Gok Wan very kindly gave us his top five, non-negotiable classic wardrobe buys, as well as his new season accessories hit-list last week, but we got so much more out of our interview with the How To Look Good Naked host than a shopping list (or two!). Gok is still on the road with his Style Tour for Westfield, so before he departs the country we thought we’d share the rest of our chat with the ever-bubbly, makeover guru. From his career switcheroo, to the trends worth investing in, to his ultimate jzushing tip, see what else Gok had to say . . .
How did you get started? I’m not formally taught, so I never went to college, and I think that really stayed in my favour really. So everything that I’ve done has come with a lot of mistakes over the years, and I think that’s how you learn the best. Originally I was a hair and makeup artist, so that was how I started…. And I worked as the lead hair and makeup artist for a stylist in the UK… and she was brilliant, and she was a commercial stylist, and one day her assistant didn’t turn up for work and she said “Can you assist me if I get another hair and makeup (person) in?” and I did it, and I LOVED it. And I thought to myself, literally on that day, “I think I’m going to give up the hair and makeup business for fashion.” But that was a LONG time ago now! I worked my way up, and did all the shitty, crappy jobs — as you do — until I started to get a name for myself.