Whilst most mornings, breakfast for me usually involves a quick bite of toast and swig of orange juice before rushing off to work, I was delighted to receive a breakfast invitation recently, which promised to take me away from my daily routine! This was not just any breakfast invite, however, but the opportunity to grab a coffee and croissant with none other than the star of TV's "How to Look Good Naked"..the amazing, Gok Wan!
The launch took place at the "W Hotel" in Leicester Square, in the fabulous "E WOW suite", which was every bit as 'wow' as the name suggests...
The "E WOW suite" was a beautifully designed and spacious room, with slightly 'retro' feeling decor. The lounge area featured an amazing circular couch, which revolved (!) and the 'eating area' was partitioned off by a fibre optic curtain...
The breakfast area:
After a cup of tea and a natter with some of the other lovely bloggers there, I noticed a familiar face emerging from behind the fibre optic curtain...
A smiley Auntie Gok walked in and welcomed everyone warmly to the launch, offering tea and coffee to all, as any good party host would! The best part, of course, was seeing Gok's "Wall of Fame" collection in the flesh, which was set up neatly on a rail in the lounge area...
Gok's "Wall of Fame" Shapewear collection builds on Gok's most popular shapes and designs, which have consequently been revamped and updated for SS12. Gok adds a twist to his classic shapewear styles with exciting new colours and improved fit and shape, which becomes all important to Gok's desire to make women feel empowered, feminine and confident in their own bodies. The range has also been expanded to a G cup.
The collection is made up of six key pieces: the multi-way "Banger Booster" bra, "Pull Me In" Pants, "Curve Controller" body, "Slicker Knicker", "Sassy Slip" and "Divine Outline" multiway slip, which are all available in 'Crush' (vibrant coral), 'Sweet Slate' (slate grey) and 'Blush' (pale pink). The collection uses seamless panelling, boning and Powermesh technology to make each piece comfortable, supportive and figure-flattering.
First up is the "Curve controller" in 'Sweet slate' and 'Blush'; a style that mixes the support of an underwire bra with a curve-smoothing body:
The "Divine Outline" in 'Sweet slate' and 'Crush' coral: a body-smoothing dress slip that will enhance your cleavage ( and can be worn with a bra underneath):
The "Pull Me In" pants in 'Sweet Slate', 'Crush' and 'Blush' - a great design that makes full use of power mesh panelling to keep your curves in place:
The "Slicker Knicker" in 'Blush' - tummy controlling and curve smoothing, with mesh panels to reduce VPL. The back ruching will also flatter your bum!
The "Sassy Slip" in 'Blush':
The "Sassy Slip" was my favourite piece (being almost like a 'corselette' body shaper). It features detachable multi-way straps for versatility, fully underwired bra cups, hook and eye closures at the back for added support and security, streamlining vertical panels, zig-zag stitching and a cute hanging charm at the centre of the cups. To top it off, the "Sassy Slip" also boasts sexy suspender straps and an in-built body with a hook and eye closure at the crotch. This piece has it all and is so pretty that I would almost be tempted to wear it as outerwear!
Gok Wan's "Wall of Fame" is a great capsule collection of shapewear pieces that are both practical and fashionable. Gok proves that shapewear shouldn't have to stay "hidden" with his original colour choices. The 'Sweet Slate' grey makes a great change from traditional black and gives the pieces a sophisticated feel. Even the 'Blush' pink colour makes a lovely alternative to 'nude' (which is a slightly contentious word in itself due to skin colour variations). The 'Blush' is versatile in that it can act as a 'nude' to lighter skin tones and flatter darker complexions beautifully. My favourite colour is the coral 'Crush', which despite being the least practical of the colours, gives every piece a unique and modern edge - perfect for Spring/Summer, whilst showing that shapewear can be fun, sexy and stylish!
Gok's "Wall of Fame" collection is available in sizes 30A-49G and launches on the 1st March at www.simplyyours.co.uk