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Gok’s Clothes Roadshow hits Bristol

Gok's photocall at Cabot Circus

The nation’s fave stylist Gok Wan bought his travelling catwalk to Cabot Circus last night to continue filming for the new series of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow. As regular Ship-Shape readers will know, I headed down to watch filming for the last series back in January. Dedicated fans showed up despite the bitterly cold weather and luckily Gok’s charms pulled in the crowds yesterday too, despite the wind and rain.

After a fashionably late start Gok made his entrance in a deep navy suit and cuban heels, with a string of models behind him as they worked their way through a sea of crowds to the catwalk. Before we were treated to four high street vs budget looks – a blowout designer collection hand picked by Brix Smith-Start has been replaced with outfits that cost as little as £50 – we were treated to the ‘big reveal’ of three local Bristolian women whose families were waiting by the side of the catwalk with baited breath to see their transformation.

For those of us that didn’t know the women we couldn’t appreciate the results of their makeovers fully but from the smiles on their faces as they strutted down the catwalk – and a tearful front row – it was obvious that Gok had waved his magic wand again.

Voting at Gok's Clothes Roadshow

Voting at Gok's Clothes Roadshow

After witnessing the results of the makeovers we were treated to four looks from A/W11 including 70s glamour and 60s style trenchcoats. After we’d seen all the models strut down the catwalk came the moment of paddel waving frenzy when audience members decided which collection they preferred. I won’t give away how we voted but will reveal that I’m now in love with a terracotta trenchcoat that I NEED in my wardrobe.

There was also the opportunity to hob nob with other Bristol fashion bloggers including Gina, Sian and George from, along with Frances of Fashion Fantasist and Haley from Ceriselle .While voting split us in opinion we all came away lusting after new items for our wardrobes – a theme that will no doubt continue through the season!

If you couldn’t make it to the show yesterday fear not – the new series airs later this month and Gok will be bringing his catwalk to Birmingham and Southampton later in the month. If you did make it down to Cabot Circus yesterday which collection did you like the best and what A/W 11 trends are you now craving?

Gok’s Clothes Roadshow starts later this month and the Bristol episode will air on Channel 4 on Tuesday 27th September. *EDIT* Gok’s Clothes Roadshow starts on the 27th Sept, the Bristol episode airs on the 2nd October.



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September Fashion: Gok Wan and Fashion’s Night Out

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I may still be smarting from the end of another blissful summer (sob) but in fashion terms at least, the arrival of September is like celebrating New Year’s Eve and I can already feel a smile spreading across my face when I think of what stylish delights there are to come over the next few weeks.

This week Bristolians can look forward to the return of ‘Auntie Gok’ to Cabot Circus and Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out. This Wednesday Gok Wan assembles his travelling catwalk under the glass roof of Cabot Circus as part of a new series of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow.

The format is slightly different this time, as designer labels have been kicked to the curb in favour of budget buys. This means high street outfits as seen in previous catwalk shows will now be pitted agaisnt outfits that cost as little as £50. As always the public get to vote on which looks they prefer so if you want to cast your vote make sure you get down to Cabot Circus for 5pm.

On Thursday the fashion world unites for Vogue’s annual Fashion’s Night Out. This international celebration takes place in cities across the world from New York and LA to Milan and London. From 6pm onwards shoppers can hob nob with designers, sip champagne, indulge in the latest A/W11 trends and shop to their hearts content.

I can’t wait to check out Oxford Street and Covent Garden in London this year but Bristolians don’t need to miss out as Harvey Nicks in Quakers Friars is also taking part in FNO. If  you know of any more FNO events in Bristol or are heading to another city to enjoy the fashion festivities tell me about your experiences and share your shopping secrets by commenting below.

Filming for Gok’s Clothes Roadshow takes place this Wednesday (7th Sept) at Cabot Circus from 5pm. Fashion Night Out events are taking place across the country so visit the Fashion’s Night Out website for info and links to events in your area.

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Gok’s Bristol Clothes Roadshow

Gok Wan and Brix Bristol catwalk

Gok Wan and Brix Smith-Start on the Bristol catwalk

The night has finally come – the Bristol episode of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow airs tonight on Channel 4. After freezing my toes off at the catwalk show and attending behind the scenes filming sessions back in January, I’m eager to see how the finished episode looks. The three Bristolians treated to Gok-over looked fab and the designer verses high street looks included nautical, ballerina and gold themes. I won’t give away who won so you’ll just have to tune in and see for yourselves.

Thanks to Cabot Circus for this photo – far better quality than my blurry paparazzo style shots taken on the night!

Gok’s Clothes Roadshow, 8pm on Channel 4.

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All the fun of The Vintage Fair

Bristol Vintage Fair
This weekend has been a busy one and not particularly gentle on my wallet! Before freezing my fingers off at the Gok’s Clothes Roadshow catwalk I had some time to kill so I popped into Primark and came out with a brown paper bag.

I felt a little guilty making an impulse purchase just before seeing the man that claims women can survive with just 24 key pieces in their wardrobe, but I couldn’t resist. Heavy cotton skirt with a voluminous black net underskirt, covered in a watercolour of poppies, this skirt is truly a work of art and unlike anything I’ve ever seen the fast-fashion retailer before.

After watching Gok and Co. I got an early night in preparation for yesterday. An early morning makeover courtesy of the Benefit concession in Debenhams kicked things of, before S and I hit the Bristol Vintage Fair in Portland Square. Sadly we peaked a little too soon, falling in love with a pleated cream dress and polka dot playsuit within the first ten minutes, thus blowing our budget an forcing us to dig around in our bags and purses to find enough cash for a cheeky cupcake.

Half an hour of Benefit later we were ready for the fair

Half an hour of Benefit later we were ready for the fair


A selection of gorgeous vintage bags

A selection of gorgeous vintage bags

Circomedia on Portland Square was the perfect venue for a vintage fair

Circomedia on Portland Square was the perfect venue for a vintage fair


Clothes swapping fun at Goldmine on Stokes Croft

Clothes swapping fun at Goldmine on Stokes Croft

The fair itself was fantastic though, with some quality sellers in such a beautiful location. My pictures, below, don’t really do it justice but if you missed it fear not – apparently there are plans for another fair in three months time, or visit their online calendar for upcoming fairs across the country.

After the fair we went long to the Goldmine clothes swapping party, armed with some pre-loved treasures to swap. The event kicked off at 4pm and when we rocked up not half an hour later we joined what can only be described as a frenzy of eager girls who looked like they had walked straight of the set of Skins.

I suddenly felt quite old as I rummaged through the rails looking for some vintage gems but S and I did come up trumps with some elasticated skirts (perfect as summer dresses) and 80s jumpers. By 5pm we were done and headed out with some fantastic finds and we had spent less than a fiver between us : )

Today I made use of the gorgeous winter sun to shoot some of my new (and old) finds…

50s style floral skirt from Primark

50s style floral skirt from Primark

 My stunning new pleated cream dress that I found at the fair...

My stunning new pleated cream dress that I found at the fair...


... with a mocha coloured bow and shoulder panels

... with a mocha coloured bow and shoulder panels


Two of the vintage skirts I picked up at the Goldmine clothes swap

Two of the vintage skirts I picked up at the Goldmine clothes swap


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Something for The Weekend… Bristol Vintage Fair & Goldmine Launch

vintage fair circomedia

I love the period leading up to the new season – magazines, blogs, boutiques and events organisers get in on the action and at the moment Bristol has a busy hub of events and fashionable happenings taking place.

First up, I know I’ve been banging on about it this week, but don’t forget that the weekend kicks off tomorrow evening with Gok Wan’s catwalk show at Cabot Circus (it starts at 5pm , don’t be late!) Gok will be showing of his high street finds and competing against Brit Smith-Start’s designer outfits for his new Channel 4 show, Gok’s Clothes Roadshow.

