If You’re Not Already Broke From The Holidays, Ssense About To Launch New Discount Site

Friday afternoon I received a brief email from Ssense, inviting me to sign up for a new site called Privé with this tagline: “a member’s only site delivering a curated selection of leading designer brands.” Following in the footsteps of Net-A-Porter’s The Outnet, Gilt Groupe, and Refinery 29’s Reserve, the latest move for prominent online retailers is creating sister sites offering major discounts on luxury brands from recent seasons. And, obviously, consumers are reacting favorably to these sites—The Outnet’s first sale on the relaunched site was last-season Alexander Wang at a jaw-dropping 60% off, with many items selling out in a few hours.

Cryptic as the landing page may be, if Privé’s discount site features a roster of labels at all similar to the Ssense main site, this membership is not to be missed. Sign up on the site and be the first to know!

The Club World Awards

For the last six years the Club World Awards have been presented at a huge gala in Miami during the Winter Music Conference. Club World Magazine, formerly known as Club Systems International Magazine, is a book strictly for the club industry. I spoke to Club World Awards’ honcho Kerri Mason who told me that, “this year’s awards ceremony was canceled because of the perception that the economy would stop many from attending the WMC.” This turned out to be only partly true and according to Kerri, “the gala will be back on next year.” I am one of the twelve judges who vote on the people or organizations that have excelled in the past year and the votes are weighted so that you vote for the best, second best, and so on. I don’t know the names of the other judges as it is a big secret – I guess it’s so they can’t be bribed — but I am perceived to be above reproach and I’m therefore allowed to show myself. Here is this year’s ballot for your interest. I will reveal the winners here exclusively, tomorrow or Wednesday.

Rank 1-6 Best Superclub 6 Circa, Toronto 3 Palladium, Acapulco 1 Pacha, New York 4 Rain, Las Vegas 2 Pure, Las Vegas 5 The Pool at Harrah’s, Atlantic City

Rank 1-6 Best Club 5 Beta, Denver 1 Cielo, New York 2 LAX, Las Vegas 4 Ruby Skye, San Francisco 6 Stereo @ Parkwest, Miami 3 Smart Bar, Chicago

Rank 1-6 Best Lounge 3 Aero Bar, Miami Beach 4 Apple Lounge, West Hollywood 6 Mynt Lounge, Miami Beach 2 Playboy Club, Las Vegas 1 Tabu Ultra Lounge, Las Vegas 5 Slide, San Francisco

Rank 1-6 Best New 2 Beta, Denver 4 Home, St. Louis 5 Lavo, Las Vegas 1 Prive, Las Vegas 6 Shrine, Mashantucket 3 Versus, Los Angeles

Rank 1-6 Best Sound System 1 Advanced Audio Technology, Glo 4 FBP Group, Body English 5 Systems By Shorty, Splash Bar 2 Mike McCray of Sound Investment & Speed of Sound, Beta 3 Louis Puig & David Padilla, Stereo @ Parkwest 6 The Pool at Harrah’s

Rank 1-5 Best Lighting System 3 Aerobar, Miami Beach 1 Lighting Methods, Glo 5 FBP Group, Lavo 2 Lighting Methods, Palladium 4 SJ Lighting, Versus Rank 1-5 Best Video System 3 FBP Group, Lavo 2 Ohm Productions, Tattoo Bar 1 SJ Lighting & Sound Investment, Rokvegas 4 Mike McCray, Beta 5 US Communications, Hawaiian Tropic Zone

Rank 1-6 Best Interior Design 6 Aramik Gragosian, Versus 4 AvroKO, Lavo 5 Deepsleep Studio, Parkwest 1 Jeffrey Beers International, Fuse 2 Niemitz Design, Shrine 3 Seed Design, Christian Audigier

