As a producer and performer, Calvin Harris has mastered the fine art of completely overcoming an audience, controlling them with music as he instructs them to dance, dance, dance. With his passionate energy and irresistible beats, Harris is always taking his listeners higher. At only 28, Harris is poised to have a long and lasting career, with enough chart toppers under his belt by now to play alongside the big dogs.
In the past year, you’ve heard Harris a lot (whether you knew it or not). On July 15th of this summer, The Official UK Top 40 revealed that Harris’ remix of Florence + the Machine’s “Spectrum (Say My Name)” had reached the number one spot, while just a few weeks earlier “Call My Name” by Cheryl Cole (produced by Harris) had claimed the same place. Allow us to also remind you that Harris also produced a certain “We Found Love” by Rihanna, which became an international favorite. Harris told reporters that “We Found Love” was the most successful thing he had ever done, saying “You can’t escape it here (in America). I’ve heard it a lot. I’ve heard it probably more times today than I did when I was mixing it. Which is a good thing.”
That all being said, you would be nuts to miss seeing DJ Calvin Harris in action. After a full summer of performing around the world, his journey continues. And of course, Las Vegas pit stops are essential to his tour circuit. On August 5th, Harris will pump up the volume at Encore Beach Club, and on August 11th he will light up XS Nightclub at Wynn Hotel. We’re no psychics, but we hope to see DJ Calvin Harris in your future.
A master DJ responsible for getting the ultimate party started (and keeping it going until the break of dawn) world-wide. This is the life and times of DJ Chuckie.
Need more proof? Just check out his schedule. This man defines jetsetter and is so dedicated to his craft, we figured he must only sleep on planes, otherwise goes without.
Born Clyde Sergio Narain in Suriname, South America, DJ Chuckie made Forbes' “World's Greatest DJ's” list, where we learned he works on his music and weekly podcasts on flights, so there goes the potential for sleep. Instead, he takes “power naps” in his hotel rooms. Glad to hear he's human.
Like DJ’s often do, Chuckie has teamed up with well-known artists in the biz, including T-Pain, Ke$ha, P Diddy, 50 Cent, Lil Jon and Akon. His regular “hot spots” in the US include LAVO in New York, Marquee in Las Vegas and LIV in Miami. Abroad, he’s a regular in Mykonos, Ibiza and Cannes. And like the party, the list goes on…
He’s spent the last few months hopping from one exotic locale to the next, but he’ll be heading back to the states on December 20th for a performance in Santa Ana, CA. Then he’ll be heading to one of our favorite spots in Vegas, the Marquee, on December 21.
Avicii is so hot right now. And to top it all off, the 22-year-old Swedish DJ (aka Tim Bergling) recently became the face of Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren. Of course, it’s not unlike artists to join forces with fashion powerhouses to cross promote their services. In addition to serving as a pretty face, this partnership will produce an exclusive remix of his new track “Silhouettes.”
Madonna, who made her debut at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami earlier this year, introduced the “amazing” Avicci, who spun his UMF remix of her song “Girls Gone Wild" for a crowd of thousands.
If you aren’t familiar with his work, check out the videos for “Fade into Darkness,” “Levels" and music samples. Although not in the states too often, he sure made waves in Las Vegas last year, spinning poolside at Marquee.
Already a fan? This USB collectable is particularly cool. It also contains behind-the-scenes videos, tracks and photos for those in need of an Avicii fix.
As a DJ in demand, Avicii keeps busy spanning the globe and will be touring through South America in the coming months.
If your motto is “life is short, buy more shoes,” Giuseppe Zanotti’s new footwear collection, “Giuseppe Homme” may fit just right. Having debuted at Pitti Uomo in Florence during the last week of June, Zanotti’s new line is designed for the sybarite at heart. With rhinestones, suede, silk velvet, and Swarovski crystals, Giuseppe Homme is the epitome of a modern spin on time-honored pieces.
