This club will look good on you. In fact, this club was made for you. Welcome to Vanity, the latest addition to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s nightlife, a seductive space that designer Charles Doell, founder of Mister Important Design, describes as “an eclectic jewel box.”
Vanity’s ambience begins with a page reminiscent of the Victorian era. Handheld vanity mirrors on the front entrance façade combine with reflective tile, giving patrons a tantalizing peek at their own image (or a chance of catching the eye of the beautiful stranger in line behind them) as they enter the hotly anticipated nightclub. Inside, people’s reflections bounce around every corner, becoming part of the décor as light plays off multifaceted surfaces throughout.
Rich drapery from floor to ceiling frames the escalators that ascend to the venue. An S-shaped hallway temporarily hides the party until a world of sexy elegance greets you. To the left is the 48-foot-long marble-topped main bar surrounded by deepblue, hand-tufted crushed-velvet walls and ceilings. (A second bar is located on the far right.) A large center seating area borders an underlit onyx catwalk with tall lanterns for dancers to seductively shimmy around.
A cyclone chandelier rises from the center of the club—20,000 crystals lit from within by color-changing LED lights enhance the energy of the organized chaos. VIP seating lines the sunken 80-square-foot dance floor. Crystal punch bowls are brought to table-service patrons as a gratis service before premium spirits arrive. For those desiring bubbly (and a glimpse of themselves being spoiled), the Champagne menu is engraved on a handheld mirror. Even the ladies’ room was designed to impress, with a technician to touch up manicures and makeup.
But the action isn’t limited to indoors. On the opposite side of the 14,000-square-foot venue are pivoting doors that open to an outdoor terrace with a firepit and cabanas; a walkway leads down to Sky Bar and the new pool.
Adding to the erotic atmosphere, Vanity’s staff will flaunt sexy, rocker-style uniforms, created by Brulee owner Kristian Giambi. (Her pro-baseballplayer husband, Jason Giambi, is a partner in Vanity; other key players include managing partner Cory McCormack, the hotel’s senior director of nightlife development, who is also a managing partner at Body English and Wasted Space, and Greg Costello, Mike Myers and Shannon DuPont.)
“Vanity will cater to your ego, where the most important person in the club is you,” says McCormack. And with Vanity’s opening and the popular Body English eventually transitioning into an after-hours hot spot, McCormack says the Hard Rock is set to become a “one-stop shop for debauchery.”