The inaugural edition of WWD/MAGIC International runs from today through Feb. 24. In the exhibit hall in the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel Convention Complex, approximately 900 booths of women’s resources are showing lines at all price points. For easier shopping, the 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, set up just steps away from the men’s market, will be divided into the following categories: designer/bridge, better, moderate, denim, junior, contemporary, intimate apparel, activewear, swimwear and accessories. Live From Las Vegas
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS
The showgirls — with their sequined G-string bikinis and elaborate headdresses — are alive and well on the Las Vegas Strip. The Tropicana’s Folies Bergere, Bally’s Jubilee revue and Flamingo Hilton’s Radio City Rockettes are shaking it up nightly. Even as the feathers fly, however, the face of entertainment here is changing. Because the city now attracts more families, wholesome entertainment is in high demand. Case in point: illusionists Siegfried & Roy sell out their 1,500-seat theater at The Mirage twice nightly. They’ve been doing that for five years straight. At $78.35 a pop, they were the world’s highest grossing live entertainment act last year. Who else can make an elephant disappear into thin air?
Next door, in Treasure Island’s Cirque du Soleil theater, aerialists, synchronized bungee jumpers, equilibrists and Taiko drummers turn their crafts into magical art forms. Their production, “Mystere,” is well worth the $57.20 ticket price.
Of course, traditional entertainment is not too far away. Wayne Newton, a.k.a. “Mr. Las Vegas,” is headlining at the Luxor. For $49.50, he can be caught performing such hits as “Danke Schoen,” “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” and “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.”
Caesars is moving into beauty. It has introduced a new spa treatment line — Ferentina — that was inspired by the legendary Roman baths and named for the Roman spirit of Nature and Water.
The line features botanical ingredients such as rose extract, which the Greeks believed to be the blood of Aphrodite; aloe vera, which Cleopatra was said to have bathed in to preserve her beauty; parsley extract, supposedly used by Hercules to soothe and cleanse, and thyme extract, from the Greek word thymus meaning courage.
Contained in gold canisters, items at $15 to $39.50 retail include Imperial After Bath Spray, Isle of Capri Moisture Mist, Egyptian Moisture Balm, Pompeii Bath Crystals, Tuscan Bath & Shower Gel and Etruscan Body Scrub. In addition, Ferentina, a soft, sweet fragrance, comes in a small glass bottle with a purple glass stopper. The line is available at gift shops in Caesars Palace and at a stand in Caesars Forum Shops. It can also be ordered by phone: 1-800-843-1043.
Elvis’s blue Cadillac, Liberace’s candelabra-laden Zimmer, Steve McQueen’s racing green Allard and Indian motorcycle. They’re all parked right on the Strip. The Imperial Palace Auto Collection — one of the largest private collections in the world — comprises about 750 vehicles. At any given time, about 250 of them are displayed on the fifth floor of the hotel’s parking facility. Aside from entertainers’ wheels, there are bullet-proof vehicles once owned by various U.S. presidents and dictators including Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito. After a spin around the museum-like space, stop by the bar in the Duesenberg Room for a drink. That’s where the world’s largest collection of Model J Duesenbergs are kept.