Though the loafers were inspired by nineteenth century European courts, the design is anything but outdated. Each pair is easily transferable from day to night, as any outfit is made to look immediately swankier. For the superhero at heart, the Spiderman loafers on display at Pitti Uomo for Luisaviaroma and the “Superheroes” installation are quite a spectacle: rhinestone encrusted in red and black, the shoes are detailed in black satin.
For a more casual look, the sneakers are a chic alternative to a heel. With lime green and black accents, silver zipper accents are strikingly edgy against the mostly white sneaker. The black or brown leather sandal with gold metalwork holds its own against the more complex footwear in the line, though the Spiderman loafer is hard to beat. No matter which pair, there is always more room in the closet for Giuseppe Zanotti fashions.
André Saraiva has the personality of a next door neighbor, if your next door neighbor happens to be a world-renowned graffiti artist and nightlife entertainer. He has what most like to call a “MySpace” personality— in the antique sense— meaning he has a lot of friends, and is always making more. Though Saraiva started out in the ’90s painting a spindly stick-figure with a top hat and one X for an eye onto buildings and walls across the world, you might say he’s moved up (or inside) now, taking the art scene with him into his nightclubs.
What started as an initial distaste for nightclubs controlled by big bankers, Saraiva set out to revitalize the culture. At the infamous Le Baron in New York City, the club he now owns, it’s more about who you know than how many bills are in your pockets. From artists, to skateboarders, singers, and actresses, the crowd at a Saraiva event is always mixed, never forced.
This summer, Saraiva returns to the world from which he emerged with his piece Andrépolis at The Hole gallery in Manhattan. Fellow Frenchman Olivier Zahm, the founder of Purple Magazine, described the exhibition as a testimony to Saraiva’s artistic universe, saying, “With this good-natured gesture, he reminds everyone that if he did contribute to the night scene with his clubs— which he continues to do — it is as an artist, and without ever giving up his vocation, which renders clear everything he does.”
Vegas and weddings are synonymous. Usually, one pictures a garishly decorated wedding chapel with large bouquets of fake flowers and white satin drapes (think The Hangover), but, just like everything else in Vegas, now there are some more high-end options. Award winning wedding planner Andrea Eppolito of Andrea Eppolito Weddings & Events has dedicated her professional life to “telling the love stories of others through the planning and execution of sensory experiences.” Her work has been featured coast to coast and can be found in publications such as The New York Times, The LA Times, Vegas Magazine, Vegas Rated, and more. In other words, she specializes in the classy and luxurious Vegas wedding.
Andrea’s philosophy is simple: “When all is said and done, I am not selling food, or a view, or anything tangible. I don’t want to make a sale, I want to make a connection. With each and every person in the room. My job is to take your idea and transform it into an environment unlike anything you have ever seen. It isn’t about creating a menu, it’s about creating a memory. And it’s the promise of those memories that move me each day, inspiring me to do more with each and every event I plan.”
In a culture obsessed with celebrity, over the top displays, everything “platinum” and all things bling, how does one plan a truly elegant, upscale wedding without delving into the world of over-production? Andrea says, “I tend to approach the idea of luxury in the same way that The Supreme Court approaches pornography: I may not be able to define it, but I know it when I see it.”
So, if you’re thinking of tying the knot in the wedding capital of the country, but you want something more upscale and tailored to you and your partner than a drive-through wedding chapel, Andrea Eppolito is a good place to start.
As the Dutch mix master of house-infused electronic music, DJ Laidback Luke (formally known as Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen) is best listened to on the dance floor. Don’t let let the name fool you, Laidback Luke is anything but blasé . With an ear for blending house beats, trance, bass noise, and ghetto-funk rhythms, Laidback Luke has an undeniable energy that travels from the stage to the audience in lightening speed.
DJ Laidback Luke has already teamed up with a fine list of EDM and Pop heavyweights, including Martin Solveig, Wynter Gordon, Chuckie, Example, Norman Doray and Arno Cost. From club favorites “Speak Up” and “Turbulence”, to remixes of Madonna’s “Gimme All Your Luvin’” and Chris Lake’s “Sundown”, Laidback Luke has managed to climb the dance-beat charts and is only climbing higher.