Promotion Rank 1-6 Best One-Off 1 DJ Am & Travis Barker at LAX 5 Labor Day with Kaskade and Deadmau5 at Wet Republic 2 Made, Pacha & AM Only present One Night Only 4 N9Ne Group presents Midsummer’s Night Dream 3 Made Event, Sunday School for Degenerates 6 Steve Lockwood, Vegas Blondeshell Awards

Rank 1-6 Best Party 2 Summer Surprise Series at Pure 6 Aquatic at The Pool at Harrah’s 1 Dance.Here.Now. at Cielo 3 Glow at Ibiza 5 Godskitchen at Body English 4 Perfecto at Rain

Technicians Rank 1-6 Best Resident DJ 5 Colette, Smart Bar Chicago 4 DJ Vice, Lavo Las Vegas 1 Francois K, Cielo New York 6 Oscar G, Space Miami 3 Paul Oakenfold, Rain Las Vegas 2 Victor Calderone, Pacha New York

Rank 1-6 Best Resident LJ 2 Eric Moyano, Bliss Lounge New Jersey 5 Eyeball, Mixx Atlantic City 3 Jeff Novak, LAX Las Vegas 4 Jose Vargas, Glo Westbury 6 Matt Beecher, mur.mur. Atlantic City 1 Timmy Lights, Pacha New York

Rank 1-5 Best Resident VJ 5 DVDJ G-Funk, Beta Denver 2 Eyeball, Mixx Atlantic City 4 Roonie G, Saddle Ranch Los Angeles 3 VJ Psyberpixie, Set 1 United Vision, Pacha New York

Rank 1-6 Best Sound Product 3 Cerwin Vega Passive Series Subs 1 Funktion-One Dance Stack Array Engineer 4 Sencore SP495 SoundPro EX 5 Martin Audio Omniline Micro-Line Array System 6 Crest Audio CC5200 Amplifier

Rank 1-6 Best DJ Product 6 Ultrasone Pro DJ Headphones 4 Stanton Da Scratch 3 Pioneer MEP-7000 & SEP-C1 5 Allen & Heath XONE:4D 2 Denon DN-HS5500 1 Traktor Scratch Pro 2 JBL VP Series

Best LED Product 2 Megalite Axis LED 1 MBT LED Panel 4 Elation Professional FlexLED Tape 3 American DJ Accu LED MH 5 Chauvet COLORdash BATTEN

Rank 1-5 Best Video Product 1 Edirol V-8 Video Mixer 5 Green Hippo Hippotizer V3 R2 Media Servers 2 DJScreen.com DJ Screen 3 Numark ArKaos GrandVJ software 4 Sencore/Lumagen RadianceXD

Rank 1-6 Best Lighting Product 1 Robe Color Wash 2500E AT 5 Elation Professional Design 300 Series 2 Martin Professional SmartMAC 6 MADRIX – LED Lighting Control Software 3 Road Hog Full Boar 4 Chauvet Q-Spot 250 LED

Rank 1-5 Best Effect Product 4 Omnisistem Magic Box 3 MediaLas Showlaser System Infinity 5 Technological Artisans ClubCat Laser 2 X-Laser XA100G Skywriter 1 Martin RGB Laser 1.6

People’s Choice Rank 1-6 Best DJ Set 4 Danny Tenaglia “Futurism” Party 1 DJ AM & DJ Jazzy Jeff at Shrine 2 Pacha NYC presents David Guetta 3 The Martinez Brothers, ÉTÉ D’AMOUR 6 Kaskade, SF Love Fest 5 Erick Morillo at Tao Memorial Day Weekend

Service Rank 1-5 Best Bottle Service 5 Christian Audigier, Las Vegas 1 LAX, Las Vegas 4 Shrine, Mashantucket 3 Tabu Ultra Lounge, Las Vegas 2 The Bank, Las Vegas

Las Vegas: Top 5 Places to Find Celebs Between DUIs

imageThe $25,000 they make for a nightclub appearance will help pay the lawyer.

