WHETHER YOU'RE AN ART AFICIONADO, BAR BUNNY OR STYLE-SAVVY SPA-GOER, THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN LAS VEGAS.
For those who prefer a more intimate resort experience off the Strip, there's the 201-room Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, located 10 miles away in Henderson, Nev. There's not a single slot machine to be found in the Mediterranean-style lobby. The gaming and restaurants -- including The Original Pancake House, Il Fornaio and Border Grill -- have a separate entrance, designed to lure locals to the property, as well. Another big draw for R&R-seekers is the 10,000-square-foot Dolphin Court Grand Spa, with treatment rooms featuring glass ceilings and underwater views of an overhead reflecting pool. Beyond that, there's an artificial sandy beach and a cabana-lined pool. But you won't completely forget that you're in Vegas: From most windows in the hotel, you can enjoy a dazzling view of the Strip. Interstate 215 and Green Valley Parkway, (702) 617-7777, greenvalleyranchresort.com.
Raising the Bar
Whiskey Sky, the nightspot at Green Valley Ranch, offers up the same chic attitude as its L.A. counterparts, also owned by Rande Gerber. Patrons enter the watering hole, designed by Michael Czysz, either from a set of 2,000-pound white lacquer double doors off the lobby or a glossy white staircase accessible by private elevator. Cocktail-sipping hotties are then transported into a groovy world of shaken, not stirred martinis and ambient lighting. "I was inspired by all those great James Bond movies of the Seventies," Czysz said. "You can almost imagine Sean Connery holding court with a cadre of Bond girls next to the 12-foot fireplace." There's also a pool table, a glass-encased dance floor and a terrace filled with the same pillow-strewn mattresses as Sky Bar and eight covered poolside "opium dens," each with its own bed, flat-screen TV, mist system, stereo/CD player and computer portal. Interstate 215 and Green Valley Parkway, (702) 617-7777.
Ever since its star-studded opening in January, Light has given visitors yet another drinking and dancing option, smack dab in the middle of the action, just above the main casino at the Bellagio Hotel. An 8,000-square-foot rectangular bar and lounge area surrounds a huge, sunken dance floor bordered with velvet booths and ottomans. Fire-juggling dancers also gyrate to top-40 tunes on the bar's dance floor. For the first few months, at least, count on this haunt to be a prime star-sighting spot. Bellagio Hotel, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 693-7111. Open 6 p.m.-4 a.m. daily.The Wild West
For those who think that cocktails served by model-esque bartenders is a bit too tame, but for whom strip bars are a tad too risque, there is Coyote Ugly. Similar to its New York sibling and the hit movie of the same name, the bar serves up Southern saloon atmosphere and hot female bartenders, who have elevated pouring drinks to an art form (co-owner Jennifer Worthington was actually an associate producer of the film). Each night, sexy, sassy, tough-talking "coyotes" climb atop the bar to perform a bold show filled with stunts ranging from fire-blowing to body shots to choreographed dance numbers, all while inviting customer interaction. There is ample room for patrons to dance on the bar, where even the most reserved guests are persuaded to showcase their talents and leave their undergarments behind for the "Bra Wall of Fame." New York-New York Hotel and Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 740-6969. Open Daily 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Cover $10 after 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Art aficionados are heralding the arrival in Las Vegas of two new museums, both located at the Venetian Hotel.
"Masterpieces and Master Collectors," the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, traces Modernism's roots in late 19th-century France, beginning with Impressionists Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Also on display are Post-Impressionist and early Modernist pieces by Paul Gauguin and Paul Cezanne, as well as 20th-century Modernist pieces by Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard. Paintings by Pablo Picasso done prior to and during the development of Cubism are on view, as are Cubist works by Fernand Leger, Robert Delaunay and Frank Kupka. The exhibition ends with abstract pieces by Wassily Kandinsky.
The Guggenheim Las Vegas, a 63,700-square-foot exhibition hall, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, will house large-scale exhibitions, the first of which is "The Art of the Motorcycle." The show explores the motorcycle as both a cultural icon and design achievement. The exhibition chronicles the most compelling moments in the evolution of motorcycle technology and design, and places the motorcycle within a cultural and historical context. More than 130 motorcycles are arranged chronologically, from a steam engine attached to a bicycle dating to 1868 to the most technologically advanced models. The exhibition also features a collection of approximately 200 pieces of motorcycle memorabilia, including ads and sales brochures. The Venetian Hotel, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 414-2440, guggenheimlasvegas.org. Both open 9:30 a.m-8:30 p.m. daily.Mobile Station
Alexander Calder, perhaps one of the best-known American sculptors, is credited with turning the mobile into a legitimate art form during the Thirties. Now a retrospective of his work from 1926 to 1976 is on display in the Bellagio Fine Art Gallery through July 24. Aside from mobiles, Calder created toys, jewelry and household objects made from wire, string, glass and ceramic fragments. Most of the pieces in the exhibition remained in the artist's personal collection, and many are rarely viewed by the public. Among the seldom seen pieces are "Roxbury Fish" and "Panama." 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 693-7871, bellagioartgallery.com. Open Sunday-Thursday,10 a.m-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,10 a.m.-9 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty