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Couture and Cocktails

Rebecca Taras

Couture and Cocktails On the (stiletto) heels of Fashion's Night Out comes yet another highly anticipated evening for the well-dressed social scene. The Joffrey Ballet's annual Couture and Cocktails takes place on Friday, Sept. 23, giving you plenty of time to scour the racks for that perfect frock.

The fashionable soiree signifies the launch of the 2011-2012 Joffrey season, complete with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and (of course) couture. Check out wares from fashion designer David Meister showcased via an impressive runway show. While previous venues, such as the elegant Palmer House Hilton and sexy W Hotel Lakeshore, certainly set the scene for a great party, I'm excited to see what The Hudson (2222 S. Michigan Ave., 312-981-2600) has in store. Opened just this past Spring, the exclusive 115,0000-square-foot raw loft space (located one block west of McCormick Place) is going to be transformed by the wizardry of designer  W. Andrew Holitik, which means the clothes won't be the only awe-inspiring feature that evening.

Who better than Moet & Chandon and Belvedere to host the exclusive VIP party, starting at 6 p.m., where you can bend Meister's ear about the truth behind white after Labor Day. The rest of the party continues at 7 p.m. with plenty of cocktails, nosh, and amaze silent and live auction items (like a Los Angeles experience with The Joffrey Ballet and David Meister). You'll also have a chance to shake what your mama gave you on the dance floor alongside Joffrey Company dancers. Don't worry; they won't judge!

Tickets for Couture and Cocktails are priced at $1,000 for Model Chic tickets, $500 for All-Star tickets, and $275 Patron tickets. The Model Chic and All-Star tickets boast extra perks including the exclusive VIP cocktail party. Visit the event website for more deets or to purchase tickets.

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