’s where the business model came from—an antiques store you can drink and shop in.” Tell us about ReBar’s charity angle. “We have five cocktails that raise money for local nonprofits. The Nevada Preservation Foundation’s drink is the Preservation Press. We’re serving John Mull’s sausages on Great Buns Bakery pretzel rolls [both are local businesses], with a portion donated to Three Square. You can help a lot of people when you have a business like a bar. There’s a lot of money to go around.” Why is ReBar’s interior so special? “Everything is custom built and we’ve used a lot of recycled material. The bar top is made from a hardwood that came out of a local casino.” What types of antiques do you sell? “We’ve got tons of cuckoo clocks, midcentury modern furniture, taxidermy, a 1960s console record player, McDonald’s plate holders from 1984, local artwork, and more!” 1225 S. Main St., 702-349-2283
Va va vintage! CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ReBar’s bar is fully stocked and ready to rock; drinking in your own living room was never this cool; the backyard offers ample space to drink and shop; kitsch abounds, like this leg lamp reminiscent of A Christmas Story.
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project runway Tadashi shoji’s new boutique hits close to home—his own, in fact. we spoke to the designer about the new store in fashion show.
Your new boutique in Fashion Show is beautiful. Did the move from Forum Shops owe anything to the expansion at Fashion Show? Thank you! When I read the exciting news about the Fashion Show expansion I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Our Tadashi Shoji boutique is completely transformed
and fits right in the new high-end development. March Studio designed the space—and your home in Pasadena. Is there any design crossover? With the meticulous work that was done to design my home, I trusted March Studio to do the same with our Vegas boutique. The architectural firm had
already redesigned our South Coast Plaza store (in Orange County, California). With its large translucent glass louvers and giant plasma screens, March Studio captured the energy of our runway shows and translated the exact same mood to our Vegas store. I wanted the store to capture the glitz and
glamour of Las Vegas. I notice there are life-size video screens, and when I went inside I actually felt I was walking a runway! I’m so glad you felt that way! We wanted to create a completely new experience for the customer. As soon as you enter the boutique, oversized screens that play creative
Model behavior! Customers at the new Tadashi Shoji boutique in Fashion Show can walk the black tile “runway” right along with life-size models on the screen in the middle of the store.
PhotograPhy courtesy of tadashi shoji
By AndreA Bennett
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Tadashi Shoji’s gorgeous designs start with a simple sketch; the multifaceted designer himself; the glowing exterior of the new boutique.
“WHO DOESN’T WANT TO STRIKE A POSE ON A CATWALK?” –TADASHI SHOJI films tied to our collections greet you. Dark accented tiles were specifically arranged in a strip to suggest a runway. Combined with our gorgeous evening gowns and chic cocktail dresses, customers will be ready to grace the runway. And, really, who doesn’t want to strike a pose on a catwalk? Who is your Las Vegas client? Las Vegas is such an energetic and sexy city. Our new Vegas boutique caters to our young Tadashi Shoji customers who are not afraid to show skin and be more stylishly daring. Dramatic gowns and cocktail dresses with plunging necklines in vibrant colors are just some of the bold, glamorous choices. What are your favorite design elements in the store? The exterior of the boutique features an
illuminating design effect that’s really eye-catching. As customers walk on our imagined catwalk, they can’t miss the mirrored, pleated structure placed right in the center of the store. This is our unique dressing room, filled with hot pink furniture accents. A curved wall showcases our clutches. You also can’t miss our adorable kids’ line located against the curved wall. The store windows are really theatrical. Are they an indication of future displays? Moving forward, each of our new retail stores will capture the feelings of wonder and awe within an imaginative setting. Theatrical window displays are just one part of my vision. We don’t live in a static world, so why should our stores be? Fashion Show, 702-7336071; tadashishoji.com
SPACE LIVING WELL
To celebrate Red Rock Resort’s 10th birthday in April, the Fertitta family invested $40 million in the west-side resort, debuting new restaurants, updating the sports book, and transforming the 25,000-square-foot spa into a one-of-a-kind wellness center. The new Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being, which revealed its makeover in the summer, is now a sanctuary inspired by mid-century California design with an outdoor “shower garden,” a co-ed lounge, and a “mind-body studio” with floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu has also been totally reimagined: Think personalized programming, like facials created by Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer (whose clients include Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian) and the NASA-developed Bod Pod, a diagnostic device that delivers full body composition measurements. Follow that up with a workout consultation or nutritional advising—perhaps a cooking class in the demo kitchen—or something more daring, like working on your warrior pose suspended from the wall in a vertical yoga class. Spa Managing Director Stephanie Doud envisions the resort becoming the Miraval of Vegas, and drawing customers from the tourist corridor: “The fact that we’re so close to nature means it’s a much more relaxing experience than down on the Strip. We can coordinate hiking, we can do morning yoga up in Red Rock Canyon.” Casino aside, it’s the natural choice! redrock.sclv.com
Spa-ctacular! (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Indulge in Red Rock’s sleek new nail salon, do a few hanging “ohms” on the TRX suspension equipment, shop or relax in the multi-use spa lobby, or sink into a massage.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE SPA AT RED ROCK BY WELL & BEING
A CASINO AS WELL-BEING DESTINATION CENTER? AT RED ROC ESORT, CASINO AND SPA, IT’S PERFECTLY NATURAL. BY SARAH FELDBERG
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HigH-end realtors keep some of tHeir most fabulous pentHouses in las Vegas a secret. Here’s How to find tHem. By Andy WAng
above: Pets allowed! The nearly-4,000square-foot Penthouse Collection Unit 4503 at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental sold without ever being listed.
