Las Vegas – Jaime King, Bethenny Frankel, Ellen Pompeo, Derek Hough, and Anthony Mackie were among the elite who celebrated the Chris Santos and TAO Group Opening of Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Bethenny Frankel, who is a longtime fan of the Beauty & Essex New York location arrived looking stunning in a black floor length dress after hopping off of a JetSmarter private jet. After stopping in the pawn-inspired shop to browse the jewelry, Frankel took home one of the custom “Beauty” necklaces.
Austin Stowell also made a trip through the pawn-inspired shop, and was thrilled with the drum set cufflinks that he picked up, as an ode to celebrate his role in the hit, Whiplash.
Frankel and Stowell both mingled with other guests including Jonathan Cheban, Ellen Pompeo, Chris Ivery, and Jaime King who enjoyed a date night with husband Kyle Newman. King wore a beautiful orange dress and enjoyed Beauty & Essex favorites such as the Tomato Tartare and the Avocado, Lemon & Espelette Jewels on Toast. Derek Hough was also at the restaurant celebrating his birthday with a surprise cake. Afterwards, Derek tapped into his musical side by grabbing a guitar off the wall in the pawn-inspired shop to play an impromptu medley for friends and guests.
As guests entered the restaurant, Andrew Watt treated guests to live music, playing a mix of covers and original music with the vintage guitars offered at the pawn inspired shop.
Jermaine Dupri DJ’ed the opening, getting the crowd going. DJ 88 opened and closed the party while guests enjoyed the small share plates, a dining trend pioneered by Chef Chris Santos. Guests enjoyed Beauty & Essex favorites such as Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, and Thai Style Crispy Shrimp.
Other notables who attended included Busta Rhymes, Anthony Anderson, Austin Stowell, Dan Bilzerian, Victoria’s Secret Model Shanina Shaik, Angie Everhart, Celebrity Chef Scott Conant, Musician Andrew Watt, and Professional Poker Player Antonio Esfandiari.
The party continued at Marquee where Vice performed showing off his newly purchased Rolex from the pawn-inspired shop at Beauty & Essex. Anthony Mackie, Jonathan Cheban, Derek Hough, and Jermaine Dupri also enjoyed the after party at Marquee.