Sunday, 30 January 2011

Behind the scene at Gok’s Road-show!

Meant to post this before I went away on holiday but ran out of time...

My friend Naomi and I nervously made our way to Cabot Circus, not really too sure what to expect. Emotions were a mixture of excitement (we were going to witness Gok’s magic firsthand!) and nervousness at the prospect of potentially being on TV.

We were amongst some of Bristol’s fashion students and hair stylists, privileged to be invited by Endemol to take part in an intimate seminar with Gok Wan for his new “fashion fix” road-show on Channel 4.

As soon as we arrived outside the venue, the filming started. We were asked to peer excitedly through the window waiting to be welcomed in by Gok, it was raining and cold (I was hoping I’d put enough hairspray on my fringe to withstand the elements) but it wasn’t long before we were called inside and positioned around the set for more filming. The set was styled beautifully, there was a selection of yummy shoes and bags perfectly positioned, jewellery dripped from the walls and oozed from the dressing table. I’d love to wake up to a dressing room like that every morning!

With his ‘stitch bitch’ Andy on hand to alter anything and everything, Gok worked his magic turning a rather plain dress into something that I wish I’d had for a Christmas party back in December (photo's to follow after the program is aired - wouldn't want to ruin the surprise!). The outfit he created was to compete with Brix Smith-Start at the fashion face off later that week. He showed us that with some imagination and a pair of scissors, it’s quite possible to create an outfit that not only looks expensive but that is completely unique – something that’s getting harder and harder to create thanks to the massive choice of clothing available to us now.

Although the show is very much about fashion, it was great to see how important it was to him to work with the body shape and movement of the model. I think that all too often, women wear the seasons ‘must have” item regardless of whether it actually suits or flatters them. It’s so important to take into account your body shape, personality and lifestyle if you’re going to create a truly perfect outfit that suits you.

A big part of my job is showing women how to wear more of the items they have hanging in their wardrobe, as so many of us only wear a tiny percentage of what we actually have. Sometimes it only takes a little tweak here and there to dramatically change the shape and fit of a garment, altering it from something you were never wearing, into an essential part of your wardrobe. Clothes are designed to be altered; they have to be as we are not all the same shape, but Gok takes it one step further and shows us that not only can we carry out minor alterations for a better fit, but if we stand back and find our creativity side we can completely alter the look of a garment and turn it into something that’s totally unique.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have to admit I was genuinely impressed by Gok. Not many of us have the imagination and vision that Mr Wan has so I fully recommend tuning in to Gok’s fashion road-show for some inspiration to help you to wear more of those un-worn items taking up space in your wardrobe.

Charity shop challenge part two

So, here’s the results of the charity shop challenge, I hope it inspires you to visit your local charity shops to dress to give! 

Photography Matt Collins: 07968 062859 or

Styling Niki Whittle:

Hair and make-up Dagmara Kojda: 07788 930902

Monday, 24 January 2011

Gok’s back in Bristol this week!

If you loved his fashion fix series then you’ll not want to miss his latest one – Gok’s taking his catwalk on the road, bringing his Fashion master classes to the masses, and Bristol is one of the chosen destinations!

Gok will take on fellow style expert and fashion foe, Brix Smith-Start, in one of the show’s most popular segments, the high street versus designer face-off. Models will be sent down the runway to show off different outfits chosen by Gok, championing the best of the high street, and by Brix, who favours exclusive designers, while members of the audience get to vote on their favourite.

For those who don’t want to miss out on the fun, everyone is invited to take part in this amazing fashion first for Bristol. Taking place on Friday 28 January at 5.00pm underneath the glass roof at Cabot Circus, the ‘Gok’s Roadshow’ catwalk finale promises fun, fashion and drama!

I’ve been invited to attend an intimate fashion seminar, where Gok will be working his magic and turning high-street clothes into high end fashion looks, I promise to share pics and tips with you when I get home!!! I’m so excited but there is one problem...what to wear?!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Charity shop challenge for Venue magazine - part 1

Four people, a selection of day and night outfits each, all sourced from charity shops – impossible you might think...but no, Bristol’s local Charity shops impressed me no end!

With Bristol photographer Matt Collins in toe, Rachel Nott (Folio magazine’s editor) myself and two gorgeous models, spent a Saturday rummaging through the treasures in Oxfam in Clifton, St Peter’s Hospice in Bedminster and Cancer Research UK on Gloucester rd. We spent almost five hours collecting - and trying on of course - clothes and accessories to create fabulous outfits, at bargain prices, to be featured in Venue Magazine.

With many of us having to tighten our purse strings at the moment, it’s the perfect time to show you that looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little imagination and a good selection of accessories it’s possible to create some great looks from your local Charity shop.

I love a good rummage and often find little gems from charity shops, flea markets and vintages shops to add uniqueness to my wardrobe, but I must admit, I’ve never tried to create complete outfits using only charity shop items. I was a little apprehensive about how things were going to turn out, but I don’t know what I was worried about, we had that much choice we struggled to decide what to go for!

I had a fantastic time and everyone was so lovely and professional, will be great to do this again if they’re up for the challenge!

You’ll have to wait for part two to see the final looks, but until then here are some behind the scenes shots. The full feature in Venue will be available to purchase on Jan 26th.

All photos courtesy of Matt Collins -,, Tel: 07968 062859

Models: Gosha and Giles

Friday, 7 January 2011

My new favourite

Firstly...Happy New Year!!
Here's to a fabulous 2011, and what better way to kick off than introducing you to my new favourite collection!
I’ve always loved structured dresses, anything with a little edge.  I recently discovered Kamola, an emerging womenswear designer mainly concentrating on cocktail dresses and evening wear. The collection’s right up my street!  Take a look at some of pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 collection:
Inspired by Great Silk Road, the collection is mainly produced from an original ethnic Uzbek fabric - Khan Atlas, famous for its Ikat print. It plays with the borderline of East and West, mixing modern and ancient patterns, and ethnic and contemporary shapes. The designer Kamola Malikova’s Uzbek heritage shines through in her use of oriental motifs.
The strong silhouettes, cinched in waists and fab use of print and colour make this a new favourite of mine!

Have a closer look and buy online here:

For more info:

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