Panda Express billionaire Andrew Cherng looks perplexed when I walk toward him in the lobby lounge of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental. But I’m not here to suggest a different recipe for Pacific chili shrimp. No, I’m here to see Kamran Zand (luxury estates.com), the real estate
broker Cherng is talking to this Saturday morning. It’s no surprise that Cherng, who already has a unit at the Mandarin and might be on the hunt for more, is talking to Zand. The broker, who himself lives at the Mandarin, literally holds the keys to some of the most coveted and
on-the-down-low listings in Las Vegas. Zand takes me up to see unit 4503, a tricked-out Penthouse Collection unit once under contract by movie/casino megamogul Kirk Kerkorian. Zand’s plan was to put the 3,980-square-foot condo on the market for $7 million, but he found a
local buyer from his high-net-worth database of potential clients without even listing it. The sale, he says, “was the highest price-per-squarefoot ever for a resale highrise condo in Las Vegas.” It’s easy to see the appeal for the buyer, who Zand says is downsizing from a mansion and
this page: photography courtesy of luxury estates international. opposite: courtesy of pordes residential (Veer); mike kojoori (bottom)
the sky is the limit
wants the best in full-service buildings. A secret door, hidden behind mirrors, connects the living room and bedrooms. There are rooms finished in Neolith, a surface that’s scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, stain-resistant and waterproof. A wall of six televisions is controlled by smart-home technology. Automated Kohler toilets, ultra-deep closet shelves and a striking red, selfplaying Pramberger piano are other superlatives. Views of the nearby T-Mobile Arena, soon home to Las Vegas’s only major-league sports franchise, is a huge selling point for hockey fans and ballers of all kinds. A typical evening for broker Shari Sanderson (lasvegascondomania.com), whose recent sales with business partner Michelle Manley at the Mandarin include a $4.1 million 43rd-floor unit and a $4.1 million 47th-floor penthouse, is meeting clients at their apartment and strolling with them to Carbone for dinner. “It’s a social club,” Sanderson says. It’s a club you want to be in if you’d like to find out about listings that don’t officially hit the market, like the 47th-floor Mandarin penthouse that Manley recently sold for $2.59 million. They also have a wraparound gray shell penthouse in The Martin, which, at just under 5,000 square feet and selling at $390 a square foot, is one of the best deals going right now. Most
On top of the world! Just one Veer penthouse is currently on the market: Veer West Tower #3603. below: It’s hard to beat the view from the living room at Mandarin Oriental penthouse #3108.
A high-tech entertainment center is part of the package at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental #4101. below: This penthouse at The Martin is just a gray shell for now—designing a work of art around the view is the fun part.
penthouses are sold gray shell—a blank canvas for the owner to customize, Sanderson explains. But she and Manley have sold most of them—including 35 penthouses in two weeks in 2013—and they’re not even promoting some of their penthouses. “It’s kind of an in-crowd thing to find out what we actually have,” Sanderson explains. If you want to get on these realtors’ radars, it helps if you already own a high-end property and want some insight on what it’s worth and how best to quietly sell it. The concierges and VIP hosts who help with sold-out show tickets and private-jet bookings might also have a top real estate broker on their frequently dialed numbers. If all else fails, there are some stunning properties that are publicly listed, like a $2.99 million, 31st-floor Mandarin unit Sanderson recently put on the market. In nearby Veer Towers, Pordes Residential (pordesresidential.com) has its final penthouse on the market for $1.9 million. There’s little in the pipeline to compete with them. “Even if somebody decided to build a condo, it would take years for planning and development and construction,” says Darwin Dizon, the Veer sales director for Pordes Residential. “There’s no space really. Maybe if somebody took down a hotel, but I can’t imagine that.” So what’s already in the sky is the limit. Finding it is the game.
