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Las Vegas is a shopper’s paradise, reality TV star Laura Croft says


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Laura Croft, with boyfriend Clint Scott of Excalibur headliners Thunder From Down Under, celebrates her birthday at Sugar Factory and Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

Crystals @CityCenter Grand Opening

The grand opening media tour of Crystals at CityCenter on Dec. 3, 2009. Launch slideshow »

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Models display Topshop fashions during a fashion show, part of the grand opening of Topshop at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Shoppes at Palazzo

Shoppers pass by a Salvatore Ferragamo shop in a retail area of the $1.9 billion Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada January 18, 2008. The Palazzo and Venetian complex will represent the world's largest integrated destination resort, with 7,128 hotel rooms and 2.3 million square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space. Launch slideshow »

While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, many of our Strip and Las Vegas personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. Our thanks to them all. We continue today with reality TV personality Laura Croft’s occasional series of fashion fun.

Las Vegas is referred to as Vegas, Sin City and the Entertainment Capital of the World, but that doesn’t even begin to describe one of its best features: shopping. I have shopped all over the U.S., and no other city can compare to the selection and convenience that our city offers.

New York may be considered more fashionable and feature more designers, but you have to put in a lot of effort to get what you want. Same with L.A.; yes, it has great places scattered throughout the area, but why waste time and gas sitting in traffic losing patience when anything you could possibly want is all located on or near the Las Vegas Strip?

The Strip features so much variety. The stores range from the highest of high end to affordable fashions. I always tell my friends who come to visit not to worry if their luggage gets lost because this is the best place to lose it! The shopping centers also are all very different in their decor and the shops they house. There is a place on or off the Strip to fit the preference of any shopper in town.

If high-end designers and haute couture is what you’re here for, we’ve got you covered. My favorite spot is the Wynn and Encore. They have Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Hermes and more all under one beautiful roof, and you don’t have to walk far from store to store. Plus, if your bags get too heavy, just have the bell desk store them until you are ready to go.

Bellagio also is a luxurious location for shopping. It features some of the same stores that are in the Wynn and Encore, but the layout and selections are different. I like how the stores are located on the same hallway, and if you get tired, you can pop into chef Todd English’s Olives for a glass of wine and a bite to eat to relax and regain your energy while taking in a spectacular view of the Bellagio Fountains.

The newest luxury shopping center is Crystals at CityCenter. In addition to awesome stores like Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Prada, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi and Yves St. Laurent, it also has the largest Louis Vuitton store in North America. I’ve heard that it’s actually the largest one in the company, but they don’t want to advertise that because they want us to think the largest one is in Paris! Regardless, if it’s Louis you want, you have six places to get it all on the same street.

For fancy shoes, the best place to go is the Palazzo, especially if you’re a Christian Louboutin fan. The boutique in the Shoppes at the Palazzo is a favorite of the biggest Louboutin fan I know, Miss Holly Madison. She says they have the best customer service. Barney’s is a few steps away and carries a great selection of the “red bottom beauties”; their collection often is different than what is in the store. Barney’s also has a beautiful selection of shoes from other designers.

For the most variety, check out Fashion Show mall. You can walk there from many of the hotels or hop in a cab to find stores of all kinds. This is the best place to get luxury goods from stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue and fun stuff from Hot Topic, Forever 21 and Top Shop/Top Man. There is something for every taste and price point in this mall.

For a whimsical shopping experience or just window-shopping, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is the perfect destination. The cobblestone walkways, painted ceilings and immaculate fountains and statues make for a one-of-a-kind experience. Just be careful if you’re wearing heels!

They also have a wide variety of stores for spending your winnings: The selection of shoes is superb: Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo and that little island of Fendi. This also is the place for ladies to get their sexy lingerie. Agent Provocateur offers naughty to nice in the most fashionable way. La Perla offers sexy classics, but if they don’t fit your budget, there are always good deals at Victoria’s Secret.

Another fun place to shop is the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Run over to Fat Tuesday’s first for a Jell-o shot with whipped cream and a daiquiri to take with you. The mall goes in a circle, so it doesn’t matter which direction you start. You can find form-fitting gowns at Herve Leger to wear for an elegant night out, or quirky, fun things at Urban Outfitters. There also is a Sephora for all of your beauty needs.

I’ve become very spoiled living in Las Vegas. When I go out of town, the last thing I want to do is shop or go to nightclubs. We have the best of both here, so why bother? But if you don’t live here and are planning on visiting, make sure you set aside plenty of time for shopping. Not only are you going to get great stuff, you’re also going to have a great time getting it.

Time for us to put away our wallet and credit cards and bring this spree to an end. Our thanks to Laura for her shopping lessons! Be sure to check out our other guest columns today from Mirage ventriloquist headliner Terry Fator and Alexandra Epstein of the El Cortez. Join us again Tuesday when we have guest columns from Flamingo headliner magician Nathan Burton, Bettie Page fashion designer Tatyana and Iron Chef winner Kerry Simon.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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