Comedian, author, talk show host and awards night diva Joan Rivers’ career has survived through five decades, countless plastic surgeries and miles of red carpet. And now, Rivers is bringing her schtick to the Stardust Theater.
The Brooklyn-born Rivers began her onstage career as an actress and soon developed a stand-up comedy act featured on television and on the Las Vegas circuit. The Sixties brought “That Show With Joan Rivers,” along with frequent guest appearances on late-night talk shows, where her catch phrase “Can we talk?” became familiar the world over.
During the Eighties, Rivers served as a regular stand-in for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” wrote several best-selling books and performed
on Broadway, culminating with her own talk show, the Emmy Award-winning “The Joan Rivers Show,” in 1989.
In 1998, Rivers and her daughter joined the E! network, hosting award preshows known for scolding celebrities for their fashion faux pas. As a result, Rivers has a new catch phrase, “So, who are you wearing?”
Joan Rivers at the Stardust Theater, 3000 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 8 p.m. For tickets, call 866-8-SHOWS. General admission tickets: $43.96; premium seats: $54.95.
An acclaimed wine list featuring more than 2,200 bottles and a collection of rare cognacs might fool you into thinking that the drink is the main attraction at Mistral, the fourth Las Vegas restaurant from celebrity chef André Rochat. But make no mistake: Fine French cuisine is the star of this elegant dining room, marked by custom-appointed tables generously spaced beneath the high-domed, chandeliered ceiling.
Appetizers include escargots de bourgogne with garlic herb butter ($12.95) and duck foie gras, either served cold in a terrine with riesling plum compote and Minus 8 vinegar ($22.95) or sautéed
and served with a warm brioche and rhubarb napoleon and pickled leeks ($23.95). Entrées offer something for every carnivore, including a 2-lb. Maine lobster (market price) and roasted pork tenderloin stuffed with apples and walnuts and served with gruyère mashed potatoes and cider sauce ($31.95). A chocolate or Grand Marnier soufflé or warm apple tarte tatin with ginger ice cream and rum raisin caramel sauce (all $11.95) completes the meal.Mistral, Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 South Paradise Road, 702-792-6373, mistrallv.com. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30-close.
JUST ADD WATER
By day, the Skin Pool Lounge at the Palms is open to hotel guests only, but on Skinny Dip Tuesdays, anyone who can pass muster at the velvet rope beginning at 9 p.m. can frolic the night away alongside the DJs, “mermaids” and go-go dancers who set the scene around the lavender-lit pool.
The bar’s signature 14-oz. cocktails, dubbed Skintilations ($9), have names such as Morty’s Bikini Remover, Gina’s G-String, The Sunburn…you get the idea. Edibles include everything from shrimp cocktail ($14) and Chinese chicken salad ($10) to root beer floats ($7) and steak and eggs ($18).
Of course, VIPs such as Tara Reid and Nicky Hilton prefer to rent out private cabanas (prices vary) tricked out with refrigerators, ceiling fans and misters, where an extra $120 to $190 can buy you a Swedish or deep tissue massage.
Leave your watch at home, since closing time is totally dependent on the crowd and there is no such thing as last call in Sin City. Should you make it an all-nighter, sunbathers can buy sunscreen and beachwear from the Stuff boutique, which includes bikinis by Holmes, Vitamin A and Frankie B.
Skin Pool Lounge, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 West Flamingo Road, 702-942-SKIN. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Skinny Dip Tuesdays begin at 9 p.m.
A CUT ABOVE
“Star treatment” is the name of the game at ARCS (A Robert Cromeans Salon) in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. And the staff plays the game well — celebrities including Natalie Portman and Renée Zellweger are counted among the patrons of this Las Vegas outpost of salon icon Robert Cromeans, artistic director for John Paul Mitchell Systems and a frequent guest on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”
The salon’s client list may be a Who’s Who of Vegas high rollers and A-list celebrities, but the award-winning staff at ARCS Mandalay Bay gives all its clients the attention they need to stand out in Sin City. And at fairly reasonable prices: Haircuts start at $68; single-process color starts at $85, and highlights begin at $110. Of course, you’ll have to get an appointment first.A Robert Cromeans Salon (ARCS) Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 105, 702-632-6130. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews