Girl meets Gok..
Just over one week ago Gok bought his Fashion Brunch Club to the local city of one of our stylists Claire – too excited to share the passion for this stylish idol coming to Cardiff, Claire took along friends and other team members Becky & Anna. They all commented on what a blast they had. Becky says:
“I loved the fact the day was one of celebration – celebrating all women of all ages, shapes and sizes, celebrating the ever changing world of fashion and celebrating local businesses. It created such a feel good vibe and everyone left with a big smile on their face”
To support the work we do as Image Consultants Gok mirrored some great advice that we encourage our clients to follow too. Claire tells us how it was….
By Claire Jacklin
The day finally came where Gok came to Cardiff to hist his ‘Fashion Brunch Club‘ and what a day it was! The event was held at The New House Hotel and the day felt special from the minute I arrived. Unusually for me, I managed to decline the glass of Prosecco on arrival, as I was on day 6 of sobriety [click here to read Claire’s reason why]
The event was booked from 11am – 3pm, the atmosphere was incredibly relaxed. Once seated at the beautifully laid tables, we enjoyed a delicious brunch which felt more like a 2 course lunch! The small details on the table made each of us feel really special…
After what felt like the longest lunch ever (patience isn’t my strong point) on came Mr Gok Wan and boy was he funny – seriously funny! A real showman he got everyone up on their feet dancing (sounds cringy but it wasn’t – honestly), it was fun and electric and his humour was right up my street. Starting his intro, I couldn’t believe how much he talked my language, using my beloved strap line of ‘real women’ and saying how he loves fashion but that it is more about the people;
“The people inside the clothes are so much more”
Gok hit the nail on the head for many of us who have worked so VERY hard to cut our way in the fashion industry, by noting that fashion should be so much more inclusive – music to my ears! This is why and how the Fashion Brunch Club came about, to help local independents and businesses get recognition and be supportive of one another – music to my ears!
Gok went through an interactive masterclass and shared some top tips to dress for various body shapes with much laughter, Gok mimics my advice; “If you know your body shape you will have a good clothes day”
“You must never be ashamed of your figure, you need to show yourself off because you will always look better (than covering up) I promise!”
The day was so valuable to me for many reasons: to meet Gok, to share special time with friends and for the opportunity to network and discover other local businesses I wasn’t aware of. I am a firm believer in collaboration and as Gok advised “Never burn any bridges”
The true highlight of my day really did come at the end. I was promised a little meet-up with the man himself so I loitered, I mean really loitered…I tried to play it cool but I lost all ability when I was given the go ahead to visit his dressing room and gave him a rather big bear hug which resulted in me looking like a ridiculous cheshire cat (although he was a little hungover – hence the glasses, so probably didn’t care!)
Now being over that shame, I can honestly say I had a truly wonderful day. Gok and his team are super friendly and down to earth and I feel we have someone in the industry who gets it – really gets it. I just wonder when I tell him he is my new BFF or is that way to uncool??