You don’t notice the mall at first. On a boulevard lined with pyramids and pirate ships, the modern shopping plaza almost goes unnoticed—that is, of course, until you look up. Perched at an angle, as if it crash-landed on the Strip from another galaxy, is the UFO-shaped roof of the Fashion Show Las Vegas.
You’ve just stumbled upon one of the best spots for shopping in Las Vegas. Get ready for an unforgettable experience.
As you approach the entryway, you watch as a bikini-clad model flits across the two 12-story-tall digital pillars that flank the mall’s main entrance. Pedestrians stop to gawk at the four million-pixel LED screen, shimmering like a building-sized welcome committee. That’s when you realize this isn’t your average neighborhood galleria.
Fashion as Theatrical Art
The cutting-edge glamour continues inside, where an 80-foot retractable runway—the only one of its kind on this planet—spills onto the plaza floor near Nordstrom’s. Like department store mannequins come to life, models glide across the stage, draped in the latest fashions from the mall’s eight anchor stores and 250 shops and boutiques. The complimentary runway show-slash-performance art production runs every hour on the weekends, featuring models and singers from New York and LA and—because it’s Vegas—the occasional Chippendales dancer and feathered showgirl. Though the show is a marketing ploy, it’s a clever one, transforming the experience of shopping in Las Vegas from an everyday routine into an entertaining education in high fashion.
Where Fashion and Future Collide
Although the Fashion Show Las Vegas was built in the early 1980s, it has maintained its forward-focused image with several renovations, including the 10,000-square-foot digital signage and 48,000-watt sound system that was added to the mall’s Strip entrance in 2015. The high-tech exterior, combined with the modern interior—composed of metallic pillars, tall glass storefronts and a geometric floor plan—further add to the plaza’s avant-garde appeal.
Vino with a view
As you wander the multi-level shopping mecca, you realize the mall is a lot larger than you’d originally thought. Nearly every store is represented here, from Apple and Anthropologie to Top Shop and Tiffany’s. After soothing your desert-dry hands with a lotion from L’Occitane, you head to one of the many restaurants to enjoy a glass of chardonnay and a patio view of the sun-drenched Strip outside. After all, it wouldn’t be shopping in Las Vegas without an adult beverage to punctuate the experience.
While The Capital Grille is a popular steakhouse, you opt to skip the main course and dive straight into dessert with a slice of coconut cream pie. After you’ve savored the last bite, you find you aren’t ready to leave this otherworldly plaza just yet.
The real world can wait, you decide. You order another chardonnay.