Joffrey's fashion fete

October 7, 2012
Chicago Tribune
Candace Jordan

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The Joffrey Ballet's Women's Board presented its seventh annual Couture & Cocktails on Sept. 28 at the new McGrath Acura dealership on North Elston Avenue. Overlooking the Chicago River, the dramatic space provided the perfect backdrop for this glamorous fashion event that attracted more than 400 attendees. The night began with partygoers parading down a red carpet that led into a cavernous space lit by pink strobe lights. Attendees perused a vintage couture auction organized by Luxury Garage Sale, and enjoyed Skinnygirl cocktails and tasty hors d'oeuvres from Phil Stefani Signature Events.

 

To open the fashion show, co-chairs Kristina McGrath and Sonya Jackson made a grand entrance in a cherry red $380,000 Lexus LFA. Pamella DeVos, internationally known fashion designer and Joffrey Women's Board memeber, showcased her 2013 spring line, which was co-presented by Neiman Marcus. The Joffrey dancers led a dance party, and guests enjoyed local food truck offerings from Southern Mac & Cheese Truck, Two Italians, Meatloaf-A-Go-Go and Babycakes.

 

Notables included Jacqueline and Leon Kinloch, AJ Johnson, chef Art Smith, Jesus Salgueiro, Michaela Parrillo, Yoland and Jason Tyler (Joffrey board president), Daniel DeVos, Mike McGrath, Melissa Babcock (Joffrey Women's Board president), Ashley Wheater (Joffrey artistic director) and Christopher Clinton Conway (Joffrey executive director).

 

Proceeds from the evening, $275,000, will benefit the organization's programming and its community outreach programs.