For decades there’s been a standard beauty pageant look- Aqua net hair, bright red lipstick and that too bright never fading smile. But in the last 10 years, a new image has emerged. The padded shoulders and brittle taffeta skirts have slowly been replaced with more current fashion designs including an evening gown created by Project Runway designer Kayne Gillespie.
This year, Miss Nevada-USA Georgina Vaughan will take the fashion focus all the way to haute couture with a wardrobe of designs by Lana Fuchs of Lana Fuchs Couture.
A Las Vegas resident since 1995, Lana Fuchs has designed one of a kind clothing worn by celebrities such as Paula Abdul and Meaghan Martin. And now she has created a weeks worth of looks for Georgina Vaughan including a fashion forward evening gown that is expected to help set the Las Vegas local apart from the other 50 Miss USA contestants.
“There’s such a mold of the typical pageant girl,” she says. “Being blond, people prejudge you.”
Lana Fuchs had a successful runway debut at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles in October 2008. She’s also been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, In Touch Weekly and 944.
The Miss USA Pageant will be televised live from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas on Sunday, April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. on NBC.
Escape the woes of our zany world and pamper yourself a bit – or longer – by stepping into something really spa-tacular. Experience…the Calgon take on human growth hormones: ElevenSpa
This very luxurious off-the-scale 20,000-square-foot spa is opening on Wednesday, February 11, at Town Square in Las Vegas. It’s so massive that corporate spa events are being planned.
Originating in Delray Beach, Fla., the unique spa has a new Las Vegas home- and size isn’t all that matters. It features many amenities not commonly found in spa-ing including six foot tall white patent leather chairs that are wrapped in down (yes, down); mobile pedicure stations; and through all the torture their clients are encouraged to dip their dainty tippy toes into gorgeous glass woks instead of commonplace jet tubs.
And for the discriminating audiophile spagoer, a DJ booth hovers above the spa with plug-and-play ability so you can control your own beats- if you dare.
And don’t even think about ordering the ol’ green tea and ice water. C’mon, you’re in Vegas, baby! Champagne is always an arm reach away – served on butlers’ trays.
Bottomless champagne, complementary “after” makeup applications, welcome gifts, and a lounge and relaxation room, resplendent with artificial grass, all tug visitors’ robes to stay longer than planned. And if all this is not enough, a curved wall projects classic films onto it as you luxuriate your day away.
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February is a month that offers something for everyone. Historical celebrations, groundhogs in top hats, romance and roses, and if none of that appeals to you – how about the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?
Since 1964 February has been the month when men wait by their mailboxes to peruse the latest high fashion poses from the world’s most beautiful women. Models yearn for the opportunity to pose in Sports Illustrated as it traditionally provides their entry ticket into supermodel status. To support the yearly launch, there’s been an HBO special, video’s and CD’s, a reality TV model search and countless calendars. And to introduce the 2009 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, now there’s a first ever personal appearance launch party planned.
Southwest Airlines will cover and wrap one of its Boeing 737-700 jets with art that celebrates the 2009 swimsuit edition.
And very early on February 12 they will fly between several and a half dozen of the magazine models from New York to Las Vegas for a series of opening events to be held in Las Vegas.
Stop by later this week and read our Las Vegas Backstage Access blog for a list of the models and the local public celebrations that will kick-off the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
On Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m. the Miss America Pageant will kick off once again and be broadcast live from Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 52 contestants will be hosted by emcee Mario Lopez from EXTRA, America’s Best Dance Crew, and ABC’s Dancing With the Stars fame. http://www.missamerica.org/
This year’s panel of seven judges includes a Broadway star, Laura Bell Bundy (plays Elle Woods in Legally Blond: The Musical); a renowned denim designer, Paige Adams-Geller; a Miss America-turned-philanthropist, Nicole Johnson; an Olympic swimmer gold medalist, Cullen Jones; a casting genius, Beth Klein; an entertainment news reporter and anchor, Jim Moret; and the hottest hairdresser in Hollywood, Ken Paves.
The night before the Pageant, a gala dinner and fundraiser will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. http://cherrylsbridal.com/blog/?p=552
The 2009 Miss America Pageant also provides the culmination of the four-part TV reality series COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN, which followed the 52 Miss America contestants as they live together and face off in challenges that helped them better prepare for the pageant. The series premiers on TLC on Friday, January 2 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). A new wrinkle this year is that viewers at home will have the power to vote four contestants directly into the pageant’s Top 15.