High Stakes Style

  • On him: Versace slim wool tuxedo, $1,660, and silk tie with crown motif, $115; Richmond X button-front dress shirt with crystal accents, $450; Patek Philippe Model 5111 Gondolo watch in platinum and 18-karat rose gold, $27,250 (at Wynn & Co.). On her: Chado Ralph Rucci hand-fluted silk matte-jersey gown, price upon request; Bulgari 18-karat white gold and diamond Parentesi earrings, $15,700, and ring, $5,400; Harry Winston Diamond Signature Lace watch, $191,500
  • On him: Luigi Bianchi Mantova one-button, single-breasted, shadow-striped tuxedo, $995; Dsquared tuxedo shirt with tucked front and piqué cuffs, $695; Robert Talbott brown-and-white-striped bow tie, $95, silk double-breasted vest with black lapels, $495, silk pocket square, $75, and sterling silver and onyx cuff links, $475; Cartier 18-karat white gold Pasha 42 mm watch, $14,900 (at the Watch Boutique at MGM Grand). On her: Dior by John Galliano crepe georgette Anathema dress, $6,325; Leah C. Couture Millinery Red Wheat feather hair ornament, $325; Laura Munder yellow beryl ring, $15,000 (at Wynn & Co.).
  • The Mansion offers private gaming rooms, where guests can test their luck (or perhaps their skills) in a secluded environment far from the din of the crowded public casino.
  • On him: Isaia maroon velvet jacket, $2,395, French-cuffed shirt, $450, and trousers, $495; Robert Talbott striped silk tie, $125; Harry Winston automatic chronograph in 18-karat gold with approximately 6.25 carats of diamonds, $55,000.
  • Elie Saab taffeta gown, $4,150; Etro jeweled pony fur clutch, $850; Buccellati 18-karat gold earrings with baroque pearls and diamonds, $52,000, and 5.58-carat spinel ring, $39,000 (at Wynn & Co.).
  • Ermenegildo Zegna Couture double-breasted velvet blazer, $1,995, and tuxedo pants, $775; Paul Stuart fine-pleated tuxedo shirt, $387; Robert Talbott silver bow tie, $95; Chopard limited-edition Prince’s Foundation watch with nearly 93 carats of diamonds, $149,190.
  • A Swarovski crystal teardrop chandelier crowns Joël Robuchon at the Mansion’s glamorous neo-Deco dining room. Pierre-Yves Rochon’s design also includes a black marble fireplace, a 17-foot ceiling, and sumptuous purple velvet banquettes. On her: Oscar de la Renta sequin-embroidered gown, $8,800, and black leather gloves; Rodney Rayner smoky quartz and diamond Mogul earrings, $6,215, and smoky quartz and diamond Rope ring, $7,480 (at Tesorini at Bellagio); Yossi Harari Sara cuff with diamonds, $246,560 (at Wynn & Co.).
  • Ralph Lauren Purple Label two-button peak-lapel tuxedo with Madison pants, $3,995, and Clayton formal pleated shirt, $425; Robert Talbott silk paisley ascot, $165; Vacheron Constantin 18-karat white gold Patrimony watch, $12,500 (at Horologio); Damiani onyx and diamond cuff links, $2,595 (at Ca’d’Oro).
  • Epicureans have traveled from as far as Tokyo just to savor Joël Robuchon’s 16-course tasting menu ($295) and select from the restaurant’s more than 100 varieties of Champagne, some of which date to the 1950s. On her: Valentino strapless gown with purple-beaded underskirt, $16,990; Dennis Basso sheared sueded mink coat, $18,500; Laura Munder peridot and diamond necklace, $23,500, and earrings, $5,450 (at Wynn & Co.); Mariani amethyst ring, $4,800 (at Wynn & Co.).
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An American Dream, Norman Mailer describes Las Vegas of 1965 as “a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.” Vegas’ pulsating radiance has only intensified in the decades since Mailer penned his impressions, as the city has become one of the world’s premier destinations for fine dining, hotels, and myriad forms of entertainment.

