The inimitable Gok Wan came to Cardiff yesterday, to launch his latest design collection for Specsavers. He’s been involved with more and more design projects recently, the Sainsbury’s collection, his Simply Be range, previous Specsavers collections, and he told us that he’s been involved in other design projects, including a lingerie range. We asked Gok Wan a few questions when we caught up with him at the Park Plaza hotel, about this current collaboration.
Why did you decide to collaborate with Specsavers? I’m interested in offering style and design to everyone. Most people can’t afford £700 designer glasses, but still want to be able to access good design. This range is about affordable style.
What was the inspiration behind this new range? 40’s and 50’s style, Hollywood starlets, a bit of glamour. My favourite era is the ’50’s.
How important is it for you to collaborate with others? Very important. I’m always working with other creatives and other industries, the next period is extremely busy for me with loads of projects in the pipeline. I’m hoping to have some time off next January!
Your TV programmes have inspired many women, old and young. What do you think is the most important thing for any woman to feel about herself? Femininity, Sensuality and Sexuality.
What do you think of Cardiff style? I generally only see people here at events, all glammed up, so it’s not an honest portrayal of Cardiff style, so it’s a little hard for me to comment.
We think you’ll agree the designs for Specsavers are pretty fab! It was lovely to meet Gok Wan, as at Cardiff Fashion we think he’s done so much for women, their confidence and how they feel about their bodies. It’s fantastic he’s doing more design collections and collaborations and it just spreads the Gok Wan fabulousness a little further we think!
Interview by Georgia Flatman, selected images by Carla Morris