Shoes and Desert Sands: Chloe Gosselin’s Insider Guide to Las Vegas

Shoes and Desert Sands: Chloe Gosselin’s Insider Guide to Las Vegas

Living in Las Vegas with her vivacious partner, famed magician David Copperfield, “Sin City” is where shoe designer Chloe Gosselin is most productive. While Copperfield bangs out 15 shows a week in the entertainment capital of the world, Chloe retreats to her office to sketch, colour and design.

modern mules from vintage-inspired pieces, old-school
glamour and exoticism fuse at the buckle. From those distinctive
buckles to Chloe’s signature crescent motif – “it started with this
custom print we made of flowers that were bathed by moonlight, the
crescent also recalls the C of my name, Chloe” – sculptural shapes
are central to her work.

Launching her line in 2014, two years later Chloe Gosselin was a
finalist for the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize as well
as Vogue Italia’s The New Talents showcase. Accolades aside, Chloe
is about the simple things. Most inspired by nature and the strong
female forces that surround her, Vegas seems at odds with the
sophisticated designer, but beyond the strip the real Vegas is an
enigmatic entity all of its own.

How do your surroundings impact your design?

My favourite thing about Las
is the desert that surrounds us. Our home is like a
little crazy oasis in the middle of these incredible mountains,
with unusual rock formations and gigantic lakes. This terrain has
been a big inspiration to me – from textures to shapes, I’m always
inspired by nature.

Where is the most un-Vegas place in Vegas?

I think the farm neighbourhood where I keep my horse, Milo. It
is about 20 minutes away from the strip but it is vividly green
with fields and trees, bisons, cows and, of course, horses.

Where’s the best place to wake up?

Somewhere in Summerlin with a view of the mountains.

Where should we go for a low-key lunch?

My absolute favourite place is Flower Child in Summerlin. Local,
super healthy and dogs are welcome.

Other food spots we should try…

Honey and Salt in Summerlin and Partage in Chinatown.

Where should we go for a big night out?

Rose Rabbit Lie at the Cosmopolitan; it’s a supper club dishing
up reinvented American classics with a side serving of live

Where should we head post-party?

There is a little piano bar in downtown Las
called Don’t Tell Mama where people can sing along with a
live pianist; it’s a must.

Where’s good for a pre-bedtime tipple?

Park on Fremont.

What’s the dress code in Vegas?

It is pretty warm most of the year so summer dresses and great
flats are best.

Where on the strip is actually worth exploring?

Crystals is great for shopping and the Bellagio has some great
art exhibits.

The most magical place in Las Vegas is…

David’s museum. It holds all the history of magic and it’s
artefacts – can’t get more magical than that.

How should we spend 48 hours in Vegas?

Start your day with a hike at Red Rock Canyon and make sure to
visit the Hoover Dam. Book dinner at Joel Robuchon at MGM and if
you’re looking for a show, the hilarious Absinthe is always a safe
bet. For something a little different, head to Downtown Vegas,
which has some superb art galleries and great little restaurants
like Park or Carson Kitchen; both are definitely worth trying.

Where’s good for shopping?

Crystals, the Wynn or the Palazzo for luxury shopping and
downtown Vegas for cute little vintage stores.

For a spot of culture head to…

The Smith Center is great for Broadway shows and ballet

Your condensed address book would include…

Mainly museums. The Springs Preserve, focuses on nature in
; the Neon Museum holds all the old Vegas signs from back
in the day; and the Nuclear Museum, which documents the period when
nuclear testing was carried out in the desert is remarkable. People
used to hold raucous viewing parties at the top of hotels to watch
the nuclear mushrooms -pretty scary.

Your top five day trips from Vegas are…

Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Death Valley and
Zion National Park.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Visit Seven Magic Mountains, an artwork by Ugo Rondidone south
of the city.

What one souvenir should we take home?

Pictures of memorable moments in the desert.

And finally, what’s in your SUITCASE?

An edited version of my collection – my go-to flat, Gloria, my
essential Lily pumps and my chunky friend the Delphinium. I tend to
pack easy summer dresses by
, some vintage pieces by Alaïa or Ossie Clark and Joanna
Vargas. For
, it’s always Drunk Elephant or Tata Harper.

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