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We’re thrilled to announce that the Lily Ella Collection has been personally selected by Gok Wan to feature in his upcoming ONE SIZE FITS ALL event in Newcastle/Gateshead on Sunday September 30th.

We love Gok Wan at the best of times, but we love him even more now he’s chosen Lily Ella to feature in his fabulous road show when it hits Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead!   

Personally curated by Gok, and compered by him on the day, this not to be missed show will feature the north east’s finest fashion labels so we’ll be rubbing shoulders with the great and good of our region.   

Gok will be bringing his personal style tips, insider knowledge and fashion insight to life on the ONE SIZE FITS ALL catwalk, showing you (and us!)  how to mix, shake up your look and wear your clothes in style and with confidence – we can’t wait!   He sums up his mission like this, ‘to personally dress the nation and instil a sense of body confidence in women up and down the country.’

Lily Ella will be showcasing 10 outfits, and because this is fashion event for all women, you’ll be delighted to hear that strutting their stuff down the catwalk will be models short and tall, skinny and large, young and old alike.   We’ll be showing how Lily Ella clothes really do give you lots of easy options for an effortlessly elegant or relaxed casual look -  gorgeous, wearable clothes for all occasions – and Gok will talk us through it all.  We’ll be showing separates and tailoring from our upcoming Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection…. It really is our best yet, so watch this space!

We thought we would give you an extra special treat with a sneak peek of one of our favourite Autumn/Winter 2018 images straight from our shoot.

The Hilton is on the Gateshead Quays side of the River Tyne.  It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from us so we’ll be taking a table on the day to treat our staff to this feast of fashion, brunch and fizz.  And although you might be further away than us, dare we suggest that this would be perfect opportunity to visit Newcastle, have a weekend away, take in the ONE SIZE FITS ALL show and discover our lovely, vibrant city for yourselves. 

Newcastle/Gateshead is privileged to be hosting the incredible Great Exhibition of the North this summer, so you’ll be catching our lively city on your radio and TV screens at various times during the coming months.  You’ll find there’s more to the ‘Toon’ than Newcastle Broon!  We have great galleries, great shopping and wonderful architecture and outdoor spaces –  and you’ll find it all in a very compact city centre.  And right in the centre of town you can’t miss the iconic Earl Grey Monument (he of aromatic tea fame, but we digress….). 

Check it out for yourself and see whats on: https://getnorth2018.com

Gok has long been one of our icons, his no fuss approach to dressing women of all shapes and sizes and his easy manner enable him to cut to the chase and revamp women’s style without ever seeming to be patronising or off key.  In fact, he’s always in tune with what works, and that’s why we’re so excited about this very special evening. If you can’t come don’t worry, we’ll be reporting back to you.

Come and join us for all the excitement and fun on 30th September 2018.

Grab your tickets here: http://www.gokfashion.com 

To get yourself in the Gok mood, we thought we’d share one of our favourite, quick and easy recipes from the man himself.

Gok Wan’s Perfect Fried Rice is a firm favourite here at Lily Ella. See the recipe below and give it a go yourself - we know you’ll love it! 

Gok Wan’s ascent to stardom was neither straight forward nor particularly quick.  His stellar career has been the result of amazing dedication and effort.

Child to an English mum and a Chinese immigrant dad, Gok was brought up in Leicester.  His parents ran a Chinese restuarant in which Gok worked throughout his school years.  Gok had a troubled adolescence, he felt isolated and was bullied for being mixed race and gay, and over a period of time he became morbidly obese – that’s difficult to imagine now! He’s also suffered from depression and anorexia. Gok did eventually conquer his demons.  He overcame all his problems and these days is a role model for so many people.  He dropped his acting course at the Central School of Speech and Drama and pursued a career in fashion, working amongst other things, as a fashion consultant.   He found national fame and stardom with his own C4 series ‘How to look good Naked’.  He’s now renowned as a kind of fashionista agony aunt, advising women on how to embrace their bodies and look good.

A less well known aspect of Gok’s life is his love of cooking.  Learning from his family heritage and love of Chinese food, Gok is an outstandingly good cook as has a couple of accomplished cookery books to his name.  We’ve been fans of his food for a while, so we thought we’d share one of our favourite Gok recipes with you here!  It’s nothing fancy, just his ‘Perfect Fried Rice’ - perfectly tasty and it goes with everything!  We’re not mad on the Chinese sausages and leave those out, instead we substitute anything from left over chicken to fish!  Thanks Gok!

Gok Wan’s Perfect Fried Rice Recipe.


Groundnut oil

2 Chinese sausages, thinly sliced on the diagonal

2–3 eggs

Salt and ground white pepper

300g long-grain rice, cooked and chilled

75g frozen peas

7 water chestnuts, sliced

1 tin of anchovy fillets in oil, drained and roughly chopped into very small pieces

½–1½ tablespoons light soy sauce, to taste

2 spring onions, trimmed and sliced

To serve

Chinese chilli oil

½ iceberg lettuce, leaves separated


1. Heat a wok until medium hot and add a dash of oil. Add the Chinese sausage slices and fry quickly on both sides until coloured all over, with the white parts turning pink. Remove and set aside. Beat the eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the hot wok and pour in the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs, scraping the bits that are sticking to the wok. Aim for well-cooked scrambled egg that is separating into individual pieces. Once cooked, add the rice, scraping the bottom of the pan and tossing the rice as you heat it through. Once the rice is hot, add the remaining ingredients, except for the sausage. Continue to cook over a medium heat, tossing and mixing. Once the anchovies are beginning to melt into the hot rice, taste and season with pepper and a pinch of salt. Continue to stir-fry for 3–4 minutes, then taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more soy sauce if necessary.

3. Serve the fried rice with the cooked Chinese sausage, chilli oil and lettuce, wrapping spoonfuls of the rice inside the lettuce leaves to eat.




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