Apparel and Accessories by Rachel Felder; Jewels by Mark Ellwood| December 4, 2017 |
Fashion & Style
The opening of dazzling new stores on the Esplanade at Wynn Las Vegas signals the unparalleled luxury to come.
A new surprise awaits around every curve on the Esplanade at Wynn Las Vegas.
APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
The most exclusive clothing and accoutrements—some found only at Wynn—make a splashy entrance on the Esplanade this season.
The travel section of the new Louis Vuitton Wynn men’s store features on-site hot stamping and hard-sided luggage.
ON A CLEAR SUMMER DAY, NEARLY A YEAR BEFORE STEVE WYNN ANNOUNCED A MAJOR TRANSFORATION TO WYNN LAS VEGAS, namely that the golf course would be turned into a massive entertainment lake, he stood on the veranda of his villa overlooking the fairway and described his sweeping vision. Anyone familiar with the Steve Wynn ethos knows that he likes improvement—but loves reinvention. Describing how a showroom that had previously capped the resort’s retail space on the west side would now open up into 75,000 square feet and two levels of luxurious new retail offerings wrapped around a sparkling oasis, he was doing the only predictable thing he’s ever done—the unpredictable. And although Wynn Resorts attracts the best in luxury retail, a few new luxury boutiques provide a glamorous preview of what will be known as Wynn Plaza when it opens in early summer. “Our strategy and mission is really to curate a concentration of luxury retail that you can’t find elsewhere under one roof,” explains Frank Visconti, Wynn’s Senior Vice President of Retail. “They’re certainly on Fifth Avenue, they’re all in the Rodeo Drive area, they’re in Hong Kong, but you have to walk. Here we have them all within one resort.”
One you won’t find elsewhere is Louis Vuitton Men, the brand’s only freestanding store in America dedicated solely to gents. Located just off the casino floor, it is decorated with furniture specially chosen for the store, including chairs by Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé and a table by Charlotte Perriand. The boutique, which opened in September, features an especially comprehensive selection of clothing, footwear, accessories, and, naturally, the brand’s highly recognizable bags and small leather goods. Some exceptional items include a wheeled suitcase and matching carry-on duffel detailed with Vuitton-designed patches, and an extraroomy tote divided into two halves that is something women may well end up purchasing for themselves. Look for the must-have item of the season, Vuitton’s first-ever smartwatch, the Tambour Horizon, whose exclusive apps cater to contemporary jet-setters and is customizable via no fewer than 30 straps.
Look for the elegantly masculine design elements of Stefano Ricci’s most famous boutiques, such as the one in Cannes.
Stefano Ricci, the opulent men’s clothier that’s a favorite of everyone from world leaders to movie stars, is another new entrant. The brand, founded in Florence, specializes in unique and exquisitely constructed takes on classics, like a hand-sewn jogging suit in bright red silk, trim crocodile briefcases meticulously crafted by hand, and a crisply tailored deerskin jacket finished with a collar of glossy black mink. There is also, as is always the case at Stefano Ricci’s stores, a tailor on the premises to make sure that the fit on every garment is absolutely perfect. The shop’s décor is as lavish as the items for sale inside: The floors, for example, were made from smooth Pietra Serena gray sandstone, the hand-worked material that was used to build palaces in Florence during the Renaissance; the store’s shelving was crafted in black briar root wood. Seating upholstered in genuine crocodile skin, a trademark of Stefano Ricci around the world, is here; in Las Vegas, the chairs and couches are interpreted in a vivid shade of orange. “For Italians, Las Vegas is that place in America that makes you feel good about enjoying your time,” says Filippo Ricci, the brand’s creative director. “It brings up real ideas of luxury at the extreme, and nothing better brings that image up than Wynn.” Both the Louis Vuitton and Stefano Ricci stores appeal to a demographic of men who are high rollers, even before they’ve stepped foot in the casino. “These are certainly the customers,” observes Visconti. “They are the CEOs of the companies that have meetings here, they are locals, they are executives of industry. They come from everywhere. They’re just well-heeled, fashionable men who are citizens of the world.”