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home décor BACCARAT Here you’ll find exquisite glass and colored-crystal tableware, home décor, and lighting, plus gifts galore. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-6936877; baccarat.com
HOMESTORE The gorgeous selection at Encore’s Homestore includes treasures like the Wynn Dream Bed, plus furniture, sculptures, and other artistic interior accents. Encore Las Vegas, 702-770-5477; wynnlasvegas.com
LALIQUE Inspired by René Lalique’s original glass pieces, this Shops at Crystals boutique carries the brand’s sparkling line of vases, sculptures, clocks, chandeliers, and more. The Shops at Crystals, 702-5072375; lalique.com
LAS VEGAS DESIGN CENTER At the Las Vegas Design Center’s Design Salon, clients enjoy an unparalleled assortment of showrooms, plus personal-shopping services and consultations. 495 S. Grand Central Pkwy., 702-599-3093; lvdesigncenter.com
LAS VEGAS MARKET World Market Center’s biannual Las Vegas Market introduces the public to thousands of furniture, gift, and
home décor merchants. 475 S. Grand Central Pkwy., 800-748-5065; lasvegasmarket.com
PATINA DÉCOR One of the highlights of Downtown’s design district, this expertly curated boutique specializes in midcentury modern and period furnishings, plus vintage couture clothing. 1300 S. Main St., Ste. 140, 702-776-6222; patinadecorlv.com
RIVER NORTH Tucked inside The Market LV at Tivoli Village, this pop-upstyle boutique offers a small yet memorable selection of candles, plush linens, and other fine home accessories. Tivoli Village, 702-3310344; rivernorthlv.com
WEST ELM Stock up on modern furniture, textiles, and kitchenware from one of the most popular décor brands in the market. The District at Green Valley Ranch, Henderson, 702-2635083; westelm.com
Z GALLERIE Z Gallerie’s offerings include both exclusive and brand-name home furnishings and décor pieces inspired by a variety of global influences. Fashion Show, 702-696-9733; zgallerie.com
hotels ARIA The spectacular setup at Aria includes two classes of suites—the Tower Suites and Sky Suites—plus awardwinning restaurants
and lagoon-like pools. 702-590-7111; aria.com
Enjoy close proximity to the best of Downtown Vegas at this contemporary retreat, known for its sleek interiors and rooftop pool deck. 855-384-7263; downtowngrand.com
Known for its famed fountain show and must-see art collection, Bellagio brings a sense of Italian romance to the heart of the Strip. 702693-7111; bellagio.com
CAESARS PALACE One of the oldest hotels on the Strip continues to evolve with the recent debuts of its revamped Julius Tower, Omnia Nightclub, and trendsetting restaurants. 866-227-5938; caesars.com
COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS The ultimate go-to resort for the young and stylish invites guests to indulge in a bevy of over-the-top nightlife experiences— and three ultracool open-air pools. 702-6987000; cosmopolitan lasvegas.com
THE CROMWELL This boutique-style hotel plays host to Giada De Laurentiis’s eponymous restaurant, Salvatore Calabrese’s bar Bound, and the rooftop Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub. 702-777-3777; thecromwell.com
DELANO LAS VEGAS Inspired by the glamour of South Beach, the all-suite Delano Las Vegas offers access to a number of high-style dining and nightlife venues, as well as adjacent Mandalay Bay. 702-632-7888; delanolasvegas.com
ENCORE LAS VEGAS Wynn Las Vegas’s sister resort is home to a dynamic collection of suites, restaurants, and indoor/outdoor entertainment venues, including Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub. 702-770-7000; wynnlasvegas.com
FOUR SEASONS LAS VEGAS Located next to Mandalay Bay, this exclusive Art Decoinspired hideaway offers respite from the pulsing energy of the Strip. 702-632-5000; fourseasons.com
GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT Just a short drive from the Strip, Green Valley’s lush Mediterranean resort aims to entice with an award-winning spa and steakhouse. 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, 702-617-7777; greenvalleyranch .sclv.com
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO Embrace Vegas’s rock-’n’-roll spirit at this iconic resort complete with multiple nightlife venues, theaters, and
action-packed pools. 702-693-5000; hardrockhotel.com
MANDALAY BAY The gold-plated palace at the south end of the Strip is the focal point of a resort complex that also features a sprawling pool playground, aquarium, and events center.877-632-7700; mandalaybay.com
MANDARIN ORIENTAL This Asian-inspired hideaway boasts Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist restaurant, a chic tearoom, and one of the Strip’s most exclusive pool decks. 702-590-8888; mandarinoriental.com
