The haute burger craze spreads to Sin City with the opening of the BLT Burger at The Mirage. BLT Burger is the debut Las Vegas outpost of chef Laurent Tourondel’s 11 BLT restaurant empire, and the second devoted to his French-tinged interpretation of a typical American hamburger joint.
The 11 burgers on the Vegas menu feature patties made from the de rigueur Angus and Kobe beef to ones crafted from salmon, tandoori-style lamb and falafel. As an homage to Sin City, Tourondel put a special hamburger on the menu: the Stripper, a 7-oz. beef burger served sans bun. Hamburgers are priced from $7 to $17 and cooked on an exposed grill in the middle of the restaurant.
House cocktails include the Showgirl, made from vodka, guava nectar and lime, and special milk shakes such as the Fuzzy the Bear, made with peaches, peach schnapps and vanilla ice cream.
Designed by the New York-based Rockwell Group, the interior is pure Las Vegas: A yellow-glazed lava stone bar is lit by chrome pendant lights, while a floor-to-ceiling sepia print of the surrounding landscape hedges in the dining area, which seats 198.
BLT Burger at The Mirage Hotel & Casino,
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-792-7888.
— Max Padilla
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has opened Wasted Space, a new lounge on the Strip that co-founder and motocross star Carey Hart has tagged as the first ever “anti nightclub.” Wasted Space leaves the pompous theatrics of club-hopping behind, and instead looks to create an atmosphere that boasts an authentic rock ’n’ roll vibe through fashion, art and music.
Since opening in mid-July, the 5,000-square-foot venue, co-owned by Hart, baseball player Jason Giambi and Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden, has attracted every visiting rock star in town, with some even taking to the stage for impromptu performances.
Holding a crowd of up to 500 people six nights a week, Wasted Space features live music two nights a week featuring both established rockers and unsigned acts. Cover charges range from $10 to $25 at the door, depending on who is playing that night.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino,
4455 Paradise Road; 702-693-5000.
— Elisabeth Miller
Fans of bad boy Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier can now physically experience the designer’s lifestyle vision at Christian Audigier Nightclub, his new Treasure Island venue.
Audigier has partnered with the Pure Management Group, the same team behind Lax and Pure in Las Vegas, and produced a club that feels authentically like the shaved-head, tattoo-sporting designer. Red velvet walls are lined with Audigier’s signature roses and skulls, ceilings are pierced by black chandeliers, black fake-crocodile leather booths border the room and the bar is made of shiny black pebbles and red mirrors. While the decor is definitely strong, the real centerpiece of the club is a pair of large-scale water tanks filled with exotic jellyfish.
The expansive liquor list will also include Audigier’s own line of wines and champagnes.
Christian Audigier Nightclub at Treasure Island,
3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-894-7580.
Surf and Turf
The old Luxor Steakhouse has been reinvented as Tender Steak & Seafood.
Designed by Thomas Schoos of Tao, Koi and the The Penthouse Restaurant at The Huntley Hotel fame, the restaurant now has a decidedly old Las Vegas feel. Guests pass through grand cherrywood doors and a marble foyer to find a restaurant covered in rich wood and plush leather booths.
The menu offers a wide range of steakhouse favorites and a few new twists, with much of the food sourced from local organic farmers. All cuts of meat are USDA prime and aged for 21 days; sides include baked vegetable chips and organic wild mushroom risotto. The menu also boasts raw oysters, as well as other seafood, and a range of caviars.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)