1. Pure (Strip: Central) – Overcrowded club with guest appearances by the likes of Britney Spears. Bring a stack of $100s. 2. LAX (Strip: South) – Ever since Paris confirmed Christina Aguilera’s pregnancy — by shouting it to the entire club — Xtina’s practically lived here. Sentimental reasons, we assume. 3. Privé (Strip: Central) – Planet Hollywood hotspot features celebs every night — although “celeb” covers both Mariah Carey and LaToya Jackson.

4. Hard Rock Hotel (Off-Strip East) – Members of the Who overdosing. Kid Rock kicking down high rollers’ doors. Tommy Lee having a pool party. 5. Las Vegas Marriage Bureau (Strip: North) – Even the rich and famous need to have a license for their ill-conceived, soon-to-be-annulled nuptials.

Las Vegas: Top 5 Local & Industry Nights

imageCatch that cute server when they’re not on the clock.

1. Jet (Strip: Central) – On Mondays, this massive, three-room club invites Vegas’ huge population of waitresses and bartenders to drink, dance to hip-hop and talk about you. 2. Studio 54 (Strip: Central) – “Influence Tuesdays” is one of the city’s older industry parties, drawing all kinds of club backers and bottle flippers together under the giant disco ball. 3. Privé (Strip: Central) – “Money for Nothing” Mondays offer free admission for locals and industry folks with $5000 literally dropping from the ceiling. To try and make up for all those Europeans who don’t tip.

4. Cathouse (Strip: South) – “Madame Mondays” draws a local crowd to the bordelloesque club with guest DJs, fashion shows and industry parties. 5. Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce (Strip: South) – “Silicone Sundays.” Yup, strippers need a night to party off-duty too.

Las Vegas: The “Hey Ladies” Weekend

Friday 2 p.m.: The Venetian. Check in. Large, velvet-upholstered rooms make one feel like an imperial mistress. 3:30 p.m.: Lunch at Mon Ami Gabi. Sit on the patio, watch the Bellagio fountains, and plan the weekend’s attack. 5 p.m.: Sephora. Someone forgot their cleanser/lipgloss/eyeshadow brush. Or whatever excuse you want to make.

7:30 p.m.: Napoleon’s (at Paris Las Vegas). Have a pre-dinner champagne cocktail. 9 p.m.: Strip House. Dinner with sexy food, flattering lighting, and a glam crowd will get you in the mood for the rest of the evening. 11:30 p.m.: Privé. Vegas’ hotspot du jour brings a little South Beach flair and celebrity style to the Strip. 2 a.m.: Drai’s. The city’s longest-running after-hours makes ladies feel welcome without feeling hassled.

Saturday 11 a.m.: Canyon Ranch Spa Club at The Venetian. Yoga class. Facial and/or manicure optional. 1 p.m.: Tinoco’s. Have a virtuous salad for lunch. Which doesn’t feel so virtuous when it’s mango-glazed salmon or lemongrass portabello. 2:30 p.m.: Shopping. Hit the shops at Caesars or The Palazzo. Or both. It’s your credit limit. 5 p.m.: The Venetian pool. Order up a round of vodka tonics and start the dishing. (“Lance Burton or David Copperfield? Death is not an option…”) 8:30 p.m.: American Storm. If you must see a male strip show, this is the one. The music is the Killers instead of Bon Jovi, and the dancers are more like the cutest guy in the club than your usual steroid casualties. Live at Polly Esther’s in the Stratosphere. 10 p.m.: Mix. Let Alain Ducasse (well, his minions anyway) make you dinner in this 43rd-floor Strip-view aerie. Virtuous salad at lunch means scrumptious dessert now 12:30 a.m.: Blush. Relax with a cocktail on the patio of this small, beautifully appointed nightclub. 2 a.m.:: Gipsy’s. Dance until dawn in late-night, locals’ gay club.

Sunday 12 p.m.: Le Village Buffet. Unlimited champagne version. 2:30 p.m.:: Get out of town.