MGM GRAND Guarded by a 45-foot bronze lion, this massive hotel is home to Hakkasan nightclub and restaurants from celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Joël Robuchon. 877-880-0880; mgmgrand.com
THE MIRAGE The Mirage’s tropically inspired grounds channel the spirit of Polynesia with an erupting volcano, saltwater aquarium, and dedicated animal habitats. 702-791-7111; mirage.com
MONTE CARLO RESORT & CASINO The palatial Monte Carlo Resort offers nearly 3,000 guestrooms and suites, as well as prime positioning near the new T-Mobile Arena. 702-730-7777; montecarlo.com
NOBU HOTEL Located inside Caesars Palace, the first Nobu Hotel worldwide is a Japanese-inspired haven beloved by celebrities and VIPs alike. 702-7856677; caesars.com
PALAZZO The exclusive tower connected to Venetian provides uncompromised access to gourmet dining, Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and the Grand Canal Shoppes. 702-6077777; palazzo.com
PALMS CASINO RESORT
866-919-7472; planethollywood resort.com
RED ROCK CASINO, RESORT & SPA This contemporary resort offers amenities ranging from a luxury spa to a bowling alley to a top-ranked sports book. 702-797-7777; redrock.sclv.com
SLS LAS VEGAS SLS brings urban cool to the Strip’s north end with celebrity chef-helmed restaurants and a variety of chic nightspots. 702-7617000; slslasvegas.com
This sexy threetowered resort features a glamorous array of Fantasy Suites inspired by themes like classic Hollywood and Barbie’s Dream House, plus the nightspot Ghostbar. 702-942-7777; palms.com
PARIS LAS VEGAS
Large suites, miles of dreamy canals and attractions like the Vegas outpost of Madame Tussauds make this one of the Strip’s most popular resorts. 702-414-1000; venetian.com
Inspired by the City of Lights, this themed hotel features its own replica of the Eiffel Tower and Strip-front eateries like Mon Ami Gabi and Eiffel Tower Restaurant. 877-796-2096; parislasvegas.com
PLANET HOLLYWOOD Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez hold court at this ultrahip casino resort connected to the Axis Theater and Miracle Mile Shops.
Situated across from Aria, this understated all-suite hotel offers a fireside patio bar, an ESPA-branded spa, and an enviable center-Strip location. 702-590-2111; vdara.com
WYNN LAS VEGAS A Strip icon, Steve Wynn’s eponymous resort stuns with interiors accented by masterful horticultural exhibits, multiple world-class eateries, and luxury retailers. 702-770-7000; wynnlasvegas.com
real estate ASCAYA This up-and-coming luxury development in Henderson’s McCullough Range will feature sprawling custom homes and a clubhouse. 1 Ascaya Blvd., Henderson, 702978-5800; ascaya.com
ELYSIAN AT THE DISTRICT Designed to impress, these multifloor townhomes provide close proximity to The District at Green Valley Ranch and the action of the Strip. 2151 Village Walk Dr., Henderson, 866-584-5845; elysian atthedistrict.com
JUHL This Downtown highrise offers flats, lofts, and townhomes, plus chic amenities like a rooftop deck, wine patio, and several ground-floor retailers. 353 E. Bonneville Ave, Ste. 103, 702-754-6300; juhllv.com
LAGO VISTA These contemporary designs from William Lyon Homes offer direct access to Lake Las Vegas and the newly restored Reflection Bay Golf Course. 58 Bella Lago Ave., Henderson, 702-856-0718; lyonhomes.com
THE LENNOX Featuring one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings and social spaces outfitted in retro-style furnishings, Henderson’s Lennox caters to young creatives. 430 E. Cactus Ave., 702-527-5233; thelennoxlv.com
THE EDGE OF PERFECTION Why take it to the Strip, when you can take it to the Edge? Located inside the Westgate Las Vegas, Edge Steakhouse represents classic Vegas with modern ﬂair. Blending traditional American steakhouse favorites with the best cuts of beef, the chefs butcher in-house using topquality beef from American farms such as Creekstone, Double R. and Snake River. Other indulgences include top-rated Miyazaki A-5 beef and a 450-bottle wine list. For those interested in something more social, Edge offers Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday featuring a $10 and under cocktail and appetizer menu. Edge Steakhouse 3000 Paradise Road Las Vegas NV 89109 702.732.5277
SpaCe the guide Station CaSinoS Some have a midlife crisis to celebrate their 40th. Station Casinos went public and bought The Palms (shown)! Forty years ago, gaming visionary Frank Fertitta Jr. decided to create an off-Strip gaming and entertainment establishment for locals, and opened The Casino, a 5,000-square-foot venue on Sahara Avenue with 100 slot machines and a snack bar. This brilliant idea served as a game changer for the community, and Station Casinos was born. When Fertitta Jr. retired in 1993, he passed the poker chip to his children, Frank Fertitta III (chairman and CEO) and Lorenzo Fertitta (vice chairman and president), and the two have since grown the 20-property company into a billion-dollar business. Now thanks to Station Casinos returning to NASDAQ as a publicly-traded company, coupled with the recent $312 million acquisition of Palms Casino Resort, this family-owned casino empire just continues to expand. sclv.com