The new Saint Laurent store, which offers items for both men and women, features the designs of Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello, whose mix of beautiful materials with healthy doses of glitz and edge seems especially at home in Las Vegas. One of the store’s most coveted items is the Niki boot, a trim over-the-knee boot available in either inky suede or supple black leather, with an angular heel that makes it equally appropriate for a stylish meal in a glamorous restaurant, a power meeting, or a night on the dance floor. Other items of note include a perfectly weathered, fitted motorcycle jacket for men, adorned with a handful of bold patches, and an asymmetrical, backless dress crafted in a deep, universally flattering shade of green, with an especially fluid drape. There is also, not surprisingly, a wide choice of small leather goods; one standout is the Loulou, a soft but structured shoulder bag with long, diagonal quilting and the brand’s eye-catching YSL hardware. For this season, it’s available in a soft shade of pearly gray that will look as timely next summer as it does at this very moment.
A standout jeweler with a thoroughly international asthetic—and equally global celeb following—opens at Wynn.
Clockwise from top left: Nirav Modi Jasmine necklace; Lotus ring; Mughal choker; and the jeweler’s distinctive craftsmanship.
TARAJI P. HENSON WAS A STANDOUT AT THE 2017 OSCARS. Channeling her inner Angelina Jolie, she posed in a thigh-high split gown, accessorized with a showstopping diamond-crusted collar—a signature design from superstar Indian jeweler Nirav Modi. “That necklace was outrageously well reviewed,” notes gem-watcher Marion Fasel of The Adventurine, an online magazine dedicated to covering contemporary new designers and celebrity favorites. “[Modi] is everywhere—his jewelry has been on so many stars at the red carpet.” Modi also seemed omnipresent at the Oscars: Karlie Kloss, Kate Upton, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were all draped in his creations. Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet and, of course, Bollywood-turned-Hollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who serves as the brand’s global ambassador and whom Modi calls a muse, have also worn custom pieces.
Though the 46-year-old Modi now lives and works in Mumbai, he grew up in Belgium, the son of a diamantaire. Steeped in the gem business, Nirav initially started a wholesale operation, before moving into selling jewelry after a friend asked for a custom pair of earrings. That was just seven years ago. Since then, Modi has become the buzziest new name in high-end jewelry for decades. “He has been able to enter the jewelry scene so quickly and with such a strong presence because of his family’s long history in diamonds and rare stones,” says Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country and author of Jeweler.
The next step in building Modi’s international profile, of course, is a second store stateside, in Las Vegas, a West Coast counterpart to the East Coast flagship he opened last year. “The U.S. consumer is discerning, and they’re looking for something different,” Modi says. “Wynn is a prestigious location that attracts our luxury consumer.” At that new store, expect him to showcase the style that has rapidly earned such acclaim. The brand is known for its unique, patented cuts in bespoke shapes, from the chain link-style Ainra, which allows lighter, more flexible collars, to the petal-shaped Mughal-cut diamond, or the aptly named Endless, which creates what Modi calls a “halo of diamonds.” He explains that the cut “came to life as the result of over 10 years of research. It has an unbroken line of diamonds, which, unlike standard diamond shapes, has calibrated curves.”
Modi is also renowned for his skill with so-called Golconda diamonds, the ice cube-like gems from a legendary Indian mine; entirely unsullied by nitrogen, they have a bright whiteness that bests diamonds found in any other mine. Modi’s passion for these ultra-rare gems was ignited at an early age. “When I was 8 years old, my father brought home a Golconda diamond to show my mother, my sister, and me. It was just mesmerizing—clear, yet sparkling. I wished we could keep it, of course.” It served as inspiration for the mantra that underpins every design today: “I wanted to create something as majestic as the diamond itself.”