On Saturday the Vintage Fair comes to town. Joining the likes of Blind Lemon and Gimme Shelter, the Bristol Vintage Fair, above, is the new kid on the block as far as all things vintage go. Originating in Birmingham, the fair has been running at cities across the country since 2009 and came to Bristol for the first time back in November. This Saturday the fair is back at Circomedia in Portland Square and as well as lots of vintage goodies for sale it promises cupcakes, a vintage tea party and even a travelling hair and beauty salon – perfect if you want a beehive ‘do to match your Mad Men style outfit. The event starts at noon and entry is £2 or £1 with an NUS card.


Just as the Vintage Fair is winding down, the fun (and vintage bargains) continue on Stokes Croft. You may remember that Shop Dutty opened The Goldmine last summer, a pop-up shop on Stoke Croft full of vintage clothes a a bargain price, not to mention a DJ booth, comfy sofas and plenty of tea and biscuits. All good things must come to an end and although The Goldmine closed just before Christmas, it has now been reincarnated as a permanent fixture in the basement of Shop Dutty on Cheltenham Road and will open to the public on 2nd February.

To celebrate it’s new home, The Goldmine will be hosting a massive clothes swap, on Stokes Croft (opposite Pieminister) from 4pm with DJ sets, swapping and a few vintage bargains thrown in too. The festivities are due to go on into the night and if you want to take part simply bring some unwanted clothes to swap, or browse their clearance stock – bargains start at just 50p! For more info check out the Facebook page here.

Don’t forget that La Freak Boutique in Montpelier will also be closing its doors for the last time this weekend, but not before every last vintage wonder is sold. The store will be open as usual on Saturday and also from 12-4pm on Sunday.

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Behind the scenes: Gok’s Roadshow

Gok Wan filming Quakers Friars

This afternoon I found myself in a disused shop in Quakers Friars, watching a camera crew and production team flutter around a cute set full of colourful clutch bags, towering multi-coloured heels and quirky high street finds. It was of course all for Gok Wan’s new Channel 4 show, Gok’s Clothes Roadshow.

A twist on the original Gok’s Fashion Fix format, Gok’s Clothes Roadshow sees Gok and designer obsessive Brix Smith-Start are taking their high street vs high end battle on the road and Bristol is the latest city to get a visit, along with the likes of Birmingham, Liverpool and London.

Today a selection of Bristol’s fashion enthusiasts, students and journalists have made their pilgrimage to Cabot Circus to see Gok at work, dressed in blouses, blazers, leopard print jackets and ankle boots. I join them outside in the rain, waiting to get a first glimpse of the man himself.

Gok Wan at Cabot Circus

Gok was a hit at Cabot Circus last September

After shooting was delayed for over an hour – the morning filming session had overrun and even TV’s best loved fashionista needs to eat lunch – we were allowed to enter the shop and minutes later Gok appeared. Dressed in his trademark black outfit – casually thrown together workman boots, low hanging black jeans and casual shirt layered over a vest – he was actually shorter than I thought he would be.

I must confess I thought I would be watching Gok customising outfits behind the scenes so I was surprised to find that I would be part of Gok’s avid (on camera) audience. I can’t give away too much but it was a very interactive afternoon and I can’t wait to see the episode when it airs later this year.

Gok has no doubt had a massive impact on all the women attending his workshops and the audiences who have already flocked to see his catwalk frock-offs with Brix. If you want to see the catwalk show for Bristol then it is taking place on Friday (28th) at 5pm in Cabot Circus.

Come down to see the latest high street and designer trends and don’t forget to check out Gok’s Clothes Roadshow tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.


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Something for The Weekend… Elsie Riley, La Freak Boutique & Gok Wan

la freak boutique
There are so many exciting events to look forward to in the coming weeks, not least the last of the January sales, the start of a new ethical fashion exhibition and the return of Gok Wan to Cabot Circus…

First up is the clearance sale at Elsie Riley. Run by the lovely Katie and named after her grandmother, Elsie Riley is a picture perfect boutique located just around the corner from St Nicks Market and is always so full of pretty, girlie trinkets. Whenever I walk past it I always picture myself lying on a chaise lounge, dripping in vintage pearls listening to Frank Sinatra. But that’s quite enough of my daydreams – get down there and bag yourself a bargain this weekend!

