Melinda Sheckells


Melinda is the city’s leading style maven, having covered fashion and design for a variety of publications in the past decade, including Vegas Magazine, 944 and Vegas/Rated. The LA native also covers Las Vegas for The Hollywood Reporter and makes regular appearances on television to discuss the latest trends as well as to analyze the fashions at major events, including the Oscars.



The Latest Looks, Made Downtown

Not many things can truly bear the stamp “Made in Downtown Las Vegas,” but that’s about to change. Fashion incubator/design lab Stitch Factory, L.A.-based Chaser Brand Clothing and Las Vegas-based online store BungalowClothing.com have teamed up to create the first Made in Downtown Las Vegas competition. Read More



Countdown to the Festival of Fashion

While the Anna Wintour-mandated event Fashion’s Night Out won’t be happening in the United States this year, Las Vegans can still help stimulate the economy by participating in the Festival of Fashion at The Forum Shops at Caesars, sponsored by Vegas Seven and sister publication Vegas Rated, on September 6 and 7. Read More


Concert Review: Bruno Mars

While I liked Bruno Mars going in, I emerged a fan. The first thing that is noticeably refreshing about Mars (a.k.a. Peter Hernandez) is that he’s still happy to be “here,” and it shows in his performance. The one-hour, 45-minute show started on time and was without pretense. He sang, played guitar and drums and threw in a bit of humor between sets. Mars fronts a band of horn players that complement his blues-jazz-R&B-pop blend. With his two-album career arsenal of hits, Mars is the Prince of the new Read More


The Bard’s New Digs

The decades-long effort to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas (it didn’t start with Zappos, kids) has had its Shakespearean twists: good intentions gone awry, virtue unrewarded, high hopes, deep funks and soaring ambitions. So the area is an appropriate new home for the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, which moved to the erstwhile Reed Whipple Cultural Center and is spearheading its $45 million expansion. In the refurbished building, the Shakespeare Company will become a part of the newly formed Nevada Repertory, though the Bard will still be prominent in its playbills. Read More



Summer Break, With Structure

Do you have a budding Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid at home? If so, the place for them to hang out this summer is DDC2, the UNLV Downtown Design Center’s first-ever Design Day Camp. The three-week summer program for high school students (9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-28) is designed to challenge students to think in new ways about tomorrow’s built environment. Read More