Meet and Greet: Grammy award-winning rapper Nelly will be at Macy’s at Fashion Show mall Saturday to celebrate the newest collection from his women’s apparel line, Apple Bottoms, and to promote African-American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. A fashion show featuring Nelly and the Apple Bottoms collection starts at 1 p.m. in the Grand Hall. Nelly holds a meet and greet with fans on level two of Macy’s at 2 p.m. The first 300 Macy’s customers who make an Apple Bottoms purchase of $50 or more will have the opportunity to meet Nelly and get his autograph.
Neimans News: The creators of Atelier Cologne, Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, will be at Neiman Marcus showcasing their line of fragrances today from 2 to 6 p.m.
Future of Fashion: The International Academy of Design & Technology in Las Vegas has added Fashion Merchandising to its list of bachelor degree programs. Graduates will be prepared for positions such as assistant buyer, merchandise planner or visual merchandise coordinator. Call 990-0150 for more information.
Bling it On: Tiffany & Co. introduces its Engagement Ring Finder iPhone app. It has tools to select the perfect Tiffany diamond engagement ring, a ring sizer that works when an actual ring is placed on the screen, and the option to schedule an appointment for a diamond consultation. Rings are shown true-to-size and each style can be viewed with six different carat sizes. To access the app, log onto itunes.com/tiffanyco/ringfinder.
Frugal Finds: California-based dd’s DISCOUNTS has opened two stores in Las Vegas this month that feature exceptional values on a wide assortment of current fashions with savings up to 70 percent. You’ll find name brand apparel, accessories and footwear for the whole family, as well as home decor. Log onto ddsdiscounts.com for more information.
Forever and Ever: Forever 21 celebrates the grand opening of its largest Nevada store July 24 at Fashion Show mall. The first 700 guests in line get gift cards ranging in values up to $210. A DJ and photographer will be onsite. Visit Meadows mall and Boulevard Mall Forever 21 locations the week prior to register for a $521 gift card. The new department store concept spans more than 126,000 square feet and will introduce new Forever 21 brands to the Nevada market. There will be 36 cash registers and 132 fitting rooms.
Summer Spa: Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian and the Palazzo introduces special services to help you beat the heat this summer. Prices range from $95-$185 and are good through Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nevada residents get a 10 percent discount. Call 414-3600 for more information.
Unique Boutique: Desigual has opened its first Las Vegas boutique at Fashion Show mall. The boutique originated in Barcelona 25 years ago and is best known for its individualistic approach to dress people, not bodies. Desigual features clothes for men, women, children and a variety of accessories.
Say Om: Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars has added both yoga and water Qi Gong classes. Led by yoga master Swami Ramananda, Qua’s yoga practices are held weekly in the newly opened Tranquility yoga center. Qi Gong is held weekly in the Bacchus pool. Individual yoga and Qi Gong classes are $15.
In Design: Target is partnering with world-renowned luxury accessories brand Mulberry to launch a limited-edition handbag collection, Mulberry for Target. It will be available Oct. 10 through Dec. 24.
New Store: H&M will open its largest U.S. store to date at the Forum Shops at Caesars in late fall ’10. The 60,000-square-foot store will include trends for ladies, men, young ladies, young men and children, as well as accessories. Other new retailers at the Forum Shops include UGG this fall, Christian Audigier this summer, True Religion Brand Jeans this fall and Inglot this fall.
On the Run: From now through the end of August, lucy at Town Square is offering 20 percent off any full-priced lucy item to customers who present a race bib. In addition, racers who come in first, second or third, dressed in head-to-toe lucy, get a lucy Training Tank and Propel Bottom. Log onto lucy.com/competeandwin for more information. Lucy also recently launched the Lucy Propel Collection, made special for runners.
Big is Beautiful: The “My Fabulous Body” contest, sponsored by Swimsuits for All, calls on confident plus-size women to express why they feel fabulous today. The contest runs through Aug. 24 and the grand prize is a $1,000 American Express gift card. Contestants can log onto swimsuitsforallcontest.com for more details.