Fashion stylist maintains breakneck pace

Brad Goreski, courtesy of Mohegan Sun

Brad Goreski, courtesy of Mohegan Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN

EDITIONS EDITOR

No one could accuse fashion stylist Brad Goreski of being an idle sort.

“I just had an Emmy sitting (with a client),” said Brad, calling from Los Angeles on Aug. 20 as he recounted his current agenda.

But, don’t ask him who he is working with for the television awards show.

“My lips are sealed,” said Brad, who is probably best known these days for his own Bravo reality television series, “It’s a Brad, Brad World.”

“It’s top secret,” said Brad of his client.

To keep with the theme of keeping busy, just mere days before his phone interview, Brad had just returned to the states after a trip to Japan. Brad said he traveled overseas to attend a 20th anniversary party for Kate Spade, for which he currently serves as the brand stylist. He also was in Japan for the opening of a pop-up Kate Spade store in Tokyo. While he was in Japan, he did take a breather from work-related duties by taking a vacation in Kyoto.

On Aug. 23, he was set to zip from L.A. into Connecticut to have a meet and greet with fans at the Shops at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.

Finally, the days are coming up fast when fashion week kicks off in New York City on Sept. 5, when the designers start unveiling their lines for the spring summer 2014.

Phew. And stylists such as Brad tune in their radars to all the latest fashions.

With fashion week quickly approaching, Brad was asked if he had shows that were “must-attends” each season or did he try to vary which designer’s shows he will see each season.

“I try to switch things up and go to different shows,” said Brad.

However, Brad said there are some shows that are staples for his New York Fashion Week schedule. For instance, he said he makes a point of attending Jason Wu’s runway events. Zach Posen, J. Mendel, and Oscar de la Renta are other must sees on his intinerary.

“I try to go to shows that my clients will like,” said Brad.

While some who attend the runway shows are there for the spectacle and glamour, and the occasional photograph in the gossip columns, as well as the fashion, Brad has other things on his mind. Brad said that although he likes to soak up the atmosphere at New York Fashion Week, he is also working.

“I’m always on the look out (for my clients),” said Brad, “to make sure I can tell them what the new trends are and what direction (their looks should go).”

The September shows are all about spring and summer while in February, the designers hit up fall and winter. Between fall and winter, the designers, more and more often, have introduced resort (also known as cruise) collections.

Of the fashion seasons, Brad said resort his favorite. “I think it’s such an important season,” said Brad. He said resort offers a good mix off separates, outer wear, and gowns.

After resort, as a stylist, Brad said he likes the spring collections. Fall is difficult for him as a stylist because the fabrics are so heavy. (Although, personally, he said he likes to shop from the fall collections.)

“It’s a Brad, Brad World” wrapped up its second season on Bravo back in April. As for whether there’s a third season on the way, Brad said, “We’re still waiting to hear. We’re not filming.”

But that’s okay, Brad said he has a myriad of other irons in the fire besides the reality show.

“We’ve barely scratched the surface,” said Brad of his future endeavors. “There’s much more to come.” Although, he said, he’s not at liberty to say what those endeavors are at this point.

One milestone of Brad’s, though, is not a secret. He proclaimed it on Twitter.

The Canadian-born stylist has finally secured a green card, granting him permanent residency in the United States.

“It’s exciting,” said Brad of this personal milestone. “It’s also a relief.”

Brad said the process moved along quite briskly for him. He applied in May for his green card and received the good word last week.

“I never expected to live over here and become a permanent resident (when I started in the fashion industry in the states 12 years ago),” said Brad. “It feels really great.”

But the move is a logical step for Brad. Although he has plenty of family still back in Canada, he said, “My life is here.”

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