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HtCC: Gok Wan for Simply Be


See, that got your attention.

Gok Wan seems to be everywhere at the moment, from new clothing ranges for Sainsburys to tv shows and books about cooking Chinese food (Wok on!)

This looks like the Many Ways To Wear bra* which is currently on sale at £11, and is available in blossom pink or black

The Divine Outline* (£45) is designed to be worn with your own bra, and looks to be a much more going out friendly form of shapewear. (You know what I mean, it doesn’t look like you’ll have to fight with it when you’re in the loo. We’ve all been there.)

The design I am most likely to go for is this polka dotted one, with the above bodyshaper* costing just £32 (or if you prefer a bra and pants set, the spotty bra* £24, and the matching high waisted undies* are £12)

Simply Yours is a brand of Simply Be, so as you’d expect, the bra sizes are catering towards those of us with sizes that quite frankly sound made up. It’s great to see more companies appearing that are targeting sizes above a D cup when so many of us seem to be a DD at least!

Gok for Tu

Considering that this is my second post regarding Gok Wan within a week, it may surprise you to know that I’m not actually a huge fan of his. I never really watched his shows and I disliked the way that he constantly referred to himself last year at the Cabot Circus fashion show which is what the majority of my opinion has been formed on. However at the filming of Gok’s Fashion Roadshow recently, he was much more charming and less self abusive, and has now come up with a range of clothes which are pretty gorgeous. Well, I think so.

Gok has created a “capsule” collection for Sainsburys of quite smart clothes in bright colours. Many of the pieces have hidden shapewear to help smooth out the lumps and bumps – reflecting Gok’s philosophy of “making women feel confident, stylish and positive about their bodies, whatever their size or shape.”

Sainsburys has been a bit slack on the clothes front – while many of us wear clothes from George at Asda or Clothing at Tesco, I honestly can’t remember the last time I noticed a blog mentioning the Tu range. I popped over to our local branch at lunch to see what was there – some of the below items were, some weren’t.

The “Ultimate Wrap Dress” (£40) is a long dress – I saw this in store, and liked how the “sculpting slip” inside seemed to be detachable for use under other dresses. The store had the red, black and floral versions of this, my favourite was probably the black, then the red. I wasn’t keen on the floral one, it was quite a small, dark, fussy sort of print, not my style at all.

The “Oversized Teal Shirt” (£25) wasn’t in-store unfortunately, which was one of the pieces I really wanted to see! Its described as being wearable as either an ultimate structured shirt or as a dress for a super easy look

The “Slash Neck Shift Dress” (£45) also wasn’t in store yet, but also has a sculpting slip inside to banish VPL and control bums, tums and thighs

I liked the reversible kimono (£30) (I didn’t actually realise it was reversible when I saw it in-store!) and the sheer shirt (£25) (I like how the shirt comes with a slip – its so annoying when you buy something sheer and it doesn’t come with something underneath, I’m not brave enough to go without!) The Palazzo pant (£30) looks great in both of these images, but I wasn’t keen on the actual material – they would be one of those items in your wardrobe that are too fussy to wash and iron, and I’m very lazy.

I didn’t get a good look at the “perfect fit pants” (£25) but they are described as the ultimate figure-flatterers. The swing tux (£35) was probably my favourite out of all of the pieces there, although the cropped length isn’t something I’d usually go for.

On the whole, I liked the items of the range that were in my local branch, but I think that some of the items need to be seen in person – from the images, I liked the palazzo pants, but I’m not sure now!

The range launched yesterday, and is available in store and on their new website (Images taken from the site)

Gok Does Bristol

A few weeks ago, I was invited to be in the audience for Gok’s Clothes Roadshow in Bristol. Cabot Circus had been taken over by crowds of people just wanting to see Gok – as you can see in the pic below!

Gok came down the escalators, followed by his models, and it seemed like everyone there whipped out their camera or mobile phone

Gok came on stage and explained what was going to happen, then allowed some time to let people take photos so they wouldn’t take them during the show. He kept walking down the stage and stopping every few steps to smile for pics!

First, three ladies from the Bristol area were given a makeover earlier in the week, and it was time for them to reveal their new look. The audience was made up mostly of their friends and family (and a few bloggers like the ladies from MyStreetChic, Frances from Fashion Fantasist and SJP of Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion (who I’ve been dying to meet for ages, but we always seemed to miss each other!). We didn’t see their original looks, but from the reactions of those who knew the ladies, it must have been impressive!

After a few takes, it was time for the fashion show section. In previous series, Gok has gone head to head with Brix Smith-Start where he has styled his models in outfits costing less than £50 each, and Brix has gone for the expensive outfits, but this series, Gok has taken over the expensive outfits, and styled the models in outfits costing less than £250. Without giving away which set won or how much they cost, the collection below was my favourite – I ended up getting the dress on the far right last week because I loved it so much! (Not sure where I’m going to wear it…but I never need an excuse to wear pretty dresses!)

The Bristol episode of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow will be shown tomorrow night (Tuesday 4th October) and (hopefully, I assume this link will work!) you can find out where the clothes in the show are from here, after the show has aired.

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