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Photos: SLS Las Vegas grand opening

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Models welcome invited guests before the public opening of the SLS Las Vegas hotel-casino (formerly the Sahara Hotel and Casino) Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The property, owned by SBE Entertainment and Stockbridge Real Estate, reopened after a $415 million renovation.
Photo: Steve Marcus

How does an LA-import resort celebrate its grand opening on the Las Vegas Strip? With a celeb-packed party where well-heeled attendees indulged in flowing booze and feasted on lavish spreads from restaurants like Cleo and José Andrés' Bazaar Meat as the clock ticked down to a midnight opening.

The invite-only crowd included Dita Von Teese, Aaron Paul, Kellan Lutz, Chuck Liddell, soccer player Jermaine Jones, Emile Hirsch and Brittany Snow, and the party featured performances by Lenny Kravitz, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, JoJo and Jhené Aiko.

At midnight, fireworks erupted from the casino's rooftop and waiting crowds flooded the new property for a first look at the former Sahara.

Didn't get inside? Check out these shots from the opening-night festivities.

SLS Las Vegas Grand Opening

SLS Las Vegas Opens With Fireworks

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