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Gok Wan Specsaver launch in Cardiff

So I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of GW by Gok Wan spring/summer collection for Specsavers at the Kuku Club in Cardiff on Monday 5th by the wonderful people at Freshwater creative. It's always great to go to local fashion events in Cardiff as you always meet some wonderful people and since far less launches happen here in Cardiff as appose to London, it makes it even more special.

Personal stylist

I have always been a fan of Gok Wan as I think he has really helped a lot of women feel comfortable with there body-shape and embrace what they have and how to work it best with amazing advice on using your wardrobe to full effect. He also really goes against the grain by working a lot with the public and general consumers rather than stick thin models in what is a very fickle industry.

The launch took place at the ever so stylish Kuku Club (part of the park plaza hotel) and was the perfect venue, with low lighting and a middle eastern Moroccan feel with large ornate lanterns hanging from the ceiling, it felt very luxurious and I think I will have to go back sometime soon.

members bar
Kuku Club, Cardiff
With the GW collection, Gok Wan has really taken his inspiration from the 1950 and 1960's and brought it up to date, creating some very wearable and fashionable frames. The collection is very bold and full of strong and retro styles which I loved. I am always a fan of the vintage thicker look and would wear quite a few of these myself. All the frames were on view to have a sneak peak at before they go to store on the 18th March, priced at a very reasonable £99.

Gok glasses
Having fun trying them on!
What was also great about this launch was meeting some really lovely local fashion bloggers - DaisyMay, Sugar and Spice, Fat Frocks, Lou Lou Muses, Cardiff FashionBee1BlogQueen and discussing what we thought of the collection, events happening in Cardiff etc over some nice food and drinks. Everyone looked very stylish and if you have time it's well worth stopping over at their blogs.

After Gok Wan finished with his press interviews all the bloggers were invited for a Q&A session with the man himself. It's really hard to tell what people are like when you only see them on TV but he came across as a really genuinely nice person who was articulate and gave very informative answers to all our on the spot questions. I asked what he thought of blogging in the fashion industry today and he was very positive saying that we play an important role and that we have a real place in the fashion industry. I also asked what new projects he had lined up for the next year and he was a little tight lipped but what we did find out is there is a lot of filming being done for various TV shows, so what this space.

Kuku bar cardiff
Asking Gok questions.

Gok interview cardiff
Bloggers asking Gok Questions

So I have to admit I didn't have my lovely Canon 5D on me for the launch #fail as I had been away the evening before and didn't have time to go back home to get it so all the photos where taken on my compact, hence some grainy image quality but since the day had quite a retro feel to it, it kind of fits. So here is a mini outfit lowdown of what I wore for the launch

Mac coat
Mac - Redoute
Skirt - Warehouse
Floral Shirt- Soul
Brogues - Deena and Ozzy (UO)
Leather Bag - Collection at Debenhams

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