It was a night of sexy lingerie and angel spottings on October 22, when Victoria's Secret threw an invite-only launch party in partnership with Chicago Gateway Green to celebrate the opening of its new flagship store on the über-prestigious Magnificent Mile.
While the doors didn't officially open to the public until October 23, a few lucky media including Luxe File Chicago’s Kerry and Sally Shorr and golden Chitowners scooped up invitations to the fabulous fete, which was promoted by JKLS PR's Jill Katz and Lara Ship, and featured a pink carpet laden with Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Angels Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes along with a virtual Who’s Who of Chitown’s most influential newsmakers.
Chicago Gateway Green Committee
Chicago Bears' Lance Briggs
Chicago White Sox's Chris Getz
Chuck and Candace Jordan
Victoria's Secret's Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Sharen Turney and Marisa Miller
Once inside the 18,000-square foot lingerie and beauty mecca, guests feasted on hors d'oeuvres and sipped the signature cocktail, the “Magnificent Mile Martini” by Limelight Catering, while frolicking with the gorgeous (and very gregarious) Angels, Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Turney and Chicago sports stars including Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, Bulls Taj Gibson (and his brother, Floyd) and Derrick Rose, White Sox second baseman Chris Getz and former Bear Jerry Azumah.
Marisa mingling with VS party-goers
More notable guests included Chuck and Candace Jordan, Jerry Kleiner, Vincent Anzalone, Lonnie Rodriguez, Alexs Botelho, Marisa Molinaro, Steve Traxler, Lee Ellison, Rebecca and Charlie Besser, Richard Roeper, The Bachelorette’s Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski, Trevian Kutti, Rich Foreside, Tonya Adamson, Billy Dec, Dan Uslen, Diane McGrath, Cat and Joe D’Orio, Kimberly Murray, Chris Norman, Chad and Adam Kramer, Brooks Rogalski, Elizavetta Efimova, Bracken Zimmerman, the Landan twins, Marty Berman, Jennifer Lane, Lou Canellis, Jessica Girdwain, Alec and Jeanette Ross, Paul Lee, Schae Lewis, Aeron Lancero, John Walcher, Jennifer Wirth, Melissa and Henrique Kerch, Steve Starr and Kelli Zink.
Vincent Anzalone and Lonnie Rodriguez
Bracken Zimmerman, center, and guests
Victoria’s Secret is located at 734 N. Michigan Avenue and features the popular PINK collection plus a sexy assortment of classic bras and panties, sleepwear and swimsuits. Guests also enjoy VIP rooms for custom fittings and a unique Body Match Scanner that incorporates white light to determine a woman’s perfect fit. The store is also conducting ongoing open casting calls to find the next Runway Angel, who will strut down the catwalk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to be broadcast Tuesday, December 1st (10:00 p.m. EST).