Darrin Bush/Las Vegas News Bureau
Monday, July 1, 2013 | 4:24 p.m.
S.I. swimsuit models at Andrea’s
Chrissy Teigen on the red carpet at Encore
Love, romance and marriage were on the menu when five Sports Illustrated superstar swimsuit models celebrated their “Summer of Swim” in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Chrissy Teigen told me that singer John Legend and she will finally tie the knot this fall.
“It’s been long enough,” she laughed during our chat at Encore Beach Club outside Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore. She stayed on after the assignment, and John flew in to have an intimate romantic dinner with her at Andrea’s after her work was completed.
Danish fashion model Nina Agdal, 21, who found fame with Frederick’s of Hollywood and Victoria’s Secret catalogs, is now dating Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. Nina is already being tipped to replace Kate Upton as next year’s S.I. Swimwear Issue cover girl in February.
Alyssa Miller, Kate Bock, Genevieve Morton and Julie Henderson joined Chrissy and Nina to celebrate the “Summer of Swim” at EBC, Andrea’s and Surrender for a day-and-night S.I. swimsuit party.
By day, the head-turners celebrated by posing for photographs in the DJ booth with resident DJs Sultan and Ned. Then it was a poolside party in a bungalow looking out onto the palm tree-lined oasis. Executive chef Joseph Elevado served them shishito peppers, a special cucumber roll, a shrimp tempura roll, a salmon roll, a yellowtail and albacore roll, big eye tuna and crispy rice, wagyu tataki and salmon aburi rolls.
Steve Angello, resident DJ and Andrea’s “musical chef,” posed for pictures with the ladies.
Our thanks to videographer Richard Corey and contributing photographers Brian Jones and Darrin Bush of Las Vegas News Bureau and David Becker of WireImage for their photo gallery.
Chrissy, who hosted VH1’s “Model Employee” filmed at Mandalay Bay, played an awesome and hilarious interviewer on the red carpet as they all expressed their affection for Las Vegas.
“I loved hosting the reality TV show. It was six solid weeks of work nonstop,” Chrissy told me. “I’d be getting up and going to makeup just as the late-night revelers were passing me on their way to bed! You see some very strange things at that time of the morning. It really came down correctly to the final three girls. Any one of them could have won ‘The Face of Mandalay Bay,’ but Sonja Ewy had the winning edge.”
Nina and Kate signed copies of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at a meet-and-greet on the patio outside Andrea’s before the party moved to Surrender. Through a partnership with our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, S.I. executives and models have visited Las Vegas to celebrate the franchise’s annual February launch since 2009 and staged more than 60 events.
Chrissy explained that John and she are seen so often in Las Vegas because they have family members living here: “Both of us love Las Vegas. We get to spend time with family and enjoy the city. We both love Las Vegas.”
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.