Although we miss seeing him on season four of The Rachel Zoe Project, Brad Goreski is certainly keeping busy. Between filming his own show for Bravo, writing a book, and contributing to InStyle, the famed stylist’s assistant seems to be doing quite well on his own.
Despite his hectic show schedule (we’ve been seeing him everywhere), Brad took some time chat with us over the phone. The topic on hand was Made in Polaroid, an art exhibit for which he created a piece (finished product below), but the discussion of course turned to fashion and reality television. His departure from Zoe and the state of their relationship felt a bit glossed over during last week’s season premiere. And when Amanda spotted Goreski—who looked adorable in a three piece suit and bow tie—at Simon Spurr’s show, she dug a little further on the Zoe situation. Here are the best bits from both of our interviews:
Fashionista: Do you and Zoe talk at all anymore?
Brad Goreski: I reached out a couple of times but there was no response.
How do you feel about the way you’re being portrayed this season and in the media?
I’m not watching the show so I don’t really know exactly what she’s saying but, I mean, she has her own opinion and point of view of things. I just heard that I left to spend time with my boyfriend and my dogs. And my dog, Jasper, is like 16 years old and that just totally stressed him out to be brought into such a drama! I’m being silly. I’m like, my dogs? What? What do Jasper and Penelope have to do with me leaving? He’s 16 years old with a pace maker and she’s a mutt that was rescued!
Why did you want to break off on your own?
It’s not like it was two weeks, it was three years almost. So, I felt like I had worked up to a point and I really enjoyed working with her but I thought I was getting too old to be an assistant. I’m 34 years old now.
How did you get involved with this Polaroid exhibit? Had you ever done anything like it before?
Polaroid approached me to see if I would want to participate and I was initially a little afraid since, you know, I’m not an artist, so I haven’t done kind of an arts & craftsy thing for a long time that doesn’t have to do with a gown or a suit or a broken necklace, so I was a little nervous at first, however it turned out to be really great.
Your piece started out as blurry iPhone photos from runway shows. I noticed you’ve been tweeting a lot this week. How do you take photos and tweet while watching the show? (I ask because I personally find it extremely difficult)
I was actually thinking about that yesterday it’s so funny because the shows in the stage–the lights are usually so bright in there that the photos don’t really turn out, so I stopped taking photos. Like, I didn’t take any at Derek Lam or DVF and I actually got to see the entire show, but there’s also this pressure and desire that people have to see what you’re seeing. So, do I feel like I get to see the collections as a whole? I do, it’s just multi-tasking and you’re still looking at the images through the lens and I’m a really quick typer so it’s fine.
You recently tweeted that you were starstruck sitting next to Bill Cunningham. Did you talk to him?
Actually, a while ago, I thanked him because my photo was in his documentary and this woman came up to him saying that he inspired her to be a journalists and he was so excited and touched and he’s just such a wonderful man. One of my favorite things of fashion week is seeing him out and about and then to get to sit next to him yesterday was really really cool.
What have your favorite shows been this season?
Prabal Gurung’s probably my favorite so far and I saw Tommy last night. The shoes and the handbags were fantastic, and I loooved Victoria Beckham’s collection. It was sexy and kind of sporty and colorful and I’m obviously accessories-obsessed and her handbags and watches are to die for.
How’s work going?
Everything’s really good, I mean I’m super busy. August was one of my craziest months. Business is great and I’m working on some big projects and some exciting things coming out that we’re in the middle of negotiating right now and yeah everything’s great. I’m really really really happy.
You’re getting your own show on Bravo! Have you started filming? What can we expect?
We started filming shortly after Bravo picked up the show and they’ve really just been documenting the ups and downs of starting your own business, which I think a lot of people will be able to identify with and there’s a little bit more of a focus on my personal life, which I’m excited about and getting to meet the wonderful people in my life. I think it will be a different show for people and I think people will really enjoy it.
Other participants in the Made in Polaroid exhibit include Tyra Banks, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein, Cynthia Rowley, Phillip Lim, James Franco and more. It’s open until tomorrow at Phillips de Pury. Here’s a look at Brad’s piece. What do you think?