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Arrives at Crystals

The Shops at Crystals, Las Vegas’ premier luxury retail destination, celebrated philanthropy and fashion as thousands of people filled its stores for “Fashion Gives Back.” Hosted by George Kotsiopoulos of E!’s Fashion Police, the event featured more than a dozen Crystals’ boutiques partnering with local charities to raise funds for their respective causes.

Stylist to stars such as Julianne Moore and Anne Hathaway, Kotsiopoulos walked the red carpet with notables including Farid Matraki and Judy Stone of The Shops at Crystals, as well as DJ and model Harley Viera-Newton before heading to the runway. With Viera-Newton spinning upbeat indie rock, Kotsiopoulos provided commentary as eight models – adorned in covetable spring 2014 looks from Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, Donna Karan and Paul Smith – strutted down the catwalk.


“Crystals is the most glamorous shopping mecca in all of Las Vegas,” said Kotsiopoulos. “It's not just luxury retail stores; it's high-end luxury retail stores....housed all under one roof. I like to think of Crystals as helping to bring back the glamour of Las Vegas.”   


Throughout the night, champagne flowed as guests shopped for a cause and enjoyed fashionable fun:

  • Valentino held a gorgeous celebration for Nevada Ballet Theatre with host Audra Baldwin, where ballerinas from the company modeled the iconic brand’s hottest looks.
  • Kiki de Montparnasse and The Shade Tree joined for an elegant reception including a light aphrodisiac buffet as guests marveled at an interactive window display featuring Kiki’s seductive models.
  • Christian Dior showcased its legendary French savoir faire with Nathan Adelson Hospice and Chairs Susan Molasky, Jane Schorr, Beth Weinberger and Sharon Jenkins. Party guests sampled macarons from Hakkasan and sipped champagne, in true French style.
  • Porsche Design welcomed Jeff Leibow of Jersey Boys and his wife Melody for an evening of wine and delicious Thai hors d’oeuvres to support the NF Hope Foundation
  • Lanvin hosted the evening with Keep Memory Alive and Camille Ruvo as guests admired the brand’s Men’s and Women’s Fall 2013 Collection. 
  • To highlight its relationship with The Children’s Heart Foundation, Donna Karan’s boutique served adorable heart-shaped desserts at an exclusive reception hosted by Julie Marcus Downs, raising both awareness and funds for the charity. 
  • Bottega Veneta offered guests cocktails at an exclusive shopping event hosted by local tastemaker Leora Blau in support of beloved Las Vegas non-profit Opportunity Village
  • Live models displayed FENDI’s latest designs while guests enjoyed aperitifs and cocktails and raised funds for Communities in Schools of Nevada with host Susie Lee.
  • Shoe fanatics flooded Jimmy Choo to support The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, where hosts Heather DiChiaro, Barbara Silverberg and Ilana Vann mingled with guests.
  • Attendees scooped up looks from Roberto Cavalli’s Holiday and Spring 2014 collections while charity Three Square reaped the rewards. 
  • Dr. Brittany and Adam Stryker hosted a fabulous reception at TAG Heuer celebrating KIDDOS and the 50th anniversary of the renowned watch brand’s Carrera Collection.
  • Paul Smith’s boutique had guests nibbling on desserts from ARIA’s Jean Philippe Pâtisserie while raising funds for Generosity Water with Mike Snedegar and Jordan Wagner.
  • Louis Vuitton joined with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health for an exclusive evening of shopping, charity and bubbly.

While their ladies shopped, the gentlemen of “Fashion Gives Back” gathered at the Grey Goose Game Lounge to compete in classic games such as pool, foosball and pinball while sipping Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire specialty cocktails. Guests who showed a receipt for a purchase made that evening could try their luck at the Crane Game for a chance to win luxurious prizes from throughout the city.

Shoppers took a break from the action at a rejuvenating pop-up spa by The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, indulging in neck and shoulder massages and even a Diamond Magnetic Hand Treatment from Natura Bissé.

For a quick thirst quencher, guests visited the San Pellegrino Hydration Lounge to refresh with one of Pellegrino’s sparkling waters and Aqua Panna water. 

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See who's got their hands on the spring/summer 2014 collections first. 

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Red Carpet Glamour

When it comes to red carpet glamour, few events compete with the Cannes Film Festival’s sartorial spectacle and star power - the ball-gowns are bigger, the accessories are glitzier and the detailing more decadent. This year was no exception. See all of our favorite red carpet looks from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival at http://pinterest.com/crystalslv/cannes-film-festival-2013/




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Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational is one of celebrity golf’s most popular events not only for attracting the biggest names in sports and entertainment but also raising over $6 million dollars for charity.

That being said, there is no better way to fit in then by standing out in style.  Here are 5 must-haves to be fairway chic this weekend…


Thursday, April 4th –  the first round of MJCI celebrity-amateur competition; however you will not look like an amateur with your lightweight and 7-way dividers Porsche Design golf bag. Also, make sure you have your Paul Smith sunglasses as there is no need for sun to get in your eye while you’re trying to make a  hole-in-one.

Friday, April 5ththe final round of the amateur completion, make sure you blow everyone away with your Tag Heuer Professional Sport watch. Not only is it lightweight but has a unique flexibility that appeals to top sportsmen.

Saturday, April 6ththe first round of MJCI; No better way to fit in with the crown than with the ultra-sleek, light shell nylon baseball cap. This baseball cap will help keep you cool all day in the hot Las Vegas sun.

Sunday, April 7th Final round of MJCI; After being on the green all day, you will already be prepared for the award presentation with Zegna’s chic, made in Italy, short sleeve polo in pure cotton.


