A day by design: Fashion Maven Pamella Roland is simply glamorous hour-by-hour

September 9, 2012
Spash (A Chicago Sun-Times Publication)
Molly Each


Though she spends her days decking celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Eva Longoria in elegant evening wear, designer Pamella Roland (her real name is Pamela Devos) is Midwestern at heart: She and her husband Dan have a home in northern Michigan, and two years ago, they decided to put down roots in Chicago.

“I’ve always loved Chicago,” says Roland. “One of my daughters lives here, and the other went to school here, so we wanted to have a home base.”

After the couple purchased a townhouse near River North, they quickly made Chicago their own, joining the Chicago Yacht Club and for Roland, getting appointed to the Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet. “I’ve been involved by showing my work at their fashion shows, but I’m enjoying having a formal role,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to Couture & Cocktails.” In addition to helping plan the event, which is co-chaired by Kristina McGrath and Sonya Jackson, Roland is also the feature designer at this year’s benefit on Sept. 28.

Fresh off of a successful showing at New York Fashion Week, the designer details her perfect Chicago Sunday.

9 A.M.

Roland starts her day with a 60- or 90-minute facial at the Peninsula Hotel, courtesy of her favorite esthetician Sheila. (108 E. Superior, 312-337-2888)

11 A.M.

She drops by Neiman Marcus to check in on her line and hear customer feedback from the staff. “And, of course, I do some shopping,” she says. (773 N. Michigan, 312-642-5900)


Roland was a devoted diner at Fred’s while living in New York City, and now she frequents the Chicago outpost. “I’m getting to know the staff here,” she says. (Barney’s New York, 15 E. Oak, 312-596-1111)

2 P.M.

The culture continues with a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art. “I think art is relaxing and inspiring,” she says. “My spring 2013 line was influenced by Ellsworth Kelly.”

(220 E. Chicago, 312- 280-2660)

5 P.M.

Roland and her husband hit the Chicago Yacht Club with their family for a cruise on their sailboat followed by dinner. (400 E. Monroe, 312-861-7777)

9 P.M.

She finishes up the day by walking her two dogs, Manolo and Audi, in the park with her husband, two daughters and son.