Lucky for all of us, Laidback Luke is set to travel the world for the remainder of this summer to the hottest clubs and festivals, including the legendary Ibiza club “Amnesia”. He’ll also be making stops closer to home, including New York’s Electric Zoo on August 31st and Wet Republic in Las Vegas on September 3rd. As the summer comes to a close, Laidback Luke is here to remind us that the fun isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Uber, a stylish on demand car service you “hail” from your mobile phone, will make you rethink that shabby yellow cab (and especially those gypsy ones). Trust us. In fact, trust them. The social media friendly Uber team make themselves uber accessible on their blog and each city is assigned their own “community manager” on Twitter, providing helpful information and responding to compliments and criticism (not that there is any). Note: In the “Big Apple” we have “Ed.”
The app itself is free and incredibly easy to use. Within seconds of signing up in NYC, we were notified that the closest driver was a mere 2 minutes away and since our credit card was already stored (and tip included in the fare), the only thing left to do, is watch the car approach (via the map feature) and enjoy the ride.
Uber is currently "your private driver" in 10 cities worldwide and lets customers choose from a standard “black” (4-person sedan) or SUV (for up to 6). In select cities, Uber has begun rolling out the “UberX,” a less expensive, hybrid car option (currently invite only).
To explain just how hip this start-up is, they launched an on-demand ice cream truck #OMGUBERICECREAMin 7 cities (in the US and Canada) to celebrate ice cream month. The app allowed users to request where they wanted the Uber truck to stop and deliver ice cream (billing the credit card on file). The NYC truck brought cool treats from Van Leeuwenand Coolhausto the masses.
And how’s this for thinking outside the box… On President’s Day, a few lucky riders who requested Uber cars were picked up in the “UBERcade” instead, which featured 2 Suburbans and 3 Uber Secret Service agents.
We love how this company thinks and is changing the way we think about on demand car service.
Summertime in Vegas is sometimes only bearably spent with a cocktail in hand, waist-deep in a pool, after the sun has gone down. At XS Nightswim, the pool is teeming with beauties. So while your surroundings might be hotter than normal, at least the air has chilled. With recent performers such as Tiësto and Porter Robinson, Sunday nights at XS are the perfect way to get your week started.
Opened in 2010, Nightswim at XS Nightclub has been a greatly anticipated event ever since. Complete with poolside beer pong tables, beach balls, water rafts, and the ever-necessary waterproof iPhone case, Nightswim is an after-dark party with daytime vibes. Partying in a bikini is encouraged as Vegas’s favorite fashion sentiment comes to life: less is more.
As the summer at XS continues, so does the lineup of undeniable DJs. LA Riots will be spinning beats on July 29th, Manufactured Superstars are coming up on the 5th of August, and Chris Lake will be your DJ on August 12th. With only a few weeks of XS Nightswim left for the season, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of the waves?
An artist with close ties to fashion could only hope for the career of someone like Marcela Gutierrez, who has already worked with a powerful roster of designers, labels, and other artists, including Alexander McQueen and John Galliano as a print developer. From Vogue, to Harper’s Bazaar, Swarovski, Pret-a-Porter, and Prada, Gutierrez’s fascination with a masculinized female archetype has allowed her to impress some of the finest names in the industry.
As both an illustrator and fashion designer, Gutierrez focuses on the boundaries between color and design theory, manipulating the figure of her female characters to seem both elegant and mysterious, playing into her fascination with femme fatale. Recently commissioned by Beyoncé for 4: The Remix album, Gutierrez’s depictions of Beyoncé are risque, with just the right amount of fierceness to complete the American superstar’s persona.
Other recent work includes the cover of Spanish Vogue, and a Prada Wallpaper campaign in both NYC and LA stores. Since graduating from Central Saint Martens in 2006, Gutierrez’s illustrations have infiltrated high fashion, exhibiting the close ties between the beauty of a fine line, and the beauty of a woman.