The Joffrey Ballet's Couture & Cocktails: A Fashion Extravaganza at New McGrath Acura

For the Joffrey Ballet’s 7th Annual Couture & Cocktails, glamorous co-chairs Sonya Jackson and  Kristina McGrath planned quite a memory making event!!!!   For starters, they held the party in the brand new McGrath Acura of Downtown Chicago dealership with more than 50,000 sq. ft. of space to play with and then opened the show by arriving in a $380K Lexus LFA clad in sequined jumpsuits by featured designer Pamella Roland!  (Kristina found hers on Ebay and it was originally worn by Lindsay Lohan.   Hands-down Kristina wore it better!  See pics!)

Over 500 of Chicago’s favorite scenesters came out to enjoy a world class fashion show in this dramatic venue presented by international designer Pamella Roland and Neiman Marcus.  The night included a live auction (with top packages from United Airlines and Langham Hotel Group), fabulous food trucks (Babycakes, Two Italians, Southern Mac & Cheese, La Adelita and Ste Martaen), Skinnygirl cocktails, a vintage couture auction presented by Luxury Garage Sale and so much more!

The host committee included Rebecca Besser, Carrie Birkel, Toni Canada, Eva Chess, Linda Coleman, Tarrah Cooper, Merritt DeWitt, Jan Flanagan, Megan Flom, Kathleen Henson, Marci Holzer, Marci Kaminsky, Jessica Kimbrough, Jacqueline Kinloch, Julie Clark Lampert, Nina Mariano, Lynn McMahan, Helen Melchior, Michaela Parrillo, Amanda Samuels, Suzi Schelewitz, MaryAnne Smith, Dusty Stemer, Kristen Stone and moi.   (Photos by Mila Samokhina and Steve Starr)

To read more about this exciting event, please visit and make sure to check out my Chicago Tribune online column here for more fab photos!  Stay tuned for video coverage coming soon on!

The night raised more than $275,000 to benefit The Joffrey Ballet’s  programming and community outreach.


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