ONE LAS VEGAS
Minimalist design meets top-tier amenities—think multiple pools, outdoor fireplaces, and fitness center—at this industrial-style loft community. 2715 W. Pebble Road, 702-435-0505; loft5lv.com
It’s all about the amenities at this luxe high-rise community, which has a two-story fitness center, movie theater, and gaming lounge. 8255 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-405-9020; theonelv.com
An on-site screening room, wine cellar, and concierge service only add to the setup at this opulent Stripfacing condo complex. 1 Hughes Center Dr., 702-938-7000; parktowers.com
MACDONALD HIGHLANDS One of Vegas’s most prestigious developments, this mountainside community offers luxury custom homes and entrance to the exclusive Dragon Ridge Country Club. 552 S. Stephanie St., Henderson, 702-6149100; macdonald highlands.com
THE OGDEN Downtown’s premier high-rise building houses residential condos, a rooftop pool deck, and a curated collection of retailers and gourmet eateries. 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N., 702-478-4700; ogdenlv.com
ONE QUEENSRIDGE PLACE These residential skyscrapers feature European-style condos and penthouses, plus a concierge service, indoor and outdoor pools, and a Roman spa. 9103 Alta Dr., 702-750-1092; charluxury.com
PALMS PLACE The energy of 24-hour Vegas comes to life in this Palms-owned condo just blocks from the Strip and next door to its harderpartying sibling, Palms Casino Resort. Plus, it houses the serene Drift Spa & Hammam. 4381 W. Flamingo Road, 702-944-3460; palmsplacesales.com
THE RESIDENCES AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL The Strip-front condos at Mandarin Oriental offer exclusive amenities ranging from 24-hour in-home dining to complimentary poolside cabanas. 702-590-8883; mandarinoriental.com
THE RIDGES Summerlin’s crown jewel neighborhood features spectacular custom homes, a members-only club, and a Jack Nicklausdesigned golf course. 11277 Marble Ridge Dr., 702-255-2500; summerlin.com/ the-ridges
SKY LAS VEGAS At the north end of the Strip, this modern
marvel houses condos, penthouses, and three-story suites with rooftop patios. 2700 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702- 877-4759; skylasvegas.com
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS With a spectacular mountain setting, this premier masterplanned community houses multiple neighborhoods of massive luxury lots, plus a golf club and spa. 12200 Southern Highlands Pkwy., 702-616-2500; southernhighlands.com
SUMMERLIN The Howard Hughes Corporation’s master-planned assemblage of family-friendly villages provides a utopian bridge from the Strip to Red Rock Canyon. 10801 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-791-4000; summerlin.com
TURNBERRY PLACE Steps away from the Strip, this residential high-rise complex features hotel-style
amenities like valet parking, a concierge, and limousine service. 2827 Paradise Road, 702-784-4601; turnberryplace.com
TURNBERRY TOWERS Strip-facing luxury condos are equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, private terraces, and oversize Jacuzzi tubs. 222 Karen Ave., 702-732-9797; turnberrytowers.com
VANTAGE LUXURY LOFTS Vantage’s single-story flats, sleek lofts, and multilevel penthouses bring a new level of sophistication to Henderson. 201 S. Gibson Road, Henderson, 877-515-6803; vantagelasvegas.com
VEER TOWERS Perched beside Crystals, Veer’s’ exquisite Strip-front condos and residences yield access to rooftop infinity-edge pools, fitness centers, and media rooms. 3726 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-748-8285; veertowers.com
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THE OGDEN The Ogden is a 21-story, high-rise in the center of exciting downtown Las Vegas. Now featuring The Cragin floor plan with three bedrooms, two-and-one-half bathrooms, large kitchen ideal for entertaining, optional office, lots of natural light, views of valley mountains and the classic downtown skyline. Spanning 1,847 square feet; priced from $499,900. Life in the center of it all: Ogdenlv.com
NOVEMBER 15: EIGHTH ANNUAL VEGAS GIVES
LAS VEGAS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
On Thursday, November 15, Grand Canal Shoppes and Vegas magazine will celebrate nine charitable women who strive to make a difference in our community.
