Spectacle Wearer Of The Year 2014 with Gok Wan

10.24.2014



A few weeks ago on the 7th October, I had the absolute pleasure of attending Spectacle Wearer Of The Year 2014. The Specsavers event celebrated its 7th year running, not only celebrating spectacle wearer’s young and old but also to raise funds for the brilliant charity Kidscape.

The day before the event I had the amazing opportunity to interview Kidscape ambassador and SWOTY presenter Gok Wan.  I was feeling pretty calm about the whole thing waiting outside. However when the door opened and Gok stood up to greet me warmly saying, ‘Hi I’m Gok!’, as our oversized glasses bashed against each other going in for the fashion double kiss my brain went into a little bit of a whirl.

I hope my cool outward appearance did not demonstrate my inward thoughts, which at that moment went a little bit like this: ‘UAHEFY!  Oh my god its Gok Wan! This man taught me how to dress through my unsteady teenage years! He’s fashionista royaly! Should I bow? …No stupid.’

I then luckily managed to become as professional as Bridget Jones when she conducted the interview with Eleanor Heaney and Kafir Aghani and ask Gok a few questions about the SWOTY awards:

Sabs - You’ve been presenting Spectacle Wearer Of The Year for many years what’s your favorite thing about the event?

Gok – I don’t want to sound like a do- gooder but it is the charity.  I feel very lucky that Specsavers introduced me to Kidscape, which is such a wonderful charity for anti-bullying. Bullying is still not taken seriously and because of my past it is something that I feel is very important.

S- Have you had any highlight or memorable experiences from the past years?

G- Oh you’ve put me on the spot now. Um my parents usually come to the awards and one year my dad tried to take everything from the hotel, like the bubble bath and even the pillowcases! So on a personal level that was pretty memorable! (laughs) It’s just such a great atmosphere and evening, no expense is spared and it’s great to see my friends in the industry.

S- To you what is the definition of someone who looks good in glasses? Have you got any tips?

G -Its all about the confidence!

My inward thought at that moment: ‘oh my gaaaad, this is a historical moment. Gok just said ‘It’s all about the confidence’ and it wasn’t coming from my TV screen!’

G –  Your glasses are one of the most important part of your appearance because they are on your face! When I woke up this morning before I chose this jacket or these trousers I chose these glasses (as Gok points to his geek chic pair which have his GW logo on the side.) It’s important for your glasses to say something; I think they have to be a statement, whether it is from big bold frames to the thin metal style.

You design lots of wonderful designs for Specsavers, do you think glasses can show someone’s personality?

G – Absolutely! They definitely can tell you a lot about a person. I think they can also make people very attractive; I can see a man without glasses and think they are not attractive but then when they put their glasses on and suddenly become very attractive!

To enter the SWOTY awards people of all ages had to enter a selfie in their specs, are you a fan of the selfie?

(laughs) of course I love a good selfie!  

Gok, forever being a fashionista god, helping make woman all over the world look better then taught me how to take a selfie (or as I found out the following night a selfie is your specs is now branded as a ‘spelfie').

Firstly a selfie can only be taken on a phone as Gok explained its such a cop out and unauthentic when people take it with a camera as he compared “It's like going to a Chinese restaurant and there not being anyone Chinese in the kitchen (laughs)". 

Now the trick is to hold the phone around 4 inches above your head and always use the side button. I immediately shared this knowledge with my mum later that afternoon who proceeded to say ‘there’s a side button!?’ Try out Goks little trick because it does work ( I mean duh Gok told me!)

The following night I attended the star- studded awards ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue and it was fabulous! 
What I wore:

 Dress: Choies.com
Shoes: New Look
Spectacles: Cheap Monday at Specsavers 

Having had Goks selfie lesson the day before I decided to put it to good practice and created a little challenge. How do you think I did? haha

Rylan Clark, Stephan from Gogglebox, Greg Wallace, Vanessa from The Saturdays, Christopher Biggins, Simon Webbe, Timmy Mallett, Kimberly Wyatt, Kimberley Walsh.
Gok was on top form as usual and presented the awards in his usual sassy, humorous manner. Amongst all the celebrity awards given to the likes of Timmy Mallet and Amy Childs was also the crowned Spectacle Wearers of the Year given to members of the public, the overall winner being Michaela Williams who won £10,000 and a holiday to the Bahamas! 

The night also included a raffle and auction in aid of anti-bullying charity Kidscape done expertly by Christopher Biggins as well as a performance by Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh!  The after party also continued the glamorous feel with Kimberly Wyatt in the DJ booth and a rather hilarious photo booth to capture all the tipsy guests.
The best part about the event was that a grand total of £45,000 was raised for Kidscape on the night. Having been to a total of 4 schools and always struggling with fitting in at school and also experiencing a few mean girls at university, the charity of Kidscape is one that I couldn’t talk more highly about, especially in the current age with social media. Thanks to the SWOTY awards Kidcape can continue its life-changing work with the targets of bullies and I feel so grateful and honored that I was a part of the evening.






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