LET­TER FROM THE ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Vegas Magazine - - Contents -

Last month, I was locked up in­side Graff Di­a­monds in Wynn, which is a spec­tac­u­lar prob­lem to have. It had been trans­formed into an en­chanted gar­den to cel­e­brate both its jew­elry col­lec­tion of the same name and to give Graff the op­por­tu­nity to present the Las Ve­gas Phil­har­monic with a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion. I’m only sorry they let me out at the end of the evening. (Beau­ti­ful emer­ald cabo­chon ring, we will meet again.) Graff is tak­ing its gar­den of jewels to a very few cities, but the ex­pe­ri­ence in Las Ve­gas was unique: Din­ing in a dream­scape with casino looky-loos peer­ing through the win­dows is some­thing I think we can agree could hap­pen only in Ve­gas. In fact, if we’ve reached the point at which In­sta­gram hash­tags most suc­cinctly de­scribe our go­ings on, #on­ly­in­ve­gas is a pretty de­cent maxim for my own past month.

There was the day I car­a­vanned with Tyson Beck­ford and a fash­ion crew to the El­do­rado Dry Lake Bed, fol­lowed by the 1966 Dodge Charger that ap­pears in our cover story, hauled out on a flatbed truck cour­tesy of its own­ers Celebrity Cars (thank you, Celebrity!). A week later, Tyson had his own #on­ly­in­ve­gas mo­ment as we talked pol­i­tics and su­per­star­dom at the Fat­burger on the Strip and a mo­bile bill­board with a gi­ant Tyson Beck­ford image drove by. (A su­per fan, spot­ting him dur­ing our lunch, also had an #on­ly­in­ve­gas mo­ment when he took a dozen pic­tures with her to prove to the folks back home that she’d met the su­per­star on her first trip here!) Tak­ing a pic­ture with Cher to com­mem­o­rate our Late Spring is­sue whose cover she graced? That counts! I of­ten re­mind my­self that those of us who live here are spoiled ev­ery day with the weird and wacky mo­ments that make Ve­gas great, and sum­mer is the best time to ex­pe­ri­ence them. So go cre­ate a few #on­ly­in­ve­gas mem­o­ries of your own.

Happy sum­mer!

FROM LEFT: On our cover shoot, Tyson Beck­ford sum­moned his ex­pe­ri­ence as a host on “Make Me a Su­per­model” to stage this 90’s-era fake Polo Jeans ad. (What you don’t see: me dou­bled over laugh­ing in 6 of the 7 shots.); Our events mar­ket­ing man­ager, Ja­lynn Rus­sell, and I at­tended the al­ways- in­cred­i­ble Fash­ion for Three Square event at Diana Ben­nett’s home.

Cher and I took a pic­ture to­gether to cel­e­brate her phe­nom­e­nal cover for our Late Spring is­sue.

AN­DREA BEN­NETT

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