A pas­sion for fash­ion

Brad Goreski got to where he is by rolling up his sleeves and do­ing the hard yards, writes HOLLY BYRNES

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

BRAD Goreski has a taste for the good things in life.

As one of the hottest celebrity stylists in Hol­ly­wood, cou­pled with a pow­er­ful place in one of the crit­ics’ chairs on E! chan­nel’s

Fash­ion Po­lice se­ries, he eats lux­ury la­bels for break­fast.

But as the hum­ble Cana­dian will tell you, he’s lit­er­ally schlepped his way up that cor­po­rate lad­der, do­ing the hard yards in an in­dus­try which can, at times, be any­thing but glam­orous.

While he sits near the top of the star stylist peck­ing or­der, Goreski says he’s proud of the years he spent earn­ing his de­signer stripes.

“I come from a place where ev­ery­thing I have to­day I know I worked for,” he says.

“I started as an in­tern. I car­ried the trays of Jamba Juice across Times Square to the Vogue of­fices. I folded silk scarves that wouldn’t stay folded.

“I’ve done ev­ery­thing you can ab­so­lutely imag­ine, so I don’t feel guilty now when I say to my as­sis­tants, ‘I don’t want to be build­ing FedEx boxes’. I’ve packed thou­sands of boxes, I just can’t do it any­more. Not in­ter­ested. I used to love it. I’d sit there, camp out, fold them, pack them, la­bel them, get them out. But I can’t any­more.”

Goreski says this not to dis­tance him­self from other fash­ion di­vas but to prove he’s earned his place in the style world.

Fa­mous for be­ing more kind than cruel to those who come up for crit­i­cism on the red car­pet show, Goreski says his 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence means he can give view­ers an in­formed opin­ion on what’s hot or not.

“I can al­ways back up my crit­i­cism with ex­per­tise be­cause I’m still fit­ting peo­ple, I’m still send­ing them off on the red car­pet,” he says.

“Some­times I know the history of a dress, or I hear the story, or the stylist tells me what’s hap­pened, so I come with some sort of in­sider in­for­ma­tion and that’s what peo­ple want. I would never want to hurt any­body’s feel­ings.”


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