For more information about the MJCI tournament visit http://www.mjcigolf.com

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of meeting Nick Verreos.  You may remember him from a little show called “Project Runway.”  Verreos was on season two of the hit show and hasn’t slowed down since.  Last week Verreos hosted a private shopping experience with Barrett Jackson's VIP clients.  Before the shopping event, we sat down with the designer and talked about upcoming projects, Crystals at CityCenter, fall trends and of course, this season of “Project Runway.”

1.  Tell us about your latest project,...

For the last three years I’ve been working on my line called NV by Nick Verreos.  I’ve been working with people who will bring it to the mass market and department stores by summer 2013.  It will be women’s.  I have been fortunate enough to dress stars like Katy Perry and Beyoncé, and people want those dresses.  I was able to connect with the right people to bring those dresses to the everyday woman.  Pieces will retail from $118 – 168.  I would describe it for the girl who wants to upgrade from H&M. They’re not disposable pieces, but definitely fashionable and chic.

2.  The Emmy’s are on Sunday, any predictions?

I'll be doing a wrap up for NBC on Monday for TVGuide channel with Tabitha Coffee, Ali Landry and special guests from Bravo’s Real Housewives.  We’ll be giving our yays and nays for the night!  Ali (Landry) is actually wearing one of my dresses.

3.  Anything that you don’t like about red carpet coverage?

 style="margin-left: 80px;">Seacrest did not ask who men were wearing!  Ninety nine percent of what these celebs wear is loaned and they need to say it.  And because everyone watches these shows and gets on social media to talk about it, it so important to say who they are wearing.

4.  When was the last time you were in Vegas?

Seven years ago go for the Miss USA pageant. Yes, I’m a pageant queen!  I designed gowns for Miss USA and Miss Universe, so I came to support the ladies.  I travel so much, so I don’t get to come as often as I would like, especially being so close living in L.A.  I’ll actually be back soon for a hair wars spectacular.  I’ll be corresponding for the YouTube channel LookTV.

5.  What was your first impression of Crystals at CityCenter?

WOW. I want to get my wallet out right now.  It’s like the Champs-Elysées, Madison Avenue and Rodeo Drive all rolled into one!  Honestly, gorgeous.  Every single high-end store is here, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Tom Ford.  It’s so sophisticated and I love that Las Vegas is upping its sophistication level.

6.  Who are some of your favorite designers here at Crystals?

Pucci, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton. I absolutely love what Marc (Jacobs) is doing while at Lois Vuitton. I actually just bought a Dolce & Gabbana suit, possibly for the Oscar’s next year. I love walking into these stores and literally seeing everything in person that you see in Vogue or any magazine or the runway.

7.  What trend can any woman wear for Fall?

Women can wear big statement necklaces.  And the great thing is they come at any price point.  A lot of designers are actually building them into the look. 

Another great one is the peplum dress.  It cinches the waist and creates that hour glass figure that every woman wants.  Peplum’s can honestly make magic happen.  Panel color-blocking.  Stella (McCartney) does this fabulously.  Everyone doing this takes off 15 pounds. 

And a lot of people don’t believe this, but skinny jeans for all sizes.  I’ve styled some big and fab ladies and if you pair them with the right top, you’ll get it right.  And fall is about color, too.  Don’t just get black, think royal blue or a dark plum, trust me. 

And lastly, the bootie pump.  But be careful shorter women, you need to wear these with a legging or skinny jean or it will cut off your leg and shorten you.  Also, look for it with an open toe, having a bit of skin show will not cut you off.  I love it because it satisfies the bootie and the pump!

8.  Are you watching this season of “Project Runway? Who is your favorite? Who do you think will win?

Yes, I just came back from the season finale.  So I have insider information!  No seriously, my favorite to win is Christopher.  This last episode where he created the Rockettes costume based on the New York skyline, honestly, best design all season and he won that challenge.  I also like Fabio and Dmitry.  For a girl I would pick Melissa.  I would have said Ven, then he mistreated a client and had some plus-sized issues; his stock definitely went down in my book.

9.  After 10 seasons, what impact do you think Runway has made in the fashion industry?

First of all, I feel like a grandpa!  I was season two!  But it still is the granddaddy of all fashion shows.  After its success, so many others came.  I will say I don’t think there’s a huge impact in the industry, but it did educate the public on what we do.  I get stopped by moms, police officers, architects and they say, “I didn’t know you makes dresses the way we design buildings.” 

It’s funny, I was having dinner with Tim (Gunn) and we were stopped by like, four or five men who said their wives loved the show.  Then they started naming exact episodes and saying “I loved your Barbie design” and Tim and I were thinking “Ok, your wives love the show or you do?”  Fashion is a difficult world to get into, so it is an amazing show because I would have never guessed that seven years later I would be recognized on the street.

10.  What advice would you give to aspiring designers?

You don’t have to be rich to win.  You are the PR, marketing and the face of your product.  Ninety eight percent of it is showing up and that goes for everything in life. You really need to publicize yourself, when I was at FIDM, I would make my sister wear my clothes when we would go out. Start a blog, a visual resume; it’s so much easier to be out there now with social media.  Draw, draw, draw.  Be inspired, keep a diary.  Look at National Geographic, Home Décor, not just fashion magazines; you can get inspiration from anywhere.  And keep at it.  All those people that see Nicole Richie or Jessica Simpson make it and not to downgrade them, because they’re great, but that’s not usually how it works.  Work hard, go to fashion weeks, be where the fashion is.

You can learn more about Nick Verreos’ upcoming projects through his website www.nickverreos.com

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