Monday, October 27, 2014

Partying With the Renegades

I just returned yesterday from a whirlwind four days in New York City so until I get my bearings, and upload and edit the pile of photos from my trip, I offer some photos from the Grand Opening party at Renegade that I attended last weekend.  You may recall a previous post I wrote about the store for plus size women that opened in August here in London.  Owner Christine Gionet wanted to have a party to celebrate her new business venture, which has been doing quite well, and on October 18, she threw a shindig that included a fashion show, drinks, snacks, a dashing doorman, and a comedienne.

As soon as I arrived I spotted former London City Councillor Judy Bryant (R), and Tanya Park, who is running for Councillor in Bryant's ward.  Park was one of a group of women who were modelling clothing from the store throughout the evening.

These two women looked party-ready in their red/black/white outfits.  The woman on the right purchased her dress at Renegade.

Arica, above, plays Roller Derby, and is a huge Michael Jackson fan.  In 2003, she was able to get Jackson to autograph her chest and then she had the signature tattooed on her skin.

This woman made the poncho she was wearing, and it looked amazing with her beautiful white hair

It was a lively group of women who knew how to have a good time, including the woman above, who made the bite-sized cupcakes she's showing off, for the event.

It was obvious that the models really enjoyed wearing the clothes; these two were more than willing to strike a pose for the camera.

Store owner Christine Gionet (in red) poses with some of the models

 Writer Vanessa Brown was looking fabulous in a black and white print dress

This woman said she felt amazing in this Renegade dress.  It was great to see larger-sized, curvy women modelling pretty dresses in bright colours, and the big smiles and sassy attitude showed they felt attractive and sexy in what they were wearing.   And really, isn't that what every woman wants?

The marvelous models for the evening

comedienne Carrie Anne Stephenson provided some laughs later in the evening

What I wore - my favourite zebra-ish print dress from H & M topped with a vintage suede and leather blazer from Jackpot Vintage

My New York stories will commence later this week, but in the meantime, you can see some photos from my trip on The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas blog.


  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for coming out to celebrate with us and for this fabulous post!

  2. What a rockin' good time! I love the pretty dresses, and yes, it is so nice to see curvy women enjoying the limelight!

  3. What a great night, so many happy and confident women.
    You look wonderful, I thought at first your dress was a skeleton print! xxx

  4. That looks like so much fun!

    And WOW to your outfit.

    I can't wait to hear about your NY trip.


  5. You should write reviews for a newspaper or e-site. You always make me feel as though I attend an event with you. Looks like a fabulous time was had by all. And you look marvelous!!!

  6. What a big beautiful bunch of women and it is really all about feeling good in the skin your in! I can't wait to see NYC pictures, I bet you will be riding the high for a while, or at least trying. Missed you!

  7. Great red leather blazer!!! Love the Roller Derby girl's dress so much!!! The dresses are all amazing!

  8. Looks like a raging success! I am rather coveting a few of these frocks!
    So pleased Christine's venture is paying off.
    Rock the hell ON! XXX

  9. nice dresses. It's good to see a store that has nice clothes for us larger ladies.AND THEY DON'T LOOK OVER SIZED!

  10. Now that looks like a fun evening with a bunch of beautiful, confident women all dressed up to the nines! Love the print on your dress and the red jacket is amazing.
    I'm sure your New York trip was fabulous, can't wait to hear all about it! xxx

  11. I love that I'm seeing more shops opening selling clothes that fit curvy and tall women. Everyone deserves clothes that fit and make them feel good!