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.”
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.”
Buccellati at Wynn & Co.
Cartier at the Watch Boutique at MGM Grand
Chado Ralph Rucci
Damiani at Ca’d’Oro
Dior by John Galliano
Ennio Capasa for Costume National Homme
Ermenegildo Zegna Couture
Laura Munder at Wynn & Co.
Leah C. Couture Millinery
Luigi Bianchi Mantova
Mariani at Wynn & Co.
Oscar de la Renta
Patek Philippe at Wynn & Co.
Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Rodney Rayner at Tesorini at Bellagio
Vacheron Constantin at Horologio
Yossi Harari at Wynn & Co.