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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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