On April 14, 2012, local ladies and gathered at the Roman Catholic Church in Willow Bunch for the 3rd Annual Ladies Night Out. Although dressing up in the “masquerade ball” theme was optional, a majority of the 120 women on hand slipped into a cocktail dress or elegant gown and donned an elaborate mask to match the theme.
Prizes were given for the Most Creative Mask to Madeleine Thorhaug, Most Colourful Mask to Jean Thorhaug and Most Grand Mask to Carmel Brunneau.
Following the 3rd annual Ladies Night Out in Willow Bunch, ladies from all over the South Country were second-guessing their wardrobe choices.
Designer, Dean Renwick, was on hand for a made-for-Saskatchewan “What Not to Wear” as part of the entertainment for the annual ladies night and shared a bit of his fashion sense with the crowd.
Renwick grew up in Regina and spent 15 years working in the fashion industry in Los Angeles. According to Renwick, he worked with some of the wealthiest woman in the United States.
Renwick moved back to Regina and recently opened a design studio in the Golden Mile Shopping Centre in Regina. Since his return to Canada, his career has mostly been focused in the film industry. He worked as the assistant designer for “Corner Gas”, as well as Casino Regina commercials and other movie projects.
Renwick offers custom designed clothing, as well as private evaluation of your current wardrobe.
Three good-sported ladies from the area opened up their closets to Renwick and the guests to the ladies night out.
Each volunteer modeled three outfits from their closets, which Renwick then critiqued.
Along with the critiques, Renwick offered up advice, all sprinkled with humour, to the crowd including:
For the 35 and over crowd
• No Black - wear bright colours
• No ripped jeans or whiskers
• Dark jeans - no light faded
• Ruching is our friend
• Do not wear Uggs or Crocs
• Don’t wear sweatpants out of the house
• Throw out any sweats with any pawprints or words such as “juicy” across the butt
• 1 1/2” to 2” heels are best
• Jean pockets should be in proportion to size of behind
• Don’t wear red to interviews
• Not too many cargo pockets, etc on pants.
• Clean, classic lines for pants are timeless
• Pants should drop from the widest part of your hip
• Waistlines of pants should be 1 to 1 1/2 inches below belly button.
Along with the “make-over” portion of the night, approximately 120 ladies enjoyed a wide selection of appetizers, goodies and refreshments.
The organizing committee was made up of 8 people from the Recreation and Library boards, as well as community members. They gathered a large assortment of door prizes and silent auction items from businesses and individuals from the area.
The group also made a draw for a raffle of a $750 Moose Jaw Mineral Spa gift certificate.
Eger reported the proceeds of this year’s event will be shared by the Recreation Board and Library. “Every year the Rec board initiates the event and looks for another committee to share it with.” said Shar Eger, one of the organizers of the yearly event.
Eger commented on the success of the evening, “Our attendance numbers were a little bit lower than last year, however the end result was fantastic! Everyone enjoyed themselves and we were very pleased at the thought and effort put into the masks and attire. Dressing up was optional but I think those that did had a lot of fun doing it.”
“The success of the event would not have been possible with out the hard work of the committee, those who attended and of course all of our sponsors of silent auction items and cash donations,” concluded Eger.