Elsie Riley

Next up there is some sad news – La Freak Boutique, top, will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of January. The Picton Street boutique is closing down after enjoying years of being Montpelier’s premier vintage emporium. Well known for showing at local vintage fairs and the £1 rummage box that entices in its shoppers this colourful shop will be sorely missed. La Freak will be open Thursdays-Saturdays until the end of the month so please visit and make the most of those crammed rails and sale boxes before their doors close for good.

Finally a little Something for The Weekend preview… next Friday Gok Wan will be returning to Bristol as part of his new show, Gok’s Roadshow. Basically Gok’s Fashion Fix with a twist, the filming of the catwalk face-off between Gok and Brix Smith-Start will be taking place at Cabot Circus on Friday 28th January. If you missed out on Gok’s last visit then be sure to head down to the runway for 5pm to watch his high street vs designer show. More details to follow…

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The Wan and Only…


Due to other commitments I couldn’t make it to the Fashion Weekender – the 2nd birthday celebrations of Cabot Circus – as mentioned last week, which I was gutted about as it meant missing out on a one-on-one chat with style guru Gok Wan.

Since rising to fame as the presenter of How to Look Good Naked in 2006, Gok has helped a nation of women overcome their fashion fears with encouragement, a pally approach and plenty of flattering underwear to boot. While some women I know aren’t fans of his ‘Aunty Gok’ approach – the boyfriend is convinced he is straight and just camping it up as an excuse to feel up women – I think his approach is fantastic and far more forgiving than some other TV stylists I could mention (Trinny and Susannah, I’m looking at you).

Although I couldn’t make it to see Gok in person, the lovely folks at Cabot Circus took the liberty of asking him a few questions on his style secrets and what he really thinks every fashionista should own…

Q. What is your greatest fashion indulgence?

A. My collection of vintage trainers and my favourite second hand leather jacket.

Q. What is your life’s motto?

A. It’s not what you know, it’s what you know when you know it!

Q. Best shopping experience?

A. They’re all great! I love to shop and I really feel my hard work and dedication has made me King of the Tills!

Q. What do you love about fashion?

A. It’s power to transform both your appearance and your mood.

Q. What are your favourite words or phrases?

A. Probably ‘gorgeous’ and ‘bangers’!

Q. What one item of clothing makes all women look good?

A. Every woman should own a little black dress – it’s a timeless classic but it must suit you.

Q. What’s the best thing for smoothing out lumps and bumps?

A. Good underwear!

Q. What is the best style advice you give to women?

A. Get your foundations right. You cannot dress anything unless what’s underneath is all in the right proportion.

Q. Which celebrity’s style do you admire the most?

A. I think SJP* is consistent and I also like what Florence from Florence + The Machine is doing

*Sadly I think the answer to this question applies to the other SJP… 😉

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Something for the weekend… Gok Wan does Bristol

Cabot Circus AW campaign - central Bristol

Channel 4’s saviour of style Gok Wan is coming to Bristol this weekend to help Cabot Circus celebrate their second birthday. As part of the Fashion Weekender, Gok will be presenting catwalk shows in Cabot Circus on Saturday 25th September, while the fun continues on Sunday with catwalk shows from Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser.

The shows will preview the latest A/W 10 looks including animal prints, aviation and military, above, and there will of course be plenty of discounts and competitions on offer from participating stores too.

Cabot Circus has put Bristol on the map as one of the best shopping destinations in the South West and is the icing on the cake of Bristol’s independent labels and boutiques. Speaking to Cabot Circus bigwigs last week Gok commented: “Since the opening of Cabot Circus Bristol now boasts the best shopping in the South West with an amazing mix of high-street and designer brands. Bristol has a very unique style – it’s urban, edgy and cool. I can’t wait to see what Bristol has to offer on 25th September!”

Hopefully Gok will have time in his busy schedule to check out the other essential Bristol fashion destinations that give Bristol it’s ‘urban, edgy and cool’ style. Unfortunately Ship-Shape wont be covering the event due to other fashionable commitments in Cardiff so make sure you get down there and check out the trends and tips for yourself!

All the Fashion Weekender events are free and the catwalk shows kick off at 11am on Saturday.

To get more information and find out how you could win a personal styling session with Gok visit

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