Feast on an extraordinary selection of delicious foods from locally renowned celebrity chefs. Savor delectable sips of the finest wines and spirits Las Vegas has to offer. Enjoy the good life at the legendary, SLS Las Vegas Casino & Resort. Experience a food and wine festival like no other!
$50 donation includes event entry and two drawing tickets; $100 donation includes event entry and five drawing tickets; Additional drawing tickets available at the event for $40 each or five for $100 (CASH & CHECK ONLY)
September 15-18 SLS Las Vegas Casino & Resort vegasfoodandwine.com
MIRACLE MILE SHOPS
ONE LAS VEGAS
Experience pure Shopulation within Miracle Mile Shops, 1.2 miles of style. Featuring more than 200 shops including Sephora, Desigual, Drybar, H&M and BCBGMAXAZRIA, plus tempting restaurants and entertainment, the peak of excitement awaits around every corner. Miracle Mile Shops is located at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas.
The Hayford Peak floor plan at One Las Vegas, a twin-tower, high-rise condominium located on So. Las Vegas Blvd., features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, massive great room and balcony with gorgeous mountain views. This ranch house in the sky is ideal for entertaining, encompasses 1344 square feet and boasts luxury details, including large walk-in closets. Priced from $324,900.
For information, call 888.800.8284 or visit MiracleMileShopslv.com
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Barrett-Jackson auctions have evolved over the last 45 years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable vehicles cross the block in front of a global audience — in person and on live television. Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Auction will take place October 13th through 15th at Mandalay Bay and will feature the extraordinary Tammy Allen Collection. Info at Barrett-Jackson.com
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LIVING LAS VEGAS
I GOT HIGH ON YOGA
For someone with a pathological fear of heights, doing a downwardfacing anything from 550 feet seems, you know, wrong. Think of other things that are the approximate height of the Linq’s High Roller: the Washington Monument, the Seattle Space Needle—neither of which I have any desire to stand atop in Lululemons contorting myself. But then I saw this picture of Giada De Laurentiis, bestowing her gentle blessing on the entire Vegas valley from the wheel’s apex. This summer, the High Roller inked a deal with Silent Savasana to offer yoga on high, with a live instructor and music through a headset, filtering out ambient noise–and perhaps, your fear of falling. The hour-long session promised to leave me “soothed,” and “focused.” What Would Giada Do? I signed on. As we ascended, resting on our mats to the gentle vibrations and a great soundtrack, my internal monologue went something like: “Can Giada see into her kitchen from here?” and “How much higher am I than Venetian’s campanile?” (Answer: 235 feet.) But then the hushed voice of our instructor broke through: “Stop thinking so much.” I did, and a magical thing happened: No vertigo, just peaceful hovering over the best view of Vegas I’d ever had. Emboldened, I soared into shoulder pose and dived into downward dog, and felt just as Zenned out as Giada looked, if sweatier, and with less awesome hair. And I emerged, yes, soothed and focused. caesars.com/linq/high-roller.
Giada De Laurentiis was clearly so relaxed on her yoga journey on the High Roller, she didn’t even know her picture was being taken.
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