M Life Winter 2011 : Page 74

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Rebecca Frisch

FROM HIGH COUTURE TO TRENDY BOUTIQUES FOR LESS, LAS VEGAS IS A SHOPPER’S PARADISE.FOLLOW THIS INSIDER’S GUIDE AND BE AS DAZZLING AS THE CITY ITSELF.<br /> <br /> We all do it. Right before our dream getaway, the shopping bug bites and we splurge on vacation-chic fashion finds. A cool pair of shades for the pool. An eye-catching outfit for a night on the town. However, do that before heading to Vegas and you may regret it (or maybe you already are).<br /> <br /> On par with the famed retail experiences of Beverly Hills or Paris, Las Vegas is a fashionable destination in its own right with brands just as awe-inspiring and indulgent as the city itself. Imagine North America’s biggest Louis Vuitton, the West Coast’s only Lanvin and the largest Van Cleef & Arpels in the country all under one (architecturally stunning) roof.<br /> <br /> It’s no mirage. Years ago, creating a dream-shopping excursion involved jetting around the globe, now it’s as simple as heading to Vegas where the odds of scoring stylish finds are always in your favor, no matter your fashion persona or budget.<br /> <br /> Whether you love couture or believe the “v” in diva stands for “value,” finding true retail bliss on the famed Strip is as easy as picking your favorite fashion personality from this insider’s guide. (Warning: Choosing all four may lead to your best wardrobe ever.)<br /> <br /> FASHIONISTA <br /> <br /> If you adore effortless and timeless style, you are a true fashionista. Trends have no place in your wardrobe. Instead your closet is filled with an eclectic mix of vintage classics and couture. Vogue magazine is your fashion bible and style blogs like " e Sartorialist and Fashionista (obviously) are among the favorites bookmarked on Your computer. For you, luxury brands such as Hermès, Cavalli and Versace will always be the standard-setters.<br /> <br /> Enhance your singular style at Crystals at CityCenter, the breathtaking shopping and entertainment district where you’ll find not only those iconic brands, but the fashion powerhouses referenced at the beginning of this guide as well. And, that’s only the beginning.<br /> <br /> Just as stunning as Crystals’ spectacularly jagged façade (designed by fashionable starchitect Daniel Libeskind) is the sheer number of luxury retailers inside. Not only will you find an almost A-to-Z collection of the world’s most respected fashion houses, each boutique is special in its own right by being either the biggest in the city – and sometimes, in the country, the hemisphere or the world – or by being the only boutique of its kind within city limits.<br /> <br /> Next door at Bellagio, the city’s first high-fashion retail experience still reigns as one of the best in the West. Described as an indoor Rodeo Drive, Via Bellagio features some of the most illustrious names in fashion. A light-filled promenade showcases the full collections of such style leaders as Giorgio Armani and Chanel all while being in tantalizing proximity to Bellagio’s world-famous dining, gaming and entertainment offerings.<br /> <br /> PREFER-TO-HAVE-SOMEONE-ELSE-DO-IT-ISTA <br /> <br /> Remember how nice it was to find the day's outfit laid out with care?To know you were going to be as cute as a button or as sharp as a tack with no effort at all? Get that feeling back again with dedicated concierge shopping services at Crystals.<br /> <br /> Crystals’ concierge desk boasts one of the city’s best-kept shopping secrets: men and women as knowledgeable about each store’s offerings as the staff at the boutiques themselves. " e jawdropping personal shopping experience encompasses more than 30 luxury retail brands, from Carolina Herrera and Emilio Pucci to TOM FORD and Yves St. Laurent. Need a strapless white cocktail dress? Silver stilettos? A one-of-a-kind diamond engagement ring?(Hey, it is Vegas.) Crystals’ concierge can tell you exactly where to find it, preventing aimless store-to-store wandering.<br /> <br /> Crystals’ concierge also can secure dining, spa and show reservations at any MGM Resorts International Las Vegas hotel. From booking tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s newest production Viva ELVIS at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter to reserving a rejuvenating spa treatment at Spa Bellagio, they arrange it while you find better uses for your time. " e best part? " e services of Crystals’ skillful concierge team are complimentary. Talk about the best free attraction in town.<br /> <br /> TRENDSETTER <br /> <br /> If you know exactly what whorts, jeggings and shoots are (and likely own one, if not all, of them), you don’t just love fashion; you’re a trendsetter. You are addicted to emerging styles and are likely hopelessly hooked on exclusive members-only shopping sites including Gilt Groupe and HauteLook. First to flaunt new fashions, you enjoy turning heads.<br /> <br /> Make sure to stay at the center of attention by seeking out " e Strip’s hidden fashion gems such as those within Las Vegas’ newest and hottest resort ARIA. At Papillion, discover the exotic handbags of Nancy Gonzalez or Kara Ross amidst a rainbow-hue of accessories just as exquisite as the butterflies for which the shop is named. A few steps away at Terrene, the flirty feminine Lines of Blue Girl and Red Valentino enchant while contemporary menswear from Italy’s CARUSO and Australia’s Isaiah can be found at ARIA Men’s.<br /> <br /> At Bellagio, La Scarpa is a shoe-loving trendsetter’s dream. A stark white backdrop displays footwear as if sparkling jewels. Boots, flats, heels and sandals fill the space and invite the exploration of eyecatching collections such as the sleek Lara Bohinc to the gorgeous resort sandals of Cocobelle.<br /> <br /> Complete your look with a trendy pair of must-have designer shades from OPTICA (with locations inside " e Mirage, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo) or MesmerEyes at Bellagio.<br /> <br /> (Oh, and if you’re trying to figure it out, whorts are winter shorts, jeggings are leggings that look like jeans and shoots are a cross between shoes and boots, according to a fashion dictionary by British retailer Debenhams.)<br /> <br /> BARGAINISTA <br /> <br /> You know who you are. You rock the latest looks while leaving your bank account rock solid with no one the wiser. While friends and family pay compliments, you realize it pays to shop around and that great fashion doesn’t need to come at a high price.<br /> <br /> You stay on top of the styles and delight in boutiques that allow you to look glam for less such as LX fashions secreted away within Luxor, xclusiv hidden deep within MGM Grand and " e Shoppes at Mandalay Place tucked between Mandalay Bay and Luxor. Each offers a selection of trendy men’s and women’s clothing from some of the most recognizable names in fashion.<br /> <br /> For glittering jewelry, colorful wraps, handbags and more, just visit the $10 boutiques at Circus Circus, Excalibur, New York-New York and MGM Grand or Luxury for Less at Monte Carlo (where nothing’s more than $25) for the perfect accessory.<br /> <br /> AND THEY LIVED FASHIONABLY EVER AFTER <br /> <br /> They say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but the trendy finds in your luggage don’t count. Fashion scout’s honor. Don’t have enough room for your loot? Don’t worry. A luggage store is just a quick cab ride or walk away. Don’t have enough time for that? Your Business Center can discreetly pack and ship your stash to wherever you hang your oh-so-stylish hat.

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