 

Sky Lines Towering above the Las Vegas Strip on the MGM Grand’s top two floors, the recently opened Skylofts hotel features striking loft-style nteriors and services that include a personal butler and transportation to and from the airport in a Maybach 62. 

The MGM Grand in particular captures the excitement of Las Vegas with a multifaceted resort that includes the 29 secluded villas of the Mansion, the stylish two-story suites of the recently opened Skylofts, and the world-class haute cuisine of Joël Robuchon at the Mansion. “Guests of the MGM Grand know they can be part of the energy and buzz of the city,” says Gamal Aziz, president and COO of MGM Grand, “and then retreat to the Mansion or Skylofts—ultraexclusive environments that cater to their needs.”

 

Such glamorous surroundings are a perfect excuse for donning formal wear that redefines the notion of black tie without overstepping the bounds of propriety. “A tuxedo always must have a finished and polished look no matter how creative you go,” says fashion stylist Joseph De Acetis. Still, there is ample opportunity to express yourself within the parameters of good taste: Substitute an ascot for a bow tie; mix and match contrasting colored or subtly patterned ties and pocket squares; select a shirt with minimal crystal accents; or wear tapered black oxford-style shoes instead of patent leather standbys. “You can look great without all the bells and whistles,” says De Acetis. Then, in reference to cummerbunds, he adds, “You can take away what’s not needed.”

 

High Rolling

Versace and Gucci are among the fashion houses that, with their body-fitted silhouettes, have dispensed with the boxy appearance of the tuxedo. Other new tux designs also feature sleeker cuts and such delicately or sumptuously textured materials as lightweight shadow-striped Superwools and plush velvets in rich jewel tones.

 

Bar None Joël Robuchon at the Mansion—which, along with the MGM’s more casual L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, represents the celebrated French chef’s entrée into the United States—immerses diners in an ambience that is as rich and delectable as its cuisine.

“When it comes to formal evenings, the woman is still the flower,” says De Acetis. “But that doesn’t mean a man cannot show a little flair."

Fashion Resources

Buccellati at Wynn & Co.
702.770.3520
www.buccellati.com

Bulgari
800.285.4274
www.bulgari.com

Cartier at the Watch Boutique at MGM Grand
702.891.3396
www.cartier.com

Chado Ralph Rucci
212.819.9066

Chopard
800.246.7273
www.chopard.com

Christian Louboutin
www.christianlouboutin.fr

Damiani at Ca’d’Oro
702.696.0080
www.damiani.com

Dennis Basso
212.794.4500
www.dennisbasso.com

Dior by John Galliano
800.929.3467
www­.dior.com

Dsquared
www.dsquared2.com

Elie Saab
www.eliesaab.com

Ennio Capasa for Costume National Homme
www.costumenational.com

Ermenegildo Zegna Couture
888.880.3462
www.zegna.com

Etro
212.317.9096

Gucci
800.234.8224
www.gucci.com

Harry Winston
800.988.4110
www.harrywinston.com

Isaia
888.996.7555
www.isaia.it

Laura Munder at Wynn & Co.
702.770.3520
www.lauramunder.com

Leah C. Couture Millinery
212.947.3505
www.leahc.net

Luigi Bianchi Mantova
www.lubiam.com

Mariani at Wynn & Co.
702.770.3520
www.mariani1878.com

Oscar de la Renta
212.288.5810
www.oscardelarenta.com

 

Patek Philippe at Wynn & Co.
702.770.3520
www.patek.com

Paul Stuart
800.678.8278
www.paulstuart.com

Ralph Lauren Purple Label
888.475.7674
www.polo.com

Richmond X
212.246.6724

Robert Talbott
800.747.8778
www.roberttalbott.com

Rodney Rayner at Tesorini at Bellagio
702.693.7924
www.rodneyrayner.com

Vacheron Constantin at Horologio
702.733.0016
www.vacheron-constantin.com

Valentino
800.997.0140
www.valentino.com

Versace

www.versace.com

Yossi Harari at Wynn & Co.
702.770.3520
www.yossiharari.com

Zac Posen
212.925.1263